THE COCK & TAIL INN 2: The 80s

A riotous 80s themed comedy devised & written by John Scott Cobb and Nick Green

About the Comedy Play

'The Cock and Tail Inn 2: The 80's' is the follow up to last year's sellout stage comedy 'The Cock and Tail Inn: The 70's' devised by Nick Green and John Scott Cobb for Driftwood Productions. The world premiere of this original comedy play, written and directed by Cobb, will take place at The Tudor Rooms, in The Barcelo Ship Hotel, 31-38 Kings Road, Brighton from the 10th to 26th May 2012 as part of Brighton Fringe.

Take yourself back to the innocent '80's and a remote working men's pub in the South West of England – not frequented by cosmopolitan strangers. Order yourself a warm Bucks Fizz, inhale the cheap tobacco smoke billowing around you and prepare to observe the regulars of "The Cock & Tail Inn'' as some new faces come to town.

Regular barfly and aspiring yuppie Mike is still wallowing in self-pity since his wife Chrystal ran off with his so-called best mate Vince: a dodgy geezer and all round Neanderthal. Mike tried to console himself by playing the stock market, using the money he got from selling his ex-wife's wedding jewelry to old school toff Dick – no questions asked. He did rather well for himself but as we all know money does not buy you love. Larry the landlord, takes over from Barry the landlord - Molly has left him! The Tom Cruise loviing Larry, is on hand to offer some advice, but it takes the arrival of some familiar faces to bring Mike his Princess Di.

A romp ensues as Mike uncovers blackmail plots, drug dealing and concealed identities - fighting off the attentions of some amorous Austrians along the way – but will the unlikely hero win the heart of a mysterious woman who has appeared at the Inn... presumably attracted by the landlord's 'amazing' cocktails and the radical change in music policy?

Dodgy dancing, pretty women, money, smut, cocktails and treachery – this slice of 80scomedy nostalgia will raise your spirits and lift you up where you belong!

Meet The Cast

 Name Neil Thomas Sarah Deeas Matt Fox Stewart James Barham Cara Fraser
 Role 'Larry' -The Inn's Landlord 'Molly' - Landlord's Missus Dick - Boffy toffy ol' git 'Mike' - pub regular 'Chrystal' - Mike's wife

Neil trained at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College before attending Bournemouth University's Media School. After making his screen acting debut in 2002, Neil has appeared in over 30 short films including Stalker, Celebritwat (both of which he wrote & directed) and cult horror comedy I Ran From A Zombie. This year, as well as acting for a murder mystery company, Neil's film work has included playing a banker, a stand up comedian, a security guard, a gangster & an eyepatch wearing hunchback! Neil has just completed a run of the play Late Of This Address with the Lancing Repertory Players in which he played the lead.


Sarah Deeas is an actress, performer and performance maker based in Brighton, although originally from the deepest North (well...Bradford). 
Sarah has worked as an actress in theatre (founder member With Your Left Hand Theatre, Leeds amongst other work ) medical roleplay work, mix and mingle performance at events and festivals, Murder Mystery events and also short film and music video work (both big and small budget) and also performs with her musical alter-ego, Marianna Harlotta, as an ongoing project at events, festivals and comedy evenings (including the Edinburgh Fringe and Lovebox Festivals)
Last year she played ‘Mabel’ in ‘The Servant’ at Brighton’s New Venture Theatre and most recently featured in a music video for the London band ‘Thumpermonkey’ (in post-production)  Sarah is currently collaborating on a piece of multi-media performance about the infamous dancer/spy Mata Hari with photographer/filmmaker Nazare Soares and Brighton-based dancer/costumier Billie Rae.

Matt Fox returns to the Brighton Fringe ten years since his last role in Arthur Miller's "The American Clock". His past credits include Marc in "ART" Colin in "Between Worlds" and work for various corporate clients including Sky and AstraZenica. Most Recently Matt was filming action war thriller "Mercenaries" with Billy Zane.

This is Stewart's first production with Driftwood and he is delighted to be playing the older Mike in the 80's sequel to The Cock and Tail Inn. He has recently returned from a three month theatre tour of Sense and Sensibility with Chapterhouse Theatre Company. He has been part of the Brighton Fringe several times over the past five years with Second Impression Theatre and played the male lead in their 2010 show Bolt From The Blue. Last Summer he toured the UK and Ireland with open air productions of Taming of the Shrew and Cranford. He is also a singer and in 2009 toured a two hander show called Fly Me To The Moon in which he sang songs by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and other artists from that golden age. Stewart is thrilled to be back in the 1980's once again with Driftwood Productions!'


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. Reprising her role as Chrystal from last year's show, The Cock and Tail Inn 2 will be her fourth production in the Brighron Festival Fringe. 

 Name Laura Ann Scobie Elizabeth Pollard Christopher Willoughby James Burke June Elvin
 Role Deborah - newcomer

Steffi - Helmut's Mutter

'Vince' the wild one Helmut - Austrian DJ Lollipop Lady

Laura studied Drama at Aberystwyth University. Since graduating and returning to her native Brighton her theatrical roles have included Sophie in the devised play Closure and Greta in Steven Berkoff's Metamorphosis, both at The Marlborough Little Theatre. Laura has also performed at the New Venture Theatre. Her credits there include Doreen in Tony Roper's comic musical play The Steamie and last November's production of Rona Munro's Iron in which she played Guard 2 (Sheila). The Cock and Tail Inn 2 will be her second production in the Brighton Festival Fringe and she's so chuffed to be part of it. Cheers!

Liz is based in Worthing. She is a member of a local musical theatre company called WLOC, with whom she most recently played "Ado Annie" in Oklahoma at Worthing Pavilion theatre in March 2012. Other recent acting roles in 2012 include a small part in a casino commercial, an alcoholic in a short film and some audio recording for a feature film. When not treading the boards, Liz refurbishes property, designs interiors and makes soft furnishings. 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. Chris played Brummie Vince in last year's production of The Cock & Tail Inn: The 70s.

This is James' first appearance in the Brighton fringe festival, & is pleased to have such an *out there* character. Previous credits include the lead role 'Willy Carson' in Edward Bonds 'The Sea' for The Stable Theatre,'John Benfield' in 'The Boy Juliet' directed by Rodney Figaro.A principle Marine in the teaser trailer for the Halo film: Operation Chastity, The hero in a commercial for 'Bells Bicycles' & Stu the lead in a pilot comedy sitcom. Other roles include playing the love rat, hero, a double crossing gangster, the boyfriend/love interest, a disjointed murderer, the thieving yob, businessman & the good guy.His next venture after the this is as 'Rudge' in 'The History Boys'.

June Elvin is a very experienced actress who has been working in Films, Television and Theatre all her life. June was under contract to Ealing Studios in its heyday and made films with a number of leading film directors. In the last few years June has made a name for herself as one of the countries leading older actresses in social realism roles. Her performances in 'Jake's Justice' and as a Dementia sufferer in 'Someone To watch Over Me' have recieved national acclaim. June's extensive work includes: For Ealing Studios Films -  Nicholas Nickleby, Too Hot To Handle, Judgement Deferred, She Shall Have Murder, Celia, The Small Back Room.
Recent Film Work- Waiting For Christian, Smiley, Jake's Justice, and Somone To Watch Over Me.
TV appearances include: Dickie Henderson Show, Z Cars, Tableau Of Love and Robert The Bruce.
THEATRE : West End - Pride and Prejudice, Give A Dog A Bone, and The Bells (with Patricia Routledge).
Other theatre work includes: Twelfth Night at the Lyric Hammersith (with Edward Woodward).
June is also an accomplished writer and her novel: Sisters At War is now available in bookshops.

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