Following glowing reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Shedinburgh 2021, a revitalised production of Mediocre White Male will come to VAULT Festival from 25th – 30th January. Now joined by exciting producers Metal Rabbit Productions (Radiant Vermin, Soho Theatre; Spiderfly, Theatre 503), the updated production includes brand new sound and lighting design, taking it to the next level.
A tragicomedy about ancient history, recent past and present lies, Mediocre White Male follows the 30-year-old central character, still living in the same town and trapped working in a crumbling tourist attraction. He longs for a simpler time of Pokémon cards, school nicknames and stable pronouns, a time when he could open his mouth without offending a colleague… But nostalgia is always dangerous… With the living statue he has played for a decade threatened with cancellation, and with a figure from his past returning to haunt him, it might just be time to face up to some uncomfortable truths.
In between musings on shit jobs and filling dead time, Mediocre White Male slips in a searing portrait of male anger, fragility and vulnerability, touching on wider themes about being left behind in a small community, feeling abandoned as the world changes, and feeling confused in the face of a progressive agenda you don’t fully understand. How do we handle the increasing anger and detachment felt across British society, where town is pitted against city, tradition against ‘woke-ism’ and he/him faces off against she/her/they/them.
As society grapples with how to deal with its wider history of abuse and colonialism, the protagonist (a relatable, complex and conflicted character) must deal with his own historical misdeeds, mistakes and demons.
Mediocre White Male
Performance Dates Tuesday 25th – Sunday 30th January 2022
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 8.15pm
Friday & Saturday – 8.00pm
Sunday – 2.30pm & 7.00pm
Running Time 60 minutes
Box Office Tickets are available from https://vaultfestival.com/events/mediocre white-male/ from £13
Age Guidance Recommended for 18+, handles adult themes around consent and age inappropriate relationships