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  1. Published on: 21/06/2022 05:59 PMReported by: rogerblaxall
    Photo: Steve Ullathorne

    Do the talents of Ormskirk impressionist Jon Culshaw know no end?

    He's to play legendary comedian Les Dawson in a new play, which opens in Edinburgh soon and then goes on tour.

    Les Dawson: ‘Flying High’ is a homage and celebration of the beloved and much-missed Lancashire comedy legend, Les Dawson.

    His touching, funny and warm-hearted performance is set to premier at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August before touring the country with first stop Chorley.

    The play channels all the emotions such a rich life would procure, gifting the audience with anecdotes, incidents, and insights into Les’ journey, as he travels on Concorde at twice the speed of sound 68,000 feet above the Earth, in this new play from BAFTA and Olivier Award winning writer Tim Whitnall and director Bob Golding.

    With the intent to go beyond and above a basic recount of Dawson’s life, the piece explores contemporary themes such as mortality, identity, love, kindness, spiritual beliefs or even ambition, that paced Les’ life. Whitnall analyses concepts we have all faced or inevitably will, as he magnificently narrates the happy moments, trials, and tribulations of Les’ life. He presents a more philosophical version of the late popular comedian, as he dives into his indisputable literary talent and the origin of such a successful and brilliant life.

    Growing up, Les, the self-declared Collyhurst ‘slum kid’, yearned to be recognized for his writing prowess, and to transform his passion of literature into a full-time profession.

    Simultaneously, he discovered his ability to make people laugh and carried this ambition into adulthood, reflected in his acclaimed memoirs ‘No Tears for the Clown’. Initially considered a tedious task by Les, this autobiography acted as an abundant pool of information for Tim Whitnall, offering glimpses and lessons to be extracted out of Dawson’s spectacular flight through life.

    From ambiance music to inventive lighting and ingenious sound design, the play uses a variety of audio-visual effects, all participating in creating an entertaining, lively, and beautiful atmosphere. It is a must-see show, for all the family.

      

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