The Blue Room Theatre Summer Nights and theMOXYcollective in association with PICA present The Polite Gentleman
Don’t miss your chance to see the return of this award winningblues-infused hit about one man, stuck at the
crossroads, given one tempting and terrifying offer.
Mouse wakes up with an address tattooed across his chest. He wants more and has prayed to a god he no longer believes in. His request gets diverted, enter The Polite Gentleman. The devil comes in many different disguises; in this case he’s dressed as a chicken. He offers Mouse what he wants, but at what cost?
Loosely inspired by the blues mythology of going down to the crossroads to make a deal with
the Devil, The Polite Gentleman is a raw and honest story of a man in midlife malaise who
wants more from his mundane existence. With a live and recorded soundtrack of the Blues from the 1920’s to today by Andrew Weir (Ssnoob, The Bosons), The Polite Gentleman is a magical journey into the unknown.
Under acclaimed director Adam Mitchell (When The Rain Stops Falling, Boy Gets Girl and The
Motherfucker With The Hat), performer/writer Mark Storen weaves this award-winning and humorous cautionary tale returning for Fringe World 2014. ‘I think the work has a flavor of two cultures fused together, and wrapped up with yarn that is The Blues. I wanted to create something stripped back, raw and honest with this work.
Something rich and robust, but less aggressive than my previous solo shows.’ -Mark Storen
‘The Polite Gentleman, Mark Storen’s Blues Inspired internal odyssey is yarn spinning of a high order.’
-The West Australian ‘Storen showed himself to be a dab hand at the guitar, as well as a master of vocal control,
spinning the yarn in a range of voices and modulating his pitch with the mood. The words were mesmerizing, each character having distinct phrases to mark their place in the tale.’ -ARTSHUB
Directed by Adam Mitchell!
Design by Fiona Bruce
Lighting design by Chris Donnelly !
Production Donelle Gardiner
Written & performed by Mark Storen
18th February 2014 – 22nd February 2014
Pica Performance Space
Perth Cultural Centre Northbridge
All Shows 930pm
Booking info www.summernights.org.au