STC to bring Mojo back to stages in May

Directed by Iain Sinclair (Our Town, Blood Wedding) Mojo is a tightly-wound thriller which examines the dark underside of the halcyon days of rock ‘n’ roll with grim humour.

From 17th May, Sydney Theatre Company is set to present Jez Butterworth’s (Jerusalem) savagely comic play. Mojo ricochets full throttle through the seedy, amphetamine-addled London club scene of the 1950s. It follows a gang of snappily-dressed, menacing teddy boys and rockers who, seduced by the promise of fame and fortune, battle for control of hot teen singing idol, Silver Johnny.

Jeremy Davidson, Sam Haft, Eamon Farren, Josh McConville. Image by Ingvar Kenne.
Jeremy Davidson, Sam Haft, Eamon Farren, Josh McConville. Image by Ingvar Kenne.

An electrifying collision of Tarantino-esque shock and Jacobean revenge, the play opens with the discovery of a jealous nightclub owner’s body sawn in half. In the siege that follows a power vacuum emerges, which plays out through sustained riffs, zinging dialogue and live music.

Mojo received the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy when it opened on the West End in 1995.

Jeremy Davidson, lead vocalist of local blues-rock outfit The Snowdroppers, makes his stage debut as Silver Johnny, surrounded by a testosterone-fuelled cast led by Eamon Farren (Romeo and Juliet, Mrs Warren’s Profession) and Josh McConville (Noises Off, Romeo and Juliet).

For tickets and more information check out Sydney Theatre Company’s Box Office: 02 9250 1777 and sydneytheatre.com.au.

Cassie Tongue

Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney, and is the deputy editor of AussieTheatre. She has written for The Guardian, Time Out Sydney, Daily Review, and BroadwayWorld Australia. She is a voter for the Sydney Theatre Awards.

Cassie Tongue

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