A Parson’s Tale


A Parson’s Tale was an enthralling one-man play, written by Christopher Owen, which toured the UK and Gulf between 1995 & 2004 at over 100 venues. In 2012 we brought about the return of this entertaining comedy, set in 1895 England, to the UK, starring Bob Young (The Rochdale Pioneers) as Reverend J T Smith, along with live musical entertainment!

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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 run, starring Christopher Owen:

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

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

Quotes from 2012 revival:

“the piece is truly brought to life by the passion and talent of its performer Bob Young” – Karl Barnsley, Reviewer & Director of Lion Tamers’ Theatre Company [read full review]

“An amusing but insightful glimpse into the trials and tribulations of a 19th Century country parson. An enthralling performance” – Rev Bill Sloan, All Saints Church, Hesketh Bank

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

Similar touring shows available in:
Bolton, Manchester, Rochdale, Bury, Chorley, Burnley, Merseyside, Warrington, Runcorn, Oldham, Southport, Cheshire (but not limited to)…

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This show toured to:

Friday, 30th November 2012, 7.30pm – Bromley Cross Village Hall, Bolton
Saturday, 16th February 2013, 7.30pm – Manley Village Hall, Cheshire
Saturday, 16th March 2013, 7.30pm – St Thomas’s Church Hall, Delph
Saturday, 23rd March 2013, 7.30pm – All Saints Church Hall, Hesketh Bank, Preston
Saturday, 20th April 2013, 7.30pm – St. Anne’s Church, Edgeside, Rossendale
Friday, 31st May 2013 – 7.30pm – Askham & Helton Village Hall, Penrith, Cumbria
Friday, 14th June 2013 – 7.30pm – St Mary’s Church Hall, Cadishead, Manchester
Friday, 21st June 2013 – 7.30pm – All Saints Church Hall, Stretford, Manchester
Friday, 13th September 2013 – 7.30pm – Hayfield Village Hall, Derbyshire
Friday, 11th October 2013 – 7.30pm – Emmanuel Church, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire
Friday, 17th January 2014 – 8pm – Mellor Parish Centre, Stockport
Thursday, 20th February 2014 – 8pm – Christ Church Hall, Little Lever, Bolton
Thurs 24th & Fri 25th April 2014 – 8pm – The New Millennium Theatre, Waterfoot
Fri 4th July 2014 – 8pm – St. Clements Church, Urmston
Wed 23rd July 2014 – 7.30pm – Saint James’ Church, Higher Broughton
Mon 25th August 2014 – 7.30pm – Littleborough Trades Hall Club, Lancashire
Fri 14th November 2014 – 8pm – Chester Music Theatre, Chester
Fri 21st November 2014 – 8pm – Bojangles Theatre, Middleton

A Parson's Tale 2014 Tour