Join Jerome as he recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the magnificent River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog.
Come and join in the fun as Giles Shenton expertly takes the helm and pilots you through the ridiculous tale of men behaving badly while messing about in boats!
“There are a few seriously funny books that remain great for all time. Three Men in a Boat is one of these” The Guardian
“Timeless appeal” The Independent
“Pitch-perfect comedy about, well,
three men in a boat” The Telegraph
Giles Shenton "creates an instant rapport with the audience, drawing us into his world and making the characters in it so real we feel you have known them forever. "
Edinburgh Fringe Review
"Skilfully distilled from Jerome K. Jerome’s comic masterpiece into 95 minutes of pure delight. To those who wondered if the same team could live up to the earlier success of Old Herbaceous, the answer was an emphatic yes. A master class in confidence, stagecraft and delivery." Opening Night Review
“The nearest thing to "audio slapstick" I've ever heard, culminating in the sublime comedy of opening a tin, when you've forgotten the tin opener. It is not often that you come out of a theatrical performance feeling like you've been sharing happy and hilarious times, safe from a cruel world & wrapped in a warm blanket.”
Vera Fletcher Review
The greatest West End and Broadway musicals brought to life by Alison Carter, one of the country's leading musical theatre performers.
Alison’s extensive career has led her to perform all over the globe from London’s West End Theatre to national & world tours, jazz clubs, television & commercials, weddings, concerts & cabarets for both corporate & private events including performing for Queen Elizabeth II & the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Alison has performed alongside Jonathan Ross, Jude Law, Orlando Bloom, Reese Shearsmith, Brian Conley, Luke Goss, Clare Grogan and Bonnie Langford.
Television Credits include The Big Big Talent Show, Blue Peter, Des O'Connor Tonight, The Generation Game, Mr Jolson Goes To Town, The Olivier Awards, A Question Of Sport, The Royal Variety Show, Songs Of Praise and This Morning.
Recordings include the original cast albums of Jolson The Musical and Zip Goes A Million, the Save The Children charity single: All The Children Of The World, and her own albums: Alison Carter and Alison Carter - Boutique Pop.
Theatre Credits include Grease (Sandy), Jolson The Musical (Ruby Keeler), Jailhouse Rock (Peggy Van Aulden), The Producers (Hold Me Touch Me), The Rat Pack (Martha), Guys And Dolls (Miss Adelaide), & A Beautiful Noise (Barbra Streisand).
Alison can also be found appearing in concert with The Elvis Years and is one half of the duo: West End Divas.
A ghostly comedy written by
Giles Shenton, one of the country's leading storytellers, follows up the highly acclaimed one-man productions of Three Men in a Boat, Old Herbaceous and My Dog's Got No Nose with this poignant comedy about a person trapped between life and death after a
terrifying car accident.
Stuck in hospital waiting to see if his wife survives, the husband shares with us the agony, pain and desperation of not knowing if he will see her again, while at the same time mulling over such things as football, sensible slippers, surveyors and his girlfriend's periods.
This ghostly comedy by Ron Aldridge is funny, lyrical and haunting. You'll never look at a hospital waiting room the same way again!
“Highly entertaining” Gloucester Echo
“Romantic, tender......and very funny.”
Today (Edinburgh Festival)
“… a tour-de-force..........at times it is achingly funny, at other times it makes the audience hold its collective breath.”
The Scotsman (Edinburgh Festival)
“Quirky, funny and fanciful.........don’t miss this performance.”
“A haunting piece of theatre………we are teetering on that ill-defined border between laughter and tears.”
“Go and see it..........NOW!”
BBC Radio Berks
“Giles Shenton gifts us with another tour de force...catch it while you can!”
A wonderful comedy written and
performed by Mark Carey.
It’s “Dad’s Army meets The Vicar of Dibley!”
George Crocker is keen to liven up his dull life so he decides to join the village Drama Club. What happens then turns his world upside down!
Set during the Second World War this original, and inspiring show is suitable for anyone 9 years old and above.
“The quality of acting and writing is as good as any you will see. A deep and nuanced story. Every character drips with personality and charm.” The Cheltenham Standard
“A great little show. It’s “Dads’ Army meets “The Vicar of Dibley”. London Metro
“A delight, a lovely and very humorous play that fully merited the standing ovation.”
“Mark Carey shows amazing dexterity and comic skill in playing all 17 parts.” The Stage
Kick In The Head follow up recent successes with Old Herbaceous, Fagin?, Three Men in a Boat and Choice Grenfell with a new play about Sir John Falstaff…a rogue, a philanderer and a glutton, but also one of Shakespeare’s greatest and enduring comic creations.
In this new comedy by Simon Downing we find Falstaff, played by Giles Shenton (Old Herbaceous & Three Men in a Boat) in his bedroom in the Boars Head being nursed by Mistress Quickly, played by Suzanna Walters (Choice Grenfell).
The creditors arrive demanding payment. Will Falstaff resort to marrying Mistress Quickly in order to pay off his debts? Will he turn teetotal? Will he mellow in his old age?
Find out the answers to all these important questions that Shakespeare never bothered to answer and join Falstaff for an evening of jollity, frivolity, a definite lack of coequality and more Shakespearean insults than ever previously heard on a theatrical stage!
A small scale adult touring panto full of bad taste, baseness, rude jokes, cheesy songs, Shakespearean insults and
a good dose of...........fun!
Book us for a performance and
we'll bring you the stupidity.
Perfect pandemic relief for actors
looking for serious work!
Over 18s only!
It's 1969 and a woman looks back on her life in London. From the Boer War to The Summer of Love, Flo Smith, daughter, sister, wife, mother, widow and grandmother recalls with horror, humour, tears and joy those turbulent times at home and in the world beyond her front door.
The show is based on the book of the same name written by Christopher Saul and taken from the real-life audio recordings he made of his paternal grandmother, Flo Smith, when he was a drama student working on his dissertation. He sat in her cosy living room in North London, drinking copious amounts of tea and listening avidly while spool after spool of his tape recorder was filled with her recollections.
Flo told of her Victorian childhood, her marriage to a young man who was later seriously wounded in the First World War, her struggle to put food on the table for her hungry children in the 1930s, and her harrowing experiences of the London Blitz.
For the times, it was a common enough story and yet, for all that, a unique one too.
"Funny, poignant, often both at once, Flo is both an engaging personal story and the best kind of history lesson”
"Feisty, funny and frank”
"an absolute gem”
Described as “Downton Abbey with gardening tips”, Old Herbaceous is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants and is a charming one man play which has entranced sell-out audiences all around the country over the last four years.
An acute and sometimes hilarious observation of relationships between the classes in a simpler age, Old Herbaceous is sprinkled with witticisms and epithets. The evening blossoms into tender humour, much in the traditionally understated English style of the early 20th century.
As Old Herbaceous, renowned actor Giles Shenton truly lives the part of the legendary Head Gardener, Herbert Pinnegar, inviting you to feel included in a private chat from a bygone, comforting age. Keeping you engrossed, amused and emotionally engaged from start to finish, Old Herbaceous will leave you with a feeling that, perhaps, all’s right with the world.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016
Royal Horticultural Society Arts Festival 2016
National Gardening Week 2018
Festival of Gardens North Wales 2018
Evesham Festival of Words 2018
"This lovingly created production is a joy to watch. Sad at times, it unexpectedly twists into a quiet love story of sorts. A delightful tale, beautifully told, Old Herbaceous is a treat to watch and not just for garden lovers." The Reviews Hub
"Wonderful production....Downton Abbey with gardening tips" Surrey Advertiser
"Not to be missed" BBC Radio Kent
“Reminiscent of going down to the allotment with your grandad…..a wonderful, wonderful evening” BBC Radio Lincolnshire
“Absolutely idyllic” BBC Radio York
"Possibly one of the most poignant, beautifully acted, heart-warming plays I have ever seen...and I have seen many! My only regret is that I didn't get the opportunity to tell Giles Shenton, in person, how utterly amazing his performance was! Outstanding."
Giles Shenton (Old Herbaceous) returns with a "thought provoking" and "cleverly constructed, wonderful piece of theatre" about a man preparing to fulfil his lifelong ambition to be a stand-up comedian, “…puts one in mind of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads”
You join the man as he prepares backstage for his first ever stand up comedy gig. Something he has waited over 30 years for. Find out how he got to this point in his life……but be warned……the man and the performance are
not quite what they seem!
“Giles Shenton held his audience’s attention for nearly two hours; their interest or curiosity in the first half and then to have them fully engrossed in the second before a shocked silence when you could hear a pin drop in the auditorium.” Alton Herald
“Being billed as a comedy, and the title it has, understates what is a wonderful piece of theatre.....but this one-man performance, brilliantly put over by Giles Shenton, is so much more than that as it all evolves in the second half.....The audience was privileged to be entertained, and have its emotions thoroughly massaged, by such a thought provoking and high quality production.”
Beccles & Bungay Journal
“Giles Shenton gifts us with another tour de force...catch it while you can!”
"Saw My Dog’s Got No Nose yesterday at the Stables Theatre, Great Comp. Can't tell you what an impression Giles Shenton had on my husband and myself. From thinking we had a not very good stand up, to one of the best acted and produced shows we have seen in a long time is an understatement. Please thank Giles on our behalf. He was brilliant and we look forward to seeing him in more shows." Audience feedback
Kick In The Head (Old Herbaceous, Three Men in a Boat & Fagin?) are proud to present a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the loss of the great, unremittingly genteel, comedienne and monologist, Joyce Grenfell.
Choice Grenfell is a wonderful tribute featuring some of the best of Joyce’s hilarious songs and monologues from Stately as a Galleon and School Nativity Play to A Terrible Worrier and First Flight. Joyce is our guide for a delightful delve into some of her most endearing characters, ably accompanied by her trusted pianist William Blezard.
We are delighted that the family of William Blezard have allowed us access to previously unpublished rehearsal recordings and personal letters from Joyce allowing a unique insight into the queen of comediennes.
As Joyce would have said “We request the pleasure of your company”.
With Suzanna Walters as Joyce Grenfell and Andrew D Brewis as William Blezard.
Additional material written by Simon Downing.
Sketches by Joyce Grenfell are presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company.
"tremendously funny and totally on the ball" The Telegraph
“Andrew Brewis' practical musical prowess, as William Blezard, sitting at the keyboard is masterly. Suzanna Walters gives us the perfect Joyce, of fondest memory, with uncannily accurate facial expressions, movement and posture. Like Joyce herself, the diction is perfect.” Opening Night review
Dickens failed to provide a backstory to Fagin, so who was he and who was the real man that Dickens based his character on?
Join Fagin as he reviews his situation during his final night in prison before being hanged. As madness envelops him he is ‘visited’ by some old acquaintances.
Find out who he really was and how he ended up as one of the best known, yet unknown,
of Dickens' characters.
“This powerful new play gives a fresh twist on Dickens' criminal Fagin.”
Think you know Fagin? Think again.
Fagin? - written and directed by Simon Downing.
Produced by Kick In The Head
(Old Herbaceous/Choice Grenfell/
Three Men in a Boat)
“All three actors in the roles of Fagin (Keith Hill), Bill (Giles Shenton) and Nancy (Georgia Butt) deliver impeccable performances. In the centre of it all, the audience is captivated by Fagin’s diverse, manipulative and complex character.”
The Reviews Hub
“It is a powerful piece of work….it deserves to become an eventual classic.
The set is simple, the themes (of love, greed, deception, betrayal, regret and retribution) universal, the subtle interplay between the three characters intense and the background (Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist) so familiar that
this small masterpiece could well be a theatrical staple. You would be a fool to yourself to miss it.”