Tom Wells’ professional debut play is an offbeat comedy about coming out, knitting, penguins and Battenberg cake.
Stitch is hitting the gay scene in Hull. Or at least dipping his toe in the water whilst staying with his heavily pregnant sister, Liz, and her shabby sofa-loving partner, Mark. Little do they know however that Stitch is harbouring a baby penguin in their bathroom having nicked it from a local aquarium and carried it home in his Transformers lunchbox. Meanwhile, his burgeoning relationship with Dave is not quite all he hoped it would be and his sister is about to go in to labour complicating his life even further. Wells’ first play showcased his gift for warm-hearted and truthful comedy with a distinctive Northern bent.
Me, As A Penguin premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds in 2009 as part of their new-writing season, Northern Exposure. It subsequently went on a regional tour including a run at the Arcola Theatre in London in 2010.