CALVERTON might seem an unlikely location for a hit comedy play to finish a UK tour but, for one night only in October, the Edinburgh Fringe comes to the Nottinghamshire village in the form of Phys Ed, a play by local writer Simon Carter.
This one man comedy is performed by actor Nicholas Osmond, who may be familiar as the voice of Leon in The Archers on Radio 4, and to younger audiences from appearances in Dr Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.
A PE teacher, living in the shadow of his brother (an England rugby international), goes for glory with his team of 12-year olds in a journey through sibling rivalry, bed wetting, bullying, and curiously hairy children. The show won critical acclaim at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe and at Manchester’s 24-7 Festival in 2009, with the 2009 production earning a Manchester Evening News Award nomination for Nicholas Osmond.
Based in Calverton, writer Simon Carter is an award-winning playwright and comedy sketch writer. His plays won awards at both the 2010 and 2011 Nottingham One Act Play Festivals. A new full-length play, Blink, is receiving its world premiere at Nottingham Arts Theatre in November 2011. A film script based on the Calverton Plough Play – pitched as morris dancing meets The Cannonball Run – is being developed in conjunction with Nottingham’s Television Workshop.
Phys Ed plays once only at St Wilfrid’s School, Calverton, on Friday 28 October 2011. Show starts at 8.00pm. Tickets cost £4/£3 and can be reserved by calling 0115 965 2775