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Sept. 2, 2021

Green Penguins

Green Penguins

Susie has lunch with her grandmother Helen, then heads off to visit her parents.  Helen calls daughter Janey to let her know Susie is on her way, and Jonathan answers the phone.  Jonathan is also from Australia originally, so he and Helen have some cultural tropes in common, like the Walkley Award winning political cartoonist  First Dog on the Moon. And Helen want to discuss  'women's business' with Janey.

Australian actorJohn Warner Zooms in from Brisbane to join the Thunder's Mouth Theatre company ensemble to play Jonathan. You can treat him to a cup of coffee, or support the podcast on a regular basis by becoming a Patreon!  Thank you so much.  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.

John Warner (Jonathon) Profile Photo

John Warner (Jonathon)

Actor

John is a Brisbane (Australia) based actor, director, producer. His company, Trocadero Productions is known for its site specific Shakespeare productions, and for his satirical reviews and musicals. Among his roles are Henry in Henry V, Edmund in King Lear, Trigorin in The Seagull, The Bastard in The Life and Death of King John, Aaron in Titus Andronicus, and John in A Life in the Theatre (the latter directed by Flloyd)

He is presently working on his fourth play, 0 is for Orson, and preparing a new outdoor production of Cyrano de Bergerac.