My one-man show about Shkodra, Tirana, Gjirokastra, Saranda etc gets a test-drive at Bristol Old Vic in January:
I Went To Albania Tom Phillips Wed 11th, 7pm
Why did Enver Hoxha build 700,000 concrete bunkers across the whole of Albania? Were beards illegal under his communist regime? Can you really buy a secondhand Kalashnikov on the streets of Tirana? And what’s any of that got to do with Lord Byron, Edward Lear and John Constable’s picture framer?
Part travelogue, part personal history, part practical experiment, I went to Albania is a haphazard journey in search of a failed utopia, a debunking of myths, and a work-in-progress by writer/performer Tom Phillips in collaboration with director Andy Burden.
Tom’s previous work for theatre includes Hotel Illyria, Man Diving and Arbeit Macht Frei.
is a writer based in Bristol, UK. Recent publications include the poetry collection 'Recreation Ground' (Two Rivers Press) and recent plays include '100 Miles North of Timbuktu' and 'Coastal Defences' (both for Theatre West). He co-runs the Colourful Star project and is co-founder of the Culture Exchange Experiment network. His work often concerns SE Europe and his ongoing engagement with writers and artists in the region. He has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Reading and teaches at Bath Spa University.