Giant Olive in association with Interrupt The Routine Presents “THE UNIMPORTANT HISTORY OF BRITAIN”

Written by Robert Blackwood & Nick Cowell and Directed by Martin Cort

16 Sept – 12 October 2009

This sizzling barbecue of a comic production accounts for some of the events that have passed by the textbooks of accepted British History.
With such a rich tapestry to draw from it seems a shame to keep it to ourselves. So, in a true act of British generosity, we warmly invite you to forget sitting at home listening to the wireless, and instead discover why Admiral Nelson’s boisterous cousin Enoch insists upon shouting at his clients; refrain from watching your favourite soap opera on the television, and find out why on earth Henry VIII’s accent has a Texan flavour to it; forget about smashing balls around or going to the clubhouse for tea, and instead witness a lively debate in early 20th century London between Josef “Brenda” Stalin, Mohandas “Tiny Man” Gandhi and Winston “You don’t have to be crazy to work here….” Churchill.
Spend the evening being entertained by vignettes that might have induced Dr Johnson’s eyebrows to curdle, AJP Taylor’s bowtie to revolve in consternation, and Harold Macmillan to worriedly look Herr and there in disbelief. 

Martin Cort – Director

Much of his early work was in classic drama including Shakespeare and he became the first actor with the Royal Ballet’s Demonstration Group.  He also appeared in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with the New Shakespeare Company. Working in Television he appeared in many of the regular series including the now legendary Doctor Who, headed by the late William Hartnell. In 1964 he formed TAR Education and Entertainment reading poetry programmes created by the late Rumer Godden. His company toured Malta under the auspies of The British Council. The company’s work has developed over the years producing productions as varied as Pantomime and Mystery Drama.  Recently he has returned to the stage  working with the Compagnie Sublime in Love is a Game of Chance and with Robert Armes in Seven Screams Sea. He also directed the highly acclaimed production of Dangerous Liaisons, continuing his success with the production of a new play by Mary Rensten, Dear Mr Kennedy. In 2006 Martin was invited to become an associate member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ), and has since been appointed Drama Representative for the Society. He is also a member of the Concert Artiste’s Association and is Chairman of the Actors and Writers London (AWL). It was through his connection with AWL that he met Robert Blackwood and Nicholas Cowell.

Nick Cowell – Actor

Nick recently returned from the Tron’s production of Monaciello which went to Naples. His theatrical credits include Don Pedro in Much Ado about Nothing, Bassario in The Merchant of Venice, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eros in Antony and Cleopatra (all with Glasgow Rep), Tony in Sixteen (The Arches Theatre Co.), The Man in Man Across the Way (Silver Tongue Productions), Holgar in WelcomeHomeWorld (West Yorkshire Playhouse), and Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Flexible Deadlock). TV credits include Tony Ryce in River City (BBC), Rab in Townsville (BBC), Andy Critchley in Taggart (STV), Edward II in Robert the Bruce, King of Scots (BBC) and Jonny in West End Story (Simpatico). He has also done a substantial amount of voiceover work, most recently for the BBC in Henry VIII – Patron or Plunderer. Nick also has presenting and corporate training experience.

Robert Blackwood – Actor

Robert spent the summer working with director Nick Young and the highly-acclaimed Rainbow Theatre Company as Dumaine in Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Gower and Bardolph in Henry V. Other theatrical credits include Robin Hood in Robin Hood & The Legend of the Weeping Willow (Illithuba), Boxer in Animal Farm (Tour de Force), The Kommandant in Kolbe’s Gift (TenTen Productions), Tom in Joining the Club (Shadow Road), Joey in The Old Neighbourhood, Ian in An Evening with Gary Lineker (OSO), The Waiter in No Exit (Act First Glance), Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew (OSO), various roles in Happy as a Sandbag Wartime Revue (Isleworth Actors Co), Lance Cpl Bateman in Dr Atomic (ENO) and A Fisherman in Peter Grimes (ENO). He has recorded   Brick & Magda’s Radio Show (Interrupt the Routine), has played The Lawyer in Harry Brown (Marv Productions) and Nibbles in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Kudos Productions), along with TV credits in Bo Selecta and The Cranford Chronicles. He recently got to take part in a week-long workshop with David Freeman at the Drill Hall. Robert has also done presenting work and comedy at functions and formal dinners, and has delivered presentations on English around the world.

Polly Eachus – Actor

Polly has recently been Kelly in the Dab Arts’ Roofless, and her theatrical credits include polly Peachum in Class & Corruption (B&R Productions), The Dancer in Loving to Kill (BAC/Punch Drunk), Denise in Hit and Run (Lyric Hammersmith), Messua in The Jungle Book (Regents Park Open Air), Deeny in The Old Neighbourhood (OSO) and Maudie in Happy as a Sandbag Wartime Revue (Isleworth Actors Co). For television, Polly played Janine in The Bill (ITV) and the Hostess in BBC Breakfast (BBC1), and film credits include Candice in Acid Drops (Fraid Films) and Claire in Daddy’s Girl (Somran Productions). She has also appeared in commercials, and has experience in presenting and corporate training, for Meteorite Media and The Garnett Foundation respectively

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