Following a sell-out premiere season across New Zealand, much-loved Kiwi actor Mark Hadlow remounts for a final ride into Christchurch in the acclaimed one man show, MAMIL (middle-aged man in Lycra), in all its lurid lycra glory for ‘Le Tour d’Isaac’.
MAMIL, by Gregory Cooper, was lauded in rave reviews in its first outing, and returns to the stage for four shows only, from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch.
Achingly funny and poignant, MAMIL Remounted explores the male midlife crisis, where the super bike and cycling culture reign supreme. Bryan Cook (Mark Hadlow) is a property developer who has accumulated a small fortune building leaking homes. He’s a stressed out, self-medicating, self loathing arse, killing himself to increase his bank balance while decreasing his golf handicap. When things fall apart due to the GFC of 2007 he joins a men’s cycling group to relieve stress - and makes a few startling discoveries in various cracks and crevices.
Shining as the affable, yet uncomfortably relatable anti-hero in the one-man show, Hadlow commands the stage. One of NZ’s favourite actors, the role of Bryan is a perfect fit for Mark. Bringing his energetic presence and childlike enthusiasm to the character, he breathes life into the cleverly crafted monologues to delight even the most stoic of MAMIL-phobes.
Contains adult themes. Not recommended for children under 16.
Mark Hadlow says: “I’m so excited to be bringing the “team” back together for a final ride, in ChCh again, creating the hilarious peloton of Wayne the crusty old retired builder, Harry Krishna, the dairy owner from Papatoetoe; Seamus the grumpy Irish piss head and not to forget the autistic genius of bankruptcy liquidator James Benge......all centred around the flawed anti hero Bryan Cook, a failed property developer from the GFC, peddling crazily toward redemption on “Pinarello” the abusive opera singing road bike.
There are others, but it’ll spoil the surprise when you see it!
Greg Cooper (the writer) and myself still find MAMIL a surprise, every audience finding something different within its vibrant versatile content. MAMIL is at least a twice in a lifetime live theatre experience fascinating at every outing.
Finally and most importantly, you don’t have to be a biker to enjoy MAMIL (Remounted), it’s a chance for non riders to giggle at the absurdity of Lycra abuse in all its glory. MAMIL (Remounted) is something for everyone, male or female, seniors or juniors.
I can’t wait and I’m bloody in it! I’m the only one in it!”.