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June 07. Richard Bucket Overflows!

An audience with Clive Swift

 

 

 

Clive Swift-long suffering Richard Bucket in the hugely successful BBC comedy series "Keeping Up Appearances" is to make his Edinburgh Festival debut with "Richard Bucket Overflows!" Now that Clive has escaped from Patricia Routledge's domineering social snob Hyacinth, this is your chance to meet the actor behind hen-pecked Richard 'Bouquet'.

Over a 60 year career ranging from the Royal Shakespeare Company to Alfred Hitchcock's 'Frenzy' and from Sir David Lean's

 

 

'A Passage to India' to 'Doctor Who', Clive Swift is one of our best-loved actors.

Clive is also a composer, lyricist, broadcaster and accomplished raconteur and in Edinburgh will be shared tales and anecdotes from his wide-raging career.

From humble beginnings at Cambridge, Clive was one of the first actors in the newly-formed RSC. There followed and extraordinary and varied career working with some of the biggest names in theatre, TV, film and radio. Clive will take you on a journey that covers the highs and the lows of an actor's lot-finishing up with life beyond the enormous successful 'Keeping Up Appearances'.

Not content with simply talking, Clive will also be performing his own songs. But don't worry he is joined by guest Claire Greenway to keep him on track and to help him reach those high notes.

 

Clive has written 'Richard Bucket Overflows!' as a reminder that he's had a long, versatile career (not just 'poor Richard'!). Staying 8 years with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1960s-there's only a handful of the canon he hasn't played-Clive has frequently appeared on London Provincial stages, Including 3 Chichester Festival Seasons and a tour of 23 US states.

 

His TV work began (live!) in 1961 with a Mordecai Richler Love Story; since when major roles include Bagstock (DOMBEY & SON), Inspector Waugh (WAUGH ON CRIME), Huggins (SOUTH RIDING), Benbow (CLAYHANGER), Proudie (BARCHESTER CHRONICLES), Tupman (PICKWICK PAPERS), Shorthouse (PEAK PRACTICE), Rev. Brewer (BORN AND BRED), and soon, Mr Copper (DOCTOR WHO).

Clive's a regular radio performer, poems being a speciality. His feature films include THE NATIONAL HEALTH, FRENZY, EXCALIBUR and A PASSAGE TO INDIA.

 

Musical Numbers in 'Richard Bucket Overflows!':

Music and lyrics by Clive Swift except for 2 songs.

 

-Richard's Revenge (by Phil Ray)

-The Rusty song

-The Orchestra Pit

-Just Pastiche

-La Vie Bohme

-Country Waltz

-Honorif (by Richard Cottrell)

-Gone

-Good Luck Comes Out of the Blue

-From the Heart

 

Show starring Clive Swift and Claire Greenway

Directed by Emma Lucia

Music consultant: Stuart Morley

Producer: James Copp

 

The Edinburgh Festival

 

Every year in August and since the 1940s, the Scottish capital Edinburgh becomes the centre of the largest art and culture festival on the planet. Thousands of new and well known artists come from the all over the world to perform in more than 300 venues across the medieval city. The film, book, jazz and blues festivals, street performances, museums, concerts all attract thousands of visitors and give the crowded city a unique atmosphere. It is open to every one to perform and to enjoy a wide variety of shows. New talents are discovered and some celebrities give it a go

too. After having performed in Wales in March,  Clive Swift will present 'Richard Bucket Overflows!'

 

Venue: Assembly Universal Arts-Mysterious, 54, George St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 2LR, United Kingdom

Dates: 16 - 27 August 2007

Tickets: 12.00 (11.00)

Time: 12.45

Fringe Box Office:+44 (0)131 226 0000

Fringe website: Click here

Assembly Universal Arts: +44 (0)131 623 3030

Assembly Universal Arts Website: Click here

 

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Interview

In "Three Weeks" newspaper. 08.2007