Chasing Bono, the latest play from writing partnership Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, is currently playing at London’s Soho Theatre until 19 January 2019. The play is loosely drawn on the autobiographical recollections of Neil McCormick, who grew up, and was schoolfriends with, Bono.
Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais turn the serious premise of Chasing Bono into a witty comedy of reconciliation and acceptance.
“It sounds like a fecking dog biscuit,” a young Neil McCormick responds to the news that his friend Paul Hewson is changing his name to Bono in this hilarious but touching new play by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais – just one moment that highlights the level of competitiveness and disillusionment the character feels going up against a little band called U2.
My final post-show Q&A of the year, to the stage premiere of Chasing Bono, was an absolute Irish corker! After a revealing discussion about the fine line between success and failure and the perils of fame, it ended with an impromptu song performance.
Neil McCormick’s autobiography has now been turned into an engaging new musical play, Chasing Bono, which has opened at London’s Soho Theatre.
Chasing Bono is inspiring, beautifully told and full of heart. Inspired programming and highly recommended.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, after the matinee next Saturday 15 December 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock returns to Soho Theatre for the world premiere of new rock ‘n’ roll comedy Chasing Bono. Got any questions?