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Words: Helen Ferguson & Ensemble Youth Theatre members

I’m Helen Ferguson, Creative Producer and Theatre Director at Mortal Fools – a theatre, drama and creative learning company. We support children and young people working alongside our team of theatre professionals to co-create great theatre experiences. We like to make stuff that is socially engaged, contemporary, fun and important to the young people we work with.

Music is a hugely important part of our work – a great soundtrack can really bring a show to life. We are especially skilled at adapting to different spaces and circumstances (which has been useful!) and the current situation has led us to create When The World Is Loud; an audio theatre experience to drown out the noise of the modern world. You can listen to it anytime, anywhere, with original stories, community voices, music and soundscape (by composer and sound designer, Mark Melville). It’s designed to help you escape, reflect and feel better about the future.

When The World Is Loud is available now – it is free (donations welcome) and you can stream directly from our website or stream on Spotify, Apple and Podbean. We’d love you to listen and to share your listening experience with us via our social channels @MortalFoolsUK and use the hashtag #WTWIL.

We have put together this Mixtape with our Ensemble Youth Theatre members who all love music and regularly use it to aid their wellbeing. The tracks we’ve chosen are inspired by the themes of escape, wellbeing, gratitude and hope – all underpinning themes of When The World Is Loud.

Jacob Collier – He Won’t Hold You
This song makes us feel like we are floating on a cloud, looking at the stars. It’s beautifully written and filled with complex musical ideas that help us escape.

The Monkees – Tapioca Tundra
A song filled with sunshine that helps us to appreciate what we already have.

Paul Simon – 50 Ways to Leave your Lover
The contrast between the melancholy verses and exciting choruses always make us feel hopeful when feeling upset or frustrated.

Elton John – Don’t Go Breaking my Heart
A familiar uplifting song that always puts us in a good mood and reminds us of carefree times.

M83 – Midnight City
Makes us think of the future – when listening, we get this image of driving through a city at night with neon lights everywhere and just feeling happy.

Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
Another song that you can just drift away to – we love the vibe; it makes us feel sad but not in a bad way.

Mac Miller – Good News
This song is big favourite and is incredibly calming. It touches on themes related to mental health, a key theme within Mortal Fools’ productions, a subject we feel passionately about.

Chase and Status – Program
An upbeat song that always gets us energised within the rehearsal room; it reminds us of when we were able to devise in person. This song was usually paired with a highly competitive ball game named Spooner and was the soundtrack to our early mornings.

Pink Floyd – Breathe (In The Air)
When listening to this song, it feels like you’re entering another world. It feels a bit like that right now and When The World Is Loud is a bit like that – you go on a journey with us and we encourage the listener to have hope for the future.

CHVRCHES – Miracle
When thinking back to our 2019 tour of iWeigh, this song takes us back to the fun we had when rehearsing and the amazing soundtrack of our rehearsal room and in the production. Reminds us of being all together.

Sufjan Stevens – Visions of Gideon
A song that we instantly think of when thinking of the theme of escapism – this song is beautiful and gives us goosebumps.

Childish Gambino – The Night me and your Mama Met
It’s just a really pretty song. Somehow it sounds like Prince and a 1950’s Disney movie all at once so it’s really nostalgic.

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