Theatre Review: Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre)

The Elektrospank

MO-D1-262While perhaps unknown by many, Jez Butterworth is one of the great modern playwrights, and Mojo undoubtedly proves his worth. Having achieved huge success with a sell-out run of his play Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre in 2012, this follow-up doesn’t disappoint with relentless energy, incredible pace and sharp, brilliant writing throughout. While the work was originally produced at the Royal Court in 1995, this revival feels anything but dusty and packs an incredible punch. The set-up is simple: a group of workers in a seedy East-End night club discover their boss has been brutally murdered by a rival, and at breakneck speed everything begins to unravel as they try to hold their nerves and not lose their heads. Literally.

Opening with a cleverly intricate dialogue between two of the gang, Potts and Sweets (played by Daniel Mays and Rupert Grint), the first scene sets a comic tone which is…

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