Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Preview: Waiting for Gandalf at Newcastle Bridge Hotel

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‘Waiting for Gandalf’ one-man show 
comes to Newcastle

Waiting for Gandalf
Newcastle Bridge Hotel
Saturday 24th September 2016  

"It’s too complete a story to go backward. Yes, forwards is the only way to go. Looking back is such a waste isn’t it? It’s what’s going to be that we should be bothered with. Not all that was. I mean, the past is the past. History. Learn from it and move on."

A one-man show from North East playwright Adrian Marks is to be performed upstairs at Newcastle’s Bridge Hotel as part of Tolkien Weekend 2016, following on from its Brighton Fringe debut this May. Further details about the weekend can be found here: www.newcastlecastle.co.uk/tolkien-weekend-2016

Meet Kevin (played by Chris Neville-Smith): self-confessed fanatic of all things The Lord of the Rings. On the eve of Ian McKellen signing the new movie companion to The Two Towers, he camps overnight outside Fenwicks, waiting. As others join the queue, he talks about his life-long devotion, friends who don't understand him, family who never had time for him.

But what is Kevin's real reason for his obsession with Tolkien? Why does he need to take his mind away from the harsh realities of life? Underneath his cheery exterior, some disturbing revelations from Kevin’s unhappy past are about to be revealed.

This is a nuanced, sympathetic performance of a lost soul that really tugs at the heart strings★★★★ Julia French, Broadway Baby.

Please note: This event is for ages 14+ due to its challenging content. The production has been described as “dark as hell” by FringeGuru and contains some adult and upsetting themes. The upstairs of the Bridge Hotel, like much of Newcastle Castle, where Tolkien Weekend takes place, is unfortunately inaccessible to wheelchair users.


Waiting for Gandalf comes to the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle on Saturday 24th September 2016 at 4pm.
Tickets are free but must be pre-booked via www.newcastlecastle.co.uk, and there will be a collection for charity afterwards.

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