My Old Man
My Old Man is a digital spin-off of imagine if’s latest production, Jadek, which toured to theatres, prisons and community venues throughout 2019 (due to the world falling apart ever since, we have sadly been unable to re-tour Jadek in 2020/21 as planned). This is how My Old Man was born!
When Michał Piwowarski’s granddaughter, Tasha, finally moves out, Michał’s whole world changes. The school dinner lady becomes his favourite person, a new neighbour moves onto the street and he has to face his biggest battle yet. My Old Man follows the trials and tribulations of Michał, an old, blind, Polish soldier, in this funny and heartfelt production.
My Old Man is a blend of digital and live performance, and will be toured across the UK in Autumn/Winter 2021. Part of the production is screened digitally, imagine if can provide all equipment including a projector, screen, and speakers. After the performance, there will be an open discussion with the writer and director.
The production deals with a number of themes that are relevant to contemporary Britain, including intergenerational relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder, Polish language & family ties.
“I’m thirty and I’ve never in my life seen a Polish person on stage or TV, who is not an immigrant, cleaner or drug dealer. These are dangerously bad stereotypes” says writer, Francesca, supported by Vice Media Group “Poles are the largest group of foreign nationals, and Polish is England’s second language, but you wouldn’t know that from our programming…There is scant representation of Poles in mainstream British entertainment.”
We are excited to reach out to the vast audiences that saw Jadek and invite them to attend My Old Man. However, we are also aiming to engage new audiences, with a big focus on those with Polish heritage and first time theatre goers.
For Jadek and My Old Man, we are focusing on one of the play’s key themes of Polish identity. With every production the team not only do extensive research with the people the play is focused on, but they also work directly with them.
“He was born in Poland; she is very much British. He is blind; she has seen more than a young girl ever should. He is cut off from the outside world; she is forced to experience its harsh reality every day. However, in the claustrophobic atmosphere of those four walls they soon discover that while they may be separated by age and experience they both share an existence which is overshadowed by violence, misunderstanding and disappointment.” – Yorkshire Post
My Old Man will be touring 26 October – 3 December 2021
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