Post by bellboard27 on Dec 12, 2016 14:41:24 GMT
It is always nice to see a new musical and this was worth seeing. The story is of a former band front man who has had a traumatic experience and become mute. Another band member and a former lover who had both lost touch with him make contact and a journey begins (more details of the story at: www.bunkertheatre.com/whats-on/muted ). There are five characters, a cast of six (yes two play one character) and a four piece band.
I felt parts of the story were a bit weak, naive or rushed (particularly in the first half), but the songs were good. It is billed as a rock musical, which it is, but many of the songs are quiet and reflective, rather than ‘big’ numbers. Unfortunately, the preview I saw had a sound issue to start with as the actors’ were not sufficiently amplified to be heard above the band at times (so the lyrics were easier to hear for the quieter numbers). However, this got sorted and overall the sound then worked very well in the space.
The advertising quotes Mark Shenton calling this “The British Rent”. This is bound to raise expectations to way beyond what they should be! (It might be a quote taken out of context!). Rather it is an interesting new production, with some nice performances and nice songs, but still feels like a bit of a work in progress.
Muted is the 3rd production at the Bunker and I can’t see mention of it on theatreboard since it the venue opened, so a few words about it. Entrance is down the concrete drive directly in front of the entrance to the Menier. Toilets are before you enter the venue (so an interval queue might be in the rain). The performance space is square with most of the seating to front (benches like Young Vic), but there are some individual seats to the two sides. Their blurb says they have capacity of 110, but I counted about 90 seats, so might be a bit fewer for this production. There is a separate bar with a good range of drinks (and a little food). Staff nice and friendly. Overall a good small venue. Time will tell how well it does (especially with so many other small venues trying to make ends meet).