Someone’s got a sense of humour!
I have a show at Chelsea theatre next week. It’s a community theatre and when I looked on the website I found I was second billing to a car boot sale. I made this film, I call it my second `marketing disaster movie’.
One minute film clip of All Roads lead To Rome
Does anyone know anyone in Maidenhead?….. apparently there’s good parking!
Despite selling out at the Wolsey studio theatre in Ipswich, Norden farm arts centre in Maidenhead is struggling to fill the venue. ‘Cat’, the producer, has told me she thinks its because they have had a lot of flooding there and apparently people have got much more important things to worry about than coming to my show.
This is my Norden farm, Maidenhead promotional video.
I am officially on tour with my show “All Roads Lead to Rome”. At the different shows I am supposed to be promoting and selling my new book “Escape”. The book was meant to be ready for sale at the first show on the 26th of February but it was never going to happen on time. It is finally at the printers but in the meantime I have flyers to hand out about it instead.
I found this figure from my childhood Scalextrix set. Its a model programme seller and I converted it to look like he’s handing out my flyers.
Edd, the assistant producer, agreed to dress in a similar hat and coat and actually hand out the flyers.
I think the show went well. We sold all the tickets a week in advance; there was a very warm applause at the end and there was even a great review the next day. http://www.insuffolk.com/roads-lead-rome-insuffolk-review/
In the review the writer says the show was:- “….the best thing he had seen all year” . He also said it was “….the best show about driving a Triumph Herald around Italy…. in the world!”. I think this is a `Top Gear’ reference and obviously an incredibly small theatre genre. Then I realised we are still in February and, compared to a few dodgy late Christmas pantos, claiming that my show is ‘the best thing all year’ is not the great claim I had initially thought it was.
Somebody asked me later: - “Have you really got a book coming out or is it a joke?” He pointed out the fact that the date for the book launch on all the flyers is April fools day.
All Roads Lead to Rome – InSuffolk Review
New Wolsey Studio,
Wednesday 26th February
Chris Dobrowolski’s one man show All Roads Lead to Rome gently merges travelogue, documentary and comedy to create an entirely beguiling personal tale of possessions, loss and consumerism. “It’s like a cheap version of Top Gear” is Chris’ introduction as he enters a stage bare save for a projection screen showing a photograph of Triumph Herald (1200 Estate in case you are interested), a laptop, a fridge with a screenless television placed on top and an old car seat.
In many ways All Roads… does resemble a Top Gear challenge: make a feintly ridiculous journey in an unsuitable mode of transport, both enjoy and send up the locals you meet along the way, and enable all of this only with the aid of garden shed level technology and engineering. However whilst I have no doubt that messers Clarkson, May and Hammond would enjoy the endeavour, Dobrowski finesses this boys-own tale so that those for whom an hour in the company of Jeremy Clarkson would be only marginally more preferable to gouging out their own eye-balls are able to enjoy the ride too.
With only projections of his Mother’s old photographs and some hand-held footage shot on the journey to distract the audience it is Dobrowolski’s warmly energetic and exasperated delivery which draws them into what is a rather unremarkable, if nevertheless interesting, story. Quickly establishing the car’s credentials – bought new when his Mother was expecting him – Dobrowski travels initially to Milan to pay a surprise call upon the son of the designer of the Triumph Herald before retracing his Father’s journey through Italy as part of the Polish Brigade in World War II.
Monte Cassino, Rome, Predappio (Mussolini’s birthplace) and the scene of Mussolini’s public display following execution are all visited. Yet despite the potentially savage route-march this appears to offer All Roads… remains a predominantly light-hearted stroll in Dobrowolski’s Father’s footsteps.
Yes there is some swearing – his Father learnt his English on the building site we are told – and the story of his Father’s encounter with an American corpse in a Monte Cassino fox-hole could not have been more visceral but somehow these did nothing to detract from the overwhelmingly sweet enchantment of All Roads…
Dobrowolski makes his points but does not labour them and by never allowing the search for the analogy to get in the way of the anecdote he maintains a rhythm and bounce to this performance which made All Roads Lead to Rome the most enjoyable, informative and funny hour I’ve spent in the theatre so far this year. In fact I’m tempted to say that in terms of theatre productions about driving a Triumph Herald around Italy then this is the best “in the World.”
All Roads Lead to Rome
The show in Ipswich has nearly sold out now but I’m doing it for two nights at Chelsea theatre .
07 Mar, 2014 - 08 Mar, 2014
NEW WOLSEY THEATRE STUDIO
for more info and tickets use this phone number or the link below
01473 295 900
A friend of mine that I met on Facebook who also has a triumph Herald (Matthew) sent me a message to say he had read about my car in the the Triumph Herald owners magazine- The Courier- This month. He referred to it as my car’s `obituary’.