Monday, 3 July 2017

Zsa Zsa and Dramaturgy: Nigel Miles-Thomas @ Edfringe 2017

Gilded Balloon presents
                                ZSA ZSA and ME

Returning to the Gilded Balloon after his runaway successes with ‘Of Mice and Men’ and The ‘Elephant Man,’ Nigel Miles-Thomas is presenting his one man comedy show ‘Zsa Zsa and Me’. 

Back in 1992 as a struggling Actor Nigel and his now Fringe Management business partner Michael Blaha came up with the harebrainedscheme of putting on a Pantomime in Los Angeles. 

The hilarious true story tells of how the boys managed to persuade 9 times married Zsa Zsa Gabor to play the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella

Venue: The Rose Theatre AtticTime: 18:00 (19:00)
Dates: 4th -28th August, Previews 3rd
Tickets: Previews £6  Weekdays £11 (£12), Weekends £16 (£15)
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What was the inspiration for this performance?
ZSA ZSA Gabor died this year at 99 and I have been waiting 24 years to tell the incredible story of my time with her.

Is performance still a good space for the public discussion of ideas? 
Essential, story telling, reactions and debate.

How did you become interested in making performance?
My school sixth form review.

Is there any particular approach to the making of the show?
putting myself in the audience seat and avoiding self indulgence

Does the show fit with your usual productions?
No! I have always played characters in plays, this is me as me and playing the characters In the story to bring it alive

What do you hope that the audience will experience?
An insight into how anything is possible

What strategies did you consider towards shaping this audience experience?
Using screen images, music and direct story telling.

Last Christmas Zsa Zsa went to the big altar in the sky aged 99, so what better time to tell publicly the incredible story that still causes hysteria at dinner parties 25 years later. With original music by Oliver Harris, Nigel takes the audience on the journey from his Wembley home to Beverley Hills and just about makes it back again.

A True Story. The Cinderella Story

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  It was Zsa Zsa and Me.

Nigel Miles-Thomas and Michael Blaha have  presented over 40 shows at the Fringe for the last 18 years, including discovering and producing  The Pajama Men as well as producing Harry Shearer in ‘This Is So Not About The Simpsons.They won the Spirit of the Fringe award in 2002.

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