News: National Tour For Radio Active

Britain’s first ever national local radio station Radio Active is set to embark on a national tour in spring 2018. The original cast including Radio Acrive  reunited in 2016 to perform two of their classic radio scripts live at the Edinburgh Fringe, and following their hugely successful run, are now taking the shows on the road.

Based on the sketch show created during their years in the Oxford Revue, Radio Active was originally written by Angus Deayton and Geoffrey Perkins (this show is dedicated to him). The show was then adapted for BBC Radio 4, and ran for 53 award winning episodes across 7 series between 1980 -1987. The show later transferred to BBC Two in the form of KYTV, and now comes to you live at venue near you.

Among other classic characters expect to catch up with long suffering radio host Mike Channel, original foodie Anna Daptor, and the accident prone Martin Brown, as well as the cast’s original musical creations, responsible for such parody bands as The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Status Quid.

The Cast:

  • Angus Deayton is best known for hosting the first 23 series of BBC One panel show Have I Got News For You, along with the first 3 series of Hell's Kitchen and Would I Lie To You. He's also presented the BAFTA Awards and Comedy Awards, and starred in sitcoms One Foot in the Grave, Pramface and Nighty Night. More recently he's appeared in Waterloo Road and Bake Off: Creme de la Creme.

·         Michael Fenton Stevens is an English comedian and actor best known for co-founding The Hee Bee Gee Bees and performing Spitting Image’s number one hit single The Chicken Song. His television credits include roles in My Family, Nighty Night, Outnumbered, Action Team and Ballot Monkeysand as Sir Henry in Benidorm.

·         Helen Atkinson Wood played Mrs Miggins in Blackadder The ThirdTwice nominated Best Female Comedy Performer by The British Comedy Awards she also appeared in OTT, The Young Onesand Your Cheatin’ Heat by John Byrne. She made her West End debut in Silly Cow by Ben Elton; presented Style Trial for BBC and her own ITV series Private Lives. Helen has been a guest on QIand Have I Got News For You.

  • Philip Pope starred in Who Dares Wins and Chelmsford 123, as well as making guest appearances in a number of shows including Blackadder and Only Fools and Horses. More recently Philip has appeared in BBC’s Brian Pern and Channel 4’s Ballot Monkeys. As a composer he wrote hit songs for The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Spitting Image (notably TheChicken Song), as well as for TV shows including Not The Nine O’Clock News, Whose Line is it Anyway?, The Fast Show, and more recently, Outnumbered and Sky One seriesYonderland. He is currently recording The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  radio series for BBC. 

Radio Active Listings 

20 April 2018         Norwich: Playhouse / 01603 612580


21 April .2018        Lincoln: Drill Hall / 01522 873894


26 April 2018         Warwick: Arts Centre / 024 7652 4524


27 April 2018         Bristol: Redgrave Theatre / 0117 315 7602


28 April 2018         Canterbury: Gulbenkian / 01227 769075


10 May 2018          Bury St Edmunds: Theatre Royal / 01284 769505


11 May 2018          Cambridge: Junction / 01223 511511


17 May 2018          Bury: The Met / 0161 761 2216


18 May 2018          Leeds: City Varieties / 0113 243 0808


19 May 2018          Telford: Oakengates Theatre @ The Place / 01952 382382


Picture: Steve Ullathorne


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