Oliver Reed: Wild Thing for one night only

oliver-reed-wild-thing_25254Following its premiere at Edinburgh Fringe 2012, Oliver Reed: Wild Thing will play at Derby Theatre for one night only, as part of a UK tour, on February 7.

Mike Davis and Rob Crouch’s homage to renowned actor, Oliver Reed, makes for a blistering one-man show.

Join the legendary hell-raiser as he knocks back a few drinks and shares his incredible life story. From the boyhood excitement of learning he was a descendant of Peter the Great, through the success of Oliver!, boozy adventures with Keith Moon and disastrous chat show appearances – this was a life well lived.

But though Ollie may appear an unstoppable force of nature, this is Malta in 1999, and time is fast running out for the ‘Wild Thing’. Rob Crouch brings Reed back to vivid life in a swaggering performance.

Writer and Performer Rob Crouch is co-artistic director of Brute Farce and Donkey Work. Recent acting credits include: Around the World in 80 Days, Moll Flanders (Perth Festival Theatre and tour); Table Manners, Homeland, Apple Pie, Pa Ubu in Ubu Disco, A Fan’s Club (New Wimbledon Theatre); Burke in Burke and Hare, Officer Klein in Arsenic and Old Lace (Strand Theatre, West End). He is approximately one half of sketch duo Clarkson and Crouch and co-creator of the comedy drama podcast The Paranormalists.

Writer Mike Davis is an Emmy-nominated film and television producer specialising in animation who has worked for some of the UK’s leading production companies and Europe’s largest visual effects studio. His credits include Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real, Stephen Hawking’s Universe for Channel 4 and ITV1’s recent March of the Dinosaurs.

Director Kate Bannister is artistic director of the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, where she was awarded Best Venue Director, Fringe Report Awards 2011, for her work in developing new writing. Directing credits include: Borderland, Around the World in 80 Days, Secrets from the Long Grass, Chocolate Bounty, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Agamemnon, She Stoops to Conquer, Fighting, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! (Jack Studio); Hamlet (for Blue Apple, Winchester Theatre Royal); Orion (Wilton’s Music Hall); A Fan’s Club (New Wimbledon Theatre); The Miracle (Broadway Theatre) and Let There Be (Riverside Studios).

Tickets: £12, concessions £10. For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 593939 or visit http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk