Following its sell-out success and standing ovation at Grassington Festival last year, Mark Bamforth’s one-man tribute show to comedian Tony Hancock is being staged at Bingley Little Theatre on February 27th and 28th.
The show, A Homage to Hancock, was so well received, with standing room only and people turned away at the door, that Mark was persuaded by audience member and BIngley arts centre patron, Robin Martin, to bring the show to a wider public.Critically acclaimed, some went as far as to say it was the best thing they saw at the prestigious dales arts festival.
Brushing off his Hancock hat and moose’s head, Mark is looking forward to staging the show at the Airedale venue. The intimate setting of Bingley’s studio theatre is well suited to the solo performance, which comprises the Hancock Half Hour episode ‘The Bedsit’ and a piece by Heathcote Williams which imagines Hancock’s own final half hour in a Sydney hotel room with his ultimately tragic psyche and several bottles of vodka.
For Hancock fans the show is an absolute must, for anyone else, it’s a bitter-sweet introduction and insight into the character behind the curmudgeonly bravado of this prominent figure from 1960s radio and television.
Mark Bamforth, who identifies himself strongly with the tragedy of his comic hero, is a well-known face in the Dales thespian world, featuring in a number of prominent roles for Grassington Players, Grassington Pantoloons, Dales Theatre Group and widely recognised as the larger-than-life front man character, Malvolio Hardcastle, of the Victorian themed Penny Plain Theatre Company. Mark has also appeared with several other respected companies including Bristol Gilbert & Sullivan society, Western Opera Players and The New Enterprise Players in Woking.
Tickets for the show, at 7.30pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th are available in advance from the Box Office on 01274 567983 at £5, online at www.ticketsource.co.uk or, subject to availability, on the door. More details can be found at http://www.bingleyartscentre.co.uk/event-details.php?DOC_INST=270