Martin is a boy with problems - an illness no-one understands and a head full of sound and vision. So when an unexpected gift arrives on his birthday, Martin embarks on a thrilling journey in the footsteps of his obsession, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths about himself. What follows will change his life forever...
Powerful and touching, music and magic realism collide in this darkly funny and moving production featuring Alex Walton and the voice of comedian Rob Newman. With a blistering Bowie soundtrack, the life of the pop fan is dissected in this tale of unnatural teenage wildlife.
The play was originally endorsed and promoted by David Bowie. This production is a tribute to him.
‘Adrian Berry's first play turns out to be that rarest of things: a fringe play which exceeds all expectations. The play stays true to its convincingly complex characters. It is equally full of perspicacity and imagination and leaves the strong impression that Berry, as writer, is one to watch’
Time Out Magazine CRITIC'S CHOICE
‘Magic realism and dramatic resonance collide - this is a fine show’
The Scotsman ****
‘Moving and touching, it blew me away. I cried my eyes out. You forget you're in a theatre, and you can't ask for much more than that’
BBC London Live
"This is a memorable show, a worthy depiction of anyone who has ever turned to their record collection in despair"
Three Weeks Magazine *****
‘A precocious wit and acuity underscored by emotional fragility, through an intelligent narrative’
‘The kind of psycho-drama that doesn't get made anymore... Rob Newman's uncannily accurate impersonation of Bowie... wonderful’
‘A chilling and highly wrought piece that shines with quality. This is great theatre’
Morning Star ****
Martin lives at home with his mother, his father having departed soon after his birth and never seen again. Martin has inherited his father’s obsession with David Bowie and writes letters to him, living in a world of books, music and fantasy to which he escapes. Martin also rarely eats.
On his 18th birthday his mother gives him an envelope which his father requested she do. Inside Martin discovers a letter Bowie had written to his father, and a map with instructions. Martin embarks on a journey across London to discover the birthplace, haunts and history of his hero and retrace his father’s footsteps, before making a final, chilling discovery at the bank of the River Thames.
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads is a contemporary theatrical road movie with a host of characters, songs, humour and a brilliant Bowie soundtrack.
Adrian Berry is Artistic Director of Jacksons Lane in London. He is also the writer and director of Jack Pleasure and Dye Young/Stay Pretty amongst many other productions. Alex Walton is an acclaimed actor of stage and screen, working internationally in theatre and is also the lead actor in the new film for the band Suede to accompany their latest album Night Thoughts. Rob Newman was the first comedian to sell out Wembley Arena and is an acclaimed writer, impressionist and novelist Layla Rosa is the founder of the creators of immersive theatre, Shunt, and an experienced director in physical theatre and circus