Joseph Marcell – best known as laconic British butler ‘Geoffrey’ in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – and Christopher Fairbank – best known for his role as ‘Moxey’ in the iconic British series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – will star as ‘Byron’ and ‘Ames’ in the long-awaited UK premiere of Sam Shepard’s play Ages Of The Moon, directed by Alexander Lass.
On a hot summer’s night, deep in the American wilderness, Byron and Ames are reunited by mutual desolation. By the fading light of an eclipsing moon, the pair reflect on love and life over a bottle of whiskey – and as old rivalries flare, their forty-year friendship is put to the test at the barrel of a gun.
Alexander Lass said, “Byron and Ames provoke as much as they entertain. Two men in their mid-sixties, suffering literal and metaphorical heartache, they crave to be heard and known. Through their rambling recollections, coarse observations and raunchy humour, we are taken on a journey where fact merges with fiction, beginning with youthful optimism and ending with mournful nostalgia. They philosophise about sex, marriage, betrayal, loneliness, death, country western music, horse-racing, and astronomy.
“Byron and Ames amuse us with their homespun conversation, disturb us with their despair all the while knocking back glass after glass of ‘the great malt which wounds’. The more they drink, the less we feel we can trust anything they say.
“I cannot wait to direct this play. I am drawn to the humanity, comedy, universality, and understated showmanship of Sam’s poetic words, and I am thrilled to be collaborating with Joe and Chris, two incredible actors who will bring Ames and Byron vividly to life.”
Ages of the Moon is on at The Vaults, Launcelot Street, London SE1 7AD from 17 October – 24 November. Times: Tuesday to Saturday @ 8pm, Saturday and Sunday @ 3pm. Phone: 0844 815 7141
Photo: Michael Wharley