Well, it was only a matter of time before some Andrew Lloyd Dimwit decided that the mass slaughter of innocents deserved its own show-stopping tunes!
One of Britain’s acclaimed writers for the stage, David Greig, has created a musical show based on the murders in Norway committed in 2011 by Anders Breivik.
Greig, who has also written the book for the new Sam Mendes film musical of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, researched the project on Utøya island and in Oslo, visiting the country with the director Ramin Gray three months after the atrocity that saw the lone killer end the lives of 77 people.
Called The Events, the show examines the limits of human empathy and will be premiered this summer at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, before it travels to London for a run at the Young Vic.
“I was most interested in how Norwegian society was feeling,” said Greig this weekend. “Oslo is not a huge city and everybody pretty much knows everybody else, so almost everyone we spoke to had been affected. Some people asked us not to write or talk about Breivik. I am not at all certain whether we give him a victory by ignoring him or trying to understand him. That is what I wanted to question.”
How about a documentary that investigates contemporary Norwegian society, culture, mores? Why did it have to have a cast album?