Comeback Special

Greg Wohead

Jam sessions, patter with a Southern drawl, big dance numbers, and a bit of sweat: this is a re-enactment of Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special. Sort of.

It’s an experiment in time drag; wearing another time as drag and dragging another time into the present. What happens if the Comeback comes back? Like a half-remembered dream or two mirrors facing each other or repeating a word so much it loses its meaning.

Comeback Special is a double negative. It’s not the original, but it’s not not.

Greg welcomes Elvis fans, theatre fans and anyone who thinks this peculiar re-enactment might be fun. He certainly does.

Although Presley is the ghostly heart of it, it’s neither an act of homage nor a simple nostalgia trip… By blurring the line between performers and their public, as well as the past and the present, Wohead creates a special bond

★★★★ The Times

He catches the swagger, the sex appeal, the smile. His attention is exacting – so concentrated and precise – and the process of transforming is transfixing: both electric and ghoulish. There’s the air of a séance: a comeback special.

Matt Trueman, Whatsonstage

Drained of the bright, synthetic colour of 1960s fashion, Wohead’s version is a shadow or skeleton of the original event. Recreated in monochrome, this is a black-and-white negative of the 1968 Comeback Special. An echo. A ghost.

Catherine Love, Exeunt Magazine

Read an interview with Greg Wohead in Exeunt.
Read an interview with Greg Wohead in the Guardian.

Co-commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, Theatre in the Mill and South Street Arts Centre. A Jerwood Charitable Foundation/Bristol Old Vic Ferment Commission. Developed at MAKE, Bios, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre and the New Wolsey Theatre. Initially supported through a 2014 Dance and the Homemade Commission by Chisenhale Dance Space.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Bristol Old Vic Studio
Start Date
May 12, 2016
End Date
May 13, 2016
Running Time
75 mins
Age Guidance
Box Office Number
0117 987 7877
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