The Mozart Question
One man's moving memories
This article is from 2008.
Putting a target age range on a show's publicity material never guarantees who you'll find in the audience. But when the producers of The Mozart Question say suitable for ages 8+, you really ought to listen to them - because this is not a show for little ones. In fact, it's more likely to appeal to adults, or at least those who have reached the dizzy heights of ten and over.
Written by former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo, The Mozart Question is the moving tale of a virtuoso violinist. A man whose glittering career has taken him to concert halls around the world but who will never, ever play Mozart. As this superbly acted one-man show unfolds, we slowly learn the heartbreaking reason for his obstinate behaviour: a tale of life in Nazi Germany that brings a tear to the eye.
Switching between violinist Paolo Levi as a young boy and a 50-year-old man, his parents and their friend, Andrew Bridgmont plays each character with a subtle clarity, conveying a range of emotions. Unlike last year's Morporgo adaptation, Aesop's Fables, this extended monologue relies solely on Bridgmont's performance to carry it through. No colourful sets and costumes, no songs. Not that they're needed, but sadly missed if you're six years old. Which is why for once, it pays to take heed of the age range advice.
Assembly @ George Street, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 11), 12.15pm, £11--£12 (£9--£10).