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Meet Kevin Brook…
Self confessed fanatic of all things Lord of the Rings.

On the eve before ‘Gandalf’ signs the official movie companion to the The Two Towers, he sits outside Fenwick’s waiting.
He talks about his life-long devotion, friends who don’t understand him – and the family who never had time for him.

But what’s the real reason for his obsession with Tolkien?
Why must he take his mind away from the harsh realities of life?

A long-held secret is about to be revealed…

‘a nuanced, sympathetic performance of a lost soul that really tugs at the heart strings' - Broadway Baby


Written by Adrian Marks, Waiting for Gandalf was originally directed by Teresa Hagger for the 2016 Brighton Fringe.

For this year’s Fringe, Mankind has worked with acclaimed writer and theatre director, Patrick Sandford, to contextualise the narrative within a wider consideration of the issues at play in today’s society.

This builds on the award-winning success of Patrick’s one man show, GROOMED, extending Mankind’s portfolio of plays and performances that challenge traditional stereotypes around masculinity.

The addition of a post-show Q&A breaks down the ‘fourth wall’ and invites the audience in to explore the changing jawline of masculinity in the 21st Century.

Show information

Sweet Werks 1
15 – 17 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL

14 – 20 May | 18:00 pm

Duration: 50 minutes
* NOTE: After the performance, audience members will be invited to stay for a Q&A session about the play and its themes.
There will be a short pause to allow anyone not wanting to participate in this to leave

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)

Fringe box office: 01273 91 72 72
Sweet venues box office: 01273 76 32 35

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