Southsea Folk has spent time over this year supporting local plays and wanting to promote award-winning and independent performances that people can go and see for a good price. Check out Darragh’s November Theatre Highlights to see what I mean.
I caught up with Roger Goldsmith, the playwright, to talk about his new play that was shown in London earlier in the year and is set to be a fantastic play on its way to Southsea.
About The Play
Heading to the Wedgewood Rooms for 3 nights at the end of November, Jamie and his Dad offers a chance to see something original and thought-provoking
Jamie and his Dad share a love of football. Jamie loves Lionel Messi whilst his Dad is a Cristiano Ronaldo fan. When their relationship shows signs of breaking down and the bantering between ‘who is the greatest player’ stops, Jamie starts to worry. ‘What’s going on?’ ‘Why has my Dad changed?’ Jamie worries even more when he makes a series of surprising discoveries about his Dad and is faced with a decision that could change both their lives.
Charles Wingrove plays the character of Jamie and is studying Drama and Performance at Portsmouth University. He has appeared in several local productions in 2023- as Romeo in SSA’s ‘Romeo and Julius’ Roger Goldsmith’s ‘Speechless’ at the Chichester Fringe and at the Aspex Gallery with the same writer’s ‘Talk’. Charles also starred in the community project produced by Scott Ramsay ‘The Party’. He was last seen at Groundlings Theatre in Charles Dickens’ ‘David Copperfield’.
Roger Goldsmith’s plays have been staged locally, in London and internationally. His play ‘It Started With a Touch’ was produced by Wimbledon Studio and at Barons Court Theatre, where it won the Original Play of the Year Award, and by Talking Horse Productions in Columbia, USA, and ‘Runaway’ by Small But Mighty Theatre in Toronto.
Chatting to Roger about his work, he said, “I love what I do, it’s a real labour of love. I am very fortunate that my lifestyle has allowed me to write plays with an emphasis on minimal character fringe-type productions. It offers a chance to reach out to people who enjoy stepping out to the theatre and can visit a local production in Portsmouth.” Using places like the Aspex Gallery and the Wedgewood Rooms means local plays can be in an intimate setting and that creates an atmospheric feeling before the play has even begun.
Tickets are just £10 to see Jamie and his Dad and is playing on the 28th, 29th and 30th of November. Buy tickets here.
Trigger Warning- Reference to sexual abuse. Suitable for over 14 year olds.