Playwright David Edgar to make stage debut in new one-man show

David Edgar, pictured in rehearsals at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2011, will make his stage debut in Trying It On, a self-penned one-man show. Photo: Ellie Kurttz
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Playwright David Edgar will make his debut as an actor in an autobiographical one-man show, it has been announced.

Edgar, who is celebrating his 70th birthday, will appear in a play reflecting on the legacy of the series of student revolts that took place worldwide in 1968.

Called Trying It On, it uses first-person interviews from political figures present at the time, as well as contemporary activists.

In the play, the 70-year-old Edgar will be confronted by his 20-year-old self, exploring whether they share the same beliefs and what has changed.

The production will tour venues in the Midlands, including Warwick Arts Centre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Midlands Arts Centre. It will then visit the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Other Place and the Royal Court in London in the autumn.

It is directed by Christopher Haydon and produced by China Plate.

Speaking about the play, Edgar said: “Having spent the last 50 years writing things for other people to say, I thought it was time to have a conversation with myself. Performing – and seeing myself on film – has been a revelation. The autobiographical solo show has become an important theatre art form in itself, and it’s great to be working with a brilliantly creative team to make it.”