Exploding on stage with the turmoil and excitement of the wildest drummer in rock and roll, Mick Berry pierces Keith Moon’s insane exterior to get inside the mind of this rock legend. As he attempts to save himself from the unbearable burden of living up (or down) to his self-created legend Moon the Loon, Moon takes the audience on a journey from his early struggles through the rise of The Who as one of the world’s greatest rock bands. Mick Berry spoke with The Fountain about new show, The Real Me and his plans for this month.
TF: Keith Moon – The Real Me certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
The premise is that to succeed in the arts, you have to commit to the point of insanity. Real insanity. And you have to be willing to risk everything, including your life. But then once you go that far, you struggle to believe it can be done any other way, and your insane commitment threatens to kill you.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I have always been nuts about The Who. Being a drummer, I know that no other drummer has had a greater influence on a songwriter and a band than Keith Moon. My influences are Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, and Shakespeare.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe?/Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
My plans for the Fringe are to perform as much as possible, and get as much exposure for the piece as I can. I’m quite proud of the work I’ve done on it, and want to blow people away. Theatre can be powerful beyond description. I want to join with the audience to create something extraordinary.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Keith Moon – The Real Me?
I have not many plans beyond Keith Moon: The Real Me at this point in my life. The show has been the big project for ten years, and I’m continuing to devote all my energy to it. I do have a show about my dad as a prisoner of war in Germany during WW II. I have received some interest in that, and will perform that as much as I am able.
Mick Berry performs Keith Moon – The Real Me at The Gilded Balloon Teviot Wine Bar from July 31 to August 26 at 17.15