Exclusive interview with Dave Gorman, ahead of his SOLD OUT show here on 29th September.

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

It's a warm up gig for a big tour - which basically means that I hope I have all the material in the right order but I just won't know it inside out and backwards yet. There's no getting away from the fact that when you do a show twenty times running you learn your way around the content in a way that you simply can't for the first one, two, three nights.

But smaller venues have a different, more personal atmosphere and they're always fun to play. I've never been before but there's something about the name that makes me think this will be a little theatre so I'm looking forward to that.

How does doing stand up make you feel (when it goes right and when it goes wrong)?

In both cases it makes you feel alive. People who don't actually go to see stand-up seem to have an image of it as a combative medium. I think popular fiction encourages the idea that stand-ups are there to deal with drunk hecklers and control an inattentive rabble. It isn't like that at all. Comedians sometimes encourage this mythology themselves, perhaps because it makes them feel heroic... so the language that's grown up around it is oddly aggressive. Comics "kill"  "die" which implies that there's a winner. If you kill, who did you kill? Did the audience lose? If you die, did the audience win? I don't get it. The truth is that in almost every show the audience want to be entertained and everyone - performers and audience - "wins". It's actually collaborative not combative. We're all in it together. We all have a good time or we don't. (We will)

Which do you prefer, stand up or writing, or both and why?

It's all the same thing. Stand-up is an extension of writing. It exercises the same muscles. There's an old fashioned world where stand-ups weren't writers themselves, they were tellers-of-gags, but these days pretty much every stand-up is a writer.

Who makes you laugh or inspires you at the moment?

They're separate questions, surely. I can't think about "at the moment"... it feels like a question for a musician. I think the idea of influence in comedy is different to influence in music. If you ask a band "who are you listening to, who inspires you at the moment" it sort of means, "what sound is influencing the sounds you make?" In comedy the people who inspire me are people who've found their own voice. If you try to do it their way, you're missing the point. The point is to find your own way. Lots of people make me laugh. John Hegley. Stephen Fry. Martin White. Danielle Ward. Robin Ince. Nancy Banks Smith. Danny Baker. Eric Morecambe. Tommy Cooper. Jacques Tati. James Acaster. Ed Gamble. Stewart Lee. Richard Herring. Lee Mack. The list is endless. I hope none of them influence what I do.

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

I saw Ghost Stories starring Andy Nyman yesterday. Ace.

What do you prefer, very small intimate venues or bigger places?

I like both. They're different. But intimate is definitely good. But some big venues do feel kind of intimate. I know 500 seat venues that feel like aircraft hangers and some 2000 seat venues that feel really intimate. It's about more than numbers. But really small venues... they always feel intimate.

If you were a theatrical character who would you be?

I am a theatrical character. I'd be me.

What do you like to do to relax?

Crosswords. Cycling. Photography. Stand Up.

What's next in the pipeline?

The tour. I can't think much further ahead than that!

 

Interview by Denise Kasperkiewicz

We're delighted to announce the new season of plays from Chorley Amateur Dramatic & Operatic Society (CADOS), which has been put together by new Artistic Chairman Mark Jones.

It's a great mix of comedy and drama that we're sure will hit all the right emotions.

The season opens with Funny Money, a traditional farce directed by Barbara Wilcox with her usual panache. It's followed by The Memory of Water, a drama (with very funny moments) directed by Mark Jones. These will be the first CADOS productions of these plays.

Two long-time CADOS Members make their directing debuts this season. Chairman Ian Robinson will be in charge of the Pantomime, which this year is Robin Hood. It's going to be a traditional, joke-packed romp for the whole family! In April, technician Paul Carr directs the black comedy Arsenic & Old Lace, having directed Pantos for Brindle Players for several years.

The first play of 2012 will be directed by Wyn Tootell, straight from her sell-out show this year. Blithe Spirit is an old favourite, and we're ready for the technological challange.

Guys & Dolls rounds off the season, and it's the first CADOS musical for three years. The tales of New York gangsters and their women are brought to life by Sean Duxbury.

Group Booking is now open for all these shows, and go on general sale on 23rd July (or at the CADOS AGM on 22nd July). Funny Money is on sale now!

2012 and Beyond...

September 2012 sees the Amateur Premiere of Calendar Girls, and tickets are on sale soon. After that... who knows? We're keen to hear you suggestions (or even your submissions) - let us know what you'd like to see, or if you'd like to be involved.

We're also launching "studio plays" - smaller, more challenging works that expand our range and give our members more chances to perform/produce. If you've got a better name than "Studio Play" we'd also like to hear from you!

When you pop down to the theatre next week to see Oliver Twist, you may see more scaffolding on the building - but don't worry, everything's running as normal inside. This is just more work to improve the behind-the-scenes areas.

During the rebuilding work which started in March 2009 we created several new rooms and have filled all available space but the unexpected consequence was finding even more leaks and cracks we didn't know we had. So they're all being fixed, and at the moment we're mending the roof above the wardrobe area.

Hopefully by the AGM we'll be able to open up and show people all the work that's been done. But, for now, it's business as usual!

We've closed online sales for Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Call Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 for latest availability.

Wednesday 22nd 2 Tickets left

Thursday 23rd AVAILABLE

Friday 24th AVAILABLE

Saturday 25th VERY LIMITED

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She's worked with Graham Norton and appeared on Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, and several series of her own show on Radio 4. Ahead of her show here in Chorley on 24th September, Jo Caulfield answers some questions...

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

I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never been to Chorley before and Rob Rouse told me it was a great venue with a great audience. Then again he told me the World was going to end last month. That was the main idea behind this tour – I wanted to go to smaller towns and unusual venues I’ve never been to before – so I’ll be heading to Findhorn (!), Falkirk, Berwick upon Tweed and Cockermouth among others.

I like turning up in strange towns early in the afternoon and walking round the town centre looking for unusual things to point out to the audience.

Do you prefer stand up to say your radio show?

Live Stand-Up wins every time. There’s a lot of constraints on radio: certain subject matter has to be avoided, certain words can’t be used – but at a live show, everything goes!

And I still love the Art of StandUp itself. Even though it’s a very simplistic thing, one person with a microphone, it continues to provide unique and interesting challenges all the time. Every show gives me room to explore and experiment with ways to perform your thoughts. And I love involving the audience – it makes every show different.

Who makes you laugh at the moment?

So many different comedians. I did a show with Michael McIntyre and Rhod Gilbert last week and they both had me in stitches. Ed Byrne is always funny. Marian Pashley and Kitty Flanagan are two very funny ladies from Hull and Australia.

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

Electric Tales: it was a storytelling evening at The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh. It was interesting to see a mixture of comedians and storytellers on the same bill. The comedians got the biggest laughs and the storytellers told the best stories, funnily enough.

What do you prefer, very small intimate venues or bigger places?

I like them both. There’s nothing better than a huge roar of laughter in a big venue but smaller venues are where the more interesting things happen. Smaller venues are where I can have more interplay with the audience.

If you were a theatrical character who would you be?

Not sure but I am thinking of calling my autobiography ‘Modest Superstar’ and in the film Megan Fox can play me.... if she visits a beauty clinic first.

What’s next in the pipeline?

It’s a busy couple of months. I’m doing some guest spots on The Apprentice: You’re Fired and filming some stuff for This Week with Andrew Neil. Recording a new Radio 4 comedy show sometime this month, and I’m recording a comedy CD in July, After that I’ve got shows lined up in Amsterdam and Mumbai – and I’m talking to a couple of festivals in America. Fingers crossed.

And hunting for a flat! I recently moved to Edinburgh, so all my free time is spent looking at flats.

SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER, 8pm. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions)

To book for Jo's show, call Malcolm's Musicland 01257 264362 or click here: We Got TicketsSee TicketsTicketweb