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CONCRETE TRAMPOLINE
Hen & Chickens Theatre, 2011
David
Writer/Director: Mason Phillips
Producer: Leon Fleury
Notes: The first proper stage play I’d done in nearly 16 years. Starring Louie Bayliss, Mark Lyminster, James Wren & myself
David contemplates suicide in a cheap hotel room
THE PROS FROM DOVER
Lowdown at the Albany, 2007-2009
Mr Hanbury-Tennison & many other roles
Written & performed by Phil Whelans, Richard Glover & (usually) Neil Cole with many special guests
Notes: A monthly live show, in which I sometimes performed my own act alongside several parts in various other sketches
Me doctor, Phil Whelans patient
Me reading out a bad story I wrote when I was nine
Robin Ince looking scientific
JASON BYRNE’S TELLY IDEA
Soho Theatre, 2007; Shoreditch House, 2008
Crackerjocks
Produced by Piers Torday for Tiger Aspect
Notes: A live panel show hosted by Jason Byrne, in which I played a man in exceptionally large underpants. Guests included Robin Ince, Nicholas Parsons, Abi Titmuss and Boris Johnson’s Dad.
Jason Byrne emerging from a kennel
CLUB LE STRANGE
Lowdown at the Albany, 2004-2005
Gary Le Strange
Notes: A monthly comedy club I ran for a year or so. Normally one wouldn’t dream of adding such a thing to one’s theatrical CV, but this was probably more like an evolving piece of theatre than a stand-up show so it definitely counts as bona fide acting.
Gary Le Strange at the Albany
FACE ACADEMY
The Pod Deco, Edinburgh Fringe, 2004
Gary Le Strange
Written by Waen Shepherd
Produced by Ed Smith & Lisa Thomas for Karushi
Notes: My second full hour as Gary Le Strange. Also performed in Belfast, Bristol and several other places. A soundtrack album was also recorded, now available for download here.
Gary Le Strange by Andy Hollingworth
POLAROID SUITCASE
The Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe, 2003
UK tour, 2004
Gary Le Strange
Written by Waen Shepherd
Produced by It’s Alright for Some (Edinburgh) & Karushi (tour)
Notes: My first full-length show as Gary Le Strange, which won me the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer and toured various small theatres in 2004. I also recorded a soundtrack album for it, available for download here.
Flyer for Polaroid Suitcase
EALING LIVE!
Ealing Studios, 2002-2003
Various roles
Director: Paul King
Notes: I was never young or attractive enough to have my face on the poster but I was a regular member of the Ealing Live team during its first season way back in 2002, with sporadic appearances thereafter until Gary Le Strange became a full-time concern.
Ealing Live!
Betty and Danny Boon
PETERFORD GOLF CLUB
Canal Cafe Theatre, 2002
Stuart, Betty, Gary, others
Written by Simon Farnaby & Waen Shepherd
Notes: Way back in the mists of yore, for about a year over 2001 and 2002, I was in a double act with the illustrious Simon Farnaby. Though we performed at various sketch/character nights, our main focus was a constantly changing sketch show, which featured an early Gary Le Strange and eventually evolved into E4’s Golf War.
A graphical Farnaby
ANIMAL PIE
Canal Cafe Theatre, 2001
Stuart, Betty, others
Written by Simon Farnaby & Waen Shepherd
Notes: Our first attempt at a sketch show ran for precisely two nights and we spent too much on posters. Evolved into Peterford Golf Club (see above).
SITUATIONS: VACANT (aka THE SITCOM TRIALS)
The Comedy, Soho, 2000
Various roles
Notes: a try-out night for various sitcom ideas, organised by Kev F Sutherland. The bits I performed in included a vehicle for Miranda Hart written by Marc Blakewill & James Harris.
REAL HORROR SHOW
Leicester Square Theatre, 2011-2012
Mark, Ron, Keith
Written by Colin Hoult
Directed by Kat Hoult & Jonny Donahoe
Notes: I appeared in three wildly different versions of this show as three wildly different but similarly violent characters
Colin Hoult crouching in some structure or other
A picture of me yawning in 2001
THE BIG GIG
Bread & Roses, Clapham, 2000-2001
Barcode, Soho, 2002-2003
Many, many, many roles
Notes: A sketch/character club run originally by Ben & Arn and thereafter by Oram & Meeten. Regulars included Simon Farnaby, Pete Gold, Nick Swift, Dan Mersh, Jeremy Limb, Paul Litchfield, Mackenzie Crook, Nick Doody, Lawry Lewin and Laura Solon.
CV: TV & FILM
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2007-2016
CV: TV & FILM
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1994-2006
CV: RADIO
& other aural media
1991-2012
CV: STAGE
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1990-1999
VIDEO
Things to look at
1997-2015
CV: STAGE
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2000-2012
Blake Famous (photo by Rose Pryce)
CLUB FANTASTICO
The Vandella, 2012
Lowdown at the Albany, 2004-2008
Darren, Sharon, Blake Famous and many other roles
Notes: A monthly comedy night run by Oram & Meeten. Regular contributors included Alice Lowe, Tony Way, Steve Burge, Alex Kirk, Simon Farnaby and Kerry Gilbert. Various people played Mercury over the years but this one is definitely me. The show was recently revived at the Vandella and the Soho Theatre but that's probably the end of it for now. There's a kind review of the April 2012 show here.
The Sitcom Trials
Stage Credits (1990-1999)
Radio & Audio Credits (1991-2014)
Poster for Beef Scarecrow by Steve Ullathorne
BEEF SCARECROW
The Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe, 2006
Gary Le Strange
Written by Waen Shepherd & Kate Darby
Underbelly Productions
Notes: My third and final full-length show as Gary Le Strange, variously described as “terrific” and “crap”. I also recorded a soundtrack album, available for download here.
THE INTERVENTION
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Fringe, 2012
Henry
Cast: Aisling Bea, Ann Bryson, James Carroll Jordan, Michael Malarkey, Phil Nichol, Jan Ravens, Waen Shepherd
Written by Dave Florez
Produced by The Comedians' Theatre Company
Director: Maggie Inchley
Notes: As part of the preparation for the character, I had to grow a moustache and learn to play the guitar. Only one of these attempts could truly be deemed a success.
Henry is Zac's second best friend. Photo by Steve Ullathorne
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GARY LE STRANGE
Many many places & situations, 2002-2015
Gary Le Strange
Notes: a comedy character I created in 2002 as an excuse to be able to perform my own music in public without having to actually play an instrument or write meaningful lyrics, Gary quickly grew out of my hands and became his own thing, spawning several albums and winning me various awards before imploding and consigning himself to the bargain bin of fate. These days he is more of an internet-only recluse, but I do wheel him out occasionally, if I'm tricked into it cleverly enough.
The Forgotten Picture Show
Recording 'Lot 249' with John Guilor
Gary Le Strange on 'Crash'
Concrete Trampoline
Me wearing too many hats
Seedy Pimp