The Way Old Friends Do, Paperback / softback Book

The Way Old Friends Do Paperback / softback

Part of the NHB Modern Plays series

Paperback / softback

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In 1988, two Birmingham school friends tentatively come out to one another: Edward as gay; Peter, even more daringly, as an ABBA fan. Nearly thirty years later, they meet again - and take a chance by forming the world's first ABBA tribute band in drag.

It's a riot of platform boots and dodgy beards, 'Waterloos' and 'Chiquititas', and they couldn't escape if they wanted to.

But can Edward and Peter's friendship survive the tribulations of a life on the road?Ian Hallard's The Way Old Friends Do is a tender, laugh-out-loud comedy about devotion, desire and dancing queens.

It premiered at Birmingham Rep in 2023, directed by Mark Gatiss, before touring the UK, including a run at Park Theatre, London. The play offers every theatre company and drama group all the ingredients to give their audience the time of its life.


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