Over My Dad’s Body at The VAULT festival: A touching father-son drama that reflects on sexuality, success and mortality.

“Slashing wit, bravery and agility just about keep this flashy, camp show from descending into cliche, but it doesn’t always stay above water.”


We open to a ballot box on stage. But don’t worry, it’s not about that. Simon David’s show encourages you to enter your name if you’re single. If you’re lucky, you get to go on Date Night, Simon’s great new idea for a show.

Over My Dad’s Body is about a young gay man’s performing career following his father’s death. Feeling he can’t go on with date night, Simon delivers a stunning one-man account of growing up with his father, and the events leading up to his death from cancer. In his final months, Simon’s dad delivers a touching philosophical lecture on his cancer, his passions, and reflections on the nature of mortality.

Using clips from this lecture Simon weaves a beautiful, hilarious and taboo crushing discourse on sexuality, family, love and success. Slashing wit, bravery and agility just about keep this flashy, camp show from descending into cliche, but it doesn’t always stay above water.

Its strongest moments were when the two worlds of Simon’s show and his dad’s came together. This contact sparked like electric cables. To see a tragic experience creatively reconfigured into something challenging and funny felt very purposeful and fresh. Original in what it sets out to do, but somewhat let down by a garish opulence we’ve definitely seen around, this show is definitely in the upper stratum of Vault tales.

Over My Dad’s body is on at The Vaults on Leake Street from the 28th January – 1st February


Rex is studying for a BA in English and Drama at Goldsmiths. He is especially interested in new political writing, theatre directing and contemporary French and German theatre.

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