Sarah wrote the book for, and directed the musical Muted (previously titled After the Turn), which premiered at The Courtyard Theatre in February 2012, produced by Interval Productions. See below for a video of the second rehearsal! Muted was nominated by Broadway World for Best Fringe or Regional Musical – the only piece of new writing in the category.
Muted has recently had a workshop with a West End cast, and a showcase directed by Jamie Jackson at the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden. You can view the showcase here.
The Public Reviews
‘Muted first hits you with its original plot. Yes, there are a lot of threads. But having seen plenty of American shows where the whiny young characters have nothing to moan about, it was nice to watch something with a bit of grit and psychology involved. The strongest storyline is the one told in flashbacks…. this fresh British show could really be something!’
The Stage – Mark Shenton
‘Muted – developed in just three months – is sure to fly high, having got this far so fast…it’s the British equivalent to Rent, full of punchy, raw and youthful energy. Working with his director Sarah Henley, he (TPJ) has made the songs live and breathe, and occasionally wail, as alternatively poignant and powerful expressions of a compelling original story of Michael, a promising musician, who is rendered mute by the sudden death of his mother.’
‘Muted is a highly enjoyable and original new musical that will certainly outlive its short run at The Courtyard’
West End Wendy
‘It was definitely nice to see a show in which the plot is gritty, psychological and tugs at the heartstrings without being soppy. At times the show was shocking and at other times it almost moved me to tears – all in all it was an excellent mix of emotions. Other reviewers have compared this show to musicals such as Rent and Spring Awakening and I am inclined to agree – this kind of gritty musical doesn’t come around much, but when it does it’s generally something a little special.’
‘Sarah Henley’s choices of staging were impressive, incorporating all three sets in one, including the band, and Teen Michael’s colour t-shirts and posters against Michael’s monochromatic versions all being inspired ideas.’
‘As for the show, it had a strong plot that held your attention…a beautiful, unique production…After the Turn has done British theatre proud; go and see it.’