The story of an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary times. Arthur Smith’s show SYD comes to 1532 Performing Arts Centre following a highly successful season at Soho Theatre and a sell-out and critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Packed with big gags, hilarious stories and poignant reflections, Arthur, accompanied by the mellifluous Kirsty Newton, tells the story of his own father. Syd Smith fought at El Alamein, became a P.O.W., and ended the war in the notorious Colditz Castle in Germany. In the 1950s PC Syd patrolled London’s South Bank and met a gallery of characters, whom he tried his best not to arrest.
Arthur tells this 20th century story with laughter and song and, quoting directly from his father’s hand-written journal, he splices time, memories and music with his own care-free youth. The show features songs from Ray Davies, Lenard Cohen (of course), Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Jerome Kern and Simon and Garfunkel as well as a less than stirring rendition of The Lambeth Walk.
“A touching and funny tribute to Arthur Smith's own father. Beautiful” ★★★★★ Young Perspective
“Phenomenal” ★★★★ Chortle
Start Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £18 (plus £1 booking fee)