The Playlist: 2013 at the theatre

If you've followed my blog or read any of the theatre reviews throughout this year, you might have seen – at the bottom of the page – a song, numbered from 1 to 39. They form what I call ‘The Playlist,’ the idea being to find a piece of music that encapsulates either the production or my response to it (or sometimes both). Some selections may differ from those posted in the reviews; if so, it’s only because of a further reflection upon the production on my part. So here, altogether for the first time, is The Playlist for 2013.

1.   School Dance: Safety Dance, Men Without Hats *

2.   Rust and Bone: Window, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

3.   Peter Pan: Tonight We Fly, The Divine Comedy
4.   The Secret River: The Landing, Elena Kats-Chernin
5.   This Heaven: Aftermath, Nigel Godrich
6.   Mrs Warren’s Profession: Reflection, Howard Shore
7.   Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Cat People (Putting Out The Fire), David Bowie
8.   Stories I Want To Tell You In Person: NY Psycho Freylekhs, The Klezmatics

9.   Girl in Tan Boots: These Boots Were Made for Walking, Little Birdy *

10.  OneScientific Mystery, or Why Did The Aborigines Eat Captain Cook?: Why Did The Aborigines Eat Captain Cook?, VulgarGrad *
11.  Forget Me Not: Let The Rest Go, Lisa Gerrard & Marcello De Francisci
12.  Henry 4: Anarchy in the U.K., Sex Pistols
13.  The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars: Museum Open Late, Alan Silvestri
14.  Angels in America: God Music, from Black Angels, George Crumb
15.  Phèdre: Zanstra, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
16.  The Maids: The Rehearsal, Alexandre Desplat

17.  This Is Where We Live: Daniel, Lior

18.  Rocket Man: Astral Boy, Killing Heidi

19.  Top Girls: Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves, Eurythmics
20.  Persona: Muo Sukoshi Jibun no Koto, Kichinto Shitaino, Jonny Greenwood

21.  Beached: Fat, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

22.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Prelude, from Cello Suite No. 1 (on Tuba),
J.S. Bach *

23.  The Merchant of Venice: The Quality of Mercy, Michelle Shocked

24.  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: Kemp’s Jegg, Tarleton’s Jig
25.  Storm Boy: That Eye, The Sky, My Friend The Chocolate Cake
26.  Jerusalem: Jerusalem, Sir Hubert Parry *
27.  Miss Julie: Theme from Miss Julie, THE SWEATS *

28.  Return to Earth: Birth of a New Intelligence, Daniel Pemberton

29.  Small and Tired: Small Memory, Jon Hopkins
30.  Romeo and Juliet: Fitzpleasure, alt-j *
31.  The Floating World: The Galapagos, Iva Davies, Christopher Gordon & Richard Tognetti
32.  Hamlet: “When I am laid in earth”, from Dido & Aeneas, Henry Purcell *
33.  The Cake Man: The Taking Children Away, Cezary Skubiszewski
34.  Vere (Faith): Higgs Boson Blues, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
35.  The Comedy of Errors: Boys Will Be Boys, The Ordinary Boys

36.  Summertime in the Garden of Eden: Tara Theme – Main Title, Max Steiner

37.  Waiting for Godot: Sounds of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel
38.  Richard II – RSC Live in Cinemas: Bolingbroke, Paul Englishby *
39.  Coranderrk: Listen To The News, Ernie Dingo

* indicates tracks that were featured in the production.

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