This tale of child cruelty, set against the backdrop of 1950s Glasgow, is masterfully handled by David Hayman in this one-man performance. Based on Rony Bridges autobiographical account of his upbringing, the play unfolds in a funeral parlour, his father’s coffin the only witness to Joe’s outpouring of anger, hurt and ultimately love towards his dead father. As Hayman explained in the interesting Q&A session which followed this show, writing the piece was a way for Bridges to heal the wounds inflicted by his traumatic childhood. The result is a funny, disturbing and surprisingly warm piece of theatre, which allows Hayman to showcase his full range of acting talents. Proceeds from tickets sales go to Hayman’s charity Spirit Aid.
Assembly Rooms, 2-26 Aug (not 13), 1.00pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlotte Ryan]