My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) sparkles in the West End

After a hugely successful run at the Turbine Theatre and at the Edinburgh Fringe earlier this year, Rob Madge’s spellbinding show My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) has made a dazzling debut at the Garrick Theatre. Critics have been delighted by Rob’s show, directed by Luke Sheppard and with music by Pippa Cleary and video design by George Reeve, and you can see what they are saying below:

TimeOut  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more joyous, life-affirming show in the West End right now than this one”

“Director Luke Sheppard skilfully handles these changes of pace, as the older Madge reflects on their journey to authentic self-expression that began with a desire to dress like Maleficent. It’s often deeply moving and will resonate with many a queer kid in the audience, but Sheppard doesn’t let these moments dominate the stage for too long. The challenges are acknowledged, but this is fundamentally an optimistic show about following your own path. And as Madge sings Pippa Cleary’s infectiously catchy songs with gentle self-irony, they steer the show clear of easy sentimentality”

Evening Standard ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“a charming piece of work that clearly strikes a deep chord.”

“a joyful love letter to self-expression”

Telegraph ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Yet it’s cleverly balanced by Madge’s knowing, witty script, mixing theatre in-jokes with memories of his naïve younger self growing up in Coventry. At their best, the latter have the wry specificity of Victoria Wood. Luke Sheppard’s production, meanwhile, in which ordinary living-room furniture is magically transformed – like a chest of drawers becoming a cascading staircase, or spotlights hidden in a cupboard – captures the sheer elation of creativity”

“The live songs, co-written with Pippa Cleary, both riff on actual Disney earworms and give Madge some further emotional expression” ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Where does Madge go next in what, after all, is a still-young life? That remains to be seen even as, for now, My Son’s a Queer recounts a near-blessed upbringing, all but demanding that Madge’s family take its own richly deserved bow”

Gay Times ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“it must be the most heart-warming and uplifting show on London’s West End right now. We’ve seen a lot of queer theatre over the years, yet it’s still quite rare to see such a positive narrative play out, especially in a setting like this. It’s an authentic, feel-good fairy-tale come true: Rob’s story really is one to celebrate”

My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) runs at the Garrick Theatre until 6th November. More information can be found here.

Written by and starring Rob Madge
Directed by Luke Sheppard
Music by Pippa Cleary
Lyrics by Rob Madge and Pippa Cleary
Set & Costume Design by Ryan Dawson Laight
Video Design by George Reeve