Introduction

In Conversation with Graham Norton was first staged at The Hope Theatre in September 2018. It returned for a full three week run in January 2019, following its short, sell-out first run.

In Conversation with Graham Norton takes a look at what it’s like to feel totally alone in this modern era of the World Wide Web and where this loneliness can lead you. It seems appropriate to have the name Graham Norton in the title as Simon chatted to Graham on his radio show in June 2016 and was told to “crack on” with the writing. 

The Story

 

“It’s a catch-22 situation. I’m never going to know for certain that I’m gay”.

Mark is finding life tough and isolating so the decision is easy. He’s going to chat to Graham Norton. Graham is easy to talk to. Graham talks to people as a profession. Graham is just a photo.

With this photo of Graham Norton in front of him, Mark can talk openly about his concerns about sex, his sexuality, his family and his school life. Maybe life won’t be so confusing if he can verbalize all his thoughts without worrying about being judged. He may even discuss the incident with the cat.

 

Batavia Productions & Jasper Plays presents this look at what it’s like to feel totally alone in this modern era of the World Wide Web and where this loneliness can lead you. This debut play by Simon Perrott is an emotional and funny journey. Why don’t you come along for the ride and listen to Mark?

Please note: Graham Norton does not appear in this production.

 

The Creative Team

Writer - Simon Perrott
Director - Joseph Winters
Producer - Connor J. Matthews
Technician - Emma Sheldrick
                         Lily Woodford-Lewis
Photographer - Liam Fraser Richardson

Mark

Jay Parsons

 

Jay trained at Arts Educational Schools and later at Guildford School of Acting, graduating with a 1st Class degree in 2017. He was most recently seen in the UK tour of the hit TV show, In the Night Garden. His other credits include Assistant Director on The Fellowship (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Quince in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Berkeley Castle and Blenheim Palace) and Mamilius in The Winter’s Tale (Courtyard Theatre for the RSC). 

 

Credits whilst training include Come Out Eli, the title role in Pericles, Mike Craven in Semi Monde, Josh in The Rimers of Eldritch & Gianni in After Juliet.

Jay is very excited to be featured in this new piece of writing and making his London Fringe debut. He is thrilled to be bringing this play back to the Hope Theatre after having previously performed the show in 2018.

 

Reviews

“A fascinating, funny and twisted journey into a lost person’s mind.”

- The London Theatre Critic

“This debut play by Simon Perrott is an emotional and funny journey.”

- Act Drop

“Jay Parson's is magnificent.”

- Close Up Culture

“One of the best one-man shows I have seen

in a long while.”

- Boyz

“This is one wonderful conversation that should not be missed.”

- The Review Chap