A few weeks ago I wrote about the ideas we were discussing for the music to open the Acts of the play and at the time we were leaning towards a jazzy type angle.
Both the cast and I had been mulling this over not really getting anywhere until MC pokes me in the ribs one day during our tea break because he’s had an idea.
‘Money’ by Pink Floyd, he says. We all take a moment to think, nodding our heads, and then SR pulls out his phone and plays it.
I like it, the cast like it. I go home and abuse YouTube’s replay button listening to it over and over again.
Yes, it’s rock but it has a chilled out jazzy vibe to it with anger simmering underneath…. just what Theft is all about. Everything appears to be fine, but under the surface lie resentment and disillusionment.
I no longer like this track, I love it.
Feeling inspired (a.k.a. procrastinating from doing my ironing, something I am a master at) one Sunday afternoon, I open up my iTunes account and trawl through looking for songs to have on while the audience are coming into the theatre. I sought out for ones that brought the play and characters to mind.
Firstly I came to ‘Blaze of Glory’ by Jon Bon Jovi – This is John (played by SR) in spades. He’s not just the king of his castle, he’s a god, and very definitely the hero of every situation he’s in.
Then I came to a couple of songs by Caro Emerald: ‘The Other Woman’, and ‘Tangled Up’. – The first is Jenny (played by JDC), very much the other woman. She is somewhat taken for granted and walked over by both her husband and her lover. The second track is what Spriggs does to the two couples: tangles them up in knots until they don’t know which way is up.
‘Sacrifice’ by Dolly Parton came next – This is Trevor (played by GC), striving to meet the potential of his youth, but are all the cut corners and sacrifices worth what he achieves? Jenny, his wife, isn’t so sure.
‘Don’t Ask Me No Questions’ by Lynyrd Synyrd – Spriggs (played by MC) is your classic Del Boy, or Arthur Daley: wheeling and dealing, he straddles that line between legal and illegal, spending more time in the shady grey areas than anywhere else.
‘A Legal Matter’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ by The Who – Barbara (played by CR) married John because she loved him, he married her for status and polish. She’s been made a fool of, and underestimated, and she’s had enough.