Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland

27/10/2010 - 06/11/2010

Production Details

Without it, you’re nothing. But getting it back it half the fun.

Winner: Oliver Award for Best Comedy, 1995.

Soho. London. 1958. The dawn of rock ‘n roll.


Silver Johnny is a rising rock ‘n roll star at the Atlantic Club whose manager, Ezra, is trying to protect him from the amorous advances of creepy local gangster Sam Ross. Unfortunately, Ezra has just been found sawn in half in separate dustbins. 

A power struggle ensues at the Atlantic Club that will rock (and roll) the lads who frequent it.

Set in the amphetamine-fueled, gangster-operated London rock scene, Mojo follows Sweets, Potts, Skinny, Mickey, Baby and Silver Johnny, a gang of hopped-up, would-be power-players who, seduced by the speed and optimism of a glittering American future, battle for control over a hot young teen idol. 

Director Jeff Szusterman is swapping the young hopefuls of New Zealand’s Next Top Model (Series 2) for another gang; Auckland’s most exciting young male actors. Star of the Silo Theatre hits A Little Dog Laughed and Holding The Man Charlie McDermott joins award-winning Gareth Reeves, David Van Horn (Loot, Go Girls), Ian Hughes (Ship Songs), Sam Snedden (Life is a Dream, Back Story) and newcomer Dan Veint in this electrifying blast of hip-swinging swagger. 

The play that inspired Guy Ritchie’s seminal Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a jet-black comedy where rock, revenge and deadly hilarity play out at heart-pounding speed.

Olivier Award for Best New Comedy
George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright
Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright

Combines “the verbal menace of Harold Pinter and the physical violence of Quentin Tarantino.” – Sunday Times 

“This is Beckett on speed, savagely funny, in fast forward, with no time to wait for Godot.” – Observer 

From the team that brought you 2009’s grimy hit Killer Joe… 
from 27th October to 6th November
at The Basement Theatre.
Ticket prices: Adults: $26, Seniors / Students: $24, Equity: $22
Bookings:  or 09 361 1000.  

Gareth Reeves
Ian Hughes
Charlie McDermott
David Van Horn
Sam Snedden
Dan Veint

Designer: Simon Coleman

Sound Design: Leon Radojkovic

Rock’n’roll gangsters pack a punch

Review by Paul Simei-Barton 02nd Nov 2010

Playwright Jez Butterworth is one of British theatre’s rising stars and the Basement’s production of his 1995 breakthrough play makes it easy to see why.

Mojo delivers a blast of edgy, high-octane drama featuring sharply dressed, pill-popping gangsters, macabre humour and the primal rhythms of early 50s rock ’n’ roll. [More]
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