HALF A PERSON: MY LIFE AS TOLD BY THE SMITHS to Play King's Head Theatre, 1/26-2/16
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 credits include Strauss, in the world premiere of Paul Sellar's The Man Who Fell Out of Bed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Milkman/Doctor in Blood Brothers, which was performed at Teatr Imka, Warsaw; Timo in NSDF Finalist Leather for Sheffield Theatres, and Robbie in Shopping and Fucking, performed at LPAC as part of the Mark Ravenhill festival. For Cross Cut, Joe 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 The company specialises in new writing, some of it unpublished.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. It 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 was originally commissioned by Fly-On-The-Wall Theatre. It premiered as part of the 2007 Feast Festival in Adelaide and was then 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 by Simon Polinski and Colin Berwick.