Stratford Playhouse - Carry On

Carry On


They’ve been Cruising, they’ve been Camping. They’ve even been …Up the Khyber; but now the beloved Carry Ons are coming to you!

The official Carry On historian, Robert Ross, presents an affectionate salute to celebrate sixty glorious years of the Carry On films, taking you behind the scenes of a comedy institution. In the March of 1958 cameras started rolling on a cheap and cheerful black and white comedy about the madcap exploits of a bunch of hapless National Service recruits. The film was Carry On Sergeant and its popularity kick-started British film’s most endearing franchise. Nothing sums up the deliciously bawdy and raucous British sense of humour more than the Carry Ons. For sixty years, their heady mix of innuendo, pratfalls, and love of a damned good time has entertained millions around the world.

The flaring nostrils of Kenneth Williams, the crumpled leer of Sid James, the cheeky giggle of Barbara Windsor, and the bespectacled high camp of Charles Hawtrey remain a vital part of the national bloodstream. This is the Carry On story. Naughty but nice…

Robert Ross is the foremost authority on the stars and history of British comedy, and has written many books dedicated to the Carry Ons, including The Carry On Companion, The Carry On Story, Sid James: Cockney Rebel, and Mr. Carry On, the authorised biography of Carry On producer Peter Rogers. Robert’s many other books include The Goodies Rule OK, Benny Hill: Merry Master of Mirth, Fawlty Towers: Fully Booked, and Steptoe and Son: Any Old Iron. His many television appearances range from Blue Peter and The One Show, to Legends: Terry-Thomas, and When Comedy Goes Horribly Wrong. His first play, Jeepers Creepers, concerned the lives and loves of Lauretta and Marty Feldman, and was directed by Terry Jones at the Leicester Square Theatre in the West End of London.

Robert Ross is concurrently touring Forgotten Heroes of Comedy: a celebration of the comedy underdog, which is also the subject and title of his latest book.

“Robert is a one-man encyclopedia of the very best of British comedy.” Jim Dale MBE

“The top chronicler of British comedy.” Film Review

“A writer who clearly knows, and loves, what he’s writing about.” The Hampstead & Highgate Express.

Website: www.robertross.co.uk

Twitter: twitter.com/RobertWRossEsq

Facebook: facebppk.com/RobertRossComedyHistorian


Stratford Playhouse - Bin & Gone

Bin & Gone

A unique story, that can be told by only one person. The son of a Saturday night favourite, a father who performed with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Andy Williams; the child who ended up with nothing, penniless and in care.

In a unique collaboration between Ted’s son, Danny Rogers, and writer Tom Glover, Bin & Gone is a one man show which tells the story of Ted Rogers, the story of his son, and the story of the seventies and eighties themselves. As a variety performer himself, Danny sings, dances and acts his way through the tale, weaving the tale of his father’s rise to fame and fortune from the post-war Variety of the fifties, through the heady boom of the eighties, to the devastating crash of the nineties. A mix of comedy and tragedy, the show, like Ted’s life, takes the audience on a journey of highs and lows in this theatrical take on a showbiz almost-great.

Bin & Gone is a fascinating, funny and touching exploration of British showbiz in the seventies and eighties – told from a uniquely personal perspective.

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