Adrian Edmondson is to star in an adaptation of William Leith’s at once richly comic, darkly satirical and weepingly emotional bestseller Bits of Me are Falling Apart. Adapted by Adrian Edmondson and Soho Theatre’s Artistic Director Steve Marmion, the play will make its UK premiere in Soho Theatre Upstairs, January 2016.
“I first came across the book six years ago, and have been thinking of translating it to the stage ever since. When I met Steve Marmion earlier this year, I found a collaborator who was as intrigued as I am. Working at Soho Theatre feels a bit like going home, it feels both comforting and exciting at the same time. It’s the comfort of familiarity, but the excitement of doing something left field.“Adrian Edmondson on adapting Bits of Me are Falling Apart for the stage
The one-man play begins with William, who wakes up one morning, middle aged and cranky. He’s alone, sleeping on a mattress in his office and about to visit his young child before his estranged partner takes him away on holiday for two weeks. As he wonders where it all went wrong and if there is any hope in fixing any of it, William dissects the current state of economy and capitalism, the death of love, the life cycle of the Cod, fictional anti-heroes and why our immune system can be compared to D-Day.
“A middle-aged Catcher in the Rye.”
Jon Ronson on Bits of Me Are Falling Apart
In an eclectic year for Steve Marmion, featuring premieres of two new plays, a workshop of a new World War II musical in Wales and Oxford Playhouse’s annual panto, Marmion has relished collaborating with one of Britain’s best loved actors and icon of alternative theatre. “This is Soho Theatre at its best: working with established top writers and performers as Adrian alongside new voices such as Stephen Jackson, who was awarded the Verity Bargate Award last week, and brave new work like First Love is the Revolution by our Soho Six playwright Rita Kalnejais (on our main stage just now),” he said.
“When you’re young your opponent is the future. But when you reach middle age, everything flips, and now you have a new opponent – the Past.” William Leith, Bits of Me are Falling Apart
BITS OF ME ARE FALLING APART
By Adrian Edmondson and Steve Marmion. Performed by Adrian Edmondson. Directed by Steve Marmion.
Adapted from the book by William Leith.
Soho Theatre Upstairs.
Duration: 70 minutess
Wednesday 20th January to Saturday 20th February 2016.
Tickets: £12.50 – £20. Press night: Tues 26 Jan. Previews (20 Jan – 25 Jan) £15 (£12.50). Matinees, Mondays/Tuesdays £17.50 (£15). Wed-Sat evenings: £20 (£17.50).