I Am Not Myself These Days

Tue 18th – Sun 30th Aug 2015


“By turns brutal, funny and heartbreaking tale told in a tour de force performance”





Fuel/Tom Stuart


1990s New York. Aqua is an alcoholic drag queen desperately trying to make a relationship work with Jack, a high-class crack addicted rent boy.

I Am Not Myself These Days is a one-man show that is by turns brutal, funny and heartbreaking, a surprising tale of love and loss, set amidst the excesses of late 20th century New York.

The show is adapted for the stage from Josh Kilmer-Purcell's autobiography, a bestselling, darkly funny memoir of a young New Yorker's daring dual life - advertising art director by day, glitter-dripping drag queen by night.

‘Honest and entertaining ... affecting, always engaging, this is a confession to relish’ Time Out

‘...absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking and heartfelt’ Armistead Maupin

(on Kilmer-Purcell’s book)

Although the characters pride themselves on their unconventionality, their problems are universal. Tom Stuart was moved to adapt the novel for the stage to bring the personal journeys of marginalised members of society within LGBTQ communities - and those who live with addiction - into a wider context, seeking to help break down the barriers of prejudice.

Tom Stuart has worked extensively in theatre around the UK. His TV work includes Kathy Burke’s Walking and Talking, Psychobitches, Little Crackers and Law and Order. Films include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love', and John Boorman’s Queen and Country.

‘Tom Stuart preens to perfection as Paris’ Time Out (Last Days of Troy, Manchester Royal Exchange)

Director Nick Bagnall has recently become Associate Director at Liverpool Everyman and has previously worked with both classics and musicals ranging from ‘Guys and Dolls’ to Joe Orton’s ‘Entertaining Mr Sloane’ He has created and led acting and directing workshops for the RSC, National Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Produced by three time Herald Angel Award winners Fuel

Admission: £11(£7.50)

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