Muted, a story of grief, guilt, forgiveness and love makes its debut at London’s newest fringe theatre, The Bunker.
The Interval Productions musical has been written by Sarah Henley with music and lyrics by Tim Prottey-Jones (Once, Phoenix Theatre; Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre) and Tori Allen-Martin.
Muted tells the story of teenager Michael Brookman, an exceptional singer whose band is on the brink of stardom. But, after the sudden death of his mother in a hit and run accident, Michael quits the band and stops speaking entirely.
Three years on, Michael still hasn’t uttered a word and those around him have no idea what to do. Jake, Michael’s former band mate, is trying to hold everything together as the band’s shot at the big time comes along.
And now there’s a catch – the record label wants Michael back as the band’s frontman and it’s up to his former girlfriend to try and get him to return to the world.
The show stars Tori Allen-Martin, vocalist on Idris Elba’s Mi Mandela album and backing vocalist for Eliza and the Bear), Edd Campbell Bird (Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, English National Opera), David Leopold (The Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse; Burnt Part Boys, Park Theatre), Jos Slovick (Once, Bad Jews, Spring Awakening) and Helen Hobson (Sunny Afternoon, The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia).
Playwright Sarah Henley said: “I’m incredibly excited that a full-scale production of Muted is going to be mounted at this ambitious new venue which is perfect for such a character-driven, psychological piece.
“After four years of development I think that Muted feels incredibly raw and real. Interval Productions have always made sure our shows feel like a great night out and The Bunker is definitely keen to do the same.”
The early workshop version of the show (entitled After the Turn ) received a Broadway World nomination for Best Fringe or Regional Musical and a What’s on Stage nomination for Best New Musical.
Muted, directed by Jamie Jackson, runs at The Bunker (underneath the Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark Street) from December 7-January 7