Be Prepared

One wrong digit can change a person’s life forever.

“People would move seats on the bus. But I can’t get on the bus cos I’m waiting for this old man to call.”

Tom’s a mess. Mr Chambers keeps phoning asking for a Funeral Director. Tom is not a Funeral Director. This is how getting one digit wrong can change a person’s life, forever.

Conversations become confused. Memories start to intertwine and unravel, and two strangers unwittingly help each other to un-forget and connect to the people they loved, in this ‘gloriously funny’, ‘wonderfully human’ and ‘magnetic’ solo show.

“When I remember it, I think he looks a bit like ET. In that scene where he’s lying in the stream all pale and wrinkled and chalky looking. Like a steamed pudding.”

‘A terrific piece of work, I loved it.’ ANTHONY HOROWITZ
‘Tender, funny & full of impossible hope. My advice? See this show.’ TAMSIN GREIG
★★★★ ‘moving’ – THE STAGE
★★★★ ‘extraordinary’ – THE LIST
★★★★ ‘hilarious’ – BROADWAY BABY

Developed at the RCS’s The Other Place
Originally Produced by Corner Shop Events in association with Underbelly Untapped

1hr 00m
The Vaults
07 — 11 Feb 21:30
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About the company

Ian Bonar

Ian Bonar – Writer & Performer
Acting credits include: Arden of Faversham and The Witch of Edmonton (RSC); The Blackest Black (Hampstead Theatre); Brilliant Adventures (Royal Exchange, Manchester); DNA and The Miracle (National Theatre); City Love (Bussey Building); Me, As a Penguin (Arcola Theatre); Ma Vie En Rose (Young Vic Theatre). Television includes: New Blood, Our Loved Boy and Holy Flying Circus (BBC); Southcliffe and Black Mirror (Channel 4); Going Postal (Sky). Film includes: Interlude in Prague, Spectre, Skyfall, 1234, Starter for Ten, Atonement.

Be Prepared is Ian’s first play. His second play, St Anthony, was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize. He was one of nine writers in the Orange Tree Writers Collective in 2016 and a previous alumni of a Royal Court invitational writers group. His work has had rehearsed readings at The NT Studio and RSC. Currently developing a film script and a new play for 2018.

Rob Watt – Director & Dramaturg
Credits include: Love and Information by Caryl Churchill (Institute of the Arts Barcelona); Standby For Tape Back-Up by Ross Sutherland (Soho Theatre / Summerhall / Shoreditch Town Hall / UK tour); How to Survive a Post Truth Apocalypse by Francesca Beard (Soho Theatre / Roundhouse); SEXY by Vanessa Kisuule (Roundhouse, Camden People’s Theatre); Goosebumps by Rob Watt (The Vaults), The Joy of Normal (Orange Tree Theatre), Earthquakes in London (Institute of the Arts, Barcelona), Party Trap by Ross Sutherland (Shoreditch Town Hall).

Rob is an Associate at Headlong Theatre, an artist mentor on the Barbican Box project and regularly teaches at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and City University. He previously produced participatory work for young people at the National Theatre and was Associate Director at Immediate Theatre.

Artistic Team
Writer & Performer
Ian Bonar
Rob Watt
Alex Crispin
Charlie Morgan Jones
Chloe Nelkin Consulting

Press & Reviews

Anthony Horowitz

'A terrific piece of work, I loved it.'

Tamsin Greig

'Tender, funny & full of impossible hope. My advice? See this show.'

The List

★★★★ 'Gloriously funny...wonderfully human... Ian Bonar is an extraordinary talent and has created a piece of theatre that is powerful, engaging and truthful.'

Broadway Baby

★★★★ ‘Magnetic. Unforgettable. Gripping.'

The Stage

★★★★ ‘Quietly moving'

Fest Mag

‘A virtuoso one-man performance from Ian Bonar'