Star comedy writer behind stage “radio” show

9th October 2019

Classic comedy is being re-tuned to raise funds for Sheringham Little Theatre.

Radio Fun is a revue show of sketches, songs, “awful jokes and daft poems” done in the style of a live broadcast BBC radio show.

It is penned by a double act of renowned television writers, one of whom now lives in north Norfolk, who have created comic lines for stars ranging from Russ Abbott and Kenny Everett to Cannon and Ball and Frankie Howerd.

Paul Minett, from Aylsham, and Brian Leveson from Edgware met as advertising colleagues in London. They wrote comedy sketches for charity events as a hobby in the 1980s, before it became their profession.

Paul explained: “When I worked at EMI records my boss knew we wrote for fun and asked us to write the lyrics for a comedy mother in law song for Les Dawson, which never happened, but we did do a rock and roll one for Russ Abbot in 1981.”

That led to writing sketches too – for acts including The Two Ronnies, Brian Conley and Bobby Davro, as well as TV sitcoms such as Up Pompeii, and My Family and screenplays for films including The Booze Cruise which starred Martin Clunes.

He added: “When I moved to Norfolk four years ago I wanted to get involved in amateur dramatics, having done it for 30 years in Kent, so I played dad Arthur in the Winslow Boy at Sheringham Little Theatre this year.

“Brian and I had already written our Radio Fun review show for charity in Orpington – so when there was talk of a show for the Little Theatre, we thought this would be ideal,” said Paul.

The show, featuring music, sound effects and audience interaction, will be performed by a 16-strong cast from the Little Theatre Players, on November 14-16 at 7.30pm nightly.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “This will be a brilliant show for anyone who loves a good laugh – and to have such a talented writing team behind it, combined with the cream of local actors, raising funds for the theatre has already put a big smile on our face.”