In 1988, two Birmingham school friends tentatively come out to one another: Edward as gay; Peter, even more daringly, as an ABBA fan.
Nearly thirty years later, they meet again – and take a chance by forming the world’s first ABBA tribute band in drag. It’s a riot of platform boots and dodgy beards, ‘Waterloos’ and ‘Chiquititas’, and they couldn’t escape if they wanted to. But can Edward and Peter’s friendship survive the tribulations of a life on the road?
Ian Hallard’s The Way Old Friends Do is a tender, laugh-out-loud comedy about devotion, desire and dancing queens. It premiered at Birmingham Rep in 2023, directed by Mark Gatiss, before touring the UK, including a run at Park Theatre, London.
The play offers every theatre company and drama group all the ingredients to give their audience the time of its life.