The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family is heading overseas for the first time! The show is going to Adelaide Fringe in South Australia, where it will play at Holden Street Theatre at 3pm every weekend throughout the festival, 17 Feb – 18 March 2018. Book tickets here.
Exactly 2 years ago to the day, I performed the very first R&D version of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family’. It’s a show about me hitting the road in search of my dad. From next week, that show about me hitting the road in search of my dad is hitting the road. A great many number of roads, all over the country.
It kicks off with two nights in Oxford at Oxford Playhouse, then hits York, Cardiff, Ipswich, Maidenhead, Leicester, Nottingham, Farnham, Newcastle, Lincoln, Bristol and Bromsgrove, before finishing with 3 performances at the Southbank Centre in London in late November. As of this morning, tickets for all of the shows are now on sale.
Some dates are already sold out or almost sold out, so book tickets soon to avoid crushing disappointment, mild annoyance, or, at very best, a sense of completely unwarranted FOMO just because you always feel like you should be doing something, don’t you, when there’s so much you could do every day? If you do decide to ‘do’ my show, I like to think you’ll note it down in your book of things you did as 70 minutes well spent.
Here’s a reminder of some things I said to the Guardian last year: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/aug/01/on-the-road-in-search-of-dad
Lucy Stephens // Gareth ‘no relation’ Norris
Sally Straw // Carl Sealeaf // Andrew Joel
AND TO ALL OUR OTHER REWARD-EARNING BACKERS
George Watkins // Luke Gunn // Neil Renault // Tom Manuel // Marilyn Le Conte // Josceline Edwards // Rob Keal // Sandra Hill // Andrew Spencer // Annalisa Collins // José Gianuzzi // Malaika Kegode // Beth Edwards // Ali Moore // Kieren King // Nathan Thomas // Hannah Sharp // Suzanna Spence // Scott Bryan // Ian Cosgrove // Bianca Winter // Jacob Prytherch // Ben Firth // Sue Atkinson // Fiona Williams // Marjory Bisset // Molly Wright // Theodore Hung // Hannah Skolnick // Jack Blume // Conal Bembridge-Sayers // Charlie Reilly // Hobie Walker // John Armour // Emma Mort Harding // Giovanni Esposito // Georgia House // Steve Harrison // Andy Cashmore // Ciarán Hodgers // Dan Baker // Joseph Sale // Alice Sillett // Kate Ford // Joanne Walton // Laura Dedicoat // James Hughes // Tash Daly // Jane Quarton // Harriet // Hannah Witton // Vanessa Kissule // Chris Bates // Imogen O’Sullivan // Dorian Wainwright // Paul Jennings // Ram // Matthew Ellis Murphy // Lorna Meehan // Tim Wheatley // Charlotte Higgins // Bohdan Piasecki // Ian Bowkett // Adam Heslop // Maria Ferguson // David Gray // Jacob Standbridge // Ricky Carey // Becky Straw // George Wilson // Beth Kapila // Vita Fox // Tristram Fane Saunders // Jess Reid // Beatrice Updegraff // Sharon Carr-Wu
I’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the rest of the funds we need to finish The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family and get it to the Edinburgh Fringe, and beyond, this year. We have the support of IdeasTap, Underbelly, Apples & Snakes and mac birmingham, which is fantastic, but sadly not enough to cover everything. On top of this, we recently had some bad news from the Arts Council regarding a funding application we made to them, so we really are in need of a saviour or two (or a hundred)!
There’s a whole heap of rewards for people who pledge to help the project (anything from a fiver upwards gets you something in return), at the top of which is a personalised commissioned poem PLUS an hour-long intimate spoken-word set performed by me AT YOUR HOUSE! And lots of things in between, like signed copies of my now-sold-out Nasty Little Press pamphlet and signed posters, meet-and-greets, free tickets to the show, all sorts. This is of course alongside the cultural return you get for your investment, which is a show that will hopefully play to thousands of people this summer and to thousands more across the UK on tour next year.
So please help us in any way you can. And if you can’t afford to help us financially, please pester anyone you know who’s rich enough to do so! Spreading the word on your own social media is a really really useful thing, and something for which I’d be enormously grateful.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I’m so passionate about this project. I hope others believe in it too.
WATCH THE VIDEO AND MAKE A DONATION HERE
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE for the show’s run at this summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as for London previews in July and post-Edinburgh dates in September. Book them now, if not to avoid disappointment then at least to avoid having to book them later!
30th – 31st July 2015, 9pm
Camden People’s Theatre, London
6th – 30th August 2015, 4:40pm
Underbelly, Cowgate, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Earlier this year we were delighted to win the 2015 IdeasTap Underbelly Award, along with 3 other fantastic shows. The award received 204 applications and we were lucky enough to be among an 11-strong shortlist, which saw us travel to IdeasTap HQ in London to pitch to a panel. I performed an extract from the show and threw some props and cardboard signs around the room and generally made a big mess, Polly pressed play on iTunes, we talked a little bit of money-turkey, and then we left. And 5 days later we got the call!*
This is exciting for a number of reasons: it means we can do the Fringe ‘properly’, with comprehensive marketing and PR support; it means we are in an amazing, high-profile venue (Underbelly’s Big Belly on Cowgate); it means we can run for the entire festival (6-30 August) and showcase the work to as many people as possible; and IdeasTap is closing on 2nd June, so it’s an enormous – if bittersweet – privilege to be part of what will probably be their Edinburgh swansong.
I’m very proud of this show, so it’s a massive validation to have IdeasTap and Underbelly add their remarkable voices to the chorus demanding/begging/politely asking people to watch it, and a great opportunity to have almost a whole month in which those people can do the watching. ‘One-man show’ is a disingenuous term, and increasingly The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family is feeling less and less like a madcap solo mission, and less and less lonely. I’m grateful to have such a fantastic team working on the show, and now to have the support of such fantastic organisations. We’re moo-ving on up. Literally, to Scotland. See you in Edinburgh!
Tickets go on sale on 11th May. Check back here for a link.
*it was an email