No sooner will a stage adaptation of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo close in London than another play based on another comic will open in Bristol.
On Jan. 7, the Bristol Old Vic Young Company will debut its production of The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, Stephen Collins' acclaimed 2013 graphic novel about a man with a boring job who suddenly begins to grow a beard quickly becomes so massive and uncontrollable that it upends the staid order of the island.
“It’s really strange and quite whimsical and also quite sad and melancholic in other ways. It walks this weird boundary between being absolutely bizarre and beautiful as well," director Stephanie Kempson told the Bristol Post. "Dave, the main character, is obsessed with The Bangles, and listens to Eternal Flame on repeat so we have four singers who represent the band popping up every now and then to sing to him. The audience will be laughing but there will be sections where they’ll feel bad for doing so, because it is about a gigantic beard but a beard that ruins a man’s life.”
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil runs Jan. 7-1o. Watch the trailer below.