23rd - 27th November 2021
Written and performed by Tom Machell
Ticker follows twenty-something Spencer, a Geordie millennial who is deeply in love with the inestimable Gabi. But Spencer’s life is torn apart by Gabi’s untimely - and unexplained - death. How can he even begin to cope with finding himself suddenly a prime suspect and a chief mourner? Themes of outsider grief and loneliness meet black-humour and frank dialogue, exploring male identity, toxic aggression, and how not talking about things can eventually lead to self-destruction. Ticker began at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 before transferring to Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle and Northern Stage.
★★★★★ A Younger Theatre
Machell’s creation does not miss a beat from one moment to the next; he has all the gifts of a fireside storyteller, tempered with the poise and control of a great tragedian.
★★★★★ Uk Theatre Web
Tom Machell plays his joy,rage and grief brilliantly, effortlessly switching from character to character.
★★★★★ Narc Magazine
Escapes the standard rule book which tends to accompany solo shows. A frightening and heart-breaking performance.
★★★★ The Wee Review
Ticker is performed with an artistic precision that dances between rage, hilarity and reflection, in what is a brilliantly powerful piece.
★★★★ Three Weeks
Ticker is excellently presented with simple but effective staging, and offers a truly arresting exploration of grief, mental health and toxic masculinity, balanced by dark humour and punctuated by unexpected twists that keep you guessing.
Ticker is a smartly written and charismatically performed look at grief, love and toxic masculinity packed with sharp lines and black humour.