Disgraceful Behaviour

Created by Alexander Richardson, The Pitch 2022

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A musical comedy looking at those who happily tell lies in order to gain more power for themselves - with a suggestion that the truth still has the power to bring such people down. An MP is holed up in his Cotswolds cottage with his wife and a PR man, preparing to make a statement to the press who are gathered outside. The MP has - not for the first time - been caught in an indelicate situation. His choices are polarised - come clean and beg forgiveness... Or double down, lie, deny, and try to use the attention to raise his status. Of course, nobody would do that... right? right... The MP and his PR man rehearse their lies and get wrapped up in their excitement about the future - but they\'ve overlooked the MPs wife, who is tired of having her opinion ignored and is not at all comfortable with the thought that this man might be on his way to even more power. With a sting in the tale, the story shows that in the right hands the truth can still set you free.

Biblical Connection

St Paul's Epistle to the Romans is his magnum opus. I want to look at one verse towards the end of the epistle (16:18) - 'For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people'. Much of Romans concentrates on the importance of unity, rather than division - and this particular verse emphasises the importance of recognising those who create such division while spreading lies and misinformation for their own purposes. These are the wolves in sheep's clothing referenced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:15), they are as dangerous today as they were then - and nowhere is their influence greater than in politics. In recent years, 'the truth' in politics seems to be in short supply - and there are many on both sides who will gladly use 'smooth talk and flattery' to achieve their own ends. One film on its own will not change anything - but every voice added to those who say this is not acceptable will amplify the message. And what better medium, than a ROCK MUSICAL.