An Actor's Life


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Check out the awesome line-up for next month’s Pick & Mix. It’s gonna be SO good. There are a couple of acts still deciding, including our favourite street magician. Well excited. Here’s the poster. Click here for tickets.



The Happy Couple
May 13, 2011, 10:41 am
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Allow me to tell you about The Happy Couple; it’s the next full-length show from New Old Friends. I’m about half-way through writing it and I’m pretty excited about where it is at. Lots of gags in there. It centres around two people, MAN and WOMAN, imaginative names huh? They’re a couple, a happy couple, and they don’t cheat on each other, beat each other, leave each other, kill each other, they love each other. That is the challenge I’ve set myself and its pretty difficult to drive a narrative without any conflict, I mean they bicker obviously, but 90 minutes watching two people bicker isn’t really going to cut the mustard is it? I’m no Beckett, by the way. Although our first show, Mate, was described under the headline “Better than Beckett” by Bath Life magazine once. We were so embarrassed by the claim we never actually used it on any publicity settling for the slightly more believable “full of witty one-liners you’ll be using for weeks.” Sorry I’ve gone all self aggrandising haven’t I? I’m supposed to be telling you about The Happy Couple. I wrote a while ago that it previews at The Rondo, Bath June 22nd. I lied. It previews at The Rondo, Bath Fri June 24th, tickets £5 from 01225 463362 or www.bathboxoffice.org.uk/7484 

Tickets are only a fiver because it will still be in the work-in-progress stage. We’ll have it as polished as we can but realistically it’ll be scruffy around the edges. I can confirm that all the usual N.O.F. tropes are in there, we have daft wordplay, daft songs, daft slapstick, daft conversations, daft characters, daft dancing and some truly wonderful ‘groaners’. A groaner is a gag that is so bad it makes you groan, bad but you love them. We do. It wasn’t until I read over The Happy Couple that I realised I had a recognizable style, but there is a clear line through all the work I’ve produced. I originally wanted to be a very clever Radio 4 style wit, but I’m happy to have settled in to a purveyor of a slightly naughty blend of whimsy and wordplay. The first song of The Happy Couple contains one of my all-time favourite joke rhymes I’ve ever written; Mum I know you’re listening, that bit about the drug taking, is entirely fictitious, I’ve no way of knowing that heroin is delicious. You have to work a bit to make it scan, but Heather performs it with brilliant aplomb, in fact she absolutely nails the entire song and that alone is worth the measly £5 admission.

In other news, our second Pick & Mix is looking to be a real stunner, line up announced very soon. More info and booking details for that here. We loved the last one, and all of you who came seemed to too, so hopefully this time around will be like the Peugot and go from strength to strength. It’s June 4th at 8pm still at The Rondo, Bath. Be great to see you there. In fact if you contact my on twitter @thisactorslife with a topic you would like to see rendered in comic sketch form we will oblige you.



Venue Interview

Hello everyone, thought you might want to read this interview in this week’s Venue.

Venue Interview



I’m bigger than Jesus!

It’s true, I’m bigger than Jesus. That’s not the Lennon-esque height of arrogance, rather the arrogance of height. Jesus (possibly) was hanging around being a groovy kind of guy in the same time period as the early Roman Empire and those guys had an average height of like 5’2″ maybe 5’4″ either way they’re not dunking anytime soon. As Jesus likely had a far worse diet than a Roman and pre-dates those measurements with every generation being taller than the last he’s likely to be 5 foot tops. I know his dad is supposedly a big guy, but I think when conception is immaculate its screws with the genetics.

Plus, I’m 6’4″, which back then would’ve been pretty huge. I mean while I was in Shanghai people were asking for their photos with me in 2010 just because I’m so freakishly tall. So in 1AD I would’ve been walking round going “Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum!” Of course there wouldn’t have been any Englishmen for my bread yet.

So to sum up, I am bigger than Jesus. Factually plausible.



Back home

Well wasn’t that fun? A month in Shanghai that flew by and what seemed like the speed on sound. I’ve been working for the Natural Theatre Company on behalf of the British Council at the UK Pavilion for Expo 2010. It was incredible, the thing didn’t look real.

We got back home at midnight Sunday (7am Monday in our heads) and on Monday afternoon I met with Ian McGlynn to discuss his casting of Anti-Panto. We were inundated with young female applicants but a little light on older males, as a result Malus is about twenty years younger than written. Take that Oil of Olay! I’m really excited about the show, the read through before China went very well indeed and the cast sound great. Doron of Sketchy at Best will be returning to the New Old Friends family and we couldn’t be happier to have him. Tickets are already selling well but there are still seats to be had – 01225 463362. Book ’em up.

In other New Old Friends news; Sketchy at Best hits the road next May for the company’s first national tour! We are still finalising the last few venues but all is looking groovy. The company is like a Peugot; we go from strength to strength. We are not like a Citroen; pseudo teutonic French rubbish. I leave you with a dressing room shot from Shanghai, it’s me and Heff in too much lycra being bees.



More Tim Minchin

More greatness from Mr Minchin, he’s awesome buy things that send him money.



Anti-Panto!

With Sketchy at Best’s preview out of the way with good reviews “Riotous…the lady next to me started hooting.” – Venue. It is time for the Anti-Panto production machine to start spluttering into life. The print deadline for The Rondo’s brochue was…well Friday, but we didn’t have an image then. We do now, what do you think of it? Yes Josh, I know I’ve used your face, but you like that!

Please leave comments, while it’s likely too late to stop it going in the brochure. The poster/flyer run is a long way away. Thoughts please.