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Michelle Collins to star in My Dad’s Gap Year at Park Theatre

My Dad’s Gap Year

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FORMER EastEnders and Coronation Street star Michelle Collins is to star in Tom Wright’s knockabout comedy My Dad’s Gap Year, which runs at Park Theatre from Wednesday, January 30 to Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Rikki Beadle-Blair directs a cast that also includes Adam Lannon, Alex Britt, Max Percy and previously announced Victoria Gigante.

Seriously William, you’re eighteen and you’re gay, for Christ’s sake. You’re meant to swim against the tide. A proper gap year is all about travelling. Seeing the world. Popping your cherry. This is our chance to start living. Me and you.

My Dad’s Gap Year is the story of Dave (Adam Lannon), a dad in mid-life freefall who takes his repressed, gay teenage son William (Alex Britt) on a wild adventure to Thailand to lose his virginity. In the process, Dave finds a love of his own in Thai waitress Mae (Victoria Gigante) who dreams of owning her own bar, and William meets the incredibly charming Matias (Max Percy) who opens his eyes to sex, drugs and everything in-between.

However, this is no ordinary summer romance as both William and Dave go on a journey of self-discovery, learning some hard home truths along the way. Collins plays the role of William’s mother Cath – a woman who embarks on her own journey of self-discovery as she learns how to be single again.

My Dad’s Gap Year is described as a wickedly funny and heartfelt story based on true events. With gay love, straight love, trans love, buddy love and father/son love at its core, it’s a dizzying drama of drinking games, beer bellies, newfound freedom and midlife madness.

As well as EastEnders and Coronation Street, Michelle Collins’ television roles include the hugely popular 2,000 Acres of Skye and The Illustrated Mum, which received an international Emmy Award. Her theatre credits include: Calendar Girls (Phoenix Theatre); Rattle of a Simple Man (Comedy Theatre); Daddy Cool (Shaftesbury Theatre); The Glass Supper (Hampstead Theatre); A Dark Night in Dalston (Park Theatre); Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour).

My Dad’s Gap Year has set and costume design by Sarah Beaton, lighting design by Derek Anderson and sound design by Benjamin Winter.

The production will be accompanied by a full supporting programme and outreach activity. Two post show talks will take place each week during the run, covering a range of related topics. Three LGBTQ+ writers – Benjamin Salmon, Temi Wikey and Kamal Kaan – have been selected to further develop their work with support and guidance from Tom Wright and there will be a series of engagement workshops for young people from the LGBTQ+ community to create new work. Participants will also be given the chance to see the production free of charge.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.

Peter Pan, starring Alexander Vlahos as Captain Hook and Mr Darling, runs at Park Theatre from December 5, 2018 to January 5, 2019.