Oliver Reed – Wild Thing
Written by Mike Davis & Rob Crouch
Performed by Rob Crouch
Tours: April 24 – May 25, 2013
Full Tour Information: www.olliereedtheplay.co.uk
“One hell of a performance from Rob Crouch” - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (UK)
“Great fun” - The Telegraph (UK)
“Everything a biopic should be...highly entertaining” - Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland/UK)
Following its premiere at Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 & a successful UK tour earlier this year, Oliver Reed - Wild Thing; tours 20 venues throughout Ireland this summer:
One-man theatre shows have become ever popular on the touring circuit offering some of the best nights out in live theatre and this new play to tour Ireland, Oliver Reed – Wild Thing, by Mike Davis and Rob Crouch is no exception. Having garnered four and five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and continuing its success during its UK tour, the play is the blistering true life story of the hellraiser actor, Oliver Reed. In an outstanding performance by Rob Crouch this extensive 20 stop Irish tour premieres at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, April 24 before touring the country until May 25.
This superb homage to renowned actor Oliver Reed, makes for a mind boggling solo show about the legendary hell-raiser as he knocks back a few drinks and shares his incredible life story told by Rob Crouch. From the boyhood excitement of learning he was a descendant of Peter the Great, through the success the movie Oliver, boozy adventures with Keith Moon and disastrous chat show appearances - this was a life well lived.
Though Ollie (as he was fondly called) may appear an unstoppable force of nature, in Mike Davis and Rob Crouch's monologue, Oliver Reed – Wild Thing, we meet Reed on the last day of his life, in a pub in Malta in 1999 where he was filming Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. Time is fast running out for the ‘Wild Thing’ and Rob Crouch brings Reed back to vivid life in this swaggering and brilliant evening of entertainment.
More on Oliver Reed:
Actor Oliver Reed is known for many roles in television and film but it is his personal life that eventually overshadowed his working life. As an actor Reed wrestled naked with Alan Bates in Ken Russell's film Women in Love (1969) and was, of course, a champion of the species of ‘bad boy’. He is said to have once consumed four cases of wine, followed by a bottle of Chanel No 5 as a chaser. On another “night out” he was said to have drank 141 pints, although he said himself later that this was “greatly exaggerated – it was only 127”. He got drunk and behaved outrageously on television chat shows to the delight of TV executives, whose eyes gleamed as the ratings soared. He dismissed Jack Nicholson as a "balding midget"…. and he threw up all over Steve McQueen.
Reed’s father, despairing of him as the class dunce, predicted that he would become either a burglar or an actor. In the end he was an actor who famously played a burglar, Bill Sikes, in Carol Reed's film of Oliver! As the decades passed, the acting gave way to everything else. He was a celebrity before the era of the celebrity had truly begun.
In one hell of a performance from Rob Crouch, the show celebrates Reed's lust for life (sometimes in all its rampant ugliness) and suggesting the tragedy of this great man. In playing the role of hellraiser so consummately, Reed knew he had made a spectacle of himself from which there was no escape.
DON’T MISS Mike Davis and Rob Crouch’s new play Oliver Reed – Wild Thing during its Irish Tour this April and May – at a theatre near you!!
Writer and Performer Rob Crouch is co-Artistic Director of Brute Farce and Donkey Work. Recent acting credits include Around the World in 80 Days, Moll Flanders (Perth Festival Theatre and tour), Table Manners, Homeland, Apple Pie, Pa Ubu in Ubu Disco, A Fan’s Club (New Wimbledon Theatre), Burke in Burke and Hare, Officer Klein in Arsenic and Old Lace (Strand Theatre, West End). He is approximately one half of sketch duo Clarkson and Crouch and co-creator of the comedy drama podcast The Paranormalists.
Writer Mike Davis is an Emmy-nominated film and television producer specialising in animation who has worked for some of the UK's leading production companies and Europe’s largest visual effects studio. His credits include Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real, Stephen Hawking's Universe for Channel 4 and ITV1's recent March of the Dinosaurs.