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Fear of Music - Tristan Bates Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

UP IN Arms theatre company will tour Fear of Music by Barney Morris in February and March 2013, in a production supported by Out of Joint.

The tour opens with two performances at York Theatre Royal (February 19 and 20), and includes four performances at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre (March 1 to March 3).

Luke was the first in his family to go to university. Now he’s back, determined to stop his irritating fireball of a brother from following in their father’s footsteps by joining the army.

Fear of Music time-bends between 1988 and 1993, inviting audience members to piece together a tragedy that sees history repeating itself. Described as beautifully observed and packed with good jokes, it’s a story of two boys with starkly different futures, surrounded by mixtapes, guitars and ambitions, discovering how easy it is to get lost in a country that doesn’t look after its own.

Fear of Music, which stars Rob Heaps (The Browning Version, West End) and Joe Robertson, is directed by Alice Hamilton and designed by Carys Rose Beard.

Founded by Barney Norris and Alice Hamilton, Up In Arms’ previous productions include At First Sight by Barney Norris (Oxford Playhouse Salisbury Studio Theatre, Etcetera Theatre, Latitude Festival) and a haunting staging of Schubert’s Winterreise (Tristan Bates Theatre).

This production of Fear of Music is supported by Out of Joint, the touring company directed by Max Stafford-Clark. In a new venture, in addition to its own productions, Out of Joint will draw on its expertise to give an extended life to shows that deserve to be seen by a wider audience, enabling them to tour. Fear of Music was previously staged under its original title, Missing, at the Tristan Bates Theatre in early 2012.

Out of Joint’s new production of Our Country’s Good runs at St James Theatre from January 30 to March 9. Meanwhile, its production of A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson is soon to be revived in the UK, Dublin and New York.

Tickets: Available from the box office on 020 7240 6283 or online at

Times: 7.30pm, plus 3pm on Saturday, March 3.

The tour will also visit Hull, South Shields, Oxford, Andover, Ipswich, Middlesbrough, Salisbury and Norden Farm Arts Centre.