A collection of whimsical verses written by Charles Garland, with illustrations by Harry Venning.

Performed by Charles Garland
Recorded cameo music by Rick Wakeman
Directed by Sam Snape

“Once Upon a Labrador” is an evening of humour with Charles Garland and featuring his best friend and star of the show, Alfie the Labrador.

Recorded cameo music by Rick Wakeman, with occasional extracts from the book “My Labrador Eats Poo” and directed by Sam Snape

Charles Garland is a writer and composer, television producer and director. His performing career began at Birmingham Repertory Theatre as a dancer in a musical, and ended at The Old Vic Theatre as actor / musician in a production of Dickens’ Great Expectations.once upon a labrador alfie charles garland

Soon after, Charles joined the BBC, as assistant to Sir Jonathan Miller for a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte. Following that, he worked on shows such as Blue Peter; three Royal Variety shows; sketch and variety shows, including The Paul Daniels Magic Show as well as dramas and a stint as director of Top Of The Pops.

Sitcom became a major part of his working life, with Terry and JuneJoint Account; and Last Of The Summer Wine as assistant producer, and assisting David Croft OBE, on Hi-De-Hi!‘Allo ‘Allo! ;You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Dr Beeching! as producer.

Next, over a three year period, Charles re-edited most of the classic comedy archive for the BBC, including Dad’s ArmyAre You Being Served?Steptoe and SonPorridgeThe Good Life and more.

once upon a labrador alfieHaving left the BBC, Charles is now freelance, and going back to his roots with his book of ‘whimsical verse’ entitled ‘My Labrador Eats Poo’ (not quite as disgusting as it sounds) illustrated by Harry Venning.

Performance Dates
16 July 2017

The Bear Pit Theatre,
Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB

Running time
2hrs plus 20mins

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