Stefan Golaszewski is A Widower

This article is from 2009.

Stefan Golaszewski is A Widower

Golaszewski returns to the Fringe with a new semi-autobiographical futuristic monologue. Miles Fielder catches up with him

Last year, young London lad Stefan Golaszewski knocked out Fringe crowds and critics alike with his mercurial semi-autobiographical one-man sleeper hit show, Stefan Golaszewski Speaks About a Girl He Once Loved. Unsurprisingly, he subsequently had a busy time of it, originating a BBC4 series and a second Radio 4 series with his fellows in the comedy group Cowards. Somehow he’s managed to squeeze in the writing of a second one-man show, Stefan Golaszewski is A Widower.

It’s not, er, autobiographical, is it? ‘The last one wasn’t completely autobiographical,’ Golaszewski says, ‘because no real story is as interesting as a made-up story, but it was based on truth. The new show is related to the other show, but it’s not about the same girl. It’s the same character, Stefan Golaszewski, but now he’s 76 and it’s set in 2056 with him looking back over his life with his now dead life. It’s quite odd, conceptually, and obviously it’s completely made up, because I meet the wife in 2012, at the Olympics. It’s a lot darker than the other one, a lot more like a proper piece of theatre.’

More appropriate for the venue shift from the Pleasance to the Traverse, then? ‘Yeah,’ agrees Golaszewski. ‘If we’d put this one in a comedy venue, people would have said, “Why ain’t this funny?” Which is why I was so glad to get the Traverse. Also, it’s a bit more like being an adult. People have to pay 16 quid. That’s two CDs!’

Stefan Golaszewski is A Widower, Traverse Theatre, 228 1404, 7–29 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), times vary, £14–£16 (£10–11). Preview 6 Aug, £10 (£5).

Stefan Golaszewski Is a Widower

  • 4 stars

A broken one-man play. 'Cowards' (BBC Radio 4, BBC4). Total sell-out, 2005-2008. Fringe First winner, 2008. Stage Award nominee 2008. ***** (The List) ***** (ThreeWeeks) **** (Financial Times) **** (Scotsman) 'Brilliant stuff' (Guardian)

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