Episode 9 introduces Jack's Uncle James, retired school teacher. Helen phones Susie, who is visiting Jack in Liverpool, but as is her wont, Susie has gone out without her phone. The result is Helen and Uncle James getting to know each other, sharing thoughts about the educational system and the impending demise of the English vocabulary. Is it possible this is just an 'old people' problem?
James is played by Liverpool actor Chris Darwin. You can help to support all the freelance artists who contribute their time and talents to make this podcast by donating the price of a cup of coffee via BuyMeACoffee.com/amIoldyet. Thanks for listening. Stay safe.
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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.
Chris has been acting for 50 plus years. Has been fortunate enough to have worked with some really good directors such as Chris bond, Alan Dossor, Noreen Kershaw, Philip Saville, Terrance Davies and Christine Ezard, to name a few. Had three wonderful years with the Liverpool Everyman theatre, on the road and in-house. Lots of tv work: Coronation St, Emmerdale, Lenny Henry show (twice), Hollyoaks, Heartbeat, Boys From the Blackstuff and lots more.
Also actor/director with the Vauxy Theatre. Likes doing new plays with new writers. Did a silent movie, “Docker and the Rose”. A wonderful experience. Also, Trafford Tanzi at the Mermaid Theatre, in the Westend.