Leviathan's Goat is a theatre company formed by Robert Mountford and Chris Larner to do many things, but firstly to bring together their first collaboration, Vagabonds - My Phil Lynott Odyssey.
Day-jobbing as an usher at the Vaudeville Theatre whilst at RADA, Mountford was inspired by and became obsessed with the free rolling, absurdist, heartfelt riot that was Do You Come Here Often, by The Right Size. The funny songs in that very funny show, were written by Larner. A year later, when both Mountford and Larner were working at the RSC, they met at a party...Mountford then stalked Larner at a quasi-legal distance until he, beaten into submission, gave in and a friendship was formed.
Leviathan’s Goat is - apart from any Freudian, Hobbesian, Satanic, Religious, Political connotations - a reference to the Battle of Trafalgar. In those days, livestock was kept on ships for fresh milk, meat and maybe even love...let us not judge. When the canons started booming, the livestock would bolt, and who would blame them? Most were slaughtered, ahead of the game. But, on the good ship LEVIATHAN Captain Bayntun preserved the ship's goat. A good deed? Well, the notion of helplessly being driven mad and then forced to stay alive to watch the human carnage is as fair an analogy of being an artist as we can think of...
Our Leviathan’s Goat looks to untangle and tie afresh, the manifold madnesses that we all experience in a quest for truth, beauty, love and laughter.