UP IN ARMS, supported by Out of Joint, presents

Fear of Music

a cassette tape with the label "fear of music" written on it.

Up In Arms present a beautifully observed and beguilingly funny drama about two brothers with starkly different futures.

“This is smart work” Daily Telegraph
“Roars of laughter. A highly impressive evening” RemoteGoat
“Poignant, memorable, touching, unsettling” British Theatre Guide

Luke is the first in his family to go to university, and he’s determined to stop his irritating fireball of a brother from following in their father’s footsteps by joining the army. In a vivid, detailed and often hilarious 75 minutes, Fear of Music time-bends between 1987 and 1993, piecing together the prelude and aftermath of a tragedy that sees history repeating itself.

Packed with beautiful observation and outrageously good jokes, Fear Of Music is a brilliant burst of a play in which two boys with starkly different futures, surrounded by mixtapes, guitars and ambitions, discover how easy it is to get lost in a country that doesn’t look after its own.

“Being able to write this way while also making your audience ache in recognition is a wonderful thing” Exeunt

See Rehearsal photos | Read Barney’s blog about the play | Listen to the soundtrack

Directed by Alice Hamilton
Designed by Carys Rose Beard


19-20 February York Theatre Royal
01904 623 568 | www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

25-26 February Hull Truck Theatre
01482 323 638 | www.hulltruck.co.uk

27 February South Shields Customs House
01914 541 234 | www.customshouse.co.uk

28 Feb – 2 March London Tristan Bates Theatre
0207 240 6283 | www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

11-13 March Oxford Playhouse
01865 305 305 | www.oxfordplayhouse.com

14 March Andover James’s Place
01264 772 400 | www.james-place.co.uk

19-20 March Ipswich High School for Girls
01473 780 201 | www.ipswichhigh.gdst.net

22 March Middlesbrough Theatre
01642 815 181 | www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk

25-26 March Salisbury Playhouse
01722 320 333 | www.salisburyplayhouse.com

27 March Norden Farm Arts Centre
01628 788 997 | www.nordenfarm.org

Contains strong language. Recommended for ages 14+

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