Mark Brisenden is a comedy writer whose work has appeared on hundreds of BBC Radio comedy broadcasts performed by, amongst others, Spike Milligan, Roy Hudd, Jessica Martin, Rory Bremner, Alistair McGowan, Dick Vosburgh, The Strange Dr. Weird and The Marx Brothers (well, sort of) via his adapting and writing of the original material for BBC Radio’s revival of the long lost Marx Brothers radio series Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel.
Frank Ferrante is the award-winning star of the massively acclaimed live show An Evening with Groucho, a fast-paced comedy packed with songs, stories and inspired audience interaction. Frank has taken his show all over the world and we are delighted to welcome him to Bath exclusively for the festival. As well as performing on the Saturday evening, Frank will also be a guest at the Sunday afternoon event.
Frank Lazarus composed the music for A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and performed in all its versions, in the UK and in America, as “Carlo”, the character modelled on Chico. He then played “Chico/Emmanuel Ravelli” in the BBC version of Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel. He also performed a one-man show, The Hollywood/Ukraine Backers Audition, in New York and London.
Glenn Mitchell is best known as the author of alphabetically-arranged reference books on classic film comedy, among them The Marx Brothers Encyclopaedia. In common with Mark Brisenden, he was a long-serving comedy writer for BBC Radio’s The News Huddlines. He has also written and presented radio documentaries, such as The Marx Brothers in Britain. His radio play Catching up with Clifford included in its cast Roy Hudd, June Whitfield, Chris Emmett and Michael Roberts.
Michael Roberts played Groucho in the BBC versions of Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel and A Night in the Ukraine. He spent his childhood in Tottenham, being chased around the living room by his father, who seemed to believe that Groucho impressions, like charity, began at home. After eleven years of English teaching, he obtained a place at Webber Douglas Academy and threw himself into the theatre. After being thrown out of the theatre he never looked back. He recently appeared in his acclaimed one man show Hollywood Screams.