My Dad's Gap Year - Park Theatre
Wednesday 5 December 2018
Comedy - Off-West End - Shows
Former EastEnders and Coronation Street star Michelle Collins will join the cast of Tom Wright's knockabout comedy, My Dad's Gap Year, destined for the Park Theatre from 30 January 2019.
Cast of My Dad's Gap Year - photo c Michael Wharley 2018
Former EastEnders and Coronation Street star Michelle Collins will join the cast of Tom Wright's comedy, My Dad's Gap Year, alongside Adam Lannon, Alex Britt, Max Percy and previously announced Victoria Gigante.
Directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, My Dad's Gap Year opens at Park Theatre on 30 January playing for a strictly limited season until 23 February 2019.
A wickedly funny and heartfelt story, the play is based on true events.
With gay love, straight love, trans love, buddy love and father/son love at its core, it's a dizzying drama of drinking games, beer bellies, newfound freedom and midlife madness.
Michelle Collins has worked extensively in TV and theatre over the last 30 years.
Her television roles include two of Britain's best-loved soaps EastEnders and Coronation Street, the hugely popular 2,000 Acres of Skye and The Illustrated Mum, which received an international Emmy Award.
Theatre credits include: Calendar Girls (Phoenix Theatre); Rattle of a Simple Man (Comedy Theatre); Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre); The Glass Supper (Hampstead Theatre); A Dark Night in Dalston (Park Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour).
About the playwright
Tom Wright is a London based playwright and theatre director.
My Dad's Gap Year was first workshopped at the Tristan Bates Theatre before being developed with Rikki Beadle-Blair of Team Angelica and showcased at the Bush Theatre, London.
Tom's second play, I Ain't Dumb, premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Rebel Song, his adaptation of Jamie O'Neill's novel At Swim, Two Boys, was nominated for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize and was selected as part of From Page To Stage to be performed at Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Other Palace.
Amongst his other work, Kweenship was developed with the Soho Theatre's Young Company.
About the director
Rikki Beadle-Blair is a writer, director, composer, choreographer, designer, producer and performer.
He has won several awards including the Sony Award for Best Documentary Feature for The Roots of Homophobia, and the Los Angeles Outfest Screenwriting and Outstanding Achievement awards.
Past projects include several feature films and TV series including the American feature Blackbird starring Oscar-winning actress Mo'nique, Stonewall for Killer Films New York and BBC Films, Metrosexuality for Channel 4, Noah's Arc for MTV Logo as well as Fit, Kickoff and Bashment for his own company, Team Angelica.
He is one of the creative directors of the Visionary Youth Project for young European Film Activists.
Rikki also works extensively in theatre and has written 28 plays in the last decade that have been performed in London and across the UK.
In 2016, he was awarded an MBE for his services to drama.
The production of My Dad's Gap Year will be accompanied by a full supporting programme and outreach activity.
Two post show talks will take place each week during the run, covering a range of related topics.
Three LGBTQ+ writers - Benjamin Salmon, Temi Wikey and Kamal Kaan - have been selected to further develop their work with support and guidance from Tom Wright and there will be a series of engagement workshops for young people from the LGBTQ+ community to create new work.
Participants will also be given the chance to see the production free of charge.
This is the story of Dave; a dad in mid-life freefall who takes his repressed, gay, teenage son William on a wild adventure to Thailand.
Written by Tom Wright and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, My Dad's Gap Year is a wickedly funny and heartfelt story based on true events.
Gay love, straight love, trans love, buddy-love, drinking games and beer bellies.
Fasten your seat belts, it's gonna be a mad one!
Cath - Michelle Collins
Dave - Adam Lannon
William - Alex Britt
Mae - Victoria Gigante
Matias - Max Percy
Author: Tom Wright
Director: Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE
Designer: Sarah Beaton
Lighting: Derek Anderson
Sound: Benjamin Winter
Production: Alexandra Da Silva and Neil Eckersley in association with MC Productions and Park Theatre
From: Wednesday 30 January 2019
Closes: Saturday 23 February 2019
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