From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads

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).

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads

  • 3 stars

Written and directed by Adrian Berry The hugely acclaimed hit show tells the tale of a young David Bowie obsessive on a thrilling journey in the footsteps of his obsession, leading him to discover some long-hidden truths. What follows will change his life forever. Powerful and emotional, music and magic realism collide in…