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Half A Person: My Life As Told By The Smiths

Joe Presley

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ALEX Broun’s Half A Person: My Life As Told By The Smiths will receive its London premiere at the King’s Head Theatre, where it runs on Sundays and Mondays from January 26 to February 16, 2014.

Described as an emotionally charged, coming-of-age story, Half A Person: My Life As Told By The Smiths blends wry comedy and the music of a beloved cult band, sung live.

Presented by Cross Cut Theatre Company and directed by Donald Pulford, Half A Person stars Joe Presley.

Meet William, a twenty-something Londoner who drifts from coffee shop to bar, falling in love, self-obsessing and finding solace in The Smiths. Torn between conflicting loyalties to the girl of his dreams and his best friend, William has the chance to become more than half a person.

Prior to this London season, Half A Person: My Life As Told By The Smiths, starring Joe Presley, played in venues across the UK including a sell–out performance at The Lowry, in The Smiths’ home town, Salford.

Joe Presley’s recent theatre roles include Strauss in the world premiere of Paul Sellar’s The Man Who Fell Out of Bed (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Milkman/Doctor in Blood Brothers (Teatr Imka, Warsaw); Timo in NSDF Finalist Leather (Sheffield Theatres), and Robbie in Shopping and Fucking (LPAC as part of the Mark Ravenhill festival).

For Cross Cut, Presley played Simon in Anthony Neilson’s The Night Before Christmas.

Cross Cut is a Lincoln-based theatre company that has produced work in the UK, Ireland, New York and Italy. The company specialises in new writing, some of it unpublished. A persistent theme is constructions of masculinity. It aims for maximum impact from sparse staging and emphasises powerful performance and striking, often-poetic, imagery and lighting.

Cross Cut is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Half A Person: My Life As Told By The Smiths, originally commissioned by Fly-On-The-Wall Theatre, premiered as part of the 2007 Feast Festival in Adelaide. It was subsequently produced in Sydney (2008) with two seasons in Melbourne (2010) at Chapel Off Chapel, directed by Robert Chuter and performed by David Foster and then Mark Taylor.

Music re-creation is by Simon Polinski and Colin Berwick.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: Shang-a-Lang by Catherine Johnson (January 22 to February 15, 2014).