In October, a new performance space will open under the Menier Chocolate Factory on Southwark Street. Muted is one of the plays on their newly announced season, with performances beginning in December. The show premiered at The Courtyard Theatre in February 2012 where it had great reviews.
“The British RENT” – Mark Shenton
“Stunning Production” – Stephen Fry
“MUTED tells the story of Michael Brookman, an exceptional young musician whose band was on the brink of stardom, until his mother was suddenly killed in a hit and run accident. Since then he hasn’t uttered a word.
The show picks up Michael’s story three years after the accident. Michael lives largely in the past, re-running his teenage years in his mind. He is under the care of his frustrated, stock-broker young uncle who plans on moving to Singapore, and would like the ‘situation’ to just go away. The story line has lots of threads with Lauren, Michael’s ex-girlfriend, now hooked up with Jake, Michael’s ex-band-mate. Jake has pursued the band since the accident and finally has another shot at the big-time. But there’s one catch: The record label want Michael back as the frontman. Jake persuades Lauren to help recruit Michael, but their reunion unearths long-forgotten feelings. As uncomfortable truths force their way out into the open, we are left wondering whether some cracks are just too big to paper over.”