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Review: My Dad’s Gap Year, at Park Theatre

Fun and fierce comedy has the feel of a kitchen-sink drama abroad

08 February, 2019 — By ERIN COBBY

The cast of My Dad’s Gap Year. Photo: Michael Wharley

MY Dad’s Gap Year is an education in modern drama, lifting complex family dynamics to create a bitter-sweet comedy that doesn’t pretend to have all the answers.

Dave (Adam Lannon) first appears encapsulated in the round, creating a beer-tower to Daryl Hall’s apt Out of Touch. After a reality check appears in the form of his son William (Alex Britt), Dave, ever chasing escapism, books them on a one-way ticket to Thailand.

Creating the feel of a kitchen-sink drama abroad, the play explores love in all its forms, encouraging a genuinely refreshing, and importantly personal, look at gender and sexuality.

The female camaraderie between wife and mother Cath (Michelle Collins) and new partner Mae (Victoria Gigante) is particularly commendable.

Fun and fierce in turn, with a dialogue that relies slightly too much on modern colloquialisms, My Dad’s Gap Year is an inspiring taste of the theatre to come in 2019.

Until February 23
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