WANDERLUST: From Here to Timbuktu is a one-man show written & performed by Martin Dockery.
A man journeys deep into Africa, trekking from the Atlantic to the Sahara.
There he demands an Epiphany.
Any Epiphany at all.
A comic, true story.
"If Hunter S. Thompson went on holiday with Tom Waits and Eminem, we wouldn’t be surprised if we had something like this. ” -- Rip It Up Magazine, Adelaide, Australia
The Orlando Sentinel describes WANDERLUST as “A tour de force travelogue that leads you through the far reaches of rural West Africa, and also into the restless, spirited searchings of Dockery’s own mind... Vivid and comical. … Dockery is the real deal, and Wanderlust is magical.”
This show won of Best of Fest Award at the Orlando, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver Fringe Festivals.
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MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
Wanderlust: From Here to Timbuktu is the autobiographical story of Martin Dockery’s 5-month solo trek across West Africa. It’s a voyage that takes him from a sting-ray infested island off the coast of Africa to a barren hut outside of Timbuktu. There is no script for Wanderlust, rather it is a tale told extemporaneously each night. Dockery uses the full stage to act out the story while simultaneously narrating it. The audience is pulled into the immediacy of this true story of a man leaving behind 10 years of temping to find something permanent at the ends of the earth. In stories that range from hilarious to terrifying, from poignant to absurd, Wanderlust spins multiple narrative threads all at once: a mysterious woman at the door in a dilapidated bungalow, a foul mango on an ancient train, a herd of wandering goats in the Sahara, and an improvised beat-boxing recital in a kitchen. And through all the stories, there is a tale of a love lost and a love never realized, as one girlfriend marries back home and another embarks on her own trip out to West Africa. The show is about a man following his dream of dropping everything, buying a one-way ticket to an unknown land, and believing that fate will necessarily reward him with an Epiphany. Any Epiphany at all.
Wanderlust: From Here to Timbuktu is the first of six (so far) solo storytelling pieces created by New York performer Martin Dockery. After five years of honing his short-form storytelling craft at open mics all around New York City, Martin was approached by Jean-Michele Gregory with the idea of creating an full-length solo piece. Jean-Michele had (and continues to have) great success directing and collaborating with acclaimed monologist Mike Daisey. After a series of workshop performances in the city, Martin took Wanderlust on the road in 2009, and the show has been a success ever since. In the past four years, Wanderlust has been performed over 200 times in cities all across the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. The show has garnered innumerable 4 and 5 star reviews, plus ‘Best of Fest’ awards at North America’s two biggest fringe festivals, Winnipeg and Edmonton. In 2011, Wanderlust also won the prestigious Critics Circle Award at the world’s 2nd largest theater festival, the Adelaide Fringe. In 2012, Wanderlust enjoyed month-long, successful runs in both the Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Fringe and at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in a venue managed by the festival itself.
Created and performed by Martin Dockery, directed by Jean-Michele Gregory
Running time: 75 minutes