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.

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’ve been a bit quiet these past few months but we’ve not been idle. Here’s all the stuff we’ve done over summer:

Knocked down and rebuilt the rear section of the bar, including adding new stairs, a sink, cupboards and loads more space for storing drink and food. This was essential work after part of the ceiling fell in.

The ceiling fell in because of water still getting into the roof, especially in the rear section of the building. So we’ve plugged the leaks and relaid the roof, which means we can now finally...

...sort out the wardrobe. Our costume room has been damp and home to pigeons for years and become pretty unusable. So we’ve built a brand-new room and have been transferring costumes into it. We’ve got about 200 bags of clothes to clean and sort out, so if you can help with the washing let us know!

Also upstairs we’ve finally finished the rehearsal room, which means we can get more shows in at the same time. The room can be used for acting and dance rehearsals, plus makes a great meeting place and will be an extra dressing room.

There have also been various jobs, from touching up the paint, deep cleaning the auditorium seats, and rewiring the electrics.

All this isn’t obvious to the public but has used up all our money. Now a lot of the structure in place, we’d dearly love to improve our toilets and brighten up the Foyer and then, eventually, move on to the auditorium. Our only income is from ticket sales so come along to our shows to support us.

(If you’d like to sponsor a show, please also get in touch)

In addition to all this, we’ve rehearsed Funny Money 3 or 4 times a week (and built the set!), auditioned and started rehearsals for Memory of Water, readied the script and starting choreographing the Panto, picked the next 8 films, designed & printed the new brochures, and have been beavering away on a new website.

The new season starts next Thursday with Dave Spikey’s show and we hope you can find something you fancy and continue to support us.

 

 

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!

Dave's here with his new show next week. There are a couple of single seats left if you want to catch it. Profits will benefit local charity Laughing Dog. Call 01257 264362

 

The name of your touring show is ‘words don’t come easy’ could you please explain briefly why you chose to call it that?

I love the structure and rhythm of the English Language and hate its misuse and abuse and so after the massive response to my deconstruction of song lyrics and newspaper stories on my last tour I decided to make this the theme of the show. I soon realised that actually it’s a pretty broad canvas and a rich source of comedy. A few quick examples:-

I hate text speak and facebook speak – its lazy, it’s a refuge for illiterates. “L8R” takes how many milliseconds less to type in than “Later”, bearing in mind you have to hold the “8” twice as long to get the number on ? What is so important in your life that saving a couple of seconds in your texts helps you to do? I’m guessing F All. They say it’s easier and quicker – Not to me it’s not, It takes me ages to decipher the nonsense.

And the words that have started appearing on pretentious menus – even in pubs round here! Can’t move these days for Coulis or Compote or Melange or something that’s “drizzled with jus” - gravy to you and me. Which part of a lamb is noisette and what’s a galette? I recently saw, “Encased in a filo basket” – That’ll be a pie then. “Breast of duck kissed by the Chefs signature sauce” – Uergggh! That sounds very worrying.

Little things like the overuse of the word “Absolutely”. “Are we still going out on Thursday night?”, “Absolutely”, “You mean “Yes” don’t you?”.

The use of “literally” – I literally cried my eyes out. No you didn’t although I would love to see that --- cry cry ... plop plop, “Who turned the lights off?” On the television horse racing last week the commentator said “All the horses are ready and raring to go. Once the starter presses his button the horses will literally explode out of the stalls” – That my friend is going to be spectacular. What’s at the end of the starter’s button? Semtex?

What about when people say, “It’s the least I can do” – Is it? Well thanks for that. Make a bloody effort will you because to me, “the least you can do” is Sod All. Add Police “Speak”, Hospital “Speak”, Parents useless attempts as sex education Etc etc.

What is it you think that you like about doing stand up comedy?

Intimacy and Immediacy. I can see the audience, connect with them, see them and engage them with my conversation, draw them into my world and make them laugh (usually). I can think of something new in the days building up to a gig , even driving there or maybe improvise or extemporise on stage and I’m getting laughs immediately . Whereas I can slog over a script or treatment for months for TV or Radio and if it gets commissioned and made we’re talking about 6 – 12 months down the line and then it’s transmitted and when one of your best lines hits home somebody watching TV in Euxton chuckles and says “That’s funny”. Don’t get me wrong, it is immensely satisfying but it’s not like 200 or 2000 people suddenly laughing at a live gig. That will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, it can knock you back on your heels and there’s no other feeling on earth like it.

Who makes you laugh or inspires you at the moment?

Ordinary people .Life is a comedy drama. Everyone has a story and I love eavesdropping on that because it is there that you will find comedy gold that inspires new routines and enhances new ones. We all live very similar lives I think and I also think that if I see or hear or read something in the news or see it in town shopping or view it on the TV then all of us must do. It’s my job to exaggerate, embellish and put a comedy spin on it, extract comedy from the situation, where most people don’t see or expect it.

Sometimes however you only have to report what you’ve heard, improbable as it may sound. I heard two girls talking the other day and one said , “Has your Doreen had the baby yet?” and her friend says “Yeah  last week , a little boy , eight pounds twelve ounces” , so the first girl says , “What are they calling him?” and her friend says “Mark , but get this ! Snooty cow is spelling it with a “c”, so then the first girl thought for a minute puzzled and said “So ...... Carc?” How thick do you have to be to put the “c” on the front?

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

Les Miserables for the fifth time. I absolutely love this show more than anything I’ve ever seen in the theatre. Fantastic music , a great , great story and powerful , soaring performances . It’s an intensely moving experience.

If you were a theatrical character who would you be?

Sydney Carton in “A Tale of Two Cities”. He is shrewd junior barrister who is underestimated by the opposition because of his wasteful and drunkard ways. Indeed he is self-indulgent and self-pitying because of his wasted life. Then he develops a strong unrequited love for Lucie Manette. One drunken night he vows that he would do anything for her if it would ensure her happiness or that of anyone she loves, and indeed dies in the place of her husband. His marvelous act of self sacrifice provides a moving and tragic ending to the book as he comforts a young seamstress on the way to the guillotine. It is a "far, far better thing" he does than he has ever done before.

What do you personally think about Chorley Little Theatre becoming a comedy venue for touring comedians?

I think it’s a brilliant initiative. Whoever pushed the venue to the comedy community is to be congratulated. You can judge how successful it has been by looking at some of the great names it has attracted. Great for the town, great for the growing audience for live comedy and great for the comedians. We’re all winners

What’s next in the pipeline?

I’ve got a script commission from BBC1 for a sitcom I’m writing with Neil Fitzmaurice. Provisionally it’s called “Glitterball” and it’s about the world of ballroom dancing at grass roots level. We’ve set it at a dance school in Blackpool and its more about the characters than the dancing and how things change within the group when a local competition is announced.

I’m also just finishing a comedy based on those “Police Camera Action” and “Emergency” shows   because it’s never really been done before and I have so much NHS experience and stories stored away. I’ve always wanted to write a medically based comedy but every time you turn the TV on there seems to be another one so I’ve been waiting for the inspiration for a different angle on the genre and this is it. So I have two policemen, one a by-the-book pedantic bloke, the other a bit a thick – a bit lazy and they investigate incidents where they have to call for the paramedics, one star-struck playing it up for the cameras and one new and keen and they take victims to A&E where our two nurses dealing with a load of pissheads and timewasters have to concentrate on the “emergency”. I’m very excited about it and loving writing it. I’ve not shown it anybody yet but I really hope the TV people see the comedy potential combined with the serious underlying message regarding the use and abuse of our emergency services.

I’ve been mentoring a young writer John Lebbon from Cumbria and we’ve written a script about life in that part of the world. I've found it a refreshing change to get out of inner cities and examine how disaffected youth struggle with modern day life out in the countryside where fewer opportunities in terms of work , leisure and relationships go hand in hand with less hope , more frustration and despair . The fact that these emotions seem to be amplified when viewed in an area of natural beauty where outsiders are thrilled by idyllic landscapes yet the youngsters who live there view it as a bleak world is a strong theme I think. Our aim is to make a short film as a taster later in the year.

Interview by Denise Kasperkiewicz

Words Don't Come Easy - Thursday 1st September - 7.30pm. Doors open 6.45pm