David Bowie obsessive follows in footsteps of his idol

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
10 January 2017 5:25PM

A PRODUCTION depicting the tale of a young David Bowie obsessive makes its Cumbria debut this month.

By Samantha Ewen

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads comes to The Beggar’s Theatre in Millom on Friday January 20.

It tells the story of Martin, a boy with an illness no one understands and a head full of sound and vision.

When an unexpected gift arrives on his birthday, Martin embarks on a journey in the footsteps of his idol, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths about himself.

The screenplay, which was written and directed by Adrian Berry, is a solo show featuring Alex Walton and the voice of comedian Rob Newman.

The life of the fan is dissected to a soundtrack celebrating David Bowie’s otherworldly music.

The nationwide tour spans 33 dates including four nights in London, having previously sold out in London, Edinburgh and Germany. Berry rewrote the play as a new adaptation ready for its autumn dates last year.

David Bowie had West Cumbrian connections himself, having made his theatrical debut at the Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven in January 1968.

Lindsay Kemp’s production of Pierrot in Turquoise saw Bowie play a cloud, in between the release of his first two albums.

Adrian Berry is the artistic director of Jacksons Lane, a contemporary circus and visual theatre venue in London. His other work includes Jack Pleasure and Dye Young/Stay Pretty. Alex Walton stars in Night Thoughts, a feature film to accompany Suede's new album, and has appeared in adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, The Iron Lady and Guys and Dolls.

Tickets for From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads are available from The Beggar’s Theatre box office.

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