‘The Demolition Man’
A piece about Fred Dibnah @ The Octagon Theatre, Bolton.
Isadora Pro User and friend Joe Statheres-Tracey (JoeST) (- who recently did an interview on my blog), is the projectionist working on this piece along with a series of other creative people, shown below.
Well worth a visit to pay homage to a UK legend and to see a wonderful show.
Many women have to deal with their husband’s hair-brained schemes. And when Sheila comes home to find her husband has decided to build a 70ft mineshaft in the back garden, she somehow isn’t suprised. But if you were married to Fred Dibnah, one of Bolton’s best-loved sons, you wouldn’t be either.
After appearing on television repairing Bolton Town Hall clock in 1978, Fred went from eccentric, engineer and steeplejack to local hero, celebrated broadcaster and national institution. But when he is diagnosed with cancer, it threatens to demolish his personal and professional life as easily as he had toppled chimneys throughout his illustrious career.
Despite his tragic deterioration, he determines to forge ahead with his project to get his beloved steam engine on the road. And along the way, Fred’s relationship with Sheila is put to the test.
Aelish Michael’s funny and tender new play, researched in collaboration with Fred’s wife and some of his closest friends, focuses on the last few years of his eventful life. The Octagon is proud to stage this world premiere; a tribute to a man who will never be forgotten in his home town, and whose inspirational legacy lives on.
Matinees: Fri 8, Sat 16, Wed 20 Apr, Wed 4 May. 2pm
Schools’ matinee: Tue 12 Apr. 1.30pm
See the calendar to the left for full performance listings.
Special Diary Dates
Bargain Nights: Thu 7, Fri 8, Mon 11 Apr (tickets £9.50 – £14.50)
Meet the director and cast: Thu 14 Apr (free, post show)
Audio Described: Thu 21 Apr, 7.30pm
British Sign Language (BSL): Thu 28 Apr, 7.30pm
Director: David Thacker
Designer: James Cotterill
Lighting Designer: Brent Lees
Projection: Joe Stathers Tracey
Sound Designer: Andy Smith
Casting Director: Kay Magson
Assistant Deputy Manager: Danielle Fearnley
Good Luck with Joe, et al!