Panto at Misery-on-Sea has not gone well and tonight, of all nights, a big producer is coming to see the show.
Backstage, tensions rise, tempers fray and tantrums rage....
The happy, glitzy family image of panto gives way to a far less wholesome world - the dark underbelly of showbiz - a world inhabited by people going nowhere, and they know it.
This unsettling comedy is both funny and moving, giving the perfect bitter-sweet taste for Christmas...but DO NOT bring children to this.
David is an actor, author, keynote speaker, and corporate coach. He has appeared in many theatres throughout the world and in London’s West End. His TV appearances include EastEnders, Holby City and Red Dwarf. He also featured with the ‘Long Johns’ in Bremner Bird and Fortune and led the cast of BBC’s totally improvised Operation Good Guys comedy series, which won Gold and Silver Roses at the Montreux TV Festival.
TV appearances include Young Indiana Jones Cronicles (USA) , Timewatch (BBC), The Last Window Cleaner, Katie (BBC) , The Burke Enigma, Kilmore House (RTE), Harry and Cosh (Channel 5) and numerous other TV productions (including Playschool). Films include Barry Lyndon, The Outsider , and Two Days, Nine Lives. Theatre work includes appearances at The Glasgow Citizens, Young Vic, Manchester Library Theatre, Theatre Clwyd, The Abbey Dublin, The Lyric Belfast and a long association with The Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Other work Includes extensive corporate role-plays for many top British companies as well as commercials and many voice overs for films. Pat has even co-written an Irish No 1 hit song, "I Believe in Love".
TV appearances include Young Indiana Jones Cronicles (USA) , No Child of Mine (ITV). Film work includes The First Great Train Robbery and The Outsider as well as a wide range of voice over work on many films and TV productions. In the theatre Dave was a member of Jim Sheridan's famous Project Company in Dubiln and has also worked at The Lyric Belfast and The Theatre Royal, Stratford East. He's done extensive role-play work in training programmes for top British companies and appeared in many corporate videos. Dave is also a highly respected Musical Director as well as being a very popular after dinner speaker. As a playwright his new work 'Behind You!' was produced by Isosceles in December 2009 at Wimbledon Studio Theatre.
Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden are two actors who have written, produced and performed their own shows for many years, originally based in Ireland, and since the eighties, in London. The main feature of the majority of their work then was that it was comedy based but mostly performed in theatres.
Just prior to the millennium the renowned playwright and 'Emmerdale' creator, Kevin Laffan wrote two new plays for Pat and Dave, 'Odd Ball Out' and 'The Husband's Tale' which were highly acclaimed critically.
From this time the duo, who have always performed under the name ISOSCELES, have moved back closer to their straight acting roots, and have worked closely with writer Patrick Prior and actor/director Jim Dunk (collectively known as Useful Idiots); the results have been the following productions:
2000 - Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper
2002 - On Our Way to Lisbon
2002 - The Haunters
2004 - Dracula the Panto
2006 - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
2008 - The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band Changed My Life Forever
2010 - The Man Who Left The Titanic
2013 - The Vampire and Mrs Riley
2015 - Murder, Just What The Doctor Ordered
2017 - Little Vicky & The Seven Assassins'
2005 - Songs That Matter, A music show written, produced and performed by Pat & Dave.
2009 - Behind You! Written by Dave Marsden, produced by ISOSCELES.
2011 - Probably The Best Comedy Songs In The World Ever, Maybe, A music show written, produced and performed by Pat & Dave.
2014 - BECKETT'S LAST ACT, adapted from the book of the same name by Mora Grey.
2018 - SONGS FROM IRELAND, A music show written, produced and performed by Pat & Dave.
The one thing that has never changed over the years is that every show is a brand new original production, and so far, past and present, there have been nearly thirty.