One-man show tells of altered realities

Augustus Stephens in Altered Minds, Altered Realities
Augustus Stephens in Altered Minds, Altered Realities

Rugby actor Augustus Stephens is taking on his biggest challenge yet by playing six different parts in his new show.

In Altered Minds, Altered Realities, Augustus plays characters ranging from Larry, a private eye with a mystery to solve, to Gus, who is in a life and death struggle with a kebab, portraying six people who have a different experience of the world, living in ‘altered realities’.

Augustus said: “I have spoken to lots of people in Rugby and beyond to create these characters, all of whom live in a world askew from our own.

“You might see these people around town and never know how they struggle to do the ordinary things most people find easy, and how they carry on bravely and sometimes thrive despite it all. But they are fascinating to talk to and I hope I have done them justice with what I have written.”

Augustus added: “I have had my own problems, and I know what it’s like to be scared, overwhelmed and frustrated with myself. I wanted to give a voice to these people who are normally unnoticed and don’t have the opportunities to tell their stories like I have had.”

Augustus was a computer programmer for many years, but his mind “went somewhere odd”, leading him into writing and performing.

He writes and performs plays and comedy about those with extraordinary lives, including his own, . He has taken his two previous one-person-shows to the Edinburgh Fringe as well as Oxford, Brighton and London.

Altered Minds, Altered Realities is on for one night only at the Benn Partnership Centre in Railway Terrace tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £6 on the door. Visit www.augustusemperors.com for more information.