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Mitch Benn Is the 37th Beatle

 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:49 pm    Post subject: Mitch Benn Is the 37th Beatle Reply with quote

Mitch Benn brings the show that he took to the Edinburgh Fringe to Radio 4 and very enjoyable it is ...loved the song comparing The Beatles with One Direction at the beginning. Laughing


Musical satirist Mitch Benn explores his comedy connections to the story of The Beatles.

Mitch has realised that over the years many people have claimed the title The Fifth Beatle. In fact, so many of them have been described as such that there are now at least 36 of them. They can't all be right. But some of them are righter than others...

Fifty years on from the release of 'Please, Please Me', Mitch presents his own definitive list of the Beatles. He presents a whistlestop tour through musical history and the enduring legacy of the Fab Four, whilst shamelessly milking his own - incredibly tenuous- connection to it.


After seeing the film Good Ol' Freda ( about the secretary of the fan club of the Fab Four) I feel she should have had a mention on Mitch's list!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03szxdh
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:09 am    Post subject: Re: Mitch Benn Is the 37th Beatle Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
After seeing the film Good Ol' Freda ( about the secretary of the fan club of the Fab Four) I feel she should have had a mention on Mitch's list!


Definitely. That was a lovely documentary. What so many young women would have given to be in her shoes back in the day!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is an 80-minute version of this show currently on tour - including my own theatre in Chorley on 8th March. Looking forward to it!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian, I recall hearing you talking about your theatre on (I think) Radio 4 a couple of years back - and very interesting it was too. What's your theatre called?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Mitch Benn Is the 37th Beatle Reply with quote

Colin wrote:
becky sharp wrote:
After seeing the film Good Ol' Freda ( about the secretary of the fan club of the Fab Four) I feel she should have had a mention on Mitch's list!


Definitely. That was a lovely documentary. What so many young women would have given to be in her shoes back in the day!

There's one here for a start!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin wrote:
Ian, I recall hearing you talking about your theatre on (I think) Radio 4 a couple of years back - and very interesting it was too. What's your theatre called?

Chorley Little Theatre (website at www.chorleytheatre.com) - yes, we were on Radio 4 two years ago, and that report then went on the World Service and some local stations. Of course, our first event after the exposure had one of the lowest attendances of recent times....! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just looked at the website and I see you're presenting "Breaking The Code"! How funny - I'm working at Bletchley Park tomorrow (Tuesday), planning a series of workshops designed to teach volunteer oral historians how to conduct interviews with veterans. I love the place, one which is undergoing considerable (and controversial) changes at the moment following a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin wrote:
Just looked at the website and I see you're presenting "Breaking The Code"! How funny - I'm working at Bletchley Park tomorrow (Tuesday), planning a series of workshops designed to teach volunteer oral historians how to conduct interviews with veterans. I love the place, one which is undergoing considerable (and controversial) changes at the moment following a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

There seems to be a lot Bletchley/Turing stuff in the air at the moment - I just wish it would translate into ticket sales!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The Bletchley Circle" on ITV has generated an increase in visitors to BP, especially since some of the early scenes in Programme 1 were shot in the actual buildings in which the equivalent "real life" activity took place.

I guess that, from your point of view, it's part of the general malaise that affects the population these days. I have friends running theatre companies here in MK and they have the same problem. Bums on seats are hard achieve.
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Generally, we're doing OK (Easter to October last year were a bit poor, but it's picked up) - people are happy to shell out for what they know, but are a little more cautious with quirkier stuff and whereas 4 years ago someone would drag their partner along there's now a lot more people coming alone.
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