My Mother Was An Alien – Is That Why I’m Gay?
“And because Fairs writes with compassion and wit, this is not just another gay play.”
Danny is a huge fan of the cult 70s tv show ‘Space Station17’. His boyfriend Paul is an air steward. Life together seems a little dull until Paul reveals two secrets that turn their world upside down: He’s not really called Paul and his mother is the infamous star of ‘Space Station 17’, Yvette Dupont!
A sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic story of an incapable mother, her emotionally closed son and his anoraked boyfriend.
MY MOTHER WAS AN ALIEN – IS THAT WHY I’M GAY? made its debut at the Brighton Festival 1998, after a somewhat fraught few months which saw a number of changes in cast, directors and direction! It was a peculiar beast, combining the stories of fading actress Yvette Dupont, her son Noah, his boyfriend Danny, Danny’s mother and a rather unpleasant chap called Nigel. With a change of Danny and a change of director, the play transferred to Earl’s Court.
The play was rewritten and presented anew at the Arundel Jailhouse in August 2011, as part of the Arundel Festival, starring Anah Ruddin, Collin Baxter and Nigel Fairs.
“They fuck you up, your mum and dad” – more precisely in Nigel Fairs’ new play, it is bitch mother Yvette, an ‘Abfab’ TV has-been mother from Hell. But then everyone in this perspective piece, with well-pointed, acerbic one-liners, is fucked up, obsessed and devoted to someone or something. And because Fairs writes with compassion and wit, this is not just another gay play. It is the ‘been there, done that, got the T-shirt’ factor that strikes home, makes you laugh, wince and reflect. Relationship-wise, the characters are all heading for disaster with neat twists and shocks in the well-constructed plot.”
Jan Whitehead, THE STAGE
“The characters are colourfully drawn and engagingly played by a strong cast. The fast moving plot holds our interest, the script is spiked with wit.”
Douglas McPherson, WHAT’S ON
5th – 17th May 1998, Marlborough Theatre, Brighton
Cast: CAROLINE BURNS COOKE (Yvette), JOHN AINSWORTH (Paul), NIGEL FAIRS (Danny), MAX DAY (Nigel), JAYNE MASSEY (Mrs T) Director JAMES CHARLTON, Lighting & Sound Operators PAUL GRIFFIN & JUSTIN BRENTNALL. Miss Burn Cooke’s space dress by SALLY BRENTNALL. “Danny Boy” song & original music by NIGEL FAIRS (featuring the voice talents of Nicholas Briggs as Millwood & Gary Russell as the Announcer)
4th – 22nd August 1998, Finborough Theatre, London
Cast: CAROLINE BURNS COOKE (Yvette), JOHN AINSWORTH (Paul), JACK GALAGHER (Danny), MAX DAY (Nigel), JAYNE MASSEY (Mrs T), Director NIGEL FAIRS, Lighting & Sound Operator JANE MORGAN
August 2011, Arundel Jailhouse
Cast: ANAH RUDDIN (Yvette), COLLIN BAXTER (Paul), NIGEL FAIRS (Danny) Lighting & Sound Operator TORSTEN HOJER. Original music by NIGEL FAIRS (featuring the voice talents of Max Day as Cmdr Millwood & Gary Russell as the Announcer)