Following the successful tour of “Jones and Smith” last year – his one-man, stand-up and story show about his partner, his untimely death, their relationship and the onset of ageing – Griff Rhys Jones is going back on the road this spring to explore the subject of travel.
Where was I? takes as its starting point some of Griff’s personal jaunts from the last fifteen years. He has sailed a boat to St Petersburg and around the Med. He has travelled in Morocco, the Galapagos, India and Australia. But mostly he has ventured forth to work for TV, making Greatest Cities, A Slow Train to Africa, In Search of the Black Rhino, Burma and The Forgotten Army, several series of Three Men In A Boat and programmes on mountains, rivers, lost routes and tribal art.
He’s going to look behind those “making of” snippets for the real truth about TV travel. He has wandered from The Torres Straight Islands to Mali, from Moscow to Dar Es Salam, ridden “the train of death”, jumped from a burning boat in the Galapagos, sat with tribal elders and been ordered off their island. He has unwillingly climbed up mountains and abseiled down waterfalls, gone window cleaning on New York skyscrapers without a safety rope and clambered through Manchester’s most demanding sewers. And all without the help of Bear Grylls.
He will be telling plenty of funny stories but also musing on the nature of travel itself – about the differences between travel and tourism. Why do we go? What are we searching for? What do you need to pack? Why does television demand jeopardy, incident and immersion? And what exactly does that mean for your sanity? Ben Loyal in a blizzard. Upside down in the Wye rapids. Falling out of a coracle. Why does it all have to be so arduous? It’s the truth about making travel television. And the truth about wanderlust. And he has never lain on a beach with a cocktail in his life. Isn’t it time for a holiday? Why do holidays have to be improving and what’s the point of looking at ruins? What are all us old people doing taking gap years? And most important of all – how to get an upgrade. Every aspect of the mania to leave home will be under consideration and some for the armchair traveller too.
His show will be stopping at several local Four Shires Venues:
- 18 January 2018, Chipping Norton Theatre, 01608 642 350 www.chippingnortontheatre.com
- 04 February 2018, Warwick Arts Centre, 02476 524 524 www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
- 17 February 2018, Milton Keynes The Stables, 01908 280 800 www.stables.org
- 21 February 2018, Oxford North Wall Arts Centre, 01865 319450 www.thenorthwall.com
- 01 March 2018, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 08448 717 627 www.atgtickets.com/venuesa/aylesbury-waterside-theatre/