FOLLOWING A popular performance in May 2016, Tangled Web and People Staring return to the Oldham Coliseum’s Studio Theatre with ‘Tuesdays at Tesco’s’.
The play about love and acceptance was staged at the Coliseum Theatre’s First Break Festival of new writing and emerging talent and now returns by popular demand.
Pauline used to be Paul and as far as her father is concerned she still is. Despite her father’s inability to accept her as a woman, Pauline visits him every Tuesday to help him out with his laundry and his shopping, wanting quite simply to be his daughter.
Join her on her weekly visits, come hell or high water, flouting the barbed comments, the battles and the stares.
Originally written by French playwright Emmanuel Darley and translated into English by Matthew Hurt and Sarah Vermande, ‘Tuesdays at Tesco’s’ is a one-man show sensitively performed by Scott Kentell.
The play is about more than just transgender issues, it’s about love and its challenges, identity, and society’s need for men to look like men and women to look like women. Above all, it’s about acceptance.
Director Sue Womersley commented: “We decided to concentrate on the relationship of father and daughter; two people who love each other, need each other’s acceptance and yet struggle to give it.
“The subtle comedy comes out of the tragedy of their inability to accept each other for the way they are.
“We all need to be who we really are and yet how many times do we find it hard to accept a loved one’s behaviour or decisions, even though they are incredibly important to us?”
‘Tuesdays at Tesco’s’ was first performed at 3MT (3-Minute Theatre) in Manchester in 2014, followed by performances at Taurus on Manchester’s Canal Street later that year, where it was selected by the Re:Play panel for inclusion in the 2015 Re:Play Festival at HOME, Manchester.
‘Tuesdays at Tesco’s’ is on at Oldham Coliseum Theatre Studio from Thursday 28 – Saturday 30 July. Tickets are £6 and can be booked on 0161 624 2829 or at www.coliseum.org.uk