I’ve never played someone like Tom before, and that’s what I’m finding most enjoyable. I’ve played older men onstage, of course. But they’re usually doddery old duffers, silly colonels and the like. That’s a very different kettle of fish.
I think views of older people have changed totally since the TV show was first seen. Thirty years ago, it might have been expected that you’d have an elasticated waist and a pair of slippers on when you were 60, but that’s certainly not the case now.
At the post-show Q&A with the writer, director and cast of cult-hit comedy Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Rd., we talked about the power of kindness, Fried Meat sequels, why Mountain Dew is illegal in the UK, what JD stands for and gender role-swapping among much else and much laughter.
As part of her post-show Q&A series, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will host a post-show panel discussion on feminism and misogyny onstage following Lazarus Theatre’s re-imagining of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at London’s Brockley Jack Theatre on Thursday 30 July 2017.
As a Twitter geek, one of the things I enjoyed most about David Baddiel‘s latest one-man show My Family: Not the Sitcom, now running at the Playhouse Theatre, is how he so successfully employs social media in his storytelling.
In its depiction of two pawns caught up unwillingly in the machinations of the rich and powerful and its philosophical banter, Guards at the Taj reminds me a lot of Tom Stoppard‘s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.