Author Archives: Terri Paddock

Defining and performing ‘stand-up drama’

A knowledge of stand-up comedy comes in handy when working on a one-person play. It’s about talking to rather than talking at an audience, as Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult author Tim Fountain, director Mike Bradwell and star Lizzie Roper explain.

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The heat of Julie Burchill: Does she really just not care?

Julie Burchill is famous for not caring what anyone thinks of her. Does she really not care? That question is at the heart of Tim Fountain’s new play, Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult. Fountain and director Mike Bradwell get to grips.

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How onstage and offstage friendship fuels Potted success

Dan and Jeff, the double act behind the successful Potted series of family shows, celebrate a decade of working together next year. Here, they talk about how their friendship has survived ten years and four shows, and how it differs on and off the stage.

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What happens when a double act gets a third wheel?

Dan and Jeff have been a double act for nearly ten years, winning international acclaim and two Olivier Award nominations for their shows Potted Potter and Potted Panto. In their fourth and latest show, Potted Sherlock, they introduce a third cast member (a girl!) for the first time. That duty falls to Lizzie Wort. Here, […]

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The curse of the dandy: Quentin Crisp, Sebastian Horsley… Julie Burchill?

Julie Burchill is the first real-life subject that author Tim Fountain has returned to with a follow-up play, Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult, which follows his 2002 hit Julie Burchill Is Away. She’s proved more enduring than Fountain’s other subjects, Quentin Crisp and Sebastian Horsley, but she has much else in common with them. Fountain, Absolute […]

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Michael Nouri meditates on Siddhartha and peace of mind

Hollywood actor Michael Nouri plays the English-speaking narrator alongside an Italian company in Siddhartha, The Musical. He explains the importance of peace and meditation, key messages in the musical, in his own life.

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13 remarkable things you probably don’t know about Quentin Crisp

How much do you know about Quentin Crisp? Here are some things that may surprise you. Learn much more in Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, which receives its world premiere at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, written and performed by Mark Farrelly.

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With the right director, you’re not entirely alone on a solo show

Actor Mark Farrelly had never written or performed a solo show before. At this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, he’s premiering two: The Silence of the Snow and Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope. He turned to fellow actor and solo veteran Linda Marlowe, whose many solo successes include The World’s Wife and Berkoff’s Women, to direct both.

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Why Edinburgh is like a doner kebab

The team behind Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult – author Tim Fountain, director Mike Bradwell and actor Lizzie Roper – are all Edinburgh veterans. Mike has been coming since 1966 and Tim since 1989 (this year marks his 25th anniversary), while Lizzie’s ten-plus Fringe credits include comedians’ musical Gutted, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with […]

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Potted Sherlock’s top six Holmes head-scratchers

Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 60 Sherlock Holmes tales in total – four novels and 56 short stories. Dan and Jeff, with Lizzie Wort, cover all 60 in 70 minutes of Potted Sherlock, directed by Hanna Berrigan. Here are six of their favourites.

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Michael Nouri on Edinburgh, weather and busking

Hollywood actor Michael Nouri (NCIS, Damages, Flashdance), who plays the English-speaking narrator alongside an Italian company in Siddhartha, The Musical, is thrilled to visit rainy Edinburgh for the first time. Next stop, the wet West End?

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Lizzie Roper: Why I wanted to play Queen of Spleen Julie Burchill

Lizzie Roper returns to Edinburgh with her first solo show since 2007’s Peccadillo Circus, which also transferred to the West End. What lured her back to play Julie Burchill: Absolute Cult, written by Tim Fountain and directed by Mike Bradwell?

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What do Quentin Crisp and Patrick Hamilton have in common?

Mark Farrelly has written and is performing two back-to-back solo shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, about two very different 20th-century Englishmen: novelist, playwright and Soho alcoholic Patrick Hamilton, whose plays included Rope and Gaslight, and eccentric and The Naked Civil Servant author Quentin Crisp. Both are directed by Linda Marlowe. Mark explains the connection…

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Seven ways Siddhartha, The Musical is making history

Siddhartha, the Musical is a truly unique project. There are so many firsts relating to the production, it’s hard to decide what to tell you about first. Here are just some of the ways that, when you buy your ticket to see this show, you’re buying into a bit of theatrical history.

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Michael Nouri on freedom versus captivity and being a citizen of the world

Hollywood actor Michael Nouri plays the English-speaking narrator alongside an Italian company in Siddhartha, The Musical. He is not surprised that this Buddhist musical was created by Mafia lifers in Italy’s toughest maximum security prison.

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Director David Grindley: Why I’m back in Edinburgh after 14 years

David Grindley’s myriad West End credits include Our Boys, Abigail’s Party, Six Degrees of Separations, Some Girl(s), What the Butler Saw and Journey’s End, which transferred to Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Revival. After a 14-year absence, he returns to Edinburgh with the world premiere of Outings, at the Gilded Balloon.

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My Festival Highlights Challenge – Day Three

I’m in the final stretch of my #FHChallenge, having now seen two-thirds of Festival Highlights nine 2014 offerings and aiming to polish off the final three back-to-back today.

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My Festival Highlights Challenge – Day Two

Day Two of my #FHChallenge starts an interview with Hollywood actor Michael Nouri, who is playing the English-speaking narrator in the Italian production of Siddhartha, The Musical.

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My Festival Highlights Challenge – Day One

After a late night at the technical rehearsal for Eric and Little Ern, Day One of my Festival Highlights Challenge started with a 10am production office meeting. Producer James Seabright went through the first day’s advance sales for all nine shows and set the street team, under the direction of Julia Bolden, with targets.

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Are you up for the Festival Highlights challenge?

For the past 12 years, Festival Highlights has presented some of the most popular and acclaimed shows on the Fringe. For 2014, we’ve handpicked nine we think you’ll love. To encourage you to see them all – and share your views on them – we’ve launched the Festival Highlights Challenge (#FHChallenge)!

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How Quentin Crisp changed my life and inspired a play

Mark Farrelly on the inspiration for Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope… I was touring in a Noel Coward play. On a shelf in my digs, I found a copy of Quentin Crisp’s autobiography The Naked Civil Servant. It was one of those very few books that I read cover to cover. I howled with laughter but […]

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Secrets, solidarity, The Sun and Stephen Fry…

After their West End success with The Act earlier this year, co-writers Thomas Hescott and Matthew Baldwin have reunited for Outings, the world premiere coming-out show. In the course of researching and writing the play, the former schoolfriends, who themselves came out as young men, gathered more than 70 real-life stories from other gays, lesbians, […]

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Julie Burchill – Now and Then

Tim Fountain’s first play about Julie Burchill premiered in 2002. Why did he want to return to the subject 12 years later? The first play, Julie Burchill Is Away, came about when I was seeing Jackie Clune. Jackie and I had always been Burchill fans. We used to lie in bed reading the columns out […]

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Why Sherlock is ripe for potting…

Arthur Conan Doyle wrote four novels and 56 short stories about the great detective Sherlock Holmes. In Potted Sherlock, Dan and Jeff (a.k.a. Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner) race through all 60 cases in 70 minutes. Here, they discuss with our guest editor Terri Paddock why Holmes was crying out for the irreverent but always […]

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