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I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Again. Back for a one night Christmas Show
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The GoodiesThe OfftheStage Theatre Company's I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, Again show.  Is back for a one off Christmas Special.

'I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (Again) Xmas Wonder Show'

Ding Dong! Merrily On High! Angus Prune OBE is back, with the Plum Pudding of Radio Comedy - It's … I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (Again) - A Christmas Wonder Show!

A brand-new and strictly one-off compilation, celebrating the festive episodes of this anarchic and deliciously surreal comedy series that gave birth to The Goodies, Monty Python's Flying Circus and I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue. After their critically-acclaimed tour this year, The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group once again recreates the famously full-frontal sketch show that laid waste to BBC Radio from 1964 to 1973 - with a live band and sound effects.

Stand by for wicked parodies, glorious puns and silly songs from the pens of Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie, as well as the return of the ever-frisky Lady Constance de Coverlet in the form of special guest star TIM BROOKE-TAYLOR!

From Doctor Zhivago (and his Magic Lamp) to Jack The Ripper (and The Beanstalk), via the unmistakable strains of the Angus Prune Tune and the unavoidable rudeness of The Christmas Hymns Dirty Songbook, this is a chance to meet again the much-loved characters first created by Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall and Bill Oddie.

Dress code: Christmas hats optional but encouraged!


Tickets £15
8TH OF DECEMBER 2017, CHELTENHAM PLAYHOUSE.
http://www.cheltplayhouse.org.uk/whats-on/autumn-2017/im-sorry-ill-read-that-againagain-xmas-wonder-show/

Also Barnaby and Co are trying to raise funds for plans to take this show on tour once again next year.  So if you can spare a few quid for this fantastic wonder show.  You will be able to see such delights as Gibbon Stuffing, Ferrets up noses, knees, and loads more Lady Constance 'de Cavalet.  Then head to this link https://www.gofundme.com/new-im-sorry-ill-read-that-again

Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 14/08/2017 01:58 GMT
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Bill's new book 'Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener' - Now available!
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The GoodiesThe new title 'Tales of a Ludicrous Bird Gardener' by Bill Oddie is now available to purchase from Amazon and various other book shops.

Here's a blurb about the book:


In a sense this book is a garden-based autobiography of Britain's most famous birdwatcher. The main narrative covers Bill's personal relationship, not only with his present garden, which was described by the Daily Mail as "Probably the most bizarre back garden in Britain", but also with the gardens he has known throughout his life. The first was what he has called "a sink full of mud" in industrial Rochdale in the 1940s. Next came a larger garden on the edge of Birmingham which he used as a bird ringing station, sometimes helped or hindered by his granny, who often trimmed the lawn with a pair of scissors!In Tales of Ludicrous Bird Gardens there are plenty of eccentric stories about garden characters such as the 'feng shui fox', who constantly rearranged the ornaments, 'Limpy', the one-legged single-parent Great Tit, and one memorable nightmarish occasion when over 50 rats came to visit! This book is NOT an instructional guide on 'How to be a ludicrous gardener' although it may well prove inspirational to others to have a go, or to warn them on what to avoid. Bill abhors decking, large concrete patios, and above, all leaf-blowers.As well as neighbours who whinge about the parakeets! What is certain about Tales of Ludicrous Bird Gardens is that Bill's entertaining take on gardening for birds makes compelling reading.



Follow the link for more info.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tales-Ludicrous-Bird-Gardens-Oddie/dp/1921517786/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501595427&sr=1-1&keywords=bill+oddie

Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 01/08/2017 05:21 GMT
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The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group needs you help to secure more ISIRTAA!
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The GoodiesFrom the fundraising page...

We are The OFFSTAGE Theatre Group and have been running from our base in Gloucestershire since 1991. We've won the odd award, toured the 'classics' and premiered a lot of original work, all of which has been highly-acclaimed.

In 2016, we performed a 'Greatest Hits' version of the classic BBC Radio comedy I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again, after being given the exclusive licence to do so. This was a one-off production for charity.

In 2017, we took a revamped version of the show - I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again... Again! - on a 5-star reviewed tour...

"...Most importantly, they'd tweaked the material to bring it up to date, but only in a most sensitive manner, like somebody restoring an old master. Though timeless and surreal references to ferrets and groansome puns were its stock-in-trade, it seemed more like the original, ironically, when they occasionally included references to current events, so that it felt like a real show rather than a museum piece. Particularly impressive were the few comments about the general election result, which was only announced on the day of the performance. Purists needn't worry, they didn't change very much, it was still mainly packed full of swinging 60s zaniness, but those light touches of modernisation elevated the show to as near perfect as you could hope for. 5/5"

Here's the video trailer for that tour: 2017 Tour Trailer

So, what's next? Well, two things, actually. Thanks for asking!

Firstly, we'd like to put on a I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again Christmas Special (pieced together from the numerous Christmas shows that the original series produced).

Secondly, we'd very much like to go on a bigger tour in 2018, essentially doing a 'Greatest Hits II' - there's so much funny material over nine series that this would be an entirely NEW show.

And this is where YOU come in! If you saw the show, or were desperate to see it and couldn't make it, then perhaps you'd consider funding our next stage of the creative process? We'd be most grateful.

Our budget might seem like a lot but here's a little run-down of what this professional production has to pay for...

Cost of Venue Hire (performance and technical)
Cost of Adapting The Script
Cost of Rehearsal Space
Cost of 4 Professional Musicians
Cost of 5 Professional Actors
Cost of Special Guest Star(s); original cast members Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie, Jo Kendall and John Cleese, for example.
Cost of Graphic Designer/Artist (posters and artwork)
Cost of Set Building/Props (construction and materials)
Cost of Copyright Percentage
Cost of SFX Operator and Stage Manager
Cost of extra Sound Equipment for venue (mics, etc)
Cost of Public Liability Insurance
Cost of Publicity (posters, flyers, programmes, etc)
Cost of Producer/Director fees

So, we hope you might see your way to helping us with this and claiming one of the rewards up for grabs in doing so. It's a show that is purely entertaining and very, very silly. We'd appreciate your support.


The are a few prizes to choose from.  10 gets you a Gibbon Stuffing and if you have the pockets (like Graeme in the Movies episode) You can splash out on the Dirty Song Book item which is 750.

There a loads more things to chose from there so get picking!

https://www.gofundme.com/new-im-sorry-ill-read-that-again

Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 21/07/2017 06:54 GMT
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2nd ep of Clue on the BBC catchup service.
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The GoodiesThe second episode of ISIHAC was on yesterday. You can catch up via this link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08wn9md

Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 04/07/2017 03:42 GMT
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ISIHAC Mailout.
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The GoodiesISIHAC NEWSLETTER
Dear Im Sorry I Havent A Clue Mailing List Member

Two things to tell you about the start of the 67th Series this coming Monday on Radio 4 and a pilot recording of a new impressions-based panel show called  The Imitation Game starring Alexander Armstrong, Rory Bremner and Debra Stephenson, which Graeme Garden and I have devised for ITV, recording on Friday 7th July..
First, the new series of Im Sorry I Havent A Clue, starts this Monday 26th June at 1830 on Radio 4 (with a repeat the following Sunday at 12 noon).  The show transmission order is as follows:
Episodes 1 and 2 -  (Monday 26th June and Monday 3rd July) from the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford with Jack, Tim, Barry, Colin plus Andy Hamilton and Jo Brand.
Episodes 3 and 4 -  (Monday 10th and 17th July) from the Victoria Theatre in Halifax with Jack, Tim, Barry, Colin plus John Finnemore and Susan Calman.
Episodes 5 and 6 -  (Monday 24th and 31st July) from the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham with Jack, Tim, Barry, Colin plus Jeremy Hardy and (making her debut on ISIHAC) the brilliant Jan Ravens.
Second, Graeme Garden and I have been asked by ITV to come up with a new panel show which were piloting at 7.30pm on Friday 7th July at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood (just north of London).  Tickets are free and wed love you to come along if you can make it.  Its called The Imitation Game and features some of the countrys top impressionists.  It includes several Clue-like rounds and will were sure appeal to fans of the programme. Its hosted by Alexander Armstrong, with Rory Bremner, Debra Stephenson, Jess Robinson (a recent finalist on Britains Got Talent) and Luke Kempner (from Murder in Successville, The Tracey Ullman Show and more).  To get tickets (and for details of how to get there), heres a link to the ticket website. http://www.sroaudiences.com/default.asp?tx=1996
Finally, and annoyingly, the BBC have stopped the very helpful newsletter we used to send advertising ISIHAC recordings, so this mailout is now the only means we have of communicating advance details of our BBC recordings.  If you know anyone who used to subscribe to the now defunct BBC Clue newsletter, please encourage them to transfer their allegiance to this mailing list!
Have a very happy summer. I look forward before too long to telling you about more ISIHAC recordings in the autumn.
With best wishes,
Jon Naismith
Producer, Im Sorry I Havent A Clue


Posted by Jenny_Gibbon at 27/06/2017 05:06 GMT
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