Greg, Tom and Sam are “The Complete Menagerie (Almost)”.
You may think I’ve been quiet of late, BUT NO!
Exciting things have been “afoot”. I have been recording a brand new podcast with my tall chums Tom Bailey and Samuel Payne (we have a combined height of in excess of eighteen feet). You may accurately describe us as “The Complete Menagerie (Almost)”.
I don’t know if manners and consideration for other people are declining, or have changed as a consequence of living on top of one another as populations, especially in cities, increase exponentially. Try driving down a street that was laid out before the advent of the motor car. Both sides will be forced into deadlock and perpetual games of chicken in the no-man’s land of the middle of the road, thanks to cars parked on either side. Families living in houses with no drive think nothing of possessing three, four, five vehicles… and parking permanently outside their neighbours’ property.
I recently described being fourteen as ‘a fantastic age’, and my other half silently shook his head. It’s true that the teenage years are difficult; laden with the weight of expectation and rife with conflict. Learning to stand on your own two feet is even harder than learning to walk, and the painful experiences of the teenage years can scar you for life.
I was, putting it mildly, thrilled to see my name connected in any way, shape or form with Oedipus Retold, a show that runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre until mid-February.
Written by Jeremy Kingston, directed by Robert Gillespie, and starring Jack Klaff, Clare Cameron and David Shaw-Parker amongst others, it’s a terrific production with considerable talent in every department.
My very small contribution was to interview actor Jack Klaff as well as director Robert Gillespie for Entertainment Focus.
At the show, press were given a copy of the play text, published by Playdead Press. Flicking through it the following morning as I started my review, I spotted this:
I’ve been reading a lot of Ian Fleming lately – one of the few authors I read during my childhood, when I was a voracious if unadventurously narrow consumer of books. Returning to the Bond stories, even the titles I didn’t get around to twenty-five years ago, is a nostalgic treat.
Most people know that I am a fan of Doctor Who. Many who have come to the series through the abortion of a remake assume that it and the classic series are one in the same, and are often faintly bemused to discover that I draw a distinction between the two. I treat the remake with apathy. I’m happy to concede and live with the fact that I’m not its target audience.
But Peter Capaldi is a proper actor. So, the question has fairly been put to me from several quarters: will I tune in again when he takes over the lead role?
When I was seventeen I had an interview for Cambridge University. I had been coerced into applying to study medicine there, which was, and as far as I was concerned, was always going to be, a disastrous choice. That’s another story and a long one for another time.
I was asked which medical practitioner I most admired. The response I gave was ‘Christiaan Barnard’, not because I was hugely enthusiastic about organ transplantation, let alone heart transplantation, but because I’d heard of him (like most people on the planet).
Thanks to IndieLondon and the Bromley News Shopper for plugging my show!
I’m really pleased with these interviews.
Tickets for Buerk! The Newsical are still available for the Friday and Saturday evening – 3rd and 4th May (the bank holiday weekend). Only £10 a pop! What are you waiting for?
Tickets are on sale now for “Buerk! The Newsical”, a little number I’ve co-written and am also co-starring in at Network Theatre – a stone’s throw from the Old Vic!
Only £10 a pop, “Buerk! The Newsical” is a comedy musical about the career of TV newsreader Michael Buerk. Well, sort of… It’s a bit rude, very daft and good harmless fun! Tickets are available from Ticketsource.
The above photo, from our Leeds run in 2011, is to “whet” your proverbial “whistle”, as it were. To find out what in god’s green arse is going on, come and see the show.
I’m delighted to announce that my co-written musical Buerk! The Newsical, a comedy look at the 1980s loosely based on the broadcasting career of Michael Buerk, is returning to the stage in London!
It will be playing at the Network Theatre (immediately next door to Waterloo Station) between 2nd and 4th May.
You can buy tickets here: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/buerkthenewsical/
Find out more about the show at: http://buerkthenewsical.com/
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I’ll be posting a blog to keep you updated just as soon as rehearsals get underfoot in the New Year!