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Corstorphine Cast in stage

The play Calendar Girls

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This page carries the archive news from beginning of 2004 (when the site was first live) until the end of 2007.

our houseaOUR HOUSE - THE MUSICAL
OUR HOUSE didn't just win the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, it was an instant smash hit, winning the hearts of London's West End. This new production, featuring the same creative team, will showcase at Birmingham's Repertory Theatre from Thursday 29th May to Saturday 21st Jun 2008. Tickets are now on sale and available from the Box Office on 0121 236 4455.

 

 
 
 
aOUR HOUSE - THE MUSICAL
TimFirth.com
can now give advance notice that the Madness musical OUR HOUSE is to live again, in a brand new production featuring the original creative team of Tim Firth, Matthew Warchus (Director), Rob Howell (Designer) and Peter Darling (Choreographer). It will be performed initially at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Stay tuned for dates and further information. (11/12/07)
aFLINT STREET NATIVITY
The cast for this year's production is now complete and includes Neil Caple (Herod & Joseph), Annabelle Dowler (Wise Man Gold) and Rina Mahoney (The Angel) who appeared in last year's show plus newcomers Craige Els (narrator), Alan Stocks (Innkeeper), Kate McGregor (Mary), Helen Carter (Gabriel), Daniel Casey (Wise Man & Frankincense), Samantha Power (Shepherd) and Karl Davies (Star of Bethlehem & Ass). (29/10/07)

 
aFLINT STREET NATIVITY
flint street nativityTHE FLINT STREET NATIVITY
is to be the Liverpool Playhouse's Christmas show for the second year in a row! The seasonal comedy, which last year broke box office records and became the theatres most successful Christmas show ever, has been confirmed for the 2007/08 season. The young pupils of Flint Street Primary School, all played by adults, perform the nativity play for their parents. The story is based on real events, collected over the years from Tim's family and friends who were all teachers. (15/04/07)

 
aNEWSLETTER
You can read Tim's newsletter on the 'INTERVIEW' page. (23/04/07) CLICK HERE>>

 
aNEWSLETTER
TimFirth.com is preparing a newsletter which will be emailed to all visitors who have contacted the website. Tim will answer some of the questions visitors to the guestbook have raised and talk about recent events.

aSONGWRITING COURSE
Tim Firth will co-tutor a songwriting course with Willy Russell at Ty Newydd, the National Writer's Centre for Wales. Although students will not be expected to have a formal training in music, the course will involve a strong element of performance and each student will be expected to have sufficient musical ability to accompany him or herself on a chosen instrument. The course runs from Monday 12 – Saturday 17 March at the centre's residential base near Cricieth. More information and booking at www.tynewydd.org. (5/02/07)

aSAME THING TWICE
Tim's performance of SAME THING TWICE from his album HARMLESS FLIRTING (segued with Willy Russell reading extracts from THE WRONG BOY) was the most requested performance on BBC RADIO 2's MIKE HARDING SHOW last year. (16/01/07)

aFLINT STREET NATIVITY
THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY
is now the most successful Liverpool Playhouse Christmas show ever! The seasonal comedy runs until the 20th January. (8/01/07)

aCALENDAR GIRLS AND KINKY BOOTS on UK TV over Christmas...
Both CALENDAR GIRLS and KINKY BOOTS are on UK TV over the Christmas Holiday. The wonderful CALENDAR GIRLS, starring Julie Walters and Helen Mirren (amongst others) is on BBC1 on Christmas Eve (9.30pm). Tim's most recent film, KINKY BOOTS, with two great perfomances from Chiwetel Ejiofo and Joel Edgerton is on Sky Movies 2 on Boxing Day. (23/12/06)

aFLINT STREET NATIVITY
THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY
is breaking box office records at the Liverpool Playhouse. Tim's Christmas nativity, adapted from his television play, is a huge success and playing to packed houses. In a 4-star review, The Metro described Tim Firth’s play as ‘excellent’ while the BBC online review praised it’s ‘life and vitality’ and ‘fine ensemble acting’. THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY runs until 20th January, but tickets are selling fast, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. See the REVIEWS PAGE to read what the National papers say about THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY. (18/12/06)

aFLINT STREET NATIVITY
The build up to THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY opening at Liverpool's Playhouse is gathering pace with previews in the weekend press. The Times listed it amongst its Top Twenty 'must see' Christmas shows and the Guardian gave the production top billing in its weekend 'Guide'. The Telegraph carried an article written by Tim about the inspiration behind FLINT STREET NATIVITY. You can read Tim's article on the 'INTERVIEW' pages. The show runs from 7th December 2006 to the 20th January 2007. (5/12/06)

aFLINT STREET NATIVITY
The Flint Street Nativity now has its very own shop window in Liverpool - much to the amusement of passers-by and people stuck in traffic! The shop window in Liverpool's busy Lime Street, was high-jacked last week by the cast. Liverpool residents can now purchase theatre tickets in Lewis’s department store. (21/11/06)
 
aLIVERPOOL PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES CAST FOR FLINT STREET NATIVITY
With the start of rehearsals less than a month away, the casting process is nearly complete for the Liverpool Playhouse Christmas show. Natalie Casey (Hollyoaks, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) will be donning a tea-towel as our Shepherd while Neil Caple (Brookside), who was last seen at Liverpool in Unprotected, will be playing both Herod and Joseph. Due to a bout of chicken pox at the school, Neil is not the only child to play two roles as Nick Bagnall will be both the Star and the Ass. Flint Street’s Angel will be played by Rina Mahoney (Casualty) and Anabelle Dowler, who also last appeared in Liverpool in The Mayor of Zalamea, will come bearing gifts as a Wise Man. FLINT STREET NATIVITY runs from 7th December 2006 to the 20th January 2007. See the WHAT'S ON page for more details. (16/10/06)
 
aPRESTON FRONT - Series Three
Preston Front - Back To The Front, a half-hour feature, will be included on the DVD release of PRESTON FRONT - Series Three. The specially filmed footage gives fans an opportunity to catch up with the actors who inhabited their favourite characters from the hit BBC TV series and includes Tim Firth in conversation with members of the original cast. (02/10/06)
 
aTHE SAFARI PARTY
Tim Firth's THE SAFARI PARTY continues to tour across the UK (More dates added to the WHAT'S ON PAGE as they become known). The production now stars Mark Little (Joe Mangle in Neighbours), together with Lynette McMorrough, Jack Ryder, David Brown and Helen Noble. (16/09/06)
 
aPRESTON FRONT - Series Three
Hot news is that Series Three of PRESTON FRONT will be released in the next few weeks. Extras have been filmed to accompany the DVD which will be in the shops by early October. (04/09/06)
 
aTHE FLINT STREET NATIVITY
Tim Firth has adapted THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY from his television play and it will become the Liverpool Playhouse Christmas show in December. This is a nativity with a difference - one that takes you behind the teatowel! A family comedy for any child who’s ever been in a nativity – or any adult who’s watched one through their fingers. (24/07/06)
 
aABSOLUTELY FRANK
Tim Firth's new play ABSOLUTELY FRANK opened this weekend at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. ABSOLUTELY FRANK began as a one act play - A MAN OF LETTERS - which was commissioned by Alan Ayckbourn and performed at the Stephen Joseph in 1991. The production is directed by Richard Derrington and runs until 5 August. More information on the 'THEATRE' page. (16/07/06)
 
preston frontaPRESTON FRONT - Series Two
Series Two of PRESTON FRONT has been released and is in the shops now! We reported that extras had been filmed to accompany this DVD but this now appears to be inaccurate. The extras will accompany series three! (4/07/06)
 
 
aKINKY BOOTS in Milan
KINKY BOOTS director, Julian Jarrold, won the Best Director Award at the 2006 Milan International Film Festival. (12/05/06)
 
aPRESTON FRONT - Series Two
Hot news is that Series Two of PRESTON FRONT will be released in the next few months. Extras have been filmed to accompany the DVD which will be in the shops by early July. (8/05/06)
 
aCOMPETITION
We have three winners for the recent PRESTON FRONT competition. They are Janette Lomax, Ross Wilson and Guy Hawley. Congratulations! Their copies of ALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT will be sent shortly. (8/05/06)
 
aALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT
preston front dvdThe first series of Tim Firth's tv comedy drama, ALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT is released on DVD. To celebrate its release we are giving away three copies in a competition, and will shortly have an interview with Tim about ALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT and some of his other television programmes, plays and films. Here's your chance to ask Tim a question - send your question to us via the guestbook link. (24/04/06)
 
aKINKY BOOTS in USA
Tim Firth's film, KINKY BOOTS, continues to wow the American cinema goers and has won the Audience Award for Best International Feature at its two US pre-release showings for the Bermuda and Florida Film Festivals. (7/04/06)
 
aALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT
The first series of Tim Firth's tv comedy drama, ALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT will be released on DVD on 24 April. To celebrate its release we are giving away three copies. Visit the COMPETITION page to find out more! (4/04/06)
 
aTHE SAFARI PARTY
Tim Firth's THE SAFARI PARTY has started a run of theatre dates across the UK. The Producing Partnership production stars Christopher Timothy (All Creatures Great and Small & Doctors), Sara Crowe (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Jack Ryder (EastEnders) together with Illona Linthwaite, David Brown and Helen Noble. The first of the reviews have been added to the site and can be read on the REVIEWS page here >>. (01/04/06)
 
aALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT
The first series of Tim Firth's tv comedy drama, ALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT will be released on DVD on 24 April. To celebrate its release we will have a competition on the site shortly with a handful of copies as prizes. Stay tuned! (1/04/06)
 
aABSOLUTELY FRANK
Tim Firth's new play ABSOLUTELY FRANK will be premiered at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough this summer. (13/02/06)
 
aTHE SAFARI PARTY
Tim Firth's THE SAFARI PARTY is set for theatre dates across the UK. The production will star Christopher Timothy (All Creatures Great and Small & Doctors), Sara Crowe (Four Wedddings and a Funeral) and Jack Ryder (EastEnders). We will add tour dates to the WHAT'S ON page as they become known. (09/02/06)
 
aKINKY BOOTS
KINKY BOOTS is available to purchase. The DVD of the hit comedy is in the shops now, and comes with bundle of special features. (06/02/06)
 
aKINKY BOOTS in USA
Tim Firth's film, KINKY BOOTS, had the audience on its feet with a standing ovation at a festival screening this week. Read the review here >>> (24/01/06)

aALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT
TIMFIRTH.COM is pleased to announce that all three series of the award winning ALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT will be released on DVD this coming year. Series 1 is released on 24 April, with series 2 and 3 due for release later in the year. Stay tuned for more information. (13/01/06)
 
aKINKY BOOTS
Hot on the heels of the DVD release of The FLINT STREET NATIVITY comes the DVD release of Tim's third film KINKY BOOTS. The hit comedy, which will be available from early February, also comes with special features. (11/01/06)
 
aKINKY BOOTS
The latest news for the hit film, KINKY BOOTS, is that it's been selected for a special premiere screening at the Sundance Film Festival, which will be in January 2006.
 
aKINKY BOOTS nominated for three awards
KINKY BOOTS has been nominated for three British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). The nominations are Tim Firth and Geoff Dean for BEST SCREENPLAY, Chiwetel Ejiofor for BEST ACTOR and Julian Jarrold for DEBUT DIRECTOR. The winners will be announced at the 8th Annual BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS to be held on Wednesday 30 November at Hammersmith Palais, London.
 
flint street nativityaFLINT STREET NATIVITY - DVD Release / 31 October
The Flint Street Nativity will be released on DVD this weekend. The UK's finest comedy actors take the leading roles as eight year old performers in a primary school nativity play. Through the inevitable mishaps, misunderstandings, young egos, fears of failure and fallings out, the children's characters evolve into mirror images of their parents, the natvity play's audience. (25/10/05)
 
aOUR HOUSE
Plans are in place for a new production of the Madness musical OUR HOUSE with all the original team (Tim Firth, Matthew Warchus, Peter Darling, Rob Howell and Phil Bateman) ready for a UK national tour. Also pencilled in is a proposed tour of Japan. Keep tuned for further information - as soon we we know the dates and details we'll post them here. (18/10/05)
 
aTRAPPED
Hot on the heels of the FLINT STREET NATIVITY DVD release comes the release on DVD of the TRAPPED series. TRAPPED, the trio of single comedy plays Tim Firth devised for ITV was broadcast earlier in the year to great reviews. More details on the SHOP page. (18/10/05)
 
aKINKY BOOTS
KINKY BOOTS was number 2 in the top Uk films list last week and over the weekend (when new films had been released) still hung onto the number four spot. Catch the film at a cinema near you and don't forget the fantastic soundtrack is available of cd. See the KINKY BOOTS (films) page. (17/10/05)
 
aKINKY BOOTS DOMINATE
... is how The Times newspaper reviews the films on show at this year's Edinburgh Festival. "A British comedy about transvestite footwear tickles Edinburgh....Kinky Boots is a polished bit of mainstream cinema with the potential to break out in a big way." Read more of this review on our 'REVIEWS PAGE'. (29/8/05)
 
aMASTERCLASS
Tim Firth will be taking a masterclass at this year's Exposures Film Festival in Manchester. The festival runs from 1-8 December and Tim will be at the festival on Thursday 8 December at 4.00pm. (29/8/05)
 
aFLINT STREET NATIVITY - DVD Release
The Flint Street Nativity will be released on DVD on 31 October. Fans of Tim Firth's hilarious and poignant Christmas one-off have been inundating TimFirth.com with requests to release this comedy for months! This first time release in the build-up to the Christmas period is great news and shows that 'them up there' do listen to what fans say. Keep tuned for more details. (8/8/05)
 
aKINKY BOOTS
Kinky Boots is due for UK release on 7 October. The film is also scheduled to be screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival on Sunday 21 August. Inspired by the BBC TV Trouble At The Top documentary, 'The Kinky Boot Factory', about the Northampton-based traditional men's shoemakers who desperately tried to stave off the collapse of the British shoe industry by starting to manufacture footwear for transvestites. (19/7/05)
 
aCALENDAR GIRLS AND OTHER NAKED NORTHERNERS
...is the title of an evening of reading, chatting and reminiscing about some of Tim's memorable work including the film Calendar Girls and his stage plays Neville's Island and The Safari Party. The event will be held at the Hampstead Theatre on Tuesday 14 June. More details on the 'WHAT'S ON' page.
 
aKINKY BOOTS
Tim Firth has just finished working on a new movie. Inspired by the BBC TV Trouble At The Top documentary, 'The Kinky Boot Factory', about the Northampton-based traditional men's shoemakers who desperately tried to stave off the collapse of the British shoe industry by starting to manufacture footwear for transvestites. It stars Chiwitel Ejiofor and Joel Egerton and is directed by Julian Jarrold.
 
aNEVILLE'S ISLAND
One small change to the script in Tim Firth's NEVILLE'S ISLAND as it opens at Birmingham Rep. "I got a call from the director Paul Raffield, who was actually in the first production of Neville's Island, and he said "we have a problem with the mobile phone". Over the last ten years or so mobile phones have shrunk so much that a scene in which one of the men kills a trout by hitting it over the head with a mobile phone would no longer work. Today's mobile phones are just too small to kill a trout!" Read more of this article from the Birmingham Evening Mail by clicking the 'INTERVIEWS PAGE'. (23/4/05)
 
aTHE SAFARI PARTY
"This delectable play is so tasty that as a starter it will leave you wanting to sample some more of Firth’s work" is how whatsonstage.com describe Tim Firth's comedy THE SAFARI PARTY, currently running at the Manchester Library Theatre. Read the latest reviews by clicking on the 'REVIEWS PAGE'. (21/4/05)
 
aTHE SAFARI PARTY
Tim Firth's comedy in three courses, each in a different household, begins a season at the Manchester Library on Friday (15 April). The participants in this moving feast are played by Lindsay Allen, Jenifer Armitage, Drew Mulligan, David Partridge, Sue Wallace and Claude Close, and the play runs until 14th May. Box Office: 0161 236 7110. (13/4/05)
 
aCHILDREN'S PAGE
We have added a CHILDREN'S PAGEwhich features some of the children's programme Tim Firth has been associated with, including THE ROTTENTROLLS, RIPLEY & SCUFF and COMBAT SHEEP which was an adult Christmas special spin off co-produced with Baby Cow. (14/3/05)
 
aNEVILLE'S ISLAND
The cast for NEVILLE'S ISLAND at the Birmingham Rep has been announced and includes John Hodgkinson (who was incidentally in one of Tim Firth's first ever plays, directed by Sam Mendes), the comedian Les Dennis, the star of 'Watching' Paul Bown and Stewart Wright, who plays PC Mark Mylow in 'Doc Martin'. Box Office: 0121 236 4455. (26/2/05)
 
aTHE SAFARI PARTY
Tickets for Tim Firth's THE SAFARI PARTY production at the Manchester Library, directed by Roger Haines, are on sale and can be obtained from the Library Box Office: 0161 236 7110. (26/2/05)
 
aNEVILLE'S ISLAND kicks off the year with a Rumpus Theatre Company Production at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. The comedy runs from the 8th to the 12 February and the box office phone is 01246 345222. (5/2/05)
 
aFrom today, TimFirth.com will start to add dvd requests to the 'MORE...' panel on each of the television comedy/drama pages. We will also endeavour to identify the contact details for each of these programmes in the hope that public persuasion will enable programmes like PRESTON FRONT, BORDER CAFE and THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY, amongst others, to be offered on general release. (5/2/05)
 
aMatthew Newton, who runs the fan site dedicated to PRESTON FRONT has recently updated the whole site and given it a fresh new look. Visit Matthew's site by following the link from our 'LINKS PAGE'. (7/1/05)
 
aTHE FLINT STREET NATIVITY will be shown in full on Boxing Day on ITV2. Tim Firth's hilarious and poignant seasonal one-off has a cast-list that reads like a Who's Who of British comedy and was filmed on an oversize set to make the actors' characters all the more believable. THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY | ITV2 | 7.30pm | Boxing Day | Sunday 26 December | (20/12/04)
 
aVOTE for Channel 4's 100 GREATEST CHRISTMAS MOMENTS, which could feature Tim Firth's comedy drama THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY if enough votes are cast. The show, presented by Jimmy Carr, will be broadcast on Christmas Eve, and repeated on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. (20/12/04)
 
aTim Firth is at present working on a film with director Julian Jarrold, who has previously directed 'Cracker', 'Canterbury Tales' and 'Great Expectations'. The film entitled THE KINKY BOOT FACTORY is currently in production and stars Linda Bassett (Calendar Girls) and Gwenllian Davies who featured in one of Tim Firth's TRAPPED TV trio of comedy plays - Beauty. (1/12/04)
 
aNew to TIMFIRTH.COM is a page highlighting DVD's, books and scripts of Tim Firth's plays and films which are currently available to purchase. Click the 'SHOP PAGE' to see more. (1/12/04)
 
aFLINT STREET NATIVITY
Tim Firth's comedy drama THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY has been nominated for one of Channel 4's 100 GREATEST CHRISTMAS MOMENTS. Adults including Frank Skinner, Jane Horrocks, Josie Lawrence and Neil Morrissey play 8 year-old children in the build up to their school nativity. You can vote for this great comedy on the Channel 4 web site - follow the link on the 'LINKS PAGE'.
 
aTIM FIRTH ON THE RADIO
Mike Harding's Radio 2 show 'LIVE FROM LIVERPOOL' was a tremendous success with Tim, Willy Russell and the band playing to a packed and enthusiastic hall. Don't forget you can 'Listen Again' via the BBC Radio2 web site. We have some photos of Tim and the band here >>> (7/10/04)
 
aMIKE HARDING SHOW
Tim Firth will sing alongside Willy Russell on the Radio2 Mike Harding Show on Wednesday October 6th. He will perform two of his own compositions at the 'Live from Liverpool' show. The show will also feature Ralph McTell and Janis Ian. The show goes out on Radio2, 88-91FM between 8.00pm - 9.00pm. You can also 'listen again' via the BBC website. (4/10/04)
 
aNEVILLE'S ISLAND @ WATERMILL THEATRE
Tim Firth's play Nevilles' Island has opened at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, to wonderful reviews. The play runs until the 6th November. Reviews here >>> (1/10/04)
 
aTRAPPED
The next comedy in the TRAPPED series, King of Fridges, written by Tim Firth, is on ITV this coming Saturday and stars Mark Benton and Richard Wilson. (13/09/04)
 
aROTTENTROLLS
Coming soon and by popular demand: DVDs and videos of The Rottentrolls are planned for release in the near future. More news soon... (7/09/04)
 
aTRAPPED
TRAPPED, the trio of single comedy plays Tim has devised for ITV will be shown on three consecutive Saturdays next month (September). The shows start at 9.00pm and are on the 4, 11 & 18 September. (31/08/04)
 
aREVIEW
"These singing playwrights are indecently talented..." is how David Robinson describes the THE SINGING PLAYWRIGHTS show at Edinburgh. The full review has been added to the 'REVIEWS' page. Read more here >> (25/08/04)
 
aTRAPPED
KING OF FRIDGES will be previewed at the Edinburgh Television Festival on Saturday 28 August, followed by a discusion by Tim Firth and Richard Wilson. It is hoped that they may be joined on the panel by Sioned Wiliam, the ITV controller of comedy and Henry Normal the producer of King of Fridges but this is not yet confirmed. The screening is at the Tinto at 12.30pm. (24/08/04)
 
aNEW AWARD
Tim Firth and Willy Russell announce The WR Foundation Award to stage new writing at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival. More information here >>>(22/08/04)
 
aTIM in the SCOTSMAN
Tim and Willy Russell talked to Scotsman reporter David Robinson about their first meeting, their shows, new albums and the SINGING PLAYWRIGHTS. "... if you want to hear a masterclass in writing for performance, whether it’s the spoken or sung word, there’s probably no more enjoyable show around."
Read the interview by clicking here >>> (10/08/04)
 
aTIM FIRTH on RADIO4
Tim was a guest on BBC Radio4's FRONT ROW (Thursday 5 August). Interviewed by Kirsty Lang, Tim Firth, accompanied by Willy Russell, talked about his music and the forthcoming SINGING PLAYWRIGHTS show at this years Edinburgh Festival. (8/08/04)
 
aTHE SINGING PLAYWRIGHTS
This show, which kicks off with a preview show on 20 August then daily through to the 30, has been gathering lots of interest.
Tickets are now on sale and selling fast.... Dont miss out.
Pleasance Box Office: 0131 556 6550. Fringe Box Office: 0131 226 0000.
More details can be found on the 'WHAT'S ON' page. (4/08/04)
 
aTRAPPED
KING OF FRIDGES one of the trio of single plays, devised by Tim Firth and presented as TRAPPED, is about the ambitious young manager of a Currys-style electrical warehouse. This young man gets saddled with a sixty-five year old on a frenetic Bank Holiday. The play stars Richard Wilson. (2/08/04)
 
aCOMPANION OF LIPA
Tim will be honoured with a Companionship of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts at a special ceremony this coming Friday (30 July). The award will be presented by Sir Paul McCartney. LIPA awards companionships to individuals in recognition of their contributions to the world of art and entertainment. Willy Russell will also receive a similar award on the same day.
 
aTRAPPED is the title of a trio of single comedy plays Tim has devised
for ITV. He has written one of the plays, KING OF FRIDGES, the others by writers Simon Nye and Jonathan Harvey. The series will be aired during September. (24/07/04) More news soon...
 
aThe Calendar Girls Story is a new book that tells the real story behind the photo-shoot that started the Calendar Girls phenomenon. Written by Jim Simpson, the book has lots of anecdotes from the real calendar girls and photographs taken during of the making film. See CG page for more information. (21/07/04)
 
aTim will appear in a BBC4 documentary which pays tribute to the life and
work of Jack Rosenthal. Jack, who died earlier this year, was one of British
television's most successful comedy dramatists and created classic tv plays The Knowledge, Spend Spend Spend, Bar Mitzvah Boy and The Evacuees. Tim credits Jack with being one of the key pioneers of the genre of comedy drama and was a huge fan of his work. The programme will broadcast on BBC4 on July 18 at 8.00pm. (8/07/04)
 
aNEVILLE'S ISLAND
We have added some photos of the current production of Neville's Island at the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham.
 
aCOMPETITION
Dont forget to check out the competition pages for the chance to win CALENDAR GIRLS & NEVILLE'S ISLAND & BLACKBALL on DVD.
 
aEDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
The details of Tim Firth's and Willy Russell's SINGING PLAYWRIGHTS - AN EVENING OF WORDS AND MUSIC, appearance at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival have been finalised. The show, similar to IN OTHER WORDS, will feature all the musicians from the tour, and will preview on 20 August then run through to the 30 August (5.30pm), with two additional matinee shows (3.00pm) at the Presence Grand Theatre. Tickets are now on sale.
Pleasance Box Office: 0131 556 6550. Fringe Box Office: 0131 226 0000.
More details can be found on the 'WHAT'S ON' page. (24/06/04)
 
aA production of NEVILLE'S ISLAND begins on Thursday at the Coliseum Theatre in Oldham. The show runs until 17 July. More details on the 'WHAT'S ON' page. (22/06/04)

aTim has been awarded a Companionship of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts 2004. LIPA awards companionships to individuals in recognition of their contributions to the world of art and entertainment, particularly within the sectors to which LIPA is linked. The award will be presented at a special ceremony at LIPA on 30 July.

aThe IN OTHER WORDS, Willy Russell and Tim Firth musical show has been booked for an eleven date residency during the Edinburgh Festival in August. The whole 'words and music' will be showcased at the Pleasance Grand during the Internationally famous Edinburgh Festival. More news soon...

aIN OTHER WORDS
stage photos
Tim Firth and Willy Russell are continuing to receive critical acclaim for their innovative stage show, IN OTHER WORDS. The two playwrights/singer - songwriters blend spoken word from their plays with songs from their albums HOOVERING THE MOON and HARMLESS FLIRTING, and have created a quite unique musical show. They played four shows in succession during the past few days. A free show was arranged at LIPA - Liverpool (were three of the band are second year degree students) and then shows in York (Friday), Hay Festival (Saturday) - the band played to a capacity audience of 1600 in the Channel4 Marquee - and Northampton on Sunday night.
See the on-line programme for images and comments.

harmless flirting

HARMLESS FLIRTING

CHEVETTE
LATHAM AVENUE
HARMLESS FLIRTING
ENGLISH LOVE SONG
KEEN ON CARS
LAST MAN STANDING
I COULD REALLY DO WITHOUT THIS NOW
SAME THING TWICE
CAFE IN MANCHESTER
JENNIFER FALLS
BOOK OF STORIES