A Parson’s Tale Press Release

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Mature Rising Star Embarks on Holy Tour

Mature Actor Bob Young, of Salford, proves it is never too late to follow your dreams as he is set to embark on a regional tour of one man comedy play ‘A Parson’s Tale’, kicking off with an exclusive performance at Bromley Cross Village Hall, Bolton, before the 2013 tour. A Parson’s Tale, written by Christopher Owen, toured the UK and Gulf between 1995 & 2004 at over 100 venues. This entertaining comedy, set in 1895 Victorian England, returns once again, now starring Bob Young (The Rochdale Pioneers) as Reverend J T Smith, along with musical highlights from the Northern Singer/Actor himself.

About Bob Young:

Bob entered the acting world at the ‘mature’ age of 62, having establishing a career as a Vocal Entertainer after leaving the armed forces. Although a latecomer to the industry, he is already building some notable credits which have seen him acting alongside some well known faces. November has seen Bob’s acting career reach a new milestone with the international release of new feature film ‘The Rochdale Pioneers’, in which Bob plays John Shackle. This period feature, funded by the Co-op, tells the story of the first successful cooperative store in Rochdale in 1844 and screened on Film4 on 11th Nov. Other members of the cast include John McArdle and John Henshaw, both of whom are well known from numerous T.V. and film appearances. In September 2012, Bob also appeared at the Lowry Studio Theatre, acting alongside Arthur Bostrom, famous for his role as Officer Crabtree in the long running hit TV series ‘Alo ‘Alo, in ‘Onions Cry Too’.

A Parson’s Tale Synopsis:

The year is 1895. The Rev. J.T. Smith of St Peter’s, Mulworth, has just arrived at the Parish Hall in the village of Norton. It is a very special occasion: the celebration of the rebuilding of the Old Bell Tower at St Peter’s.

A Guest Speaker, the Very Rev. Dean Hole is expected. Songs are to be sung by Rev. Smith’s wife and his former curate Mr Rashleigh, now Rector of the Parish of Norton. Extracts from Charlotte Bronte, Washington Irving are to be performed. Unfortunately, neither Dean Hole, nor Mr Rashleigh, nor the Rev Smith’s wife has as yet arrived.

But the audience has …

Review quotes from original 95-04 run, starring Christopher Owen:

“Brilliant – a masterpiece of sustained characterisation”
The Surrey Advertiser

“An evening of comedy – totally engrossing – a must see”
The Bordon Herald

“By the end of the evening it felt we were taking leave of a dear friend”
Lichfield Mercury

“Outstanding – much enjoyed by the audience – a prolonged ovation”
The Stage

Written By: Christopher Owen
Starring: Bob Young (featuring Brenda Walker)
Music Performed By: Bob Young
Directed By: Paul Kenney


Friday, 30th November 2012, 7.30pm (£8/£6 Concession)
Bromley Cross Village Hall, Darwen Road, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL7 9JG

2013 NW tour dates coming soon.

Book online at www.aparsonstale.com
Pay on door available.

– For further details contact show Director Paul Kenney on paul@newlivetheatre.co.uk to arrange interviews with Bob.
– Bob has been interviewed on the radio on a number of occassions, most recently to talk about his role in ‘The Rochdale Pioneers’ which is soon to screen once again on Film4 on 23rd & 26th Nov. Further details: http://www.therochdalepioneers.co.uk/


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