Hastings returns to Nottingham in Tapped

Published: 16 May 2023
Reporter: Steve Orme

A K Golding (Jen), Marie Blount (Dawn) and Max Hastings (Gavi) Credit: Lidia Crisafulli

Nottingham-born Max Hastings is to return to the city where he grew up when he tours in Katie Redford’s Tapped, “a heart-warming comedy that explores the importance of connection, fulfilment and (lack of) hope”.

Hastings who plays Gavi said, “Tapped is set in a garage in Nottingham where Gavi has decided to set up a motivational self-help group for the whole town. Unfortunately, he can only convince two people to come. It’s a proper funny and witty play about wanting more from life.”

Hastings was in the original production of the play at London’s Theatre 503 in 2022. He said he was delighted to be returning to Tapped.

“I had a great time in the original production. It’s such a real and authentic script that allows you to find different things in it every night, which is a gift for an actor.

“Me and Gavi have a fair bit in common. We’ve grown up in the same part of the world and share a few similar life experiences. I do also have to admit that I’m partial to a self-help book, and Gavi is basically a walking self-help book himself, so that’s a fun thing to put to use.

“I’m excited to see how the play is received differently in different parts of the country. I’m also excited for my grandma to come and see it in Nottingham because she’s too scared of London.”

The cast also includes Marie Blount as Dawn and A K Golding as Jen. Piers Black directs. Designer is Ceci Calf, lighting designer is Lucía Sánchez Roldán, sound designer is Conrad Kira and casting director is Amy Jane Blair.

Tapped was the first play by Katie Redford who is also from Nottingham. It will be performed at Nottingham Playhouse on Saturday 20 May. One other Midlands performance will be at the Macready Theatre, Rugby on Sunday 21 May.

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