SPEAKER, PLAYWRIGHT, and now AUTHOR
JOIN ME SOON IN WELWYN, BUCKINGHAM, GOSPORT, MINEHEAD, DEVON & WELLINGTON
Thanks for a great talk. From the reactions of your audience it was clear that you very much hit the spot! At a
time when audiences are increasingly diverted by Powerpoint presentations it is refreshing to find a speaker
who can hold a group enthralled with the spoken word alone. It is something you are able to achieve in
spades! Thank you again for your support of the Bristol National Trust Centre’s programme. Dave Moore.
Returned to Bristol NTC on Saturday 16th December 2017 with
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW: PLAYING THE CLOWN,
which was recently booked by Sarum U3A
Your Presentation held us spellbound throughout.
GBS certainly sounded like a man to be reckoned with,
and you put his character over to amazing effect.
Fantastic. Sue Tranter.
Brian’s theatre career started in 1959, direct from National Service, as Trainee Manager at the London Palladium, and has taken him to forty-three different countries including three residencies in the Middle East; eight tours of the Indian sub-continent and two circumnavigations of the globe.
He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and London Festival Ballet Companies, Scottish Opera, Nottingham Playhouse and Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop Company.
As he approached retirement he started to ‘branch out’ - directing amateur operatics; writing scripts, and giving Talks. Details of his Talks and Presentations, and of his Scripts, fill the pages of this website.
In amongst all of this he finally found time to write the long-promised autobiography which he called MEANDERINGS: A RIVER AND A LIFE. Again, details can be found towards the back of the website.
photo of G B Shaw: Playing The Clown at Beaminster Festival
courtesy of Mac McNamee, images photography.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW: PLAYING THE CLOWN
Tuesday 27th July 2017
Thanks to Nigel and Lois for two happy, wonderfully-organised days at
Beaminster - the Festival against which I shall judge all future Festivals.
NEW BOOK DUE SUMMER 2019
With MEANDERINGS almost sold out we are planning a new book scheduled for publication in 2019, hopefully in time for the late summer Festivals. Working Title: SEARCHING FOR MY TAMBOURINE.
A NEW POWERPOINT PRESENTATION NOW AVAILABLE
RICHELIEU: THE CARDINAL AND HIS ‘CITY’
This new Powerpoint presentation melds the history of “the man who changed Christendom”
with some of my personal memories of French village life.
Details on the CLARKSON ROSE page.
TALKS IN THE SOUTH WEST
I do more Talks in Devon than in my home county of Sussex, mainly as a result of publicity
engendered in the south-west by the premiere of my George Bernard Shaw presentation
PLAYING THE CLOWN at the 2013 Penzance Literary Festival.
Single long-distance bookings are not viable - for you or for me: economics dictate that I come over
for several days and share out the expenses. Future south-west weeks already booking are:
w/c Monday 6th May 2019
w/c Monday 13th May 2019
w/c Monday 17th June 2019
w/c Monday 2nd September 2019
w/c 7th October 2019
w/c Monday 11th November 2019
w/c Monday 13th January 2020
Your talks were much enjoyed: there were many good comments,
and much retelling of the most hilarious of your stories.
Thank you for the part you played in the success of Mere Literary Festival.
What a wonderful time you gave us: I really haven’t laughed so much in ages.
The feedback has been amazing, all saying that your show was the highlight of the Festival. I’m sure that we shall be welcoming you back to Ilminster.