In 2013 I was commissioned to write a one-man play for Walsall Museum services, drawing its inspiration from objects in its collection, in particular the Bayard’s Colts, a number of strangely carved wooden ceremonial poles whose significance still remains something of a mystery. The play, “Life and Times of the Tat Man”, was given six sell-out performances in one of the rooms in the museum, which was converted into a studio theatre, between April and June 2014, and is now on tour until December throughout the Midlands.

The play was directed by Glen Buglass and is performed by Tony Barrett as the Tat Man, who, from his home in the scrapyard, tells “rag-and-tat” tales of travelling folk and bloody births, blacksmiths and devils and magical horses,taking the audience on a journey that leads from the world of folk-tale and myth, to the battlefields of the First World War, where dreams are shattered, and he must gather the pieces, and try to make them once more into something whole.

Tat Man Moseley 1

Up and coming performance dates include:

Moseley Festival: Sat 12th and Sunday 13th July, 7.30pm, The Dance Workshop, 132 Alcester Rd, Moseley, Birmingham.   Tickets cost £5. To book please call  0121 442 4482 or buy on the door.

Birmingham Fest: Sat 26th and Sun 27th July,  5.00pm, The Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton StreetBirminghamB18 6AD. Tickets cost £5. To book please call 0121 212 2643.

For a review of the play see:

You Tube promo video of the show:

Demo of one of the songs from the show:












  1. Tony and Joan Pearson says:

    We recently went to see “Life and Times of the Tat Man” at Lichfield Garrick. Exceptional. Beautifully written and performed. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
    Well done David. Long way from college 1968-71.

    • Thanks for taking the time to write Tony. I truly appreciate it. A long time indeed – but then maybe not so. I hope all is well with you. Good to hear from you. All the very best. David

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