Dear Lupin is best-selling author Michael Simkins' stage adaption of the hilarious letters of Dunkirk veteran and BBC2 racing reporter Roger Mortimer to his son Charlie. The original Dear Lupin book became a best-seller and won the Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year in 2013.
Production company Sahara Breeze is touring the New Zealand premiere of the play to six intimate venues around Central Otago in November and December. The play has nostalgia, wit, pathos, and genuine laugh-out-loud moments.
Roger Mortimer is played by 85-year-old John Barham, who has acted in over 70 stage productions in UK, Germany, Hongkong and New Zealand, where he performs regularly as a member of Clyde Theatre Group. The role includes a variety of ‘hats’ depicting the outrageous characters encountered by Charlie over the years.
Charlie Mortimer (Lupin), is played by John's real-life son, Blaise Barham. Blaise appeared most recently as 'Francis' in the acclaimed One Man, Two Guvnors for Queenstown’s Remarkable Theatre. Charlie, an Eton dropout, embarks on an array of jobs and spirals into 'drunken hedonism', whilst Roger doggedly tries to keep his son on the straight and narrow with his caustic wit.
This play will see John and Blaise share a stage for the first time.
Auckland theatre practitioner John Goudge has travelled south to direct the show lured by the beautiful dry comedy of the script, & the quality of the actors. It also features digital imagery by Queenstown filmmaker Scott Kennedy, and atmosphere by long-time theatre & event lighting guru Mike Brettell.
Dear Lupin tours around the Southern Lakes & Central Otago with performances on 21 November at The Number 8 Bar, Wanaka (formerly Gin & Raspberry), on 23 November at the New Arrowtown Community Hall, on 27 November at Glenorchy Camp, on 29 November at The Sherwood, Queenstown, on 4 December at Earnscleugh Hall, Alexandra and on 7 December at Bannockburn Hall, Cromwell.
The play originally toured the UK with a West End run at the Apollo Theatre in 2015.
'A touching tribute to the rock-solid and wise affection of a funny, perhaps sometimes lonely, maverick father for his classically 'hopeless' son' - TheatreCat.