Avant-garde theatre troupe Red Mole serve up poetry, parody, shadow play and lowdown boogie in this musical Radio With Pictures clip. Red Mole perform four songs from their 1980 tour (and EP) I'll Never Dance Down Bugis St Again: the title track, Patti Smith-style stomp 'Agent Orange', sultry jazz number 'Julie's Song' (sung by The Neighbours' Trudi Green) and cautionary rocker 'Mr Asia', led by Red Mole founder Alan Brunton. Wellington Zoo provides a playground for the troupe, as they inhabit its empty cages and paths. In this backgrounder, ex Red Mole member Martin Edmond explores Red Mole on screen and on the road.
Music was indispensable for Alan. He used incidental music and song to create atmosphere, to assist narratives, to intensify or relax theatrical threads and to generate cooperative commentary. The band he used rather like a chorus in Ancient Greek theatre, and he wrote songs with musicians, keeping a sharp eye on their style, drawing maximum mileage out of their aptitude for his messages, humour and disturbing happenings.– Musician Bill Direen on Red Mole frontman Alan Brunton, AudioCulture, 16 May 2018
Music composed by Sam Ford, John Davies, Trudi Green and David Ironside
Documentary on Red Mole, by Red Mole founders Sally Rodwell & Alan Brunton
Essay on Red Mole's creative philosophy, Art New Zealand, November 1978
Martin Edmond describes his Red Mole memoir, Radio New Zealand, November 2020
Martin Edmond writes about Red Mole's cabaret days in Wellington, AudioCulture, November 2020
Neil Hannan writes about making music with Red Mole, AudioCulture, November 2020