Toby Belch is Unwell brings us both the character of Toby Belch and that of the actor playing him. Both contemplate their legacy: will they always be the bit part, the buffoon and stage bully? Will they never play the lead in life?
Deftly bringing in other Shakespeare characters and references, with many original lines, as well as commentary on contemporary society, this piece delights those who know and love Shakespeare and those new to the work. It also captures beautifully the relationship between an actor on stage and their audience, and how each depends on each other.
Toby Belch is Unwell speaks of universal hopes and fears, both the pathos of missed chances and optimism for the future. A play for everyone who loves words, poetry and theatre.