So my week at the Brighton Fringe Festival is almost here. I'll let you have the information again and this time I'll get it right! Keen readers can check to see where I went wrong before. I'll be at Sweet Waterfront (Venue 18), Jury's Inn Hotel BN1 2GS from 8th to 15th May at 8.30pm. The tickets are priced at £8.50 and £7.50 concessions. Box Office 01273 763235.
I enjoyed performing at the Renaissance Alternative Rock Festival. It was an interesting experience doing cabaret in two short sets between the rock bands, but there were those who really liked it and the atmosphere at the whole event was friendly and supportive. Well done to Ays Kura for setting up the Festival. This was the seventh and there will be an eighth next year. Below is a photo of me performing.
photo by Veronique RoseNoir Stage Photography
APRIL 2017 UPDATE
Last month I played a small part as a porter (at the gateway to a furnace!) in a short film. The director, Zoran Trajkovic, produces amazing looking work, so it will be interesting to see how this turns out. I can show you how I turned out in the film as I was given sideburns and a moustache. Looks amazing but I never want to look like this for real!
This month I'll be performing at two events, including the all day Renaissance festival at Kolis nightclub in Archway on Sunday 23rd. It's mainly rock groups so I'm not sure how I'll go down, but it will be interesting!
And of course, it is nearly time for the Brighton Fringe, where I'll be performing `Angel to vampire!' for a week. Here's the information you've been waiting for - haven't you? I'll be at Sweet Waterfront (Venue 18), Jury's Inn Hotel BN1 2GS from 8th to 15th May at 8.30pm. The tickets are priced at £8.50 and £7.50 concessions. Box Office 01273 763235
MARCH 2017 UPDATE
Unexpectedly, I got involved in a very special event, a rehearsed play reading in the National Portrait Gallery. The play is `Colour in the darkness' by Giles Smith, who also directed it. The play is set in 1808 and is about portraits, artists, patrons and society - telling a fascinating story. It was produced jointly by the So and So Arts Club and the National Portrait Gallery. The cast included Ann Mitchell and Ian Reddlestone. We rehearsed in a lecture theatre at the NPG, which looked after us wonderfully. As you can see from the photo, the reading took place in a gallery full of eighteenth century portraits and busts. I was really delighted to be part of this.
From time to time I'll be posting a link to some individual videos of songs from `Angel to vampire!' This is `Don't label me', the first song in the show. It was recorded at Jamboree in Limehouse. My lyrics with a melody composed by Mole. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNRvLcINiE0&t=7s
FEBRUARY 2017 UPDATE
I enjoyed performing at the Distraction Club. Both the organisers and the audience are warm and supportive. One member of the audience wrote afterwards that my `performance was studied, entertaining and clearly from the heart.' This was kind of him. it was a very successful bill overall, headed by Paul `Silky' White. I always enjoy watching and learning from entertainers who know exactly what they are doing. Below are two photos from the evening.
photos by @taylorandy
Next month I have a cameo in what could be a very funny short film. In April I'll be taking part in an all day event called the Renaissance Alternative Music Festival, but more about that later.
JANUARY 2017 UPDATE
Another new year. I wish all of us a good one.
Here is the link to some glimpses of `Angel to vampire!' The show was filmed by Dominic Hicks and his crew at Jamboree in Limehouse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5QHRj6cE7c&feature=em-upload_owner I'll be performing `Angel to vampire!' at various places this year, including the Brighton Fringe, but more of this in later months. I'll also add links to videos of individual pieces.
And a reminder, I'm performing next at the Distraction Club on 10th January. A link is in the December 2016 update.
DECEMBER 2016 UPDATE
I have just had `Angel to Vampire!' filmed before an invited audience at Jamboree, the atmospheric music bar in Limehouse. It was a very supportive and patient audience, as they saw several songs twice! All went (mostly) to plan and to time. To be honest, usually I never like my videos! That's got nothing to do with the quality of the filming, which will undoubtedly be good on this occasion.
I've also had my film showreel updated and trimmed. Very pleased to have lost a minute. It does seem much sharper. The new link is on my film page.
On January 10th I'm on the bill at the Distraction Club at the Phoenix in Cavendish Square. Please see https://www.facebook.com/distractionclub/ It's a monthly musical comedy night and the only one I know of in central London. Come along, it's always an eclectic night.
Wishing you the compliments of the season.
NOVEMBER 2016 UPDATE
A very lively and appreciative audience at the St James Studio and I loved playing there. Thanks again to the wonderful tech who was happy to go with all the lighting changes proposed. Note to self though - next time you use a head mic, think of all the hidden pitfalls - putting on angels' wings for example!
The Musical Theatre Review critic said: `When he is in his element, delivering some deliciously barbed lyrics and lines from his stories, Osner's face literally lights up and it's a genuine joy to see him revel in being onstage. --- Osner's steely determination to entertain is writ large across his face from the first line he delivers to the last note he sings. As an audience member, you cannot ask for anything more from an actor than that.'
OCTOBER 2016 UPDATE
Next up for `Angel to vampire!', I'm delighted to say, is a performance at the St James Theatre Studio in Palace Street. The theatre is near - well there's a surprise! - Buckingham Palace. The show is at 8PM on Thursday 13th October. This time I'll be accompanied by Tom Wakeley. I'm very pleased indeed to be working with Tom again. If you would like to book, please phone 0844 264 2140. Alternatively, here is a direct link to `Angel to vampire!' on the theatre website. https://www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/studio/angel-to-vampire/
SEPTEMBER 2016 UPDATE
So back from the Edinburgh Fringe, exhausted but with a huge sense of achievement. Lots of nice things said in reviews and they are set out on the Reviews page. Paul Levy in the Fringe Review got the show so completely and expressed his views so thoughtfully that I'm quoting what he said in full.
I was interviewed for a TV programme called Edinburgh Fest Live, which went out on a Sky Channel. You can watch my performance and the interview on
Where next? Well I was offered a venue in the Adelaide Fringe at the beginning of next year, but I'll delay that. I would like to put the show into the Brighton Fringe next May and there are a couple of European Fringes I'm interested in. Obviously I'll be looking for other opportunities. I will keep you posted.
So finally time for the Edinburgh Fringe! Not much to say as I'm writing this on 1st August. However, there is a long interview with me in the Jewish Chronicle. http://www.thejc.com/arts/theatre/161300/angel-wings-and-vampire-fangs There are a couple of other interviews for anyone really keen! Also here is the very first review (of the second preview show.) A longer version is coming.
` "Angel to Vampire" @NigelOsner is a sparkle of light entertainment. A gem of old school variety cabaret: pristine piff and pathos.' James Waygood @GrumpyGayCritic.
JULY 2016 UPDATE
I have been planning for the Edinburgh Fringe for over a year and now it's just a month away! Here is the specific link to my show on the venue website: http://www.thespaceuk.com/shows/angel-to-vampire/ . More booking information can be found by clicking on my poster below: The show is listed on page 12 of the Fringe programme.
In `Angel to vampire!' I'll be taking a wry look at the yearnings in my life and illustrating them with original songs and stories by a series of male and female characters. These include a rebellious Archangel Gabriel who has left a bureaucratic heaven to join a jazz band in New Orleans; a charming vampire who has his eye on the audience for his next feed; and an angry goth who hates being labelled.
If you can't get to Edinburgh, I'm doing a second preview show at 8PM on Thursday 28th July. It's upstairs at the Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB. Doors open at 7.50 PM.
JUNE 2016 UPDATE
Nobody told me quite how much there is to do to get ready for Edinburgh! However, in a real piece of good news, a director has come on board. Janine Wood, the actress - remember `After Henry' on TV? - came to see my show and thought it was terrific. She offered to work with me to help sharpen and enrich what I am doing and I am delighted. We have already begun and I am finding this so helpful. And the piece which didn't quite come off in May? Well, I've rewritten it as a rhyming monologue, changed the character and begun exploring it with Janine. I think, fingers crossed, it's going to be very much OK.
Another thing. I was looking for some sort of gorgeous coat for a female character. Well, I went to see a musical the other day and the woman playing the villainess was wearing the most amazing, long, fake fur coat. I hadn't realised until then that was exactly what I was looking for. Well, the show has ended and I know the producer, so wrote to her. Dear reader, I bought it and it's amazing. Just wait until you see it!
MAY 2016 UPDATE
The Edinburgh preview at the CAA went pretty well, even if I had a bit of trouble remembering the order! But I did remember the script. Thanks to everyone who came and I'm grateful for your feedback. There is one piece which doesn't quite work and just at the moment I haven't sorted out what to do with it. Below are extracts from three photos taken on the night by Mitsuka Oda. Two are of Prince Osnovski, the vampire. The third is of the woman who sings `There's only me to love'. This is my very newest song and I also composed the melody, by singing it into my phone! Tom Carradine kindly listened to this, turned it into proper music then recorded the accompaniment. (Looking at the photo of the woman I see I need a bit more make-up!)I'm doing some of the show again on 3rd June and then looking to do the whole show in July.
Why did I decide to write a monologue for an angel and then decide to wear wings! Anyway, after a certain amount of effort I found and bought twenty metres of white feather trim and have given this to a tailor who is willing to make the wings. He has only himself to blame. I was just talking about my show and costume requirements when all of a sudden he produced a pair of black feather wings from under his workstation! They were for a drag act. Mine will be less glamorous, more celestial!
I will be doing a first Edinburgh preview on 11th May. This will be at 8PM in the Concert Artistes Association, 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP. Free entry. Doors open at 7.50 PM. You are welcome to come but must let me know by midday on 9th May. If you don't have my personal contact details, please go to http://nigelosner.com/contact.html .
My Edinburgh Fringe tickets are already on sale. Please see the information below. This will appear again!
MARCH 2016 UPDATE
Last month Pat Garrett and I played a married couple for a viral promotion. We had to be a married couple expecting to be picked up by a nice man in a BMW who would take us to Gloucester. Instead we were met by a young man in a beaten up car with a design taped on to it. We got in - why, I never would have! Almost immediately he picked up a friend and the two of them never stopped talking and going on about hip hop and singing and being immensely irritating. They were brilliant. We were filmed in the car. None of this was scripted and our task was to react as naturally as possible. This could have been the journey from hell if real and was pretty much that during the time we were filmed! It turned out the driver wasn't taking us to Gloucester but to a street with the same name, where he abandoned us. Various other couples were filmed doing the same thing. When it was all over the film crew appeared, applauded and - forgive me - told us we were the best couple of the day. May be they said that to everyone, but their words were appreciated! The shoot was stimulating and exhausting in equal measure.
Also last month I had some photos done for `Angel to vampire!', my Edinburgh Fringe show. They were taken by the wonderful Victor Kurzweil with make up by the talented Dave Darko. Below is a detail from the photo which I'll be using for the posters and flyers. It's amazing work!
FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE
I'm delighted to say I have found my Edinburgh Fringe venue and signed the contract. It is the Space Triplex Studio, which is pretty central, just off Nicholson Street, and part of the Space Venues. There are lots of these - all central - which allows for publicity in all the other venues. Charles Pamment, the Director, is extremely helpful and, obviously, a man of excellent artistic judgement! So it's all going to happen. Two important next steps are getting photos done for the flyers/posters and getting some angel's wings made. Well, the show will be called `Angel to vampire'! These wings need to be made in a way that allows them to travel without damage. This is not a problem I ever thought I would have in my life!
JANUARY 2016 UPDATE
Happy 2016. This is the year I'm planning to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which will be a first for me. It might seem a bit late coming, but it now feels the right time. I'm already working on the show. I went back to Edinburgh a couple of days ago to look at a few more venues. It was a cold, grey, wet January day, but the magic is still there - just! And I did have a companion, my talented friend Victoria Jeffrey, who also intends to perform this year. Anyway, as long as I get a suitable venue, I'll definitely be there in August.
NOVEMBER 2015 UPDATE
Rehearsals for `A rather English murder' were a bit of a rollercoaster. However, once our second director - Alan McCormack - took over, the play came to life and performing it was a lot of fun. Gillian Vymeris was a wonderful producer and everyone involved was great to work with and this is truly meant! Despite its short run, the play did get one review and four stars at that. To quote: `The characters are well drawn and well portrayed. ---- Nigel Osner provides a very nice [performance] as the poet out of touch with the more down to earth aspects of 50s society.'
I've just read the part of Sir John Gielgud in the first reading of a new play by TL Shannon called `Three Knights with a Welshman'. Quite a voice to go for, even just to give a nod in its direction! The other two knights were Olivier and Richardson and the Welshman was Richard Burton. The director was Christopher Swann. What happens next i don't know but it was fun to do.
OCTOBER 2015 UPDATE
So Halloween is approaching on that evening I'll be performing at the Hospital Club in Endell Street. It goes without saying that Prince Osnovski, my vampire, will feature prominently! A new character is a rebellious Archangel Gabriel who leaves heaven to play in a New Orleans jazz band. I have just made a showreel with several of my cabaret characters. It was filmed by Dominic Hicks at Jamboree in Limehouse. You can see it at
The play I mentioned last month is a black comedy set in 1957. Mabel Keane is minor celebrity who lets her house to a number of lodgers. When one is discovered with a knife in him, events take an unexpected turn! `A rather English murder' will be on in the first week in November at the Questors Studio Theatre in Ealing. Box Office tel: 020 8567 5184. www.questors.org.uk.
SEPTEMBER 2015 UPDATE
I've just been cast in a new play by Ted Dickson called `A rather English murder'. I'm playing Binkie, a warm hearted upper-class dilettante. Anyone who knows me will realise that anyone called Binkie should be within my skill set! The character appears throughout the play, which will be on in November. More details later, but needless to say I'm delighted.
I've also been to the Edinburgh Fringe to get the feel for it nowadays, as I haven't been to the Festival for some time. I've been checking out venues as I'm planning to perform there in 2016, but that really is a long way off!
An animated version of `The Hunting of the Snark' has recently been completed, taken to Cannes and submitted to film festivals. I'm the voice of the Snark and also the Billiard Marker.
Below are a couple of photos of me singing `Don't label me' (my lyric, music by Mole) at the Crazy Coqs. The talented Michael Roulston was at the piano. I decided to dress like the character who sings the song!
JUNE 2015 UPDATE
The Brighton Fringe show went rather well. This was the first time I have altered my costume and added to my make up on stage. It seemed to add a lot of energy. I ended up as an American woman. Below are a couple of photos of the performance. I leave you to guess which is the American woman! I certainly want to go back to the Brighton Fringe next year.
photographer: Sally Newman
In Brighton I came across Veronical Lazar of Avanti Productions and Management when I was performing in the street at Fringe City. I'm pleased to say that Avanti will be representing me once more.
APRIL 2015 UPDATE
Well it's coming up to Brighton Fringe. Later this month I'm being interviewed for Brighton Nights on Juice Radio 107.2. On 2nd May you'll find me on the Buskers stage at 1.15pm in Fringe City, New Road, Brighton BN1. I'll be promoting my show which is at 6PM the same day at the Purple Playhouse Theatre, 36 Montefiore Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6EP. And here's the important link so you can buy tickets! http://purpleplayhousetheatre.com/brighton-fringe/
For anyone looking for open mic cabaret nights, here's another jolly evening. It's from 9.30 on Tuesday nights at the Cellar Door hosted by Champagne Charlie. http://www.cellardoor.biz/cellardoor.htm It's at number Zero Aldwych. I'll be there again this month.
MARCH 2015 UPDATE
I used to be very keen on festivals when I was making the short films based on my characters or lyrics, but had never really thought too hard about them when it came to performing. But now I would like to take part in some, so will be doing something in the Brighton Fringe in May. It will be just me with recorded music and more monologues. There are other interesting festivals coming up. As for Edinburgh, this will be for 2016, following a visit this August to get a sense of what's happening now. It's been too long since I was there last.
For any cabaret performer looking to give an airing to a song or two, try the open mic night at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec in Kennington. It's warm and friendly , and you get both a pianist and a bass player. And I'm not being paid to advertise this! http://www.paullmartin.com/west_end_wendies.htm
JANUARY 2015 UPDATE
Here's a positive start to the year. I'll be working with Nathan A Sheppard of Fried Egg Productions, http://www.friedeggproductions.co.uk/ , to help promote my work. I first met Nathan when he was the DOP on 'Just One More Bite'. I'll tell you a bit more in future updates. However, as a first step, do please check out this audio link
If you can believe what you hear, it's the first few minutes of a radio show bringing you my cabaret performance!
'Pat Garrett's Just One More Night delivers a well crafted
performance from Nigel Osner as an aging entertainer, reflecting on a life less
than glamorous, but one convincing enough to appear that way to his public.
Osner also subtly scripted this performer's life, so it's doubly hard to
separate art from life. Which imitates the other? Hard to tell, in this very
enigmatic film performance. But that's the point isn't it?'