Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened To The Likely Lad?
- Claire Sawers
- 20 August 2015
This article is from 2015
Rodney goes to Hollywood via Yorkshire and the BBC
The artist formerly known as one half of The Likely Lads brings an autobiographical one-man show to the Fringe. The subtitle, ‘An Audience with Rodney Bewes … Who?’, acknowledges that those who didn’t see him on telly in his 60s heyday (or later reruns), may not have a clue who he is. For those who don’t, he’s an impish raconteur, clearly delighted to be back on stage where he began his career as a child actor.
He begins by switching on a portable CD player, plugged into tiny speakers (a sweet, DIY touch, as is a precious laminate he produces of his first ever contract at the BBC) and plays the theme tune to the TV show that took him ‘from being a star, to a household name!’ Before anyone takes that, or him, seriously, he adds that he’s also a UNESCO Heritage Site and an Area of Natural Beauty.
Glass of red wine in hand, he meanders through tales of his Yorkshire childhood to Hollywood, with starry stories of luvvie encounters with Sir Alec Guinness, Laurence Olivier and Raquel Welch. Although many names won’t ring bells with younger audience members, and despite a sense we’re indulging him at points (when he reads glowing reviews aloud, for example), he’s still a likeable lad.
Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, until 30 Aug, 4pm, £10 (£9).