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Jon Culshaw to star as Les Dawson in ‘Flying High’


Jon Culshaw to star as Les Dawson in ‘Flying High’

Les Dawson: Flying High, the play starring Jon Culshaw, will debut at the Assembly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer before touring the UK from September 2022.

Les Dawson: ‘Flying High’ is a homage, and celebration of the beloved and much-missed comedy Legend, Les Dawson. Jon Culshaw actor, comedian and impersonator delivers a touching, funny and warm-hearted performance in this show that is set to premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August before touring the country.

The production brilliantly 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.

Les Dawson: ‘Flying High‘s dramatic foundation is an advantage in building up the ambiguous tone and style of this ‘hilarious-yet humbling; heightened yet grounded; poignant yet ultimately uplifting tale.

Growing up, Les, the self-declared ‘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 ambience 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.

Edinburgh Listings:

Show: Les Dawson: Flying High

Dates: 3 August 2022 to 28 August 2022 (except 16th)

Time: 4.30pm (60 mins)

Venue: Assembly George Square: Gordon Aikman Theatre

Address: 32 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

Price: £9 (previews) – £17

Tour Listing Information dates:

22.09.22          Lancaster – Grand

23.09.22          Lincoln –  Theatre Royal

24.09.22          Salford – Lowry (Quays Theatre)

25.09.22          Newbury – Corn Exchange

30.09.22          Milton Keynes – The Stables

01.10.22          Maidenhead – Norden Farm

02.10.22          Bridgewater – Mcmillian Theatre

08.10.10          Bristol – Redgrave Theatre

09.10.10          West Super Mare – Playhouse

16.10.22          Shrewsbury – Theatre Severn

22.10.22          Bridport – Electric Palace

23.10.22          Swindon – Wyvern Theatre

03.10.22          Southampton – Mayflower Studios

04.11.22          Wimborne – Tivoli Theatre

06.11.22          Bognor Regis – The Regis Theatre

13.11.22          Southend – Palace Theatre

19.11.22          Liverpool – Playhouse

10.12.22          Lytham St Annes – Lowther Pavilion

11.12.22          Lytham St Annes – Lowther Pavilion

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