“My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver” – Directors Notes

By Mark Attwood | Life

Jul 02

It’s always fun putting a new show together, but working on “My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver” with Toby Hadoke has been a particular pleasure so far. The very first preview for the Edinburgh run happened last Thursday at Tara Arts in London. Here’s an iPhone pic for completists…

Very nice little venue with lovely staff. It was a very “Who” crowd that appreciated Toby’s ability to run off every single Dr Who fact in the known Universe, but we are making this show for people with no knowledge or even interest about Dr Who, as we did for the predecessor “Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf”. It’s very much a bittersweet autobiographical piece that, despite being a “sequel”, very much stands up in it’s own right. The good news is that Toby has too much material. It ran at 1 hr 28 mins on Thursday, which is about 38 minutes longer than it needs to be for Edinburgh. A big improvement on the very first preview for Moths 6 years ago, which came in just under 3 hours!

(Toby on stage 30 minutes before the show started)

We’re doing more work this week on trimming it down to focus on the story, so come and see it early if you want more of the Who stuff 🙂

Here’s what the gorgeous former Dr Who companions Anneke Wills and Louise Jameson said about the preview in Tunbridge Wells last night on twitter. Click to enlrage the images if you can’t read them:

For more details on the show, including dates etc. go here.


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