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Nov. 19, 2021

Cafe Encounters

Cafe Encounters

Episode 13  At the Cheese Shop Cafe for her much loved flat white,  Helen is introduced to Gary, an IT consultant from Perth, who is in town to visit his teenage nephew René (S1. 14, 15 and 22, and S2.6), and his sister Jean (S1.22). The conversation ranges from Helen's fitness regime to Gary's gift-giving strategies, while René indulges his taste for hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Edinburgh-based actor Mark Kydd joins the TMT team to play Uncle Gary, while Perth-born, London-based Christopher McDougall returns to play René. You are invited to join the team as a patron via www.patreon.com/amIoldyet, or to help support the podcast and our guest artists by donating via www.buymeacoffee.com/amIoldyet.  It is also a vital part of the whole process that you rate and review the podcast, and share it with your contacts!  Thanks for listening. Stay safe.

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Mark Bunyan (arranger, theme music) Profile Photo

Mark Bunyan (arranger, theme music)

Composer and Arranger

Mark Bunyan was an out gay cabaret performer to start with, then wrote a youth musical JUST GOOD FRIENDS which played to packed houses and was named Best Musical of 1982 by City Limits magazine. This led to various other musicals with various degrees of success. (The most recent, BEING COLONEL BARKER (www.beingcolonelbarker.com) and DEFINING DR MINOR (www.definingdrminor.com) were workshopped at the Royal Academy of Music and have their own websites. Websites will be soon available for www.emyntrudeandesmeralda.com, www.unburiedtreasures.com and www.trueromances.com.

His stage play, DINNER, won the international playwriting competition —and had a successful run—at the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon. In 1995, he was canonised by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, as St Mark of the Musical Tendency, for his contribution to gay liberation which included, in 1983, co-founding, with the late Brian Kennedy, the Pink Singers, now the oldest LGBT+ Choir in Europe.

A short documentary about him, MARK BUNYAN, VERY NEARLY ALMOST FAMOUS, was a selection at the San Francisco International Gay Film Festival in 2013 and is available to watch online for 99p (get some friends round and charge them 20p each) at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/mark.

Mark served as a local magistrate from 1995 to 2019, won two national gold medals for trampolining in the over-60s category for the British Gymnastics association and has recently started flying trapeze.

He lives with Andrew, his partner of 47 years and counting. As you can tell he’s probably a terrible big head but surprisingly approachable. His website www.markbunyan.com desperately needs updating but his YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3IgrRy7d7Aw5Z5yY9VSNew is better tended.

Mark Kydd (Uncle Gary) Profile Photo

Mark Kydd (Uncle Gary)

Actor

Dundee-born, Mark studied at Queen Margaret University, where he won the Ian Richardson voice prize. Since graduating, he has worked extensively as an actor, director and writer. Mark and Flloyd first worked together during the 1990s, on "The Golden Age", "Pericles" and "Iphigenia In Tauris". His recent credits include "Enlightenment House" and "A Game Of Death And Chance" (Sonsie Productions), "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Reckoning" (Twisted Thistle), "The Lost Lending Library" (Punchdrunk/Imaginate) and a site-specific promenade play called "Macallan Pioneers". Television includes "Taggart", "Outlander" and "Clique 2".

Mark's self-penned solo show "There Were Two Brothers" toured Scotland in 2015 and he's currently writing a new play with the working title "Still Martin"

Christopher McDougall (René, Piotr, Charlie) Profile Photo

Christopher McDougall (René, Piotr, Charlie)

Christopher McDougall

Christopher graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2018 and has been working in various sectors of the industry since. He has much previous experience as an actor, as well as a singer, writer and musical director.

Recent acting credits include Aladdin in Aladdin, Dugdale Centre, Enfield; Davie McD/Sam/Tobias Grenfell in Tell Me A Story, produced by Kibo Productions for Zoom; Squire Bogey (and others) in Jack and the Beanstalk, with M&M Theatrical Productions; God in It’s Aboot Adam, at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe; Various characters in The Sherlock Holmes Experience, at Madame Tussaud’s, London; and Fairy G/Sugar Plum in Bad Cinderella, at the Cockpit Theatre, in December 2018.

In April 2021, alongside fellow producer Mark Hunter, he co-wrote, co-directed and was Musical Director on Robin Hood: A Virtual Pantomime, which took place on Zoom, and was very well received.

Christopher has also written a new musical – Star Streaker: The Musical – which he hopes to revive in the not so distant future.