A quick interview with Paul Zerdin, who's here on Wednesday 5th October.

 

How are you feeling about doing your first visit to Chorley Little Theatre?

I’m very much looking forward to it. It’s my first time and I want it to be brilliant. So I really hope the audience make an effort!

Why “Spongefest”?

It’s the show I took to the Edinburgh Festival and my puppet characters are made of sponge so - Sponge Fest.

Who makes you laugh or entertains you at the moment?

Big fan of Canadian comic Stewart Francis. Jonathan Ross has still got it and it’s great to see him back on TV doing what he does best.

As you once won a talent show what do you think of current shows such as Britain’s got Talent and the X Factor?

The Big Big Talent Show, the show I won, was originally meant to be a talent showcase featuring up and coming professional acts. The brief changed as it went on air and ITV made it more competitive and in the end it became a talent show but featured working pros. Britain’s got Talent is everybody and anybody. I think that’s great and everybody gets a shot at it. It can work against the act if they are a working pro and established in their field and known in the business but not known to the general public, especially if they get a 'NO!'

What was the last show/gig you went to see?

Being on tour leaves little time for anything. The last show I saw was One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre for my birthday in August. It was like watching a modern day pantomime. The audience loved it.

If you were a theatrical character who would you be?

Kermit the Frog

Do you have a burning ambition for the future?

To be on Dancing on Ice. I used to be married to a figure skater and so I think I can still skate a bit.

You're working on a kind of sitcom, how is that going?

It’s in development with an independent production company at the moment and its getting there, I think! It’s the Muppets meets Seinfeld.

Anything else in the near future?

Have a DVD with Universal to be released next year and a brand new tour.

Are you looking forward to your appearance at Chorley Little Theatre?

It’s a very well thought of venue and I hope the audience enjoy my one man muppety stand up sitcom of a show.

 

Lots of people have been telling us how much they enjoyed Funny Money this week. Here are just a few comments:

"Not been to Chorley Little Theatre for a long time. What a great performance. Really enjoyed the night. Looking forward to the next event." - Susan Cogley

"Miss it at your peril, even the Mayor nearly fell off her chair" - Graham Hargreaves

"Great night. I ache from laughing. It's well worth a watch. Brilliant." - Anne Williamson

Fab Four tribute band The Upbeat Beatles make their second appearance at Chorley Little Theatre in November. Their show here last year was a sell-out hit and they've since gone on to appear on BBC Radio 2 with Russell Kane. Here's a quick interview...

 

How are you feeling about your visit to Chorley Little Theatre?

Great!  Keep music live-so we need to support places like this!

As a group do you have an ambition that you have not fulfilled yet?

Not really. We’ve played all over the world and we just want to keep doing it.

Do you have any current musicians that you like or admire?

Adele-love her!

If you had three words to describe yourselves what would they be?

Real, Honest, Rockin!

How long have you been together and when did you decide to go the route that you have done so far?

12 years now. We made our minds up to really go for it 7 years ago when we got our George.

What in your opinion makes a good gig and do you have any examples?

When you make the audience lose their inhibitions. Example-come and see us!

What’s next, any future plans in the pipeline?

Eastern Europe. We played Kiev last year and loved it!

 

 

The Upbeat Beatles - Sunday 13th November, 7.30pm. Book here!

Interview by Denise Kasperkiewicz

We're very sorry to announce that Face Value have cancelled their show here on 29th October, due to them splitting up. Please go to Malcolm's Musicland for a full refund.

Genesis & Phil Collins tribute band Face Value make a quick return to Chorley Little Theatre on Saturday 29th October, and all tickets are just £10. Here's an interview...

How are you feeling about your visit to Chorley Little Theatre?

Really looking forward to it. The first time we were her back in January we loved the place form the word go. Played a lot of theatres where the audience, although very appreciative are quite reserved and it was fantastic to see they were literally allowed to dance in the aisles. Hoping for the same this time.

As a group do you have an ambition that you have not fulfilled yet?

Having played the Matthew Street festival to a crowd of 22,000 and also veterans of four Genesis conventions the only thing left for us ambition wise is that we would love to play a show abroad. That looks like it will happen next year.

What was the last show / gig that you went to see?

Gig: Journey, Foreigner, and Styx at the MEN. Great show for us "oldies"

Show: Ghost Stories (fantastic play and really scary) at The Playhouse in Liverpool. Actually if Chorley Little Theatre could put that play on, it would be stunning.

Do you have any current musicians that you like or admire?

Current musicians I really like are Coldplay, Adele, anyone who is doing something different.

If you had three words to describe yourselves what would they be?

Accurate, Entertaining, Cheap ;-)

How long have you been together and when did you decide to go down the route that you have done being a Genesis / Phil Collins tribute band?

The band was formed back in 1999, but this current line up only since January this year. (Our first gig was at this very theatre). I was in a normal covers band as a singer and people comment on the similarity of my voice to his. So we decided to form Face Value and give it a try as there was nobody at that time playing tribute to both Genesis and Phil.

What in your opinion makes a good gig and do you have any examples?

The most important thing for us is that the audience must be enjoying the gig. No point the sound being great, the venue having enough clearance for the lighting rig, or we feeling like we playing and singing well if they are not enjoying what we are bringing to them. A good example for us (without wanting to sound like I am creeping here) is what happened last time we were here. Audience allowed to dance in the aisles, good time had by all.

What’s next, any future plans in the pipeline?

Hopefully to play a show abroad, and keep bringing the music of Genesis and Phil Collins to the fans for as long as we can.

Face Value - Saturday 29th October, 8pm. Book here!