I am still gigging regularly at The Comedy Store and XS Malarkey (and the 99 Club, Leicester Square – this month the 22nd and 29th only) – I can’t fit any other gigs in because…
I will be playing Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet for Feelgood Theatre until August 12th. The reviews have been very positive:
“adds enough new ideas and makes clever use of the park’s striking locations to make you experience the Bard’s oft-performed tale of doomed love with fresh eyes.” – The Stage
“if you fancy taking the family with a picnic to the park for evening out in the warm weather (*not guaranteed) with some well-performed Shakespeare, this is your ideal ticket.” – British Theatre Guide
Details and tickets here.
I filmed a role in the Eddie Izzard/Judi Dench/Jim Broadbent film 6 Minutes to Midnight at the end of last month: it’s directed by The Next Doctor‘s Andy Goddard. Most details are still under wraps but you can read a little bit about what I got up to on it here.
I have been commissioned to write a mini-play about Spike Milligan for Radio 3 which will be performed in front of a live audience and broadcast at the end of September.
I’m back presenting The 7th Dimension on Radio 4 Extra for three weekends at the beginning of September.
I was on BBC Breakfast last week talking about the internet. Sadly the segment is unavailable now, but here’s a picture:
The Quatermass book grows by the day. I’m hoping to meet my deadline but even if I don’t it’s going to be out sooner rather than later. I’ve found photos, facts and folk all of which/whom offer fascinating new insights into those classic productions. The first volume is due by the end of the year. More info soon…
This month at XS Malarkey there are some great comedians – our headliners include Caroline Mabey, David Trent, and Bobby Mair and there is plenty of heft in the supporting line-ups too. More details are available now at the XS Malarkey Website.
I’m doing some more work (documentary and commentary related) on BBC Blu-Ray releases – not just Doctor Who. And very exciting (if you like that sort of thing – which, fortunately, I do!)…
Ongoing news but good news …
My dramatisation of Nigel Kneale’s famous lost television play, The Road, for Radio 4 was recorded in Maida Vale at the beginning of February. The cast is phenomenal : Mark Gatiss, Adrian Scarborough, Hattie Morahan, Colin McFarlane, Susan Wokoma, Francis Magee and Ralph Ineson. It will be the Halloween Fright Night production for BBC Radio 4 on October 27th. It is one of my proudest achievements.
STOP PRESS: There will be a tie in event on the night (I’ll say it again – October 27th) in Manchester – so don’t go making any plans! More details to follow… STOP STOP PRESS – the play, intended for a late night broadcast, has been promoted – it will now go out in the busier afternoon slot because it has got the thumbs up from on high. Not sure how this affects the Home Q and A … more news when I have it.