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.
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 June; Joint 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 Army; Are You Being Served?; Steptoe and Son; Porridge; The Good Life and more.
Having 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.
16 July 2017
The Bear Pit Theatre,
Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BB
2hrs plus 20mins