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GRITTY FINGERS
Bread & Roses, Clapham, 1997
William Whicker, Cousin Waen, Gilbert Kwimme & many more
Notes: A comedy/poetry/cabaret evening-cum-chat show hosted by Jasper Bark, with regular contributions from Nick Doody, Ben Willbond and Arnold Widdowson. Evolved into an evening called The Great Escape, which itself evolved into The Big Gig.
Gritty Fingers
DIARY OF A MADMAN
Central School of Speech & Drama, 1995
Etcetera Theatre, 1995
Various roles
A Moor Theatre Production
Directed by Janette Smith
Notes: An intense piece of physical theatre based on Gogol's short story. We did two very different performances in which I played various contrasting roles
Diary of a Madman
Wildsea Wildsea
KATYN WITNESS
Man in the Moon, Chelsea, 1995
Eugenjusz
A Two Way Mirror Production
Written by Paul Szambowski
Directed by Simon Bell
Katyn Witness
Me trying to explain why I'm having a nervous breakdown to Jean Slater off Eastenders
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Theatre Royal & Opera House, Wakefield, 1994
Orin
Directed by Tony Liddington, Marcus Romer & Gillian Wright
Notes: Billed as a "24-hour madshow", this musical was rehearsed and performed over a mere 24-hour period and featured as an item on local news show Calendar (see here).
Noah Neenaw
NINGA NONGA NEENAW
Organised Anarchy Theatre Company, 1992
Noah
Produced by Rich Walsh
Written & directed by Waen Shepherd, with additional material by Elton L Townend, Charles Skelton and Nick Doody
Notes: A loose collection of scenes and sketches which I cobbled together into a bizarre narrative about a futuristic freedom fighting teacher who is pursued through time and space by the evil Government. Briefly resurrected as part of Gritty Fingers (see above) but with Ben Willbond as Noah. Attempts to turn it into a radio series came to absolutely nothing.
Fiddler on the Roof
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Oxford Playhouse, 1992
Mordcha
A Riverside Production
Directed by Alex Walker
Notes: I played a bearded innkeeper in this massive musical production
THE NODE
Cinergy, Spasm & various other venues, 1997-1999
Myself, I think, or a distorted version of him
Notes: An offshoot of The Pod (see below) performed with Tim Hope (joined on some gigs by Andy Riley) showcasing various techno-ambient stories and mock performance art pieces. One piece eventually evolved into The Wolfman.
Some bearded baldy
AS YOU LIKE IT
New College Gardens, Oxford, 1992
Amiens, Audrey
Directed by Stephen Fewell
Notes: One of a pair of shows performed for tourists over several weeks in July 1992. An exceptionally talented cast included Ben Moor, Sue Perkins and Sally Phillips.
CV: TV & FILM
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CV: RADIO
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1991-2012
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Stage Credits (2000-2012)
Pod flyer, Edinburgh 1996
THE POD
Bull & Gate, Kentish Town, The Pleasance, Edinburgh & many other times & places, 1995-1998
Big N, The Drone, Nose Jockey, Bob C Farzenligger
Notes: I was the third (and sometimes fourth) man in a double act consisting of Tim Hope and Julian Barratt, often joined by Andy Riley. Occasional gigs at the Bull & Gate led to sporadic circuit gigs, an Edinburgh show and various art installations which were all wildly different and hugely enjoyable
Lucy and the Dinosaurs
LUCY AND THE DINOSAURS
New College Gardens, Oxford, 1992
Hypsilophodon
Written & directed by Karina Wilson
Notes: A mid-morning children's show which shared its cast with As You Like It (see above).
PROMETHEUS: UNBOUND
Praxis Theatre Laboratory, 1994-1995
Various roles
Director: Sam Dowling
Notes: I confess I never stuck it out until we did an actual public performance, but I did spend nearly six months rehearsing with this experimental theatre company, which acted as a kind of training ground for experimental performance art
Praxis Theatre Laboratory, January 1995
Oxford Revue 1992
OXFORD REVUE 1992: STEVE AUSTIN'S FANTASY SANDWICH
Old Fire Station, Oxford; Oxford Playhouse; ADC Theatre, Cambridge; Celtic Lodge, Edinburgh, 1992
Various parts
Directed by Tim Malbon
Starring Polly Faber, Ruth Phillips, Keiron Self, Waen Shepherd & Alex Walker. "Avoid at all costs" The Scotsman
Bananavision
BANANAVISION
Overseas House, Edinburgh, 1991
Sir Rupert Plop
Directed by Tim Malbon
Notes: My first excursion to the Edinburgh Fringe was in this children's show, which encouraged kids to chant "Farty farty wee wee" at their parents
The Baddie unmasked
SATAN MADE ME DO IT
New College Long Rooms, Oxford, 1991
Sir Rupert Plop
Directed by Tim Malbon
Notes: A vaguely Biblical sketch show split along gender lines. They made me go in the boys' half.
Zuleika Dobson
A 1991 Comedy Cellar poster by Andy Riley
COMEDY CELLAR
Oxford Union Jazz Cellar, 1990-1993
William Whicker & many other roles
Notes: A fortnightly comedy show run entirely by students, this is where my career really started. I usually performed in the guise of a character called William Whicker, but for six shows, compered it as myself, in a double act with Keiron Self. Contemporaries included Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Nick Doody, Arnold Widdowson, Shaun Pye and Paul Foot.
In Praise of Love
IN PRAISE OF LOVE
Burton-Taylor Theatre, Oxford, 1991
Joey
Written by Terence Rattigan
Directed by Tom Bainton
Crazy Bob Lickenspittle & William Whicker in 'Weapons'
Tim and Julian as The Pod, of which The Node was an offshoot
Simon Munnery circa 1995
CLUUB ZARATHUSTRA
Market Tavern, Islington, 1994-1995
William Whicker, Teggy Waters, The Baddie
Notes: I did precisely six slots at Simon Munnery's legendary experimental comedy club, at least half of which went down reasonably well, though there's an interesting contemporary review here which says I was "pathetic".
The Big Bad Wolf spies on the little red girl
RED RIDING HOOD
Tour of South East England, 1994-1995
Woodcutter, Prince
A Jellybean Production for Chaplin's Pantos
Notes: A pantomime tour of schools and working men's clubs in London and South East England, the schedule of which meant I had to spend Christmas & Boxing Day completely on my own. I know there isn't usually a prince in the Red Riding Hood story, but I certainly played one in this version.
MACBETH
Hot Air Productions, 1993
Porter, others
Directed by Stephen Fewell
Notes: I've resisted ever listing shows I did while I was still a student on my CV, preferring to distance myself from those days, but I now realise this was a massive error. By and large they were performed in professional venues by a talented team to a ticket-buying public. Sometimes we even got paid! I haven't listed every student show I did here but I'm very proud to have been involved in every single one of them.
Waen Shepherd as The Porter
THE FROGS
Oxford Playhouse, 1993
Xanthias
Produced by the Oxford University Greek Society
Directed by Alex Walker
Notes: A modern retelling of Aristophanes' classic comedy in which I played the sidekick to a young Nick Danan
The thrilling poster for The Oxford Greek Plays
WEAPONS
Hot Air Productions, 1991
William Whicker, Jeff D Prest
Written & directed by Tim Malbon & Waen Shepherd
Notes: An hour - yes, a whole hour - of two students being cocky enough to think their comedy acts were sufficiently entertaining to keep anyone's interest for that long.
WINNIE THE BEAR FROM PLANET POOH
New College Cloisters, 1991
The Baddie (aka Philip Schofield)
Directed by Tim Malbon
Notes: A space-age version of Winnie the Pooh in which I played an evil version of Philip Schofield who had emerged from the darkness to steal childrens' dreams
ZULEIKA
Apollo Theatre, Oxford, 1990
Undergraduate
Written & directed by Adam Blackburn
Notes: A musical (well, entirely sung through, so technically an opera) based on Max Beerbohm's novel about love in Oxford. An enormous, lavish production which closed after one performance.
AS YOU LIKE IT
Old Fire Station, Oxford, 1992
Touchstone
Produced by Oxford University Dramatic Society
Directed by Abi Anderson
Notes: The second time I'd been in this play in six months, but this was a very different production and I had a much bigger part
As You Like It
Detail from a poster by Andy Riley in which my head hangs from a branch marked 'unsafe'
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