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The Bad Mood

Sunday 10th January, 11am & 2.30pm

| £9 | £7 concessions

Recommended for ages 6+

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This is the story of HQ, a sonic nerve centre operated by a diligent team of workers. HQ sends and receives sound signals like clockwork, maintaining perfect order on the Grid – until one day, a Bad Mood arrives and threatens to wreak havoc on the system.

TROUPE presents The Bad Mood

Exploring ideas around empathy and resilience, HQ and the audience try to cope with the Bad Mood every which way they can, from soothing to arguing and – ultimately – to dancing it off! Each stage is represented by a piece of classical music, including pieces by Ravel, Cage and Bach.

Suitable for ages 6 and over

The Bad Mood was commissioned by the Spitalfields Summer Music Festival and was premiered as part of the festival at Rich Mix on 7th June 2015.


“A spectacular, inventive, slightly bonkers performance […] beautiful music presented in a quirky, imaginative, attention-grabbing fashion”

– Kate Kelly, Artistic Director Spitalfields Music Festival

“Everyone leaves smiling, and perhaps empowered and given license to explore the world of sound themselves. The Bad Mood deserves to be toured and seen by thousands of children […] Adults too”

– Sean Watson, music blogger

“You have achieved the thing that everyone wants to do but finds difficult – you have made a show that genuinely appeals to all generations”

– Clair Donnelly, Family Arts Festival


– 9-year old audience member when asked “What did you like about the show?”

“Dealing with extremely complicated subject manner in a way that children could understand”
– Arts Council England