THE PART OF BOB KINGDOM WILL
BE PLAYED BY AND ACTOR by Bob Kingdom
- Written & Performed by Bob Kingdom
- Directed by Brian Cummins
All the world's a dressing room...
Fringe First-winning doyen of the solo show world, Bob Kingdom, plays Bob Kingdom, doyen of the solo show world and Fringe-First winner, playing Bob Kingdom... what is this? Is this the stage or the dressing room? Who are all these people? Who am I, come to that? I used to be Dylan Thomas; or was it Truman Capote? I'm sure I was someone. Can yourself be the hardest role to play? Can you be yourself without playing a role?
After 3 award-winning, world-touring hit shows illustrating the genius and frailties of such personalities as J Edgar Hoover, Truman Capote and Dylan Thomas, Kingdom's attention is drawn inexorably inward. Turning the performer's role inside-out, Bob Kingdom reveals the inner machinations and manipulations of acting; a cleverly constructed self-analysis examining a man who has given his entire self over to the representation of others. What is left when he comes off stage?
Casually post-modern, deeply funny, and emotionally affecting at the same time, this new show is the natural culmination of Kingdom's solo expertise. The Part Of Bob Kingdom Will Be Played By An Actor is a fascinating addendum to any of Kingdom's other shows - indeed, to any performance. Kingdom is performer, impersonator, personality and philosopher in one.
"...a highly perceptive analysis of the art of the one-man show. Kingdom is a natural and knows his audience inside out - a rapport is struck immediately and the resulting intimacy is tangible." (The Stage)
"When is an actor not an actor? What if he's playing himself? Bob Kingdom's breezily cerebral monologue grapples with this existential riddle, like a postmodern 'An Evening With', mixed with a heartfelt jouney into childhood... His one-man shows are Fringe staples... a mercurial collage of impressions, tales, and tangents upon tangents... The depth of Kingdom's talent keeps all this sombre navel-gazing compelling. The gaggery is droll, the flitting from one voice to another simply virtuosic, the tugging at heart strings firm and subtle." (The Scotsman)
"A mix of straight talk, theatrical asides and chaotic, schizophrenic dialogue with his other halves, entertaining quips - as he says, 'you can be as rude as you like in someone else's trousers'" (The List)