THE COCK & TAIL INN

A riotous 70s themed comedy devised & written by John Scott Cobb and Nick Green.

About the Comedy Play

The Cock and Tail Inn is a new stage comedy devised by Nick Green and John Scott Cobb for Driftwood Theatre Productions. The original comedy play, written by Cobb, will world premiere at the Brighton Festival Fringe from 18th to 21st May and 25th to 28th May 2011 at The Tudor Rooms, in The Barcelo Ship Hotel, 31-38 Kings Road, Brighton. With a cast drawn from some of the best stage actors in the South East, eager to take part at the world renowned Festival Fringe, you are certainly in for a riotous treat.

Take yourself back to the mid-1970's in the South West of England, to a remote working men's pub, unwelcoming to strangers. Reminisce at the taste of Double- Diamond ale, smell the cheap tobacco billowing around you. You have just entered the world of "The Cock & Tail Inn'', a place where all its dysfunctional regulars meander along at their usual pace of life, until it's oldest regular: bar-fly "Spider'' suddenly takes a turn for the worst, after eating one of Barry's pickled- eggs! Shortly after the pub's regulars trivial worlds are thrown into turmoil when Spider's only surviving daughter; the stunning Pamela makes a surprise appearance announcing that her father has left one of them something in his will. She then has the daunting task of deciding which one of these rum scullions deserves it, but which scallywag will win?

Brummie, Vince and preacher Ollie, together with barmaid Jess and comic landlord Barry, wage bets with 'big softie', Mike, that they are likely to receive an inheritance. And as the story unravels we witness the characters competing against one another to prove to Pamela who is the worthiest. Friendships are about to be tested, and the dubious histories of the characters are laid bare for all to see. The normally quiet Somerset pub is about to explode!

Intrigued? Curiosity got the better of you? Are you craving a piece of 70's nostalgia with a dash of smutty innuendo? Need to laugh until your side's ache? If you love comedy in the nature of 'Only Fools and Horses', 'Father Ted' and 'The Good Life', you'll love the Cock and Tail Inn. Grab yourself a pint and a packet of pork scratchings and prepare to have a good old chuckle. The winner takes it all!

Meet The Cast

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 Name Vasantha M Chikkamuniyappa Sam Nixon Paddy O'Keefe Warren Saunders Cara Fraser
 Role 'Barry' -The Inn's Landlord 'Molly' - Landlord's Wife 'Ollie' - The Vicar 'Mike' - pub regular 'Chrystal' - Mike's wife
 About

Madhava worked on several plays in India between 2003-2007.
Later he went on to work with a professional improv troupe called innappropriov in phoenix, Arizona, USA between 2008 & 2010.
In Nov 2010 he moved to Brighton where he acted in Closure for Crimson Horse Theatre.
This year saw him again performing with Crimson Horse Theatre playing the lead in Women of Thesmophoria. Madhava starred as Kinesias in Lysistrata for Brighton Act last June 2010 where he is currently doing a foundation course in Acting.

A Brighton Festival virgin! Sam has been performing for over 20years. With extensive experience in community theatre and TIE she recently returned to the stage in Alan Bennetts Talking Heads. She is also a singer and cabaret performer performing with 3 piece band The Desperate Hurstwives and with Brighton Comedienne Lorrainne Bowen.

Paddy trained at the Academy of Creative Training in Brighton. In his time, he has played many eminent and respectable characters such as Lord Stanley in Richard III, Oberon and Egeus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Father Jack in Dancing at Lughnasa, Nagg in Endgame, Euripides in Women at the Thesmophoria and Mark in The Well. He has also played a few fools such as Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Thomas in For Whom the Microwave Dings and the occasional villain such as Mr Bintshaft in The Well. In his current role as the Rev. Oliver Patterson (Ollie to his pals at the pub), he has a go at portraying a villain with a veneer of respectability and more than a touch of the fool about him, and is having the time of his life! Paddy also present a weekly show on politics and the arts on Radio Free Brighton.  

Warren Saunders trained at the Brit School for Performing Arts (Croydon), and has appeared in Sweeney Todd and Godspell (The Barn), P'tang YangKipperbang (Hendon Studio), Lucky Ones and Bacchae (Brit Studio, Croydon). He also spent a season as Deputy Sheriff in American Adventure (Derby). He has recently completed a succesful run in The Well by Jonathan Brown at the NVT in Brighton his first venture into physical theatre, he feels privileged to be working with a great bunch of people in The Cock & Tail Inn - his first foray into comedy.

Cara studied acting for 3 years at Northbrook College in 2005. Theatrical acting roles include Anna in Closer for Take A Seat Theatre, The Ref in Trafford Tanzi, Electra in Electra for My My Theatre, Hippolito in The Revengers Tragedy for Perseverance Productions and in 2010 appeared as Sai, the female lead role in Bolt from the Blue for Second Impression Theatre Company. Cara has also appeared in numerous TV and film roles including Dolphins, Eastenders, and Rob Marshall's Nine at Shepperton Studios plus a feature film lead in Three Inches for Under The Hat Productions. Other work includes Orange Mobile commercial, TV Presenter for BBC's The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson and a Head and Shoulders advert. The Cock and Tail Inn will be her third production in the Brighron Festival Fringe. 

 
 Name Hannah Garred Arabella Gibbins Christopher Willoughby Jessie Morel Graham Axford
 Role 'Jesse' - Barmaid 'Pamela' - Spider's daughter 'Vince' the wild one 'Kerry' - Ollies daughter 'Spider' - The Bar-fly
 About Hannah Garred trained in musical Theatre at The BRIT School for Performing Arts where she played Jeanie in Hair
Hannah was then awarded a scholarship on the Three Year Acting course at ALRA, appearing as Sarah in The Accrington Pals and Louise in Top Girls.
Since leaving drama school Hannah appeared as Joy in For The Love of Money and Best Before End. More recently Hannah played as Jaqui in Made in Spain at the Pleasence Theatre and Soho Theatre London. Hannah has just finished a run of Bad Girls -The Musical at the Pavilion Theatre. She is delighted to be part of The Cock and Tail Inn! Cheers!
Arabella studied drama at Bristol University where she also acted at Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Her performances include 'Laurie' in Oklahoma, 'Queen Ann' in Shakespeare's Richard III and 'Inez' in Jean-Paul Sartre's No Way Out. Radio work includes Hopes and Fears by S. Fairburn. Arabella also acted in a touring production of The Vagina Monologues, which was taken to Glastonbury Festival in 2007. Moving to Brighton, Arabella joined the Academy of Creative Training. She is now the lead singer of Brighton's up-and-coming band Illustrators. Arabella performed in Gary Mepsted's short film The Glove that will be screened later this year by Driftwood Productions. She performed in last year's musical comedy The Royal Informer for the Fringe. Chris trained at The Academy of Creative Training. His credits include Derek in Once a Catholic, Barry in The Dumb Show and Stanley in The Birthday Party.
He has also appeared in Terry Pratchetts The Colour of Magic and is a writer and stand up comic.
Jessie Morel trained at Central Sussex College Hub Theatre where she played Susan in Jonathan Goodwin's Narnia, Gail in John Godber's Teechers and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream. After leaving she appeared in a succession of short films in London and Brighton as well as casting and assisting on projects for various student films. Most recently she appeared in a rehearsed reading for Jonathan Brown's Beef and is thrilled to be part of The Cock & Tail Inn, her first performance in Brighton Fringe Festival.

What can be said about Graham Axford? He's an action man that does stupid things: example,he said he'd sail the Atlantic, then did it twice - singlehandedly!
Acting wise whilst living in the USA Axford worked with Mel Gibson in The Patriot, with Matt Damon and Will Smith in The Legend of Bagger Vance, and with Keanu Reeves and Cate Blanchet in The Gift.
Stage work includes roles in View from a Bridge, The Government Inspector, and The Crucible. Graham is currently riding a huge bike down to brighton from Croydon to appear in The Cock and Tail Inn - this is his first Brighton Fringe festival venture.

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