Show isTomas’s Bond to spying
PERTH’s globetrotting electric cabaret showman Tomas Ford will be back home next week to perform a piece of work seven years in the making.
Ford said The Final Chase was a “way dark, twisted spy thriller” he wrote while reading a host of Ian Fleming books and looking at how classic secret agent James Bond dealt with situations compared to the average person.
He said the result was a character lost in booze, drugs and revenge.
“It’s a wild ride with all the pace of a high-budget spy film,” he said from a cafe in London.
“I found the material came quite easily. There’s so many books and cliches to rip apart for ideas.
“I was also neck deep in photocopied CIA torture manuals, wartime spy journals and all that kind of stuff.
“It’s a fun world to explore. There’s a kind of welldressed macho glamour to it, though I’d have no interest at all in doing it for real.”
Ford produced all the music from his home before taking a trip to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur to film footage for the video projections.
Following that was a couple of months at the Rockingham Arts Centre putting together the first run of the show before he took it to Edinburgh Fringe, where it was a big hit. “It’s a really easy show to get into,” Ford said. “At its heart it’s a spy movie onstage. “Part of it is in the set-up – imagine if James Bond was incompetent but still high on his own ego.
“So if you can enjoy a James Bond or Bourne movie, you’ll get a kick out of this.
“My way of putting on a show is pretty unusual and for a lot of people who come to this show it’s unlike anything they’d normally go to.”