Sunday 29th January
Bantock Tractor Shed, Bantock House, Finchfield Road
Starts 6pm (In Conversation) 7pm (Play)
Tickets - £8.00 from the Art Gallery (in person), or call 0870 320 7000 or visit here
‘The Life and Times of the Tat Man’ has been on tour for over two years. This excellently performed, emotionally moving one man show began life with a short run in Walsall Museum in April 2014 and was funded through Arts Council England. It has been on tour ever since.
The play was written by highly regarded Wednesbury-born playwright, poet and novelist David Calcutt. It is performed by Wolverhampton born actor and musician, Tony Barrett and is directed By Regional Voice Theatre Company’s artistic director, Glen Buglass.
The Tat Man’s voice is the voice of The Black Country and the true stories he tells are from The Black Country. The play is set in his home in the scrapyard where he weaves his tales transporting the audience out of the theatre to places in his mind by means of tales and song. The plot leads inexorably into the real and terrifying landscape of the First World War. Here human dreams are shattered, and the Tat Man must find the pieces of his demolished dreams; dreams of his times, of his life. He must gather them and rebuild a life that makes sense, so to keep his sanity.
The show is suitable for an adult audience, although it has been enjoyed by younger people. Whilst highly entertaining and often very funny, it is a serious piece of dramatic work. Audiences have been captivated at every performance.