‘Adrian Berry’s tender, tentative play…riveting, packed full of restless energy. Alex Walton gives an intimate, intensely vulnerable performance’ The Stage
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads is tale of a young David Bowie obsessive. Martin is a boy with problems – an illness no-one understands and a head full of sound and vision. So when an unexpected gift arrives on his birthday, Martin embarks on a thrilling journey in the footsteps of his obsession, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths about himself. What follows will change his life forever. Performed by Alex Walton and featuring the voice of comedian Rob Newman.
Hi Adrian, Thank you very much for your time. Could you tell us the premise of the show?
The show tells three stories – about a boy’s journey to discover the truth about his father, to follow in the footsteps of David Bowie and is also a love-letter to London. It’s a real ‘rites of passage’ piece that celebrates one of the greatest cultural figures of all time, revisiting his birthplace and the places that shaped him, whilst telling a thrilling tale of escapism and adventure with a brilliant soundtrack that spans the decades.
What was the inspiration for the show?
Aside from Bowie, it was inspired by my teenage years and a desire to break free from conformity – to be yourself and to celebrate diversity in every way. Bowie’s music and the back streets of London were also massive influences, and in a strange way – my own family inspired me.
How influential was David Bowie to you growing up?
Not too much to be honest. I discovered him around Scary Monsters and Let’s Dance, but then he went a bit awry, shall we say, and I didn’t pick up on him again until I was 20 when a girlfriend gave me a tape of Hunky Dory. Then I dived in and went backwards and forwards in time, and it (and he) became something of an obsession. As a teenager I was into The Velvet Underground massively, ironically the very band that inspired Bowie, and Joy Division, who Bowie in turn inspired
How important and influential has David Bowie been on popular culture?
Immeasurably, in every way possible. You see it now in fashion, in pop icons like Lady Gaga, in film, design, he’s everywhere. He was my generation’s Dali or Picasso, a real artist who broke barriers and innovated beyond belief.
How do you think our relationship with music artists has changed over time?
I don’t want to do the ‘oh it was better in my day’ thing but pop stars used to both inspire and be people you could aspire to, to provide escapism, to celebrate true art, the 7″ single for example was a thrilling thing to behold. But I also love the ease of digital streaming so i’m not anti progress. But we know too much about our pop stars now, we have such easy access to them and they constantly over-share. There’s no mystery, I miss that. Losing Prince and Bowie in the same year felt like a real full stop in pop culture.
Photo Credit: Ben Hopper
From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads is at The Swindon Arts Centre on Tue 17 January 2017
For more information and to buy tickets please visit: http://bit.ly/FromIbizatoNorfolkBroads