Моджо | Mojo

«Моджо» — чёрная комедия, действие которой разворачивается в одном из захудалых клубов Сохо: «Атлантисе» — излюбленном пристанище бандитов.

«Моджо» — чёрная комедия, действие которой разворачивается в одном из захудалых клубов Сохо: «Атлантисе» — излюбленном пристанище бандитов. В Сохо опасно днём, но ещё опаснее ночью. Между владельцем клуба и местным бандитом разворачивается соперничество за восходящую звезду рок-н-ролла, напряжение постепенно возрастает и в итоге приводит к убийству.

Само по себе слово «mojo» — это «заклинание» или «амулет», но в настоящее время чаще всего значит некую сексуальную привлекательность или талант.

В 1995 году пьесу «Моджо» написал английский драматург Джереми Баттерворт, тогда же она была поставлена Йеном Риксоном на сцене лондонского театра Ройал-Корт.

В 1995 году «Моджо» взорвалась на сцене Ройял-Корта ручной гранатой. Нечестиво смешная, невероятно тёмная, заставляющая одновременно и смеяться, и дрожать от страха.

Чарльз Спенсер

В 2013 Йен Риксон вновь поставил «Моджо», на этот раз в театре имени Гарольда Пинтера. Предпоказ начался с 26 октября 2013, премьера состоялась 13 ноября 2013, пьеса шла до 8 февраля 2014.


Skinny (Colin Morgan) is the lost boy of the gang; with no real identity of his own, he copies Baby’s hair and style – at a glance they’re almost indistinguishable from each other. Morgan plays him with a great desperation to fit in and be liked. The vibration in his voice is quite something.

For Colin Morgan the play’s a chance to remind audiences he was already a much-praised stage actor before the BBC series Merlin.
«I think for actors variety is always the key, whatever the medium. It’s about doing the best work you can in the most interesting projects. So I’m really lucky to find myself in a strong team in a fantastic piece of writing.
Morgan, like all his colleagues, is full of praise for Butterworth’s dialogue. «It’s deliberately slightly unrealistic, slightly heightened. In one sense that makes it quite difficult to play but it’s also a huge delight.»

Baby, played with psychotic glee by Ben Whishaw, a long way from his recent TV success as Richard II, and Colin Morgan as Skinny, another low IQ servant of the club.

Colin Morgan does some valiant twitching as another of the gangsters

Ben Whishaw’s performance as corpse-eyed, unhinged Baby dominates the production. As gorgeous as he is terrifying, he embodies that switchblade danger and pill-buzzed sensuality to perfection. He’s a character who’s so badly damaged you can hardly make him out for the jagged, mangled edges, and his scenes with Colin Morgan’s pitiable Skinny are the production’s best.

Colin Morgan is Skinny, a would-be young stud with halitosis. Whishaw is brilliant at creepy, capricious menace, and Morgan (spoiler alert) does one of the best death scenes I’ve ever seen.

Brendan Coyle as Mickey also presents a figure of burly authority who slowly crumbles before our eyes, and who seems to have a quasi-sexual attachment to Colin Morgan as the group’s fall guy.

Colin Morgan impresses as the hapless Skinny

There isn’t a false note amongst them, and if Ben Whishaw — as Ezra’s strangely distant and disconnected surviving son, and Brendan Coyle as Mickey who seeks to position himself as heir apparent to Ezra — command the centrestage, there are equally vivid contributions from Mays, Morgan and Grint as their variously jittery sidekicks.

It is left to Whishaw and Morgan, surely two of our most talented young performers on stage or screen, to show their versatility again.
Morgan, as the wannabe Skinny, is driven by resentment and fear. He also delivers the most chilling, audience-silencing moment of the evening.

Merlin’s Colin Morgan is an accomplished study in human weakness as Skinny, his eventual fate played with precision and pathos.


Overall Mojo is a great success


Colin Morgan’s Skinny is a tragic, bullied study in human weakness, his final demise played with skill, precision and pathos.


Whishaw bristles and frightens as Baby, whose taunting of Morgan’s scheming and possibly lovestruck Skinny provides some of the play’s most outrageous moments – not least when the lights come up to a chaotic party binge, Skinny tied to a juke box with his trousers around his ankles and Baby brandishing a cutlass before him. When Baby demands that the other man “Kiss my pegs” you don’t know whether to laugh or run for the hills.

Colin Morgan is both wonderfully funny and desperately poignant as the club’s dim-witted cloakroom attendant

Colin Morgan’s wound-up Skinny, enslaved to Baby in hairstyle – a Teddy Boy’s sleeked-back busby affair – and pleated, narrow blue trousers, is dicing with death and delusions