Brief Lives

Patrick Garland

1-11 May


A lively, if not necessarily accurate, account of eccentricities and anecdotes that still resonates today.
It is a cold winter's day in 1696. John Aubrey is recounting his sometimes bawdy, sometimes instructive, and always entertaining gossip that he has been collecting all his life. He can justly be claimed as the first English biographer and he tells us how Sir Walter Raleigh had his way with the ladies; gives a slanderous account of William Shakespeare and recounts how the Earl of Oxford embarrassed himself in front of Queen Elizabeth.

A one-man show, Brief Lives was famously staged in 1969 starring Roy Dotrice. The production has been performed worldwide since then and Dotrice himself went on to play Aubrey for more than 1,700 performances which still warrants a mention in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest-running one-man show.

This production features local actor, Adrian Monahan. Adrian ?has worked widely in theatre, televison and radio both as an actor and director.

Theatre credits include the title role in Hamlet; Lysander in A Midsummer Night?s Dream; Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor; Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night; Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie plus many modern pieces, including Wilfred Owen in All the Arts of Hurting by Roger Stennett; Riz Bailey in For One Night Only by Jan Page; Two by Jim Cartwright and Carlson in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. He recently appeared at The Wightman in Afterplay by Brian Friel, The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter and Two 2 by Jim Cartwright.

Television credits include Van Allen in The Exercise (BBC?Play for Today); Rupert Anderson in The Bretts (Central); PC?Ellis in Juliet Bravo and Dave in Boys From The Blackstuff (BBC), Alec Harvey in Still Life (Granada).

?Radio includes Village of Death; Armchair Theatre; Armchair Detective; Let?s Move and Time To Move. (BBC Radio

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