Category Archives: Comedy & Theatre

And I thought you might like to know – the Jim Lea interview

It’s not, erm, everyday you get to talk to a childhood hero, but Jim Lea definitely falls into that category for me. I was barely four when his band scored the first of six UK No.1 singles with ‘Coz I … Continue reading

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One Man’s Madness (I call it gladness) – the Lee Thompson interview

Lee Thompson was at home when I called, ‘sort of just inside 12 o’clock on the M25,’ where he’s been based around 30 years now. Born in St Pancras, NW1 in 1957, this esteemed saxophonist/songwriter’s postcode is EN5 rather than that … Continue reading

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Why Chas & Dave Mustn’t Grumble – in conversation with Dave Peacock

  When Dave Peacock lost his wife Sue to cancer in 2009, it seemed to mark the end of the Chas & Dave story, ending their professional partnership after 34 years. But a year later the pair announced a tour … Continue reading

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A question of life balance – the Justin Hayward interview

If I made Justin Hayward feel old right from the outset of our conversation, he had the good grace to laugh and carry on talking to me. My genuine respect for his back-catalogue probably helped, mind. I was telling him … Continue reading

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Suggs – What a King Cnut, Preston Charter Theatre (Nights at the Theatre, pt.2)

Fast forward four nights and I’m closer to home at the Charter Theatre (‘We were so close it was scary, we were that close I couldn’t tell you’). Regarding the venue, in this case we’re barely talking a 45-year history, … Continue reading

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David Baddiel – My Family: Not the Sitcom, Lancaster Grand (Nights at the Theatre, pt.1)

Contemplating chronicling two nights out this past week in one review, I wondered if I was dovetailing for the sake of it. Both involved theatres in Lancashire starring London solo acts, each reflecting on the links between their public and … Continue reading

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On Tour: Not the bike race – the David Baddiel interview

After a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in London’s West End, comedian, novelist and TV presenter David Baddiel is taking his Olivier-nominated one-man show to theatres nationwide, with four dates already in the bag when we caught … Continue reading

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Don’t worry ’bout a thing – back in conversation with Mark Steel

Have a chat with stand-up comic Mark Steel and it won’t be long before cricket, football or politics come up in conversation. And in my case all three, with geography and history thrown in. The 57-year-old Kentish comedian, broadcaster, writer … Continue reading

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The Levellers, for folk’s sake – the Mark Chadwick interview

Three decades ago, a conversation in a pub in a busy South coast resort led to the newly-introduced Mark Chadwick and Jeremy Cunningham discovering they had plenty in common, not least their political world-view and taste in music. As guitarist … Continue reading

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From the sound of sirens to Larks in Transit – back in touch with Bill Bailey

As I was thinking of questions for Bill Bailey the morning he called, I heard a proper ‘nee-nah’ pass the front of my house. And for once I thought not of Eric Morecambe’s classic ‘They’ll never sell ice cream travelling … Continue reading

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