Lloyd Gorman plays Mike in the Salisbury Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch production of Worst Wedding Ever. Lloyd’s recent theatre credits include the West End production of Sunny Afternoon and the UK tour of Our House.
Lloyd Gorman (centre) in the 2014 production of Worst Wedding Ever. Photo by Robert Workman.
Can you tell us a little about Worst Wedding Ever and the character you play, Mike?
In a world where the average cost of a wedding is between £20-£25k, Worst Wedding Ever follows Rachel and Scott’s attempt to get married on a budget. Whilst the couple wants a simple, registry office wedding, Rachel’s family wades in and hijacks the arrangements to create the ultimate DIY wedding with a marquee and portable loos. But sometimes having your family too involved in your wedding plans can lead to disastrous (and often hilarious) consequences. It’s a modern farce with a heart! My character, Mike, is a singer in a band that is drafted in at the last minute (much to the annoyance of a member of Rachel’s family) to play at Rachel and Scott’s wedding.
You were in the original cast of the 2014 production – why do you think it was so popular with audiences?
The characters, situation and relationships are incredibly relatable to and familiar. It’s really entertaining, and laugh out loud funny. It’s emotionally generous. It’s about family feuds, love, pain, The Lord of the Rings and the neighbour’s boundary line. I think we can all relate to at least one of those!
What was it like working on a brand new show?
It’s really nice to work on something brand new as there are no preconceptions and no comparisons. It leaves you feeling freer in the way you approach the character and gives the cast and creative team the chance to leave their lasting mark on a project. Obviously there’s always the chance that it could be a complete flop and not sell a single ticket, but luckily that didn’t happen with Worst Wedding Ever!
Worst Wedding Ever was written by Broadchurch-creator and soon-to-be Head Writer of Doctor Who, Chris Chibnall – what is it like working with him?
It’s great. He’s supportive, flexible, non-precious but secure in what he wants – a real team player who appreciates every facet of putting something together. The writing is cheeky, warm, funny and very human. And most of all, he’s a really nice guy!
Have you ever been a member of a band? Did you play for weddings?
I was in bands when I was growing up, but haven’t actually been in one full time and as an adult. I’d like to be, but it’s one of those things that I never get round to organising! I’ve been to some weddings with cracking bands but I’ve only played at one wedding myself…but it was a little tamer and less dramatic than in Worst Wedding Ever.
Are there any surprises in store for the Worst Wedding Ever audiences?
Maybe I should keep the surprises a surprise! There’s loads of unexpected stuff going on in Worst Wedding Ever. You’ll hear a band in the foyer as you come in, you’ll see characters appearing from all sorts of unexpected places, and I really wouldn’t keep two Rhodesian Ridgebacks in a confined space for too long. Cryptic enough? Come and see it, you won’t be disappointed.
Worst Wedding Ever runs in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse from Thursday 2 to Saturday 25 February 2017. For tickets or more information please contact the Ticket Office on 01722 320333 or visit www.salisburyplayhouse.com. It then plays at New Wolsey, Ipswich (Wednesday 1 to Saturday 11 March) and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (Wednesday 15 March to Saturday 1 April).