An Audience With Stuart Bagcliffe


An Audience With Stuart Bagcliffe

The Walrus

10 Ship Street
Raised Room: MAY 14-15 at 15:15 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £5
Raised Room: MAY 11, 23-25, 29 at 19:00 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £5

An Audience With Stuart Bagcliffe

"Laugh out loud”, “Slick and powerful writing that keeps the audience mesmerised throughout” * * * * (London Pub Theatres)

This comedic one man show introduces Stuart Bagcliffe, who is about to perform his biographical play to an audience for the first time. Ill prepared and lacking experience, Stuart is naturally a bundle of nerves. Join him as he attempts to make it through the play in one piece, contending with his overbearing mother watching from the wings, a sound technician who's half asleep, as well as his own demons and insecurities. What could possibly go wrong?

Ticket types this year are Paid, Pay What You Can and Free - this is how it works: Paid: The show is fully ticketed and you pay in advance or on the door; Pay What You Can: You can choose to buy a ticket in advanced to guarantee entry and what to pay over a minimum amount OR turn up at the venue to get in for free in any space that is left; Free: The show is free entry and can be ticketed or unticketed. Watch the show, and the performer will ask for donations at the end for those that would like to contribute.

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May 20, 2019    London Pub Theatres Magazine


‘Slick and powerful writing that keeps the audience mesmerised throughout.’ ★★★★

A young, nervous boy enters the stage with his mother in the wings, adding to his nervous disposition. This is Stuart Bagcliffe’s first time on stage and his mum is very keen for him to do well because she has written and directed the piece. He must also deal with a technician that falls asleep and misses lighting cues.

Too often one-person plays can be self-indulgent nonsense. Not true in the case of this little gem. One person entertaining an audience for forty-five minutes is no easy task. However, Michael Parker who plays Stuart Bagcliffe was outstanding in his portrayal of young boy, teenager and in the final stages of the piece, an adult. His naivety in the opening sections was charming. He was ‘giddy with specialness’and his charm gave the audience a false sense of security because when things started to spiral out of control the audience was not sure if Stuart was at fault or not. This confusion simply added to the intrigue. Parker’s switching from innocence to guilt and anger was alarming and uncomfortable.

This was Benny Ainsworth debut play but it certainly didn’t feel like it. There were laugh out loud moments and his journey of ages was a clever device. Slick and powerful writing that kept the audience mesmerised throughout. By the end of the piece there was a little confusion about who did what to whom and some clarification might help, although allowing the audience to make their own minds up also worked. The journey home was one of contemplation about wanting more answers.

Sally Paffett used some good techniques in her debut directing skills. The interaction with the stage manager and the mother were carefully orchestrated and added to the feeling of immersive theatre. Paffett, Ainsworth and indeed Triptych Theatre Company should be observed with keen interest.

The only negative thing about this production is that it was only on for two nights. Keep an eye out for Stuart Bagcliffe appearing in more fringe venues in the not too distant future. Click Here For Review

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An Audience With Stuart Bagcliffe