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John Peel’s Shed

Thursday, 29th September ,2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

John Peels Shed

In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio 1 show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to. This is an ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in wireless. This show features a selection of records previously owned by the late John Peel. Many are very rare recordings by obscure and now defunct bands, and this is a unique opportunity for any Peel fans. A version ofthe show was recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre and broadcast on Radio 4 in December 2011, and chosen as Pick of the Day in The Radio Times.

John Peel’s Shed is partly inspired by John Osborne’s acclaimed debut book Radio Head: Up And Down The Dial Of British Radio – Radio 4′s Book Of The Week – which tells the story of what happened when John decided to listen to a different radio station every day. His journey took him from data entry at Anglia Windows, via interviewing radio greats such as Nicholas Parsons, Tommy Boyd, Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe; to presenting his own local radio show.

John Peel’s Shed originally started as a radio show for Future Radio. You can download the podcasts, although they’re not very good. Episode 4 is missing, which is exciting. I wonder if it’ll ever turn up. The show was first performed at Upstairs At Three & Ten in Brighton in October 2010 and then at the Rosemary Branch Theatre in London, developed with Tom Searle at Show+Tell. The finished piece premiered atthe Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2011. It enjoyed an entire sell-out run (including two sold out extra shows) and received numerous 5 and 4 star reviews from national publications.

John Peel’s Shed by John Osborne is written and performed by John Osborne. Produced and co-devised by Show And Tell.

“Shy and awkward but with a keen eye for a killer line and the significance of the trivia of daily life, Osborne sitssomewhere between Tom Wrigglesworth and Daniel Kitson, which a very good place to sit. I could havelistened for hours” – ★★★★★ The Independent

“A complete pleasure. All radio nerds need to see it but non nerds will also love it.” Greg James, Radio 1.“Beautifully-written, funny and poignant… Just as John Peel’s records changed his life this lovely, simple,beautifully executed show has enriched ours” –★★★★★ The Scotsman.

“A wonderful show and a great way to remember John Peel. I bloody loved it” – Josie Long.

“One of the Top Ten Theatre Highlights of the Edinburgh Festival… Funny, perceptive and charming” – ★★★★The Telegraph

“Genius… A comic highlight” – The Guardian

“The book is ace, the one man show is special” – Huw Stephens, Radio 1.

“I heartily recommend John Peel’s Shed. It is a gentle tale of one man’s passion for obscure music and the radiowhich has been compared to the work of Daniel Kitson” – Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard.

“John Osborne captures the intimacy of the medium, the startling human connections and priceless stories. Itsan uplifting if occasionally twee story that makes a classic, nostalgic fringe piece” – Total Theatre.

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Thursday, 29th September ,2022
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Old Courts
Crawford Street
Wigan, WN1 1NG United Kingdom
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