Up Down Man

Date: Wednesday, Nov 8 2017 - Saturday, Nov 18 2017
Venue: Tobacco Factory Theatres
Price: £16
Myrtle Theatre, Matty Butler, Heather Williams, Brendan Murray, Nathan Bessell

Bristol’s Myrtle Theatre present their sequel to the acclaimed Up Down Boy.

“Audiences lucky enough to have seen the brilliant Up Down Boy will know the incredible treat in store with Up Down Man. Myrtle Theatre are masters of inclusive theatre and imaginative new writing. We are delighted to team up with them and Salisbury Playhouse to create an ambitious and brave new tale about growing up and moving on, told in a unique and invigorating way.

“This is who I am – my name is Matty Butler. I’m not a child, I’m twenty nine years old. I like foxes, badgers, dancing, eating dinner, going bowling, Eastenders, dancing and foxes. I’d like a friend. Maybe Angel from Buffy. And we’d go on holiday and live together and have dinner and go dancing. I’m not a child you see. I’m twenty nine years old. My name is Matty Butler. This is who I am. And I like foxes.

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Up Down Man, the long awaited sequel to the internationally acclaimed
Up Down Boy, wowed audiences when it premiered at Salisbury Playhouse in 2016. Once again starring the gifted and charismatic Nathan Bessell as Matty Butler, Up Down Man asks the question that faces every parent of an adult with a learning disability: What will happen when I’m not here?

“Written by award-winning Brendan Murray with live music, original choreography and Mum in the box, Up Down Man is funny, provocative, moving and a show that could change the way you see the world.”

Read our preview here.

Tue-Sat 7.30pm / Matinees Thu 1.30pm & Sat 2.30pm (No show Sun or Mon). Various post-show discussions, accessible perfs etc – check Tickets link below for details, £16/£12 concs. For more info, visit

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By steve wright, Friday, Sep 1 2017

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