Britain’s first ever national local radio station Radio Active is set to embark on a national tour in Spring 2018.
Based on the sketch show created during their years in the Oxford Revue, Radio Active was originally written by Angus Deayton and the late, great Geoffrey Perkins. 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.
Members of the original cast – including Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope – 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 in a special show dedicated to Perkins.
On the tour, radio comedy fans can expect to catch up with long suffering radio host Mike Channel, original foodie Anna Daptor, and the accident prone Martin Brown, as well as parody bands such as The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Status Quid.
- Angus Deayton is best known for hosting the first twenty three series of BBC One panel show Have I Got News For You, along with the first three series of Hell’s Kitchen and Would I Lie To You. He also starred in sitcoms One Foot in the Grave, Pramface and Nighty Night, and more recently he appeared in Waterloo Road and Bake Off: Creme de la Creme.
- Michael Fenton Stevens is a 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 Monkeys.
- Twice nominated Best Female Comedy Performer by The British Comedy Awards, Helen Atkinson Wood played Mrs Miggins in Blackadder The Third. She also appeared in OTT, The Young Ones, Your Cheatin’ Heart, QI and Have I Got News For You.
- Philip Pope starred in Who Dares Wins and Chelmsford 123, as well as appearing in Blackadder and Only Fools and Horses, Brian Pern and Ballot Monkeys. As a composer, he has written hit songs for The Hee Bee Gee Bees and Spitting Image (notably “The Chicken Song”), as well as for Not The Nine O’Clock News, Whose Line is it Anyway?, The Fast Show, Outnumbered and Yonderland.
20 April 2018 Norwich: Playhouse
21 April .2018 Lincoln: Drill Hall
26 April 2018 Warwick: Arts Centre
27 April 2018 Bristol: Redgrave Theatre
28 April 2018 Canterbury: Gulbenkian
10 May 2018 Bury St Edmunds: Theatre Royal
11 May 2018 Cambridge: Junction
17 May 2018 Bury: The Met
18 May 2018 Leeds: City Varieties
19 May 2018 Telford: Oakengates Theatre @ The Place