Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I? - Preview

January 18, 2018 - March 29, 2018 | UK Tour

Photo: Deans Chalkley

Following the successful tour of “Jones and Smith” last year – his one-man, stand-up and story show about his partner, his untimely death, their relationship and the onset of ageing – Griff Rhys Jones is going back on the road this spring to explore the subject of travel.

Where Was I? takes as its starting point some of Griff’s personal jaunts from the last fifteen years. He has sailed a boat to St Petersburg and around the Med. He has travelled in Morocco, the Galapagos, India and Australia. But mostly he has ventured forth to work for TV, making Greatest Cities, A Slow Train to Africa, In Search of the Black Rhino, Burma and The Forgotten Army, several series of Three Men In A Boat and programmes on mountains, rivers, lost routes and tribal art.

He’s going to look behind those “making of” snippets for the real truth about TV travel. He has wandered from The Torres Straight Islands to Mali, from Moscow to Dar Es Salam, ridden “the train of death”, jumped from a burning boat in the Galapagos, sat with tribal elders and been ordered off their island. He has unwillingly climbed up mountains and abseiled down waterfalls, gone window cleaning on New York skyscrapers without a safety rope and clambered through Manchester’s most demanding sewers. And all without the help of Bear Grylls.

He will be telling plenty of funny stories but also musing on the nature of travel itself – about the differences between travel and tourism. Why do we go? What are we searching for? What do you need to pack? Why does television demand jeopardy, incident and immersion? And what exactly does that mean for your sanity?

The show tells the truth about making travel television, and the truth about wanderlust. Every aspect of the mania to leave home will be under consideration – and some for the armchair traveller too..

Tour Dates:

18 January 2018            Chipping Norton Theatre
19 January.2018            Salisbury: Playhouse
20 January 2018            Bridgwater MacMillan Theatre
24 January 2018            Bury (Greater Manc) The Met
25 January 2018            Workington Carnegie Theatre
26 January 2018            Norwich Playhouse
27 January 2018            Bristol Redgrave Theatre

01 February 2018           Berwick Upon Tweed Maltings
02 February 2018           Lancaster Grand
03 February 2018           Liverpool Epstein Theatre
04 February 2018           Warwick Arts Centre
09 February 2018           Christchurch Regent Centre
10 February 2018           Yeovil Octogan
13 February 2018           Maidenhead Norden Farm
15 February 2018           Bedford Quarry Theatre
16 February 2018           Newbury Corn Exchange
17 February 2018           Milton Keynes The Stables
18 February 2018           Bognor Regis Regis Centre
20 February 2018           Tring Court Theatre
21 February 2018           Oxford North Wall Arts Centre
22 February 2018           Peterborough Cressett
23 February 2018           Leicester Curve Theatre
24 February 2018           Lincoln Drill Hall
27 February 2018           Brighton The Old Market

01 March 2018               Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
02 March 2018               Farnham Maltings
03 March 2018               Letchworth Broadway
04 March 2018               Epsom Playhouse
08 March 2018               Telford  Oakengates Theatre @ The Place
09 March 2018               Tunbridge Wells Trinity Theatre
14 March 2018               Cardiff Sherman Theatre
16 March 2018               Jersey Opera House
17 March 2018               Margate Theatre Royal
22 March 2018               Redruth Regal Theatre
23 March 2018               Exeter Corn Exchange
24 March 2018               Great Torrington Plough Arts
29 March 2018               Hereford Courtyard Theatre

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