6th - 10th of June, 2017
by JEZ BUTTERWORTH
A brutally funny journey through the seedy, amphetamine-fuelled, Rock’n’Roll underbelly of 1950s London. Mojo follows a hapless gang of would-be gangsters, seduced by the promise of fame and fortune, fighting for control of the next big Rock’n’Roll sensation, teenage singer, Silver Johnny.
At face value, Mojo by Jez Butterworth is simply a fast paced dark comedy; pure entertainment so to speak. However, underneath the dense dialogue and claustrophobic setting, Butterworth’s subtext is laced with homoerotic undertones and subtle critiques of masculinity. Throughout the play, the audience gradually sees through the ensemble's seemingly meaningless banter, and finds themselves presented with a unique exploration into masculinity and the vulnerabilities of brotherhood. Ultimately, as the gang’s circumstances become increasingly dire, their personal façades crumble, leaving all the characters totally exposed. The stereotypical gangster trope ‘damsel in distress’ undergoes a gender inversion as these men grapple with the flaws and fragilities of their feigned manliness. Mojo allowed us to share intimate insights into the complexities of modern masculinity all in very accessible context of a hilarious, albeit arguably terrifying night at the theatre.
A massive thank you must go to all our backers on Kickstarter for this project. With their help we raised over $3000 which helped fund the inception of Patalog Theatre Co. and this production together.
THOMAS HENRY JONES as POTTS
Thomas Henry Jones is writer and actor based in Melbourne. He is currently co-writer and a lead actor in Melbourne web series Feedback, and has recently performed as Don Jon in Artefact Theatre's production of Much Ado About Nothing. Previous credits include the two butlers- Lane and Merriman, in Artefact Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest and Potts in Patalog Theatre's maiden production of Mojo by Jez Butterworth.
In 2014 he toured with The Adamson Theatre Company through England and France performing a number of roles including Salieri in a production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus and Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream. As part of Adamson Theatre Company Tom also appeared as Macbeth, Macheath in The Threepenny Opera and Old Man Strong in Urinetown for which he was nominated in the category of best junior supporting male at the Victorian Music Theatre Guild Awards (2012).
MARK YEATES as SWEETS
Mark graduated from the 16th Street Actors Studio full time program in 2012. Mark has also studied with other institutions such as Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Theatre Company as a part of their intensive training programs. In 2010, Mark was selected to train part time with National Institute Dramatic Art as a part of their Young Actor’s Studio. He has since founded Artefact Theatre Co, producing three productions since its inception in 2016.
Recent theatre credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest (Artefact Theatre Co.), Mojo (Patalog Collective), Romeo and Juliet (China Tour - Australian International Opera Company), Much Ado About Nothing (China Tour - AIOC), Seminar: A Comedy (Artefact Theatre Co.), You Got Older (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), Proof (Artefact Theatre Co.), Seussical: The Musical (OCPAC) in 2013 which was then remounted at the Athenaeum Theatre for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for which he received a Music Theatre Guild nomination for best actor, Heirloom (The Actor’s Theatre Collective), Fiddler on the Roof (CLOC), Sweeney Todd (OSMAD)
BEN WALTER as BABY
In addition to his acting work, Ben is the Artistic Director and founder of Patalog Theatre, which he has been developing since 2017. He starred as Eliot in Patalog’s most recent project, Polly Stenham’s Tusk Tusk, which received acclaimed critical success. Ben has undertaken classes at 16th Street Actors Studio, The Royal Shakespeare Co. and NIDA. Earlier this year, he was a key cast member and the assistant director for Lightning Jar Theatre’s production of Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play at fortyfivedownstairs, directed by John Kachoyan.
Other recent credits include; Derb in Rainbow Man at fortyfivedownstairs, with emerging group Goodnight Darlings; and Baby in Patalog Theatre’s maiden production of Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, which he also directed and produced. Ben has played iconic characters from a young age; most notably, Javert in Les Miserables and Daryl Van Horne in The Witches of Eastwick, for which he received nominations for Best Junior Performer in the Victorian Music Theatre Guild. In 2016, he toured with Adamson Theatre Company, performing at schools around the UK in the role of Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors.
DAVID JOHN WATTON as MICKEY
Originally born in the UK, David is an actor with considerable credits to his name. He trained at both Howard Fine in 2014 for which he was awarded a scholarship, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where he received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts (Acting).
He has appeared in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries for ABC network as well as the critically acclaimed Galipolli directed by Glendyn Ivan. More recently he appeared My Life is Murder. David has a massive array of short film credits to his name and his theatre credits include the National Tour of Fawlty Towers dir. John Cleese.
We are so thrilled he joined us for Patalog's inaugural show.
VINCENT ATTANASIO as SKINNY
Vincent Attanasio is a Melbourne based actor, writer and director. His recent credits include a critically acclaimed directorial debut for Patalog Theatre Company with Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman.
Vincent also played the role of Skinny in the company’s maiden production of Mojo by Jez Butterworth. His other credits include Richard in William Shakespeare's Richard III, Billy Flynn in Chicago, and John Proctor in Arthur Miller'sThe Crucible, all with the Adamson Theatre Company.