From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
- Eddie Harrison
- 5 August 2017
An estranged father and his son find common ground as David Bowie fans
With a title lifted from the lyrics of David Bowie's 'Life on Mars', this one-man show performed by Alex Walton trades heavily on audience knowledge of and appreciation for the late star.
Although Martin hasn't seen his father since he was two years old, the occasion of his 18th birthday sees him open a letter from his dad which sends him across London to visit locations central to the development of their shared hero, David Bowie. Martin travels from place to place trying to piece together an understanding of both the singer and his father. Enjoying Bowie's work seems to connect father and son, but how will this journey of self-awakening affect Martin?
That question isn't really answered in this extended monologue: Bowie's work, despite the many and various forms it took, never played on sentiment or self-pity in the way that writer-director Adrian Berry's show does.
That said, From Ibiza to The Norfolk Broads is performed empathetically by Walton, whose slight frame seems to explode with energy as he relates his story. He makes the play something more than just nostalgia for Bowie enthusiasts, managing to capture the emotional spine of a personal, if not entirely developed, story.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug, 1.55pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11).