I first performed at the Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate around two years ago. It's one of those venues you just can't help falling in love with. And so I'm delighted it's the first venue for 'My Son's Not Rainman' this year.
I can't put my finger on what it is that makes the Tom Thumb Theatre so special. It might be its quaintness, the reminder of a bygone era. It might be the chill that always permeates the air no matter how warm it is outside. It might be the never-ending enthusiasm, dedication and friendliness of the family team that runs it. It could be the 'bar' - the serving hatch next to the stage, where you can peek out to the audience through a hole in the wall, hidden by a small flap of carpet nailed to the wall. Or it could be the low ceiling meaning when it's full the laughter from the audience rolls off it feeling like a venue ten, twenty times its size. There's just something unique about the place that gets under your skin. And when I first envisaged writing 'My Son's Not Rainman', and started to think about how it might work on stage, the Tom Thumb Theatre was never far from my mind.
So, I'm really excited about January 18th. In some strange, over-sentimental way it feels like coming home. I'm bringing some friends down to perform on the night too. Sion James, MC of Benicassim Festival Spain and Hop Farm Festival, ('utterly charming... loveable giant' - Time Out) will be holding proceedings together in his irrepressible fashion. The brilliant Haiste and Lawrence ('...perhaps the funniest show I've seen in 25 years of fringe-going' - Love Fringe) are coming down to Margate for the first time, together with talented newcomer Amanda Dawson.
Tickets are on sale here. It all starts at 8pm. Do come down. If nothing else, you'll experience one of the most amazing theatres around.
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This blog is about bringing up The Boy. He's 12 years old and autistic. It's written by The Dad. It's my words, my view. Other people will think differently and have different opinions. Good.