Writing words for music, at least doing it well, is one of the hardest jobs in the theatre. Any fool can buy a rhyming dictionary but finding words that support, lift, cradle or enhance music is a rare skill.
Gobbledygook, the latest show from the riotous Gogmagogs - a group of seven young string players - is a wonderful example of composers and lyricists (including Caryl Churchill and Orlando Gough) opening up worlds of possibilities in this field. The evening's runaway success is the fantastically funny "How To Deal With Being Dumped in Eight Easy Movements" by Patrick Barlow and Django Bates. Someone should commission a comic opera from them immediately.
Gobbledygook, Lyric Hammersmith (0181-741 2311) from TueReuse content