Show tells story of man’s hunt for his long-lost father

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A ONE man show based on a Washington performer’s search for his father is returning to the region.

After a successful outing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ian Mclaughlin’s Good Timin’ opened last night at Live Theatre, Newcastle.

Written and performed by Ian, the show is billed as a funny and inventive take on looking for a missing parent.

Ian said: “I was born in Croydon in 1963 and moved to Washington when I was seven with my grandparents. I didn’t know my father growing up and I had never tried to find him.

“It wasn’t until I was in my 40s that I started to think there was a piece of the jigsaw puzzle missing, so, with the help of my mum, we eventually tracked him down and I embarked upon this journey to find out about my errant father.”

Throughout the show Ian questions the very nature of nurture itself, using personal testimony, stand-up comedy and science.

Ian says Good Timin’ questions how much parents really pass on to their children and how the things that are kept from them can have a profound effect on their lives.

Ian, a member of improv comedy group The Suggestibles, added: “What I discovered was that my father and I had very similar life paths including the same careers, the same DVD collections and even the same sense of humour.

“Hopefully it’s a story that people can resonate with and really relate to, and I hope audiences will come along with me on this emotional rollercoaster ride.”

Director, Max Roberts, said: “I’ve been an admirer of Ian Mclaughlin’s amazing talent as a performer in The Suggestibles for some time. One night he told me the amazing story of this search for his lost dad.

“It struck me immediately that it would make a fantastic one man show which he should write and perform. A departure for a performer more well known for improvisation, comedy and crazy films. But the result is a beautifully written, witty and at times heart-breaking piece of theatre.

“Come and enjoy it, but maybe bring a hanky.”

•Good Timin’ is at Live Theatre, Newcastle until October 25. Tickets are priced at £14-£10, £12-£10 for over 60s concessions and £5 for other concessions and can be purchased via the box office on Tel. 232 1232 or online at www.live.org.uk.