NOVEMBER 2023 UPDATE
The show at Stephens House and Gardens went rather well. It was videoed so I'll update the highlight reel for this show. Below are a couple of performance shots.
Photos by Angie Lawrence
SEPTEMBER 2023 UPDATE
At 7.30pm on Thursday 19th October I'll be performing the current version (it changes a bit) of 'Still Ticking'! at Stephens House and Gardens in Finchley. This will be near Halloween and the show will have a bit of a Halloween vibe, what with Death, a vampire and an owl being amongst its characters! To book please see Buy tickets - Nigel Osner - Still Ticking - Stephens House & Gardens, Thu 19 Oct 2023 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM (tickettailor.com)
AUGUST 2023 UPDATE
The Fellowship House show was packed and very successful - and just five minutes from my home too. Barry enjoyed the evening and we'll try to find some other places, though they'll need to have a grand piano! We'll be doing an afternoon cabaret at Fellowship House in early January.
All being well, the video for 'I've gone grey' will be shot this month. We have arranged where, which is of course helpful ---
JULY 2023 UPDATE
I enjoyed my trip to Penzance and the show at the Acorn theatre went very well. I've been invited back. Below is a photo taken during the performance.
Photo by Cosmic Xposure
This month I'm back at Fellowship House accompanied by Bary Millington, the Wagner expert, having a bit of time off from that world! Our show is called 'The Fellowship Follies of '23!' We are doing a mixture of the standard repertoire - e.g. Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill - and my original material. The show is at 8pm on Thursday 13th July, followed by something sparkling. Or do I mean something sparkling will be followed by drinks! The venue is at 136A Willifield Way, London, NW11 6YD. Tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk
JUNE 2023 UPDATE
The Brighton Fringe shows were not a career highlight I have to say, but the latest version of 'Still ticking!' really came together well on the second evening. Later this month I'll be at the Acorn Theatre, Penzance, where I'm performing a 90 minute version of 'Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' There will be an interval, happily. I've added some extra material of course, including a new song called 'National Treasure' with music by Steve Somerset. For anyone keen to go, the show starts at 7.30 pm. The booking link is Too Young to Stay In, Too Old to Go Out - The Acorn Theatre, Penzance, Cornwall (theacornpenzance.com)
MAY 2023 UPDATE
Just to remind you, I'm taking 'Still ticking!' to the Brighton Fringe on 20th and 21st May. The booking link is in the April update. The show is possibly in its final 60 minute form. I have more performances coming up of various shows, but I'll let you know next month.
I've completed another podcast with singer and song writer Mari Wilson, often known as the Neasden queen of soul. To hear this, go to S2 Ep2: Series 2 'Still ticking!' - Episode 2: Mari Wilson, singer, song writer and actress from Too Young to stay in, too old to go out! on RadioPublic
APRIL 2023 UPDATE
I've just restarted my podcast 'Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' Series 2 has 'Still ticking!' as a subtitle. Episode 1 is a lively chat with Steve Somerset, musician, composer and singer. We talk about his past, when he helped to make videos for celebrated rock and pop stars. We discuss his two recent albums. You can hear three tracks. The most recent album, 'Beyond a shadow of a doubt', was released only a few days ago and has already had glowing reviews. The podcast can be heard on https://www.podchaser.com/.../steve-somerset-musician... Buy the album on https://megadodo.bandcamp.com/.../beyond-the-shadow-of-a...
If you are keen to see me perform 'Still ticking!' in Brighton on 20th and 21st May, here is the link: Still Ticking! - Brighton Fringe
As for the song I've recorded, it's called 'I've gone grey.' It will be released, which is exciting, but we have yet to make the accompanying video. Unfortunately this has to be delayed a little because I'm having a bit of surgery after Easter. Well, I think the medical profession get restless if they can't do something to me every so often! However, this time I'll just need a few weeks to recover.
MARCH 2023 UPDATE
The recording of Steve's song went well. We've tried it out on a few people and the feedback has been really enthusiastic. We're thinking about a video for it and are quietly excited. I'll let you know the title soon.
I've written something new to add to 'Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' I've got some performances lined up and need to lengthen the show to 90 minutes plus interval. I'll include Steve's song too.
FEBRUARY 2023 UPDATE
The show with Barry Millington in January had a full house and went really well. It has been some time since I did a whole programme with an accompanist as opposed to recorded tracks. Barry enjoyed the experience and I very much hope we will have other opportunities to work together.
At the moment I am exploring whether arts centres and small venues in England and Wales - I'm leaving Scotland for later - might be interested in me performing one of my two current shows. I'll report on that in subsequent updates. For the moment I'll just say that 'Still ticking' has two days on May at the Brighton Fringe. Here's a link to a video of me singing 'There's only me to love' in the show. Words and melody by me, arrangement by Tom Carradine and video by Amir Khan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23FKvkhaq64&t=26s
Also this month I'll begin recording Steve Somerset's song, mentioned in the December update. We were both too busy to begin working on it in December.
JANUARY 2023 UPDATE
Another new year. How remorselessly they keep coming! And of course I've got plans and hopes. For the moment I'll just mention Tuesday 10th January, when I'm doing a little afternoon cabaret at Fellowship House, Hampstead Garden Suburb, accompanied by Barry Millington. He's used to accompanying classically trained singers, but is bearing up well! I'm performing some of my material and a couple of songs I used to sing before I started concentrating on my own lyrics and monologues. So, something else to remember!
DECEMBER 2022 UPDATE
The showreel for 'Still ticking' is now ready. You'll find it on 'Still Ticking!' Showreel - YouTube Do take a look.
Last month I was invited back to Fellowship House to perform 'Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' again. The place was packed and the audience was warm and receptive. I have to say they just would not stop applauding at the end. Thanks so much.
Steve Somerset has written a wonderful song parodying 1980's synthpop. He would like me to sing it so we'll be working on that this month. Should be great fun!
NOVEMBER 2022 UPDATE
I had a great review from North West End UK for 'Still ticking!' Nigel Osner: Still Ticking! - Etcetera Theatre - North West End UK ' In personality, Osner presents as the snake-hipped love child of Noel Coward and Eileen Atkins, an ageing provocateur with sweetness and sleaze. His vocals are powerful and his acting skills excellent' ★★★★ There's more from this review on the reviews page. Am now deciding where to perform the show next, but the Brighton Fringe 2023 is very much in my thoughts.
I really enjoyed my stint as a vampire at the end of last month. Well, if you've got the fangs, you might as well flaunt them. Below is a photo of me - with added hands!
Photo by Steve Somerset
For those who still haven't seen 'Too young to stay in, too old to go out!', or would like to see it once more, you can catch it at 8pm Thursday 24th November. I have been invited to perform the show again at Fellowship House, 136A Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD. Tickets from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/too-young-to-stay-in-too-old-to-go-out-tickets-416008782467
OCTOBER 2022 UPDATE
On October 16th I'm bringing ‘Still ticking!’ back to the Etcetera Theatre, Camden. I've added a new character - Death! Booking link is: Still ticking - Buy tickets (citizenticket.co.uk)
On October 28th I'll be wandering around as a vampire and then doing a short vampire cabaret at a Halloween event in Finchley. It will be an evening of spooky fun, with a live band and DJ Steve Somerset! Buy tickets - Sounds After Dark - Halloween - Stephens House & Gardens, Fri 28 Oct 2022 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (tickettailor.com)
I'm also performing at two private events in October, one at the Inner Temple.
AUGUST 2022 UPDATE
Good reactions for ‘Still ticking!’ at the Camden Fringe and a lovely review in London Pub Theatres Magazine REVIEW: NIGEL OSNER: STILL TICKING! /Camden Fringe (londonpubtheatres.com) The headline message is “… tells a good yarn and gives excellent characterisations … there's a rock star sensuality to much of Osner's accomplished cabaret turns' ★★★★” I have to admit, I love the remark about a rock star sensuality! There's more from this review on the reviews page. While this show might yet have a slight change, I feel it is really bedding in. I'm planning to do at least one more performance in the autumn.
Anything else? Yes, on 28th October I'll be a vampire mingling and singing at a Halloween event. More about this in the next update.
JULY 2022 UPDATE
`Still ticking!' went down well at Ludlow, and it was nice that people who saw me there last year came back for this show. Since then I've performed on a lovely summer evening at my agent's garden party and offered up a very camp version of `I've been to a marvellous party' at the Crazy Coqs, accompanied by the brilliant Michael Roulston.
Next are three performances of `Still ticking!' in the Camden Fringe. The show will be at The Etcetera Theatre, 65 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU on 12, 13 and 14 August at 5.30pm. Tickets are £12 (£10 conc). Etcetera theatre box office: 020 7482 4857. Camden Fringe link: Nigel Osner: Still Ticking! - Camden Fringe (ssboxoffice.com)
JUNE 2022 UPDATE
`Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' at Fellowship House was a great success and a very enjoyable experience. I have started to use a head mic and this is exactly what I need. It allows me to change costumes yet still talk. It also allows me to perform more subtly. It is especially useful for female characters. I've been asked back in the autumn to perform the show again.
I've also done a trial run of `Still ticking!' at the Concert Artistes Association and that went down very well, much to my relief! I had done a couple of the numbers at the Renaissance Alternative Music Festival, but feel I performed them better this time. One of the characters is a jaded rock star called Throb - from my musical `Rock Heaven' - and below is a photo of me as him. The show is making its official debut at the Ludlow Fringe. Here is all the information you need, should you live in or fancy travelling to Shropshire! `Still ticking!' will be at The Chang Thai Bar, 3 Market Street, Ludlow, SW8 1BP at 19.30 on 28th and 29th June. Tickets: £10 www.ludlowfringe.co.uk email@example.com 07950 678693
Photo by Emma Dark
MAY 2022 UPDATE
On 14th May I am doing a cabaret spot in the middle of the Renaissance Alternative Music Festival at Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens Street, Angel, London EC1V 1NQ (see map). Well it works for those who want a break from rock, as I have been invited to perform at this Festival twice before.
I am also performing `Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' a couple of times. The first occasion is a private performance. The second is at 8pm on Thursday 26th May in Fellowship House, 136A Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD (see map). It's aimed at Hampstead Garden Suburb residents, but all are welcome. Tickets £8 in advance from www.eventbrite.co.uk or £10 cash only at the venue on the day. After this I'll be concentrating on `Still ticking' - more information next month.
APRIL 2022 UPDATE
As sort of promised last month, below is the image I am using for the new show `Still ticking!' (I have added an exclamation mark.) Years ago if you went for photos, you might get about 12, carefully taken, or, if you felt flush, 24. This time I got about 250. Even I am not that interested in myself. However, Rafal Chlapinski is a fine photographer and I'll be using more of his images.
Photo by Rafal Chlapinski
The first version of `Still ticking!' is assembled and the music is ready. I now have to learn the new script and new material and rehearse some new characters. In the mean time, last month I gave a private performance of `Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' and have some more performances to come in May.
MARCH 2022 UPDATE
The new show I mentioned in the previous update now has a title. It's called 'Still ticking'. This seems appropriate - well accurate - In view of what happened to me in January 2021! At the end of last year I had a couple more procedures carried out by my new cardiologist. My heart is now beating evenly again and should now remain that way. It had better ---
In the show I look back at the last 25 years of my efforts to get me and my work onto the stage. I hope to post the show image in the next update.
FEBRUARY 2022 UPDATE
Since there has been no update since October last year, have I just been asleep? Well, no, but perhaps not fully awake! However, I am working on a new show, which will include material I have never performed before and some new lyrics I am writing at the moment. Then it all has to be linked. I have a theme though not yet a title, so more information will follow. However, I have made one very firm decision. There won't be all the costume changes I had in my previous two shows! I plan to start performing the new show by early summer. However, there will be at least one performance of `Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' this year. That will be in May and currently it remains the show I want to promote the most.
I will also be doing my best to get `worldoflegends.com' published. I have allowed it to languish too long.
OCTOBER 2021 UPDATE
The show at Stephens House and Gardens had a full house and went very well. The weather was perfect for performing in the open air - not something you could often say this year! Thanks go to Melanie Wynyard at the venue for the publicity and Steve Somerset for sound and photography. Below are a couple of photos by Steve, one in the dressing room, where I look quite vampiric, though no vampires in this show!
As for future performances, I postponed the October performance to next spring and other arrangements are being made. In the mean time, my heart is being made fit for purpose by a different medical team. The new and improved me will be available by the end of November.
AUGUST 2021 UPDATE
Things went well in Buxton, though the general view was that audiences were still anxious so numbers were down. My feeling was that Ludlow was a bit more confident about seeing shows, but I'm not really comparing like with like. The Buxton Fringe reviewer made some warm comments about the show. He is quoted under Reviews. And thinking of warm comments, I must thank the audience members in Buxton who sent me an email about my `awesome' show. Nobody has called my show awesome before - clearly people are too reserved! - so this meant a lot.
As set out under the June update, the next performance, weather permitting, will be on 12th September outside at Stephens House and Gardens. The Hampstead and Highgate Express will be writing an article about me, so please look out for that.
JULY 2021 UPDATE
Back from Ludlow, where I got a great response and even did an extra show, as the first sold out. It's a friendly place and those running the Fringe are involved and supportive. And the weather was pretty good!
Significantly, it turns out I do have the energy to perform for an hour and am not wiped out at the end, so the experience was extremely positive for my recovery.
In mid-July I'm off to Buxton. To book tickets please see under the June update.
JUNE 2021 UPDATE
So does this count as a mini-tour? Hmm! Anyway, I will be performing `Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' as follows:
- June 29th at 7.30pm Ludlow Fringe, Feathers Hotel, Bullring, Ludlow SY8 1AA. Online sales: www.ludlowfringe.co.uk
- 13th and 14th July at 5.30pm and 15th July at 4pm, Buxton Fringe, Underground at the Clubhouse. For more information and online sales: www.underthefringe.com
- 12th September at 3pm, open air at the Bothy, Stephens House and Gardens, London N3 3QE - Online sales: Hear about events held at Stephens House & Gardens (stephenshouseandgardens.com)
- 3rd October at 3pm, Fellowship House, Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD - more information to follow
MAY 2021 UPDATE
Well, I'm actually planning some live performances of `Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' More information about them in June. I have also recorded another episode of the podcast. This is a conversation with the brilliant actress, Alison Steadman. She talks about her approach to acting, why she will never perform in a musical and how she would like to direct again. Here is the link https://radiopublic.com/too-young-to-stay-in-too-old-to-g-WzBxqJ/s1!c1aba
APRIL 2021 UPDATE
Well, I'm slowly getting back into things. I've restarted the podcast. The first episode in Series 2 is a conversation with David Selves. David is an entrepreneur, author, charity auctioneer and broadcaster. He is Deputy Chairman of the London Press Club, also founder and host of the London Grill Club, where guests are given lunch then lightly grilled! He is a wonderful example of someone in his seventies on the lookout for new opportunities. The link is 1: Series 2 - Episode 1 David Selves, entrepreneur, public speaker, radio host from Too Young to stay in, too old to go out! on RadioPublic
I've been invited to send a couple of videos of me performing to the Renaissance Alternative Music Festival 2021 on 10th April. This will insert a moment of cabaret into all that rock! This is an on line event of course. Renaissance Alternative Music Festival 2021 London Line-up, Tickets & Dates Apr 2021 - Songkick
FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE
Well this is not how I planned to start the year. I went to have a relatively routine heart procedure, but due to something going wrong, it led to my heart stopping. This resulted in open heart surgery with ribs being broken so it was possible to get to the heart and compress it until it started again. This took a long time. It is a miracle I'm still alive. However, I am and back home after 4 weeks. I owe my life to the skilful medical team and want to praise the nurses at the BMI London Independent Hospital for their loving care, followed by the physios getting me on my feet. Now follows a long period of reestablishing my strength and muscles.
I will of course see how I can reflect this in my creative work!
DECEMBER 2020 UPDATE
The latest podcast is with Lyn Ruth Miller, who at 87 is considered the oldest female stand-up comedian on both sides of the Atlantic. She has won many awards and accolades. She only started at 71, after a career as a writer, tutor and newspaper columnist. She was intending to write about comedy, went on a stand up course for research and fell in love with performing. She is self-mocking and wickedly funny. At 67 she published her first book, Starving Hearts, an autobiographical novel about her struggle with bulimia and an overwhelming mother. She followed it with a series of other books and articles. She is a speaker who has inspired others with eating disorders to believe that they can help themselves just as she did. Oh, and she paints. In the podcast she talks passionately about performing, individuality, the effect of Covid 19 on her career, her need to obtain a visa to go on performing in the UK and why she paints every day. Here is the link https://radiopublic.com/too-young-to-stay-in-too-old-to-g-WzBxqJ/s1!cdf81
I'm turning my attention to next year and thinking about performing again. In the mean time, I've been working on the third in the world of legends series, as I mentioned in the October update. I reckon I've nearly completed a third, so although the way ahead will still be bumpy, I should get to the end. Hopefully this one won't take another 18 years! I would like to be finished in the spring.
NOVEMBER 2020 UPDATE
My most recent podcast is with Tim Scott McConnell, the American singer-songwriter and 12-string guitarist who now performs under the name Ledfoot. He is known as the 'Master of Gothic Blues', a music genre he created. He started touring at the age of 15. His song High Hopes was released by Bruce Springsteen in 2013. For a period he headed the LA band the Havelinas. In 2007 he released his first Ledfoot album and started touring heavily in Europe as a solo performer. He talks about his approach to being a singer-songwriter, how he developed gothic blues and how, far from drying up as he has got older, he now has enough material to write about. The podcast includes two of his songs 'Wayward Son' and 'Shutup' from 'A death divine', his new album with Ronni le Tekro, soloist and lead guitarist with Norwegian band TNT. If you don't know him, cleck out this most arresting and talented performer. Here's the link to the podcast, which includes two of his songs: https://radiopublic.com/too-young-to-stay-in-too.../s1!31aa0
OCTOBER 2020 UPDATE
Having told you in August that I was starting a fantasy novel called `The Road to Transylvania' - and indeed I did start it - I've changed my mind and gone back to the world of legends series. I have started a third to make it a trilogy. I was rather surprised to be doing this, but realised I had invented a character in the second book who definitely had a story worth telling.
After a summer break, I have just recorded another podcast. I was speaking with Dillie Keane, songwriter, singer, actress and cabaret artiste - perhaps best known as one third of the satirical cabaret trio Fascinating Aïda, of which she was the founding member 36 years ago. To date, Fascinating Aïda has had 23 million Youtube hits. She is also an environmental blogger. Dillie talks most entertainingly about performing and writing; and passionately on protecting the environment. Here's the link: https://radiopublic.com/too-young-to-stay-in-too-old-to-g-WzBxqJ
AUGUST 2020 UPDATE
I am delighted to say I'll be taking part in the on-line Fringe arranged by an Edinburgh Fringe venue. I had rewritten some of my material in lockdown to look at the effect of the pandemic. I was invited to perform this on line in July at the end of the International Meaning Conference - Facing Covid-19 and beyond. I was also invited to submit it to Online@theSpaceUK. It is a 15 minute show called `Too bored to stay in, too scared to go out!'. It is live from 10 AM Saturday 8th August and will be available until 30th August. The direct link is https://youtu.be/xf4fxfdoeFg You will also find it by going to online.thespaceuk.com It is listed under `Cabaret'.
Let me point you to a couple of episodes of my podcast `Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' In the first I talk with Tom Wakeley, who has often accompanied me. For many years he was the assistant conductor in `Chicago'. He is the vocal coach at RADA and has a great love for cabaret. He talks about the human voice and performing. You will even hear me singing one of the songs we wrote together! Also I speak with Alex Rotas, the celebrated photographer, who has produced some truly striking images of older athletes up to 100 years old. The Spotify link to all the podcasts is in the July update. You can also find them on https://radiopublic.com/too-young-to-stay-in-too-old-to-g-WzBxqJ/episodes - no subscription required.
I did say I might give you a synopsis of the sequel to `worldoflegends.com', but I think I'll leave that for now. Happily I'm still in a creative phase and have now started on another fantasy novel called `The road to Transylvania'. It is based on a screenplay I wrote and an embryonic stage musical. It will need some work, especially as I'm choosing a different central character, but at least I know how the story turns out!
JULY 2020 UPDATE
I am fairly busy at the moment. I have recorded several more episodes of the podcast. The 4th and 5th are already live. Here is a Spotify link to the whole series. https://open.spotify.com/show/1msEY0Qii5aTNzpAKmY5PO?nd=1 I'll be interviewing Maggy Pigott (who wrote `How to age joyfully' - podcast 4 https://bit.ly/Ep4MP ) when she gives a talk on Zoom about her book at a charity event. On 25th July I'm performing - on Zoom naturally! - at the end of an international conference on the pandemic.
I am also in a creative phase. Long may it continue! Anyway, I've now finished the first draft of my sequel to `worldoflegends.com' and feel slightly bereft. I might give you a brief synopsis of the story next month.
JUNE 2020 UPDATE
The third episode of the podcast is now live. In this episode recorded during lockdown from a socially acceptable distance, me in Hampstead Garden Suburb and Mary Clear in Todmorden, Mary shares her enthusiasm and infectious energy with us.
Mary has moved mountains in Todmorden and paved the way for many other countries to follow suit with her wonderful community based idea of growing and sharing fruit, vegetables and herbs whilst bringing the community together.
She also runs a wide range of events including cookery demos, harvest festivals, talks, walks, workshops and tours within Todmorden that help strengthen the local community. She also talks movingly of her work as a death doula
Mary has had her voice heard on TED talks. You find out more at www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk As for me, still too bored to stay in, too scared to go out - well lyrically that is! The link to episode 3 is bit.ly/TodmordenC19
I have been beavering away at the sequel to `worldoflegends.com'. It will only have taken me 18 years to finish this, but no point rushing! Have also turned up a couple of times on a Canadian radio programme.
APRIL 2020 UPDATE
The second podcast is now live. In this one I talk about Covid 19, lockdown and the trials and tribulations that come with it. On the upside, it could be worse, I could be stuck with Doreen...
The link is: bit.ly/DoreenLockdown
MARCH 2020 UPDATE
Well it's a totally different world since my last update, but you are well aware of that. Nobody yet knows who can do what and when. However, I wanted to tell you about my new podcast, which is to support `Too young to stay in, Too old to go out!' It has the same name. In this new podcast, I aim to dispel the fusty myths and the apparent prerequisites of "old age". While looking at some of the challenges, in largely good humoured discussions, I want to talk to people and discuss their philosophy of ageing well. From time to time, who knows, I might insert pieces from the show!
A link to the first podcast is below. In it I have a conversation with Carole Stone, the networking queen, about friendship. You can find it on this link: bit.ly/2WwmNbx
JANUARY 2020 UPDATE
This year I am hoping to take `Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' back to the Edinburgh Fringe. I have written a new piece, which I would like to try out and, if it works, I'll have to lose something to keep to a Fringe 60 minutes. I'll be performing the show upstairs at the Wheatsheaf in Rathbone Place at 8pm on Wednesday 27th February. Admission is free but I will take a collection at the end to help cover expenses.
I do have a new and very different show in mind, but that is for 2021!
DECEMBER 2019 UPDATE
Illness prevented me from doing much in November, but I am up and nearly running! Anyway, the show on 27th October went very well and it was interesting doing `Angel to vampire!' again after two years. I need to work on one of the characters.
I am now back with `Too young to stay in, too old to go out!', as I intend to focus on that in 2020. As to how, I'll tell you next year. In the mean time, here is a link to a new short and sharp show reel. It also contains some lyrics and quotes from reviews. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t38qglGNVk I am also writing some more material as at some point I want to expand the show.
OCTOBER 2019 UPDATE
I have decided to raise `Angel to vampire!' from the undead for one performance this October - near Halloween of course! There was interest and I wanted to perform it after a couple of years doing the other show. It will be at 6pm on Sunday 27th October at the Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU/Box Office 020 7482 4857.
SEPTEMBER 2019 UPDATE
The Edinburgh Fringe was challenging, intense, irritating, rewarding, exhausting - and completely energising. It's the need to be completely on it and energised which I find so positive. If you don't go that way, then the whole experience can be sapping and frustrating. Keep looking and learning, so that next year can be even more rewarding. I'll go back in 2020.
The show had been reviewed before of course, but I got a couple of four star reviews. [Please see the Reviews page.] I also had some very warm audience feedback, either after the performance or on the Edfringe page for the show - like this for example: `Absolutely wonderful, poignant, funny - for all ages, but especially for those in the title group! Nigel Osner was mesmerising in playing both a man or a woman. Strongly recommended by us and our friends. P.S. I have zero financial or other connections with Osner or the show.' [Every bit of that was appreciated!]
What's next for the show? Well I am investigating a couple of directions, but I'll tell you more if anything happens.
JULY 2019 UPDATE
So I had better give you the booking details for `Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' at the Edinburgh Fringe. The show will be on at Sweet Novotel (80 Lauriston Place, Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel, EH3 9DE from August 2nd to 18th (except 12th) at 17.45. So please note I am not performing in the last week of the Fringe. Here is the web link for booking : https://sw.tickets.red61.com/performances.php?eventId=18:2302
JUNE 2019 UPDATE
There are less than two months before the Edinburgh Fringe begins. At least the show is pretty much in its final fringe form (though I have plans to make it longer for non-fringe performances.) There will be a lot of work to do on publicity and making helpful contacts. But may be there's no need to panic. I see that an 89 year old has just won Britain's Got Talent. There is obviously still plenty of time to develop my career!
In a useful break from the show, this month I will be taking part in a music video and also playing a Jewish Polish junk shop owner in a short film. I say `Polish', but this is a tricky accent. It will be as near as I can get it.
MAY 2019 UPDATE
Already back from the Brighton Fringe, but very pleased to have taken part. The Sweet Venues team are friendly and supportive. (I'll be with them again in the Edinburgh Fringe.) Going so early meant I could take part in Sweet's opening taster event, which I enjoyed. Despite only three shows this year (there would have been none if I hadn't broken four bones in my foot last year in mid run) two reviewers came in. They both liked what they saw. Fringe Review said: `Nigel Osner is a beautiful and gentle performer that took hold of the tragedy of navigating love and connection in later years of life and played the strings of comedy. ---- This is a beautiful piece of solo work of an excellent quality.' Broadway Baby said: `Witty, bitchy, achingly sad and, finally, strangely uplifting'. Fuller extracts are on the reviews page.
I went to an interesting seminar on rural touring. While there are some potential problems, overall the message was extremely positive, both as to audience numbers and local reception. An interesting point made was that audiences are looking for a longer evening than a Fringe hour. They also welcome an interval. This would fit in with my wish to extend the show. I would then do the male characters in the first half and the female characters in the second after a helpful break to put on some extra make-up!
April 2019 UPDATE
So much for the new agent! They seem to be having some sort of crisis. Well their crisis can't be my crisis, so I have left and am working with Dympna Holland.
It will soon be another Brighton Fringe. I have unfinished business there, having broken four bones in my right foot during last year's Fringe, leading to some cancelled shows. I am back with Sweet Venues at 5.10pm on 3rd, 4th and 5th May. I'll be performing `Too young to stay in, too old to go out!' The show will be at Sweet Werks (Venue 18) 15-17 Middle Street, Brighton and Hove, BN1 1AL. Tickets are £9 (£7.50 concessions). Venue web link: https://sw.tickets.red61.com/performances.php?eventId=18:2154 Fringe web link: https://www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/too-young-to-stay-in-too-old-to-go-out-135841/
MARCH 2019 UPDATE
My spot at the Renaissance Alternative Music festival seemed to go down well. (Congratulations to Ays Kura who organised a 12 hour festival with some 20 bands, other performers and artists.) It allowed me to sing some songs from `Angel to vampire!' I've missed them. I do enjoy the current show but in `Angel to vampire!' not every character is ageing!
Next is the Punk4Mental Health event on Friday 22nd March at the Dublin Castle, Camden, London NW1 7AN. I'll do a couple of songs from each show. It's an eclectic occasion and well worth supporting
FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATE
At 6pm on a cold evening in February I had a really good turnout for the show. I really think the title helps bring people in. I do appreciate the support. The new song worked very well and I was especially pleased about that. At the moment I have no plans to perform the whole show again until the Brighton Fringe in May. However, I've been invited to sing some songs at the Renaissance Alternative Music Festival on Saturday 2nd March at Electrowerkz in Islington. Cabaret in the middle of a day of rock!
JANUARY 2019 UPDATE
Happy new year! I am starting 2019 with a new agent for an initial period of three months, so let's see what comes from that!
In the mean time, I'm still working on the show. I'm planning to take it to a couple of Fringes this year but want to perform it in as many places as possible. More immediately, as previously indicated, I want to see how the new song works. The song is partly about how older and disabled people can be ignored. It ends well though! I have hummed a melody to the wonderful Tom Carradine - http://www.tomcarradine.com/ - who is turning it into proper music. The song will be ready when I next perform the show on Sunday 3rd February in the Etcetera theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU. Box Office: 020 7482 4857 or book on line: https://www.ticketea.co.uk/tickets-theatre-too-young-to-stay-in-too-old-to-go-out-etcetera-theatre/