Bethany Cooper productions and Theatre503 today announces the cast for the UK tour of Katie Redford’s Tapped.
Piers Black directs Marie Blount (Dawn), AK Golding (Jen), and Max Hastings (Gavi) in the UK tour.
Following a successful world-premiere at Theatre503 in 2022, Tapped will preview at Upstairs at the Gatehouse on 8 May, before touring to Wolverhampton, Hereford, Peterborough, Bolton, Hull, Scarborough, Kendal, Newcastle, Nottingham, Rugby, Norfolk, Colchester, Bath and concluding in Guilford at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on 27 May 2023.
Tapped was written as a response to the resurgence of the self-help dialogue, now deeply embedded in today’s online culture, highlighting that positive jargon is ultimately meaningless without real human connection.
Tapped is a heart-warming comedy that explores the importance of connection, fulfilment and (lack of) hope. In Stapleford aka Stabbo, we meet Gavi, Jen and Dawn at an amateur self-help group who all share one commonality: they’re desperate for escapism. Tapped is a witty and sensitive portrayal of managing mental health within a family, highlighting the barriers we put up in order to put on a brave face, whilst having those all-important lightbulb moments, like realising Aldi really does sell everything.
A play about eating too many biscuits, missed opportunities, big dreams in small places and how the idea of change is far easier said than done.
Gavi wants to inspire his community. Which is tricky when everyone would prefer to just stay at home and watch Bake Off. Adamant to succeed, he starts hosting motivational meetings from his garage for his fellow Co-op colleagues.
With the help of daily mantras, goal setting and repeatedly listening to Spandau Ballet, he believes he can change their lives for the better. However, when the only two attendees are bickering mother and daughter Dawn and Jen, it’s not quite the enlightening experience they all thought it would be. Dawn wants more from life, Jen wants a brand-new life and Gavi just wants Jen in his life; but there’s only so much ‘positive visualisation’ they can all do before simply facing up to the painful reality of what’s really going on.