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The world believes it was Mark Chapman who killed John Lennon...but Broadmoor psychiatric patient, Charlie Markham, a little man in a wheelchair, knows he, Charlie was the real killer, even though he was Lennons Number One Fan.In 2001, NabilMoreThe world believes it was Mark Chapman who killed John Lennon...but Broadmoor psychiatric patient, Charlie Markham, a little man in a wheelchair, knows he, Charlie was the real killer, even though he was Lennons Number One Fan.In 2001, Nabil Shaban, disabled actor and writer, was commissioned by Robert Rae of Theatre Workshop Scotland to write and perform a one-person play for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival about the death of Lennon, called “I am the Walrus”.“I am the Walrus” is about a fictitious character, Charlie who really believes he was responsible for John Lennon’s death…i.e. he inhabited Mark Chapman’s body and made him go out and kill his former idol. However, this psychotic notion of Charlie’s is just a smokescreen for the awful truth that he had in fact murdered his Mother, which he is unable to come to terms with and therefore is in denial. At the end of the play, his idol, the ghost (or hallucination) of John Lennon arrives and tries to coax Charlie into admitting the matricide, as this help to put him on the road to recovery.In the original 2001 production, Nabil Shaban played all the characters, Charlie, his Mother, John Lennon, Mark Chapman, his Mom and Pop etc.I am the Walrus is also a drama which deals with issues of disability, and specifically, feeling victimized and persecuted for being a disabled child...thus the proposal will have appeal to many millions of disabled adults.This Kindle edition contains two versions of the play. the original 100 page first draft, and the final production (7th) draft as performed by Nabil Shaban on the 20th August 2001 at the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival.What the press said of Nabil Shaban’s “I am the Walrus”What is the connection between Charlie, a John Lennon fan, and Mark Chapman, the man who murdered his former hero? A psychic link? In anastonishing performance Nabil Shaban tells their stories. Charlie was born with brittle-bone disease, much to his mothers chagrin, and carries the stigma of being a cripple. Chapmans father battered and raped his mother repeatedly and as a child he was deeply distressed by the emotionally-laden environment. Using appropriately costumed Barby and Ken dolls, Shaban evokes the abuse in both families, mercurially transforming himself into the entire range of characters in a rapidly-spiraling assault of horror. Charlies story is the main focus of the play, written by Shaban himself. It is a thought-provoking play exhibiting a profundity of emotional experience, including Charlies guilty ambiguity towards his sexual abuse. Charlie is pushed to the limits and beyond. Like Charlie, Shaban was born with brittle-bone disease, but he is not a disabled actor. All good actors use their potential to the full and Shaban is no exception. The performance is superbly physical. Confined in a box set that resembles a padded cell, he uses the entire space with considerable agility, which, combined with a vast range of facial expression, makes for a dynamic and mesmerizing show. One day this actor will make a great King Lear. If theres a director out there with enough savvy, book him now! (20 August 2001 EdinburghGuide.com)“Nabil Shaban and Theatre Workshop’s artistic director Robert Rae have combined to create a strong study of madness and men’s relationships with their mothers.....there is no faulting Shaban’s performance as Charlie Markham, the schizophrenic who claimed that he was responsible for making Mark Chapman murder John Lennon.” (The Stage Newspaper 5-27Aug. 2001)“This is visceral demonic stuff.....Shaban is breathtaking...tortured.” (The List 16-22 Aug.