Kubrick3 (4 stars)

This article is from 2013


credit: Richard Davenport

Being Stanley Kubrick, the story of Alan Conway

During the early 1990s, a failed North London travel agent named Alan Conway successfully passed himself off as the famous filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.

Despite looking nothing like the legendary director, Conway ‘conned’ several dozen people and organisations out of lots of money and favours. Conway’s story is funny, sad, incredible and ridiculous. You couldn’t, as the saying goes, make this stuff up.

Director David Byrne and his drama troupe PIT have part-scripted, part-devised a highly – and appropriately – theatrical portrait of Conway, that’s also full of Kubrickian references. He’s played by four different actors, three of whom are female, which is appropriate given that this odd, disturbed man spent his life pretending to be someone else.

And considering that Conway was a slippery character who evaded the consequences of his actions – and reality in general – for much of his life, it’s also apposite that the show is frenetically paced.All of which might have been a bit much were it not for the casting of Conway’s estranged son, who provides the show with a solid dramatic grounding and a good deal of poignancy.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 7.10pm, £10.50–£12.50 (£9.50–£11.50).


  • 4 stars

PIT. Alan Conway: failed businessman and unsuccessful homosexual decides his life might improve if he just tells people he's award-winning film director Stanley Kubrick. What could possibly go wrong? Frenetic, funny, absurd, unnecessary, stupid, unbelievable (and totally true) – Kubrick³ delights in the complexities of a…