After my December event at Dialektikon, I’m already looking forward to returning to the Park Theatre’s upstairs Park90 in the new year as part of a programme of events for the world premiere of Tom Wright’s My Dad’s Gap Year…
“Seriously, William, you’re eighteen and you’re gay, for Christ’s sake. You’re meant to swim against the tide. A proper gap year is all about travelling. Seeing the world. Popping your cherry. This is our chance to start living. Me and you.”
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 to lose his virginity. Written by Tom Wright and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair (MBE), My Dad’s Gap Year is a wickedly funny and heartfelt story based on true events.
Michelle Collins (Eastenders, Coronation Street) stars as William’s mother Cath – a woman on her own journey of self-discovery – alongside Adam Lannon, Alex Britt, Victoria Gigante and Max Percy.
Gay love, straight love, trans love, buddy-love, drinking games and beer bellies. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s gonna be a mad one!
For the Q&A after the performance of My Dad’s Gap Year on Thursday 7 February 2019, I’ll be joined by playwright Tom Wright, director Rikki Beadle-Blair and the company to discuss the play, production and creative process. Producers have also planned a series of issues-led talks throughout the run.