James Pellow is bringing his one-man show to the Apollo Theatre as part of his south coast tour. Originally entitled ‘The Gathering’ it has now been renamed ‘Lady Bracknell’s Legacy’ and is a whimsical, humorous and touching look at two retired, larger-than-life theatre professionals in a retirement home and their relationships with each other and the other residents.
It is Thursday afternoon at Meadowcroft Residential Accommodation for Those in the Theatrical Profession. Two contrasting theatricals are caught in reflective mood. Devonia deRudge is a self-styled ‘Grande Dame’ of the English stage. ‘I played Lady Bracknell, you know… my performance stopped the show’. Naturally cheerful, Freddie Farnsworth is immaculately & colourfully dressed. The friendship that has developed between these two is as charming as it is surprising. They both reflect on what might have been, and it’s this that somehow unites them. James plays both characters in this poignant and witty piece.
“This is a rare, new one man play written and acted with a pure integrity … A master class in character study … both hilarious and poignant … I sat in the dark like a child. Thank you”.
Michael Strassen, Resident Director, Union Theatre, London
JAMES PELLOW trained with The Actors’ Company, London. Isle of Wight born and bred, James started out with the Ryde-based Bellevue Players, followed by pantomime and summer seasons at Shanklin and Sandown Pier Theatres, appearing in shows including The Sound of Music (1993), Notre Dame (1994) and Our Finest Hour (1995). Other theatre credits include: Pardon Me, Prime Minister, Bedroom Farce and Amy’s View (Theatre Royal, Windsor); The Marriage-Go-Round and Worm’s Eye View (Lyceum Theatre, Crewe); The Wireless Years (Players Theatre and touring); A Bedful of Foreigners and Don’t Tell The Wife (summer seasons with Jack Douglas); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet (London and France); I Met A Man Who Wasn’t There (Marina Theatre, Lowestoft and touring); Aladdin and Cinderella (Lyceum, Crewe). James has returned to Shanklin Theatre to play Dame in the past four pantomimes for Spotlight IW. He has played Lady Bracknell on four occasions (Jermyn St. and Cochrane Theatres, London, Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth and a French tour). He has written his own stage shows, Pellow Talk and Just James and edited Never the Same Girl Twice, the autobiography of variety and music hall artiste Helga Stone. For radio he has narrated Berries and Mrs. Bulstrode and A Christmas Carol. He has also written A Lifetime on The Titanic, a survivor’s biography. Films include Waiting for a Stranger (2011) and The Locksmith (Native Star Films 2011)
Performances start at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 each. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/apollotheatre or on the door, or from the box office: 01983 527627 from 27 August
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