Show isTo­mas’s Bond to spy­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - Bryce Luff

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.”

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