Vagabonds: My Phil Lynott Odyssey
Powerful if sprawling solo show on the importance of heroes
This article is from 2015.
There’s a lot going on in this energetic, slightly sprawling show from Leviathan’s Goat: hero worship and heroic deeds; bits of rock’n’roll biography; and mixed-race actor Robert Mountford’s own personal cultural confusion as a youngster. It takes a while to meld together into something properly convincing – a lengthy introduction with Mountford as his rock star hero muddies things still further – but when it does click, about halfway through, it turns into a pretty powerful if anarchic piece of work.
Mountford is a passionate, volatile force, and he embodies Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott’s swaggering egocentricity magnificently, lining up the Irish guitar hero alongside his own rebellious older brother David as heroes to a wide-eyed 11-year-old – who only later discovers the ultimate price of a life of free-spirited excess.
Co-writers Mountford and Chris Larner (Fringe First winner in 2011 for his very different An Instinct for Kindness) leave their structure a bit on the ragged side – although that feels fitting for a show that touches on sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. But what binds things together and propels the show along is Mountford’s charismatic conviction.
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