My Old Man
My Old Man is a new part theatre, part film production by imagine if, touring across the UK in Autumn/Winter 2021.
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.
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.
My Old Man is a spin-off of imagine if’s 2019 production, Jadek, which toured to theatres, prisons and community venues.
We are very pleased to announce that My Old Man will be touring in the Autumn of 2021 at the following venues:
Polish Klub, Bury –
Sunday 7th November, 4pm [PREVIEW]
Prime Studios, Leeds –
Saturday 13th November, 7:30pm [PREMIERE]
Sunday 14th November, 5:30pm [PREMIERE]
My Old Man Cast
Check out our Behind the Scenes video of the My Old Man film shoot, featuring interviews with our brilliant cast and crew!
A note from Chesca Cholewa
“This is the first time that imagine if theatre has worked with film, which grew out of theatres having to close for so long due to Covid – but also as part of our ethos to imagine what more live theatre can do.
We’re so lucky that theatres are now back open. But when I first started writing My Old Man at the beginning of 2021, we were in, yet again, another UK wide lockdown. In making My Old Man part theatre and part film, I wanted to ensure that we could still entertain audiences if theatres were still closed – but also have the live element of theatre which we’ve all missed so much if they were open again.
Creating My Old Man has been such a joy – and a massive learning curve! – so we really appreciate your support as we take our first step into this mixed medium.”
A note from Lorraine Bruce
“During lockdown, I volunteered with Age U.K. and got to meet lots of elders. Their warmth, their indomitable spirit and stoic optimism blew me away.
Chesca has written a lovely story that shows the vulnerability and strength of a wonderful gentleman.
My Old Man reminds me how strong we are and how much we all benefit when we come together and care for each other as a community.”
A note from Liam Fox
“From playing such a loveable character in Emmerdale, it’s actually quite a nice challenge to play a character who is completely at odds with that.
My character Steve is a right piece of work – but you’ll have to see the show to see what I mean.
The story of My Old Man is so apt for what we’ve been experiencing over the last couple of years – with the rising hate crimes, Brexit and Trump and the mistrust which people have towards each other. But it’s also about how most people are good people – but we can just be swayed by events or what we see on the news.
I think it’s really important that My Old Man brings the story of a normal working-class family, who have Polish heritage, and who are dealing with the fall-out from events over the past few years to stage and screen – and I hope it makes people think.”
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.
“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.”
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