After being performed for the first time at the Brighton Fringe, Tom Wells’ ‘About a Goth’ makes its way to Bath. It’s a somewhat raucous, and definitely rude comedy about the inevitable trials and tribulations a 17 year old gay Goth in the 21st Century. Nick’s hilarious misadventures get him into all sorts of sticky situations; it is only when something unforeseen happens at the old people’s home where he (reluctantly) works part time does he realise that there is more to life than lip-synching to Céline Dion, sipping bottles of half-drunk mead and yearning for oblivion. A coming of age tale that is less about coming out, more about coming to terms with oneself.
Warning: contains (bad) dancing to the Sugar Babes, nudity, a brief reference to Geri Halliwell and a Starbucks Mint Frappucino (well, it’s the most Goth thing that they serve!)
Dominic Thompson, who plays Nick, says:
“The piece is both extremely funny and touching. Wells manages to both work with the clichés about being a gay teenager and dispel the myths surrounding the difficulties that some young gay people still face. Nick is desperate for his parents to reject him on the grounds of his sexuality but, as ‘the world’s most cheerful medieval re-enactors’, they are more interested in taking part in a re-staging of the battle of Agincourt than worrying that their only son desperately languishes in being a troubled teenager.”
Gritty Theatre were shortlisted for their production of ‘Bones’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015:
“Excellent solo performance by Dominic Thompson as young Mark, whose social context and challenges would defeat most of us – in this intimate venue, we are drawn into Mark’s world and feel his pain and struggle as he attempts to find some way forward. Not for the fainthearted, but a very rewarding theatre experience. Go see it!”
(Firstick on ‘Bones’, Edinburgh Fringe 2015)
“Bones is an intimate and tragic tale of growing up in a bruised family and having to take responsibility not only for yourself but also for those who should be caring for you. Mark has no father and a dysfunctional mother, while his relationship with his grandfather is from time to time quite positive. Under different circumstances he might have been well-balanced but instead he is overwhelmed with angst, anger, anguish and aggression. These emotions are given physical expression in his frantic pacing up and down and explosive outbursts, visible signs of the frustration he feels with his lot in life. Then occasionally he wears his heart on his sleeve and in moments of tenderness and quiet reflection another Mark is revealed.”
(****Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe 2015)
Birmingham based Gritty Theatre’s mission is to discover and nurture new audiences by performing a repertoire that consists of modern works that reflect the concerns and issues of the communities that we live and work in. By concentrating on 21st Century plays that are not seen by the masses in non-traditional theatre spaces, we seek out and engage those in our neighbourhoods who might feel that theatre is not for them. We tour to not only to share our work with others, but also to fly the flag for Brum! We are convinced that drama should not only change lives, but also be a part of everyday life for everyone.
To book tickets visit
‘About a Goth’ by Tom Wells
By Gritty Theatre
Burdall’s Yard, 7A Anglo Terrace, Avon, Bath BA1 5NH