I Am Not Myself These Days
Written and performed by Tom Stuart
Adapted from the autobiography by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Directed by Nick Bagnall
12 February, Theatre Royal Margate
An adaptation of Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s best-selling autobiography I Am Not Myself These Days will be performed in Margate as part of its UK tour.
By turns brutal, funny and heartbreaking, this one-man show recalls a time when Josh was living a double life – working at an ad agency by day, and as a drag queen by night – battling alcoholism and desperately trying to make his relationship work with Jack, a high-class, crack addicted rent boy. A witty and moving tale of love and self-discovery set amidst the excesses of 1990’s New York.
The one-man performance is set in 1990s New York and it has been adapted from Mr Kilmer-Purcell’s memoir.
The book tells the autobiographical story of a young New Yorker’s journey to self-acceptance while living a double life – working as an advertising art director by day and as a drag queen by night.
The show is directed by Nick Bagnall and produced by Fuel – which was founded in 2004 and aims to bring new and adventurous work to audiences.
The adaptation has been written and performed by Tom Stuart.
He has previously appeared in films including Tinker Tailor Solider Spy and The Look of Love, as well as starring in TV shows such as Law and Order and Walking and Talking.
Speaking about the play, he explained: “It’s such an incredibly honest, open and engaging book.
“I wanted to see if I could extend that honesty to the stage and make an audience feel how I felt reading the book alone in my bed.
“I like to think of it as a love story, albeit an unconventional one.
“Although set in a specific time and place, I think most people will be able to relate to and recognise something of themselves in it, whatever their background or circumstances.”
I Am Not Myself These Days was performed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it received good reviews.
The performance will be taking place at the Theatre Royal Margate on February 12 2016.
The performance will be starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets to the show are £12 or £10 with concessions.
For more information or to book tickets you can visit www.theatreroyalmargate.com.
Alternatively call the box office on 01843 292795.
An interview with Tom Stuart can be found here at GScene