|Written and performed by Michael Mears
Directed by Guy Masterson
World Premiere: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh 2002
Dad's dead and buried. But his gravestone has a life of its own!
After their father's funeral, all that remains for Matthew and Lenny is to choose the gravestone. But from their first encounter with Mr Nigley, the funeral director, and his bewildering selection of etching styles, it becomes clear that this will be no easy task. Then the carefully selected gravestone starts tilting. Is there a jinx on their father, that won't let him rest in peace?
As the gravestone develops further problems the tensions and rivalries between the brothers erupt, leading them into dark corners of their family history, where they discover that Dad's passion for horse-racing may have bordered on the dangerous...
Fringe First winner and Stage Award Best Actor nominee Michael Mears' virtuoso new solo play is a poignantly comic exploration of bereavement and the obsessions it can lead to. This richly theatrical experience was directed by Guy Masterson, acknowledged and award-winning master of the form.
Michael Mears - "one exceptional man" (The Observer) - has had a rich and varied career in theatre, tv and film including an appearance in Four Weddings and a Funeral, but is best known as an award winning performer of his own original solo plays for theatre and radio. Witty, sensitive and perfectly performed, A Slight Tilt to the Left is a worthy successor to Mears' previous hits, Soup and Tomorrow We Do The Sky.
A SLIGHT TILT TO THE LEFT
"Full of humour, marvellous character actor Mears gives richly populated performances... .Superbly realised by Michael Mears with a mordant humour, underlines by Guy Masterson's direction... A fine hour's entertainment which fascinates as it digs into the underground of grief and choosing a headstone." (Thelma Good, Edinurghguide.com 02/08/02)
"Michael Mears' solo show is an amiable shaggy dog story that makes its quiet points with admirable delicacy... Directed with unobtrusive sensitivity by Guy Masterson, Mears portrays a variety of comic characters... But the backbone of the piece is the subtle and considerate way in which he guides us into the heart of a man who feels more deeply than he realises." (Gerald Berkowitz, The Stage 15/08/02)