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State of London: A Letter from London

London’s been taking a real hit recently. Three terror attacks in as many months, plus the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington. Newly re-elected Prime Minister has apologised for ‘failures of state’, but what state is London actually in? And, using the word differently,  should it actually be a state of its own?

In this second Letter from London monologue, Adrian Lacey reflects on tragedy, triumph and ‘8.6 million reasons to listen’. There are lighter moments around the M25 and Brighton & Hove. After all, London life must go on…

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The London Eye and Houses of Parliament on the Thames by night
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): The London Eye and Houses of Parliament on the Thames by night

Idiot Child in Shoreditch

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Nervous? Stressed? Petrified? Try some theatre therapy! The London Podcast heads to Shoreditch Town Hall to meet Susie Riddell, Emma Keaveny-Roys and Adam Fuller from Idiot Child theatre company. Adrian Lacey catches up with the troupe as they take their latest play What If the Plane Falls Out of the Sky? to East London.

Hear some clips from this dynamic show put in context by Susie, co-director of the company. You may know her as Tracy Horrobin in BBC Radio’s soap opera The Archers!

Adrian gives a bit of background, too, to this part of the capital, from the steps of the venue.

Thanks to Anna Harpin, Idiot Child’s other co-director and to What If..? producer Charlie Parker.

Thanks also to audience members Debbie, Phil, Nicky and Jacob.

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Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Adam, Susie & Emma from Idiot Child
Photos (at Londonpodcast.net): Adam, Susie & Emma from Idiot Child
Shoreditch Town Hall
Shoreditch Town Hall

Kevin Day: the Lost Tapes

OK, so they’re not tapes and they’re not lost. But this is material that’s never been made public before, recorded at Leicester Square in the heart of London’s West End. Alt. comedy standup and writer Kevin Day – who’s written for legends Dave Allen, Ronnie Corbett and Bob Monkhouse and who writes for popular BBC TV news panel show Have I Got News for You – reflects on how he writes and performs, thinks about the late great comedy impresario Addison Cresswell and gives his judgment on the deceased American shock comic Bill Hicks.

Percussion provided by scaffold operatives and the great London rain!

This is a companion show to the special, Comedy in the Capital: You’re Having a Laugh! 🙂 in which you can hear more thoughts from Kevin Day, as well as from Maddie Campion who’s just starting out in comedy and Scott Denyer who’s taken a step back from the mike.

See also Comedy Extra: Stage Rage & the Expert Witness on comedian Lee Hurst’s criminal act – and that’s not his performance…

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Kevin Day at the Comedy Store
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Kevin Day views all his yesterdays at the Comedy Store

Comedy Extra: Stage Rage & the Expert Witness

Imagine you’re at a comedy gig and the comedian stops performing mid-sentence to take a phone from a member of the audience… and it all ends in court. Well that happened to this show’s guest, Garry Green as a member of the audience where top TV comic Lee Hurst was starring. Garry is cross-questioned by Adrian Lacey about that shocking incident.

This edition is a footnote to the Comedy in the Capital London Podcast special starring Kevin Day.

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Music by James Taylor of jazz legends the James Taylor Quartet (jtq.co.uk)

Produced by Adrian Lacey © 2017

Lee Hurst was approached to appear in the show but didn’t get back. The door to the studio’s always open, though, Lee..!

Guest Garry Green
Photo (at Londonpodcast.net): Saint Garry at the Crown & Sceptre, Fitzrovia, London W1W. Halo model’s own

Pepys at the Comedy Store

The original 17th-century blogger Samuel Pepys goes to premier 21st-century London entertainment spot the Comedy Store. From the expressions of the comics in their photos to the temperature of the ale, our redoubtable diarist has a view on everything. And not everything ends well.

Mr Pepys is played by the travelling showman from Waterford in Ireland, Keith Dunphy. The Audio Diary of Samuel Pepys is written and directed by Adrian Lacey. The show is produced by Adrian and introduced by him from London’s swinging West End.

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Keith Dunphy as Pepys by Adam Hills at MUG Photography
Photo at Londonpodcast.net: Keith Dunphy stars as Samuel Pepys/Adam Hills at MUG Photography