It was in 1963 whilst acting with the newly formed Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, that I first dreamed up the idea of writing a silent film, for the stage. That is, a play that depended upon lengthy visual techniques with the minimum emphasis on dialogue which actors, as opposed to trained mime artists, could perform. Mr Whatnot was the result.
It has no message - no claims to anything deep or mysterious. The people in it really do exist. Just buy a copy of the Tatler and you’ll see where I pinched what dialogue there is. They’re narrow, stuffy, unimaginative, boring and I’m very fond of them.
I hope you enjoy the exploits of Mr Whatnot who blunders into their world. After all, that was why it was written, purely for laughter.
Clowning Masterclass with Cal McCrystal
Date Wed 27 March 2013
Time 7pm - 9pm
Clowning takes the performer to their most vulnerable and truthful place. Using the personality and the experience of each participant we will explore our foolishness through games and improvisations. We will also look at the beginnings of devising a comedy show. Come along prepared to laugh - at yourself.
To book your place, call Box Office on 01604 624811.