Brookmans Park actor takes his drama on tour

PUBLISHED: 13:54 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:05 22 June 2017

Alex Gomar (in blue) performing with Jason Ribes.

Alex Gomar (in blue) performing with Jason Ribes.

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A Welwyn Hatfield actor has created an innovative wordless drama he will perform at the Edinburgh Festival before taking it to the Far East.

Alex Gomar, who is currently in China but usually lives in Grubbs Lane, Brookmans Park, blends mime, dance, and acrobatics to explore issues of masculinity by telling the story of two young boys becoming men.

With his colleague, French performer Jason Ribes, he plans to use the performances to tackle issues such as gender prejudice and domestic violence, which he blames on distorted attitudes to masculinity.

Alex, a 25-year-old Cambridge University graduate, explained: “We present our entertaining and accessible performance to adults and children to build discussions.

“We then film the whole thing as a documentary and show it to the next audience, who can then comment on what the previous audience said. It’s about bringing audiences from different cultures and places into contact with one another.”

After the Edinburgh Festival, they will take the drama, known as Two Little Boxes, to four Chinese cities, and then three in Japan.

Alex, who speaks Mandarin Chinese, is currently working on other drama projects in Shanghai.

He added: “This is a passion project for me.

“We want to ask ‘Why do we move in a certain way? Who do we imitate? Does a person try to walk like a masculine man, or is he perhaps more in touch with his feminine side?’”

Alex’s previous stage work include semi-professional tours of the USA and China with productions of Shakespeare’s King Richard II and The Sound of Music.

Anyone in the Scottish capital next month can catch the performance at the Edinburgh Fringe at Greenside in Nicolson Square from August 14 to 19, and then August 21 to 26.

More details are available online at https://reallynicetheatrecompany.wordpress.com/

After the Edinburgh Festival, the performance will visit Sichuan province in China, and the cities of Hangzhou, Wuzhen and Shanghai, before Tokyo, Okinawa, and Kawasaki in Japan.

Any school or theatre that would like to host a performance should email alexgomar@hotmail.co.uk

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