My Old Man
Sat 13 and Sun 14 Nov 2021, 8pmArchive Prime Studios, 94 Kirkstall Road
About the event
Part theatre, part film, imagine if’s My Old Man will have its world premiere at Prime Studios, Leeds on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November, before embarking on a UK tour to theatres and community venues.
A follow-up to imagine if’s 2019 stage show Jadek, My Old Man is the story of old, blind, Polish soldier Michał and his Yorkshire-born granddaughter Tasha.
My Old Man stars Paul Shelley as Michał and imagine if’s Artistic Director Chesca Cholewa (previously known as Chesca Joy) reprising her role as Tasha.
Joining them is Lorraine Bruce (White Gold, The Syndicate) as Cathy, Liam Fox (Emmerdale) as Steve, William Fox (Peterloo) as Mark, Aaron Cobham (The Spanish Princess) as Alex, Amanda Gordon (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Chichester Festival Theatre and Duchess Theatre) as Gillian, and Anthony Taylor (Doctor Who) as Edward.
My Old Man sees Tasha move out of her and Michał’s family home – and Michał’s whole world changes. The school dinner lady becomes his favourite person, a new neighbour moves onto the street – and he faces his biggest battle yet.
Tasha faces battles of her own too: after the publication of her first children’s book, she finds herself moving in a different world, exploring her own class identity and new family dynamics.
A moving and heartfelt production, My Old Man is a reflection of contemporary Britain, touching on identity, intergenerational relationships and post-traumatic stress disorder.
My Old Man sees imagine if join forces with Lithuanian writer and director Milda Baginskaitė, who is directing the production. A rising star in film, Milda’s has previously been selected as a director for Screen Yorkshire’s development programme Flex.
As the character of Michał is blind, imagine if are touring My Old Man in collaboration with Deafblind UK, who will be providing audio description for the show to ensure it is accessible to blind and visually impaired audiences.
Accessibility: Audio described