David Forest ‘Playing With Myself’

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Last Show: Monday 29 th January 2018

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Written and performed by David Forest… directed by Harry Landis.  David is back at The Pheasantry by popular demand, following his previous sell-out successes. David introduces and performs his own songs, inspired by memorable episodes in his life and the people who made them memorable. David’s self-deprecating humour appeals to women and men, young and old alike. "Each song seems funnier than the last and the audience were loving every moment" (A Younger Theatre). Fifty minutes of fun!  


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“Dear Jeremy Corbyn, we two could role-play this scene: We really must get you accustomed to kneeling in front of a queen.”

Playing with Myself premiered at The Pheasantry in 2014, returning for a second sell-out performance later in the year.  The 50-minute show features at least twelve of David Forest’s own songs, which he performs at the piano.  Playing with Myself describes his experiences as a gay man from the closet of the 1950s to the liberated 2010s.  David’s self-deprecating humour appeals to women and men, young and old alike.  

David wrote lyrics for the radio series Much Binding in the Marsh in the 1950s.  He also wrote a song about the then famous film star Tyrone Power, which he called My Secret Love, never daring to perform it.  After qualifying as a solicitor, he worked for a well known City firm and became a partner, but gave it up after several years to become a London cab driver, and to write.  His features and talks for BBC Radio earned him an Equity card.  His credits also include numerous stage productions, films and TV.   He has written and performed a series of one man shows in which he accompanies himself at the piano. Playing with Myself is his sixth one-man show, and the first in which the material is entirely his own.