by Philip Ridley
Just prior to lockdown I was rehearsing for a World premiere of a new epic work by cult writer Philip Ridley called The Beast of Blue Yonder, a fantastic tale that jumps time zones and locations featuring a frankly dazzling array of young actors. (I was MUCH older than all of them!)
The show was to run at the Southwark Playhouse but Covid19 saw an end to that. Instead of doing nothing and waiting to see what happens the producers, director and Ridley himself set about generating separate stand-alone monologues that are inspired by these strange times and to put one out every Saturday night. This week was my turn and it is a delicious monologue featuring an older and somewhat jaded actor attempting to give a performance to the camera. As with so much of Ridley's work, it is funny, touching and at times very very sad. To watch it on the WeAreTramp YouTube Channel click the link :
Eric the Skull - Radio 4 Play
It seems like an age away but, back in January, I was part of a great cast for a Radio 4 play called Eric The Skull written by eminent author Simon Brett. It tells the story of the beginnings of the Detection Club, a dinner club made up of famous detective writers including Agatha Christie which is still thriving today.
The cast features myself, playing two parts, Fenella Woolgar, Janie Dee and Mark Williams. Its a lovely thing and can be listened to for the next year by clicking the link :
Lenny Beige YouTube Channel
Since the Lockdown at the end of March, Lenny Beige has been very busy presenting twice weekly shows which began as a mixture of songs and gags and shout outs to the viewers. By week 5 it was decided to make the Tuesday night shows an interview based show with a few songs and the Friday night shows continued as previously. They began being filmed on the phone with streaming to Facebook Live and Instagram (when technology would allow) but we upgraded to a Mevo camera which is a dedicated streaming camera which acts like a TV gallery would where you can cut from a wide to a close up shot and pan across the frame too. The Beige Family very kindly contributed their own money to buy this piece of kit.
The end result is a new YouTube Channel with content from the past 5 weeks' shows with more vintage footage being added too. We shall be changing the shows we do in the future, but, rest assured, we shall be updating and elnarging the Beige body of work.
BALLAD OF THE BALD MOD
Happy 2020! To celebrate the start of the year I thought I would upload a song and video called 'Ballad of the Bald Mod' which I wrote in the autum of 2019. It is an homage to all the folically challenged mods, one of the most tragic figures of British pop culture.
The video was shot and edited by the great Tony Briggs - himself a fully-haired mod - and features Paul Strutter - like me a shiny bald modernist.
Enjoy and please share it by linking to this page. Many thanks and have a great new year and decade.
regency rooms xmas extravaganza
Beige and his band of freaks return for their annual Xmas show in the iconic setting of the 100 Club, one of London's oldest clubs, for a night of merriment, mirth and un PC comedy and cabaret. It's going to be a night of unhinged classic Beige as we unleash the freaks at you for a night of quality entertainment. (Tables and limited standing available- round tables of 4's so if more of you you will seated on next table. No dinner available just booze so line your stomachs before you arrive)
Tickets are £60 for seats at front row tables.
£45 for all other seats
£25 for standing tickets