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  • 04 March 2019

Writer and theatre maker John Osborne visits The Lamproom, with a double bill of two unique storytelling shows.

John Peel's Shed In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio 1 show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to.  What he found was a delightful mix of instant intimacy, as callers shared their significant life moments in anecdotes, and the quirky, as illustrated by a gem of a Steve Wright factoid: ‘St John's Wood is the only tube station that doesn't share any letters with the word mackerel’. He discovered how exposure to a radio station for any amount of time, even one you're not initially fond of, gets under your skin. He had a talismanic moment of hearing the Smiths on Peel's show and it relating to his life ("You're allowed to be grown- up and shy"). This show features a selection of records previously owned by the late John Peel. Many are very rare recordings by obscure and now defunct bands, and this is a unique opportunity for any Peel fans. This is an ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in wireless.

Circled in the Radio Times A new storytelling show about finding a pile of old copies of the Radio Times and piecing together someone's life by the programmes they had circled. Osborne is a master at creating captivating theatre out of quirky simple stories that make heroes out of everyday people and heighten normal tales into pure folklore. John Osborne writes scripts, stories and theatre shows. His first television series After Hours was broadcast by Sky 1, directed by Craig Cash (The Royle Family) and starring Jaime Winstone, Ardal O’Hanlon and BAFTA winner Georgina Campbell.