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One man show at Live Theatre reimagines Greek god Orpheus as an overweight stand up comedian

Written and performed by Martin Bonger, Fat Man has garnered rave reviews since its premiere in January as it heads to Newcastle Live Theatre

Fat Man is at Live Theatre Newcastle on March 13 and 14. Pictured is writer/performer Martin Bonger
Fat Man is at Live Theatre Newcastle on March 13 and 14. Pictured is writer/performer Martin Bonger

Live Theatre will become home to the gods later this week as Fat Man, a classic Greek myth, unfolds through the medium of stand-up on Friday and Saturday.

This acclaimed show is a re-imagining of one of the most iconic characters of Greek Mythology, as Orpheus becomes a flailing, overeating musician-turned-comedian, presenting his familiar story as an autobiographical stand-up routine.

Written and performed by Martin Bonger, the show promises to bridge the celestial with the everyday, in a bitterly funny unravelling of a man stricken with grief.

An extract of the show was first performed at Live Theatre in a Live Lab Scratch Night in April 2013.

Now developed into a full production, the show premiered at the VAULT Festival in January 2015 to rave reviews.

Presented by the award winning theatre company Move to Stand (The Collision of Things) in association with LittleMighty, Fat Man, draws a sharp, contemporary story from the original myth through a series of painful jokes and anecdotes, told by a dishevelled Orpheus with an ever-increasing waistline.

Fat Man is at Live Theatre Newcastle on March 13 and 14. Pictured is writer/performer Martin Bonger
Fat Man is at Live Theatre Newcastle on March 13 and 14. Pictured is writer/performer Martin Bonger

Writer and performer Martin Bonger said: “The Orpheus I’ve created in Fat Man is fat with shame and conceit, trying to cling onto the belief that because of his music he’s as powerful as a God.

“He starts at this place of godly confidence and ends up back down on earth, humbled by failure. The world of stand-up feels like a great fit for the story, and the show looks at the bittersweet way a comic is often putting grief out there to be laughed at while searching for a kind of catharsis.

“I’m interested in those familiarly human details of a person’s story that can throw you off balance unexpectedly, leaving you laughing to keep from crying.”

Martin will return to Live Theatre on on April 23 and 24 in We Can Be Heroes, a charming play about facing your fears and becoming a super hero.

Teenagers Patrick and Mark spend their days dodging school bullies, reading comic books and dreaming of escape from their small town home. Then they meet Mr Smith – a real-life super hero, with his own costume and canine sidekick.

* Tickets for both shows can be booked online at www.live.org.uk or via the box office on 0191 232 1232.

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