£5.50 of every ticket sold will be donated to Dumfries and Galloway Relay for Life, who raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me, but Banjos Saved My Life is an inspirational true story about overcoming obstacles, pursuing passions and the healing power of music.
Selected as one of the 18 Best Fringe Shows worldwide in 2019, it sold out its run Off-Broadway in New York City.
Keith Alessi was a well known CEO running a company in Canada when he received a deadly cancer diagnosis. This event served as a catalyst for him to learn to play the banjo, a long deferred passion. He ultimately found physical and emotional healing in a circle of musicians and this show tells that story.
His journey to the stage was an improbable one. What was intended to be a single fringe festival appearance turned into several international tours across Canada, the USA and the UK. The show has been performed at Fringe Festivals and other professional venues and his story of perseverance and survival continues to resonate and inspire audiences.
Keith has donated 100% of his portion of ticket sales to cancer and theatre charities. Contributions to date total over £350,000. Keith is delighted to continue this in 2023 and these performances will be supporting Dumfries and Galloway Relay for Life and The Swallow Theatre.
This true story about the healing power of the arts is told with warmth, humour and banjo music!
“Keith Alessi delivers a poignant message of resilience, hope and endurance we all need to hear right now” ★★★★ Broadway Baby
“As amusing and entertaining as it is inspirational” ★★★★ Calgary Herald
“A homespun, easy-going, twangy tale that manages to be both rustically heartfelt and crisply literate” – The Munro Review, Fresno California
“The show is highly informative with Alessi setting out the history and significance of banjos and fiddles in helping communities develop in America’s mountain ranges … There is no sense of him preaching, simply telling the lessons he has learnt in a low-key, highly engaging manner. A heart-warming show which is much needed at present” – British Theatre Guide
Duration : approximately 80 minutes straight through.
After a brief interval there will be a Q&A in the bar with writer and performer Keith Alessi for those who would like to stay on.
Recommended age : 12+
Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me, but Banjos Saved My Life
Written and performed by Keith Alessi
Sunday 30 July 7.30pm
Tickets : £11