The comedy stuff...
My first stage play Because Of Mr Darrow was produced at the Finborough Theatre in London. This was followed by Laugh? I Nearly Went To Miami! which had a London fringe run at the Pentameters Theatre before being produced for the first Liverpool Festival of Comedy.
Translated into many languages, Laugh? I Nearly Went To Miami! has been performed all around the world including Vienna where it was called ...Und Morgen Fliegen Wir Nach Miami. Legendary British director Cyril Frankel (Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and UFO) directed. The play has also been produced in Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Singapore and South Africa. The Hungarian version Elvis Oltar, Miami opened in Budapest in 2016.
By this time I was writing stage and television material for Frankie Howerd including co-writing the hour long special Superfrank for Channel 4. I also wrote an updated stage version of Up Pompeii which received its premiere by Bruce James Productions in a 2011 UK tour starring Damian Williams as Lurcio the slave. It was published by Josef Weinberger Ltd in 2012 and a UK tour by the Baroque Theatre Company followed in 2014 starring Clive Greenwood as Lurcio.
It was also around about this period that I was writing for the international Walt Disney Magazine creating cartoon stories for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and other well known Disney characters.
I then went on the BBC Television writers’ training course at Elstree and subsequently created and wrote the BBC1 comedy series Wyatt’s Watchdogs. Produced and directed by Alan J.W. Bell, it starred Brian Wilde (from Porridge and Last of the Summer Wine) and Trevor Bannister (Are You Being Served?) This was followed by writing for the Alomo/BBC TV show Birds of a Feather.
My next stage comedy was It’s Now Or Never! Directed by Marina Calderone, it starred Peter Polycarpou (Birds of a Feather) and Tony Roper (Rab C. Nesbitt), Heather Alexander and Leyton Sommers as Elvis. The play is published by Josef Weinberger Ltd and a new revamped script is currently available.
This was followed by the comedy thriller Getting Away With Murder, directed by Stephen Warden, which had a successful run in Hampstead, London and was published by Matador Books in 2009 under its original title Twist. It received its USA premiere by the Rogue Theatre Company in Massachusetts in 2010.
My experience in working as a tour guide for the Big Bus Company led to my theatrical comedy Topless, a one-woman play set on an open-top London sightseeing bus, coming about. It ran for two seasons in London and was the first play anywhere in the world to be performed on top of a sightseeing bus driving through the streets of the capital.
Topless in Philadelphia followed in 2009 and Topless in Sydney in 2014. I am currently writing Topless in Las Vegas and Topless in New York.
My first novel Fripp was published in 2001.
In 2012/13 I developed Topless as a 30 minute TV sitcom for Lucky Giant NBC/Universal International.
The music stuff...
In 1976, with drummer Jon Moss, bassist Steve Voice and guitarist Dave Wight, I formed the rock band London as vocalist ‘Riff Regan’. We were managed by ex-Yardbirds and ex-Marc Bolan manager Simon Napier-Bell and recorded on MCA Records. We supported The Stranglers on their major UK tour throughout the summer of 1977. Our singles Everyone’s A Winner, Summer Of Love and Animal Games and our one and only album Animal Games were all produced by Napier-Bell at the IBC studios in London.
Following a nationwide tour London broke up after a farewell gig at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street. Jon Moss joined The Damned and then formed Culture Club with Boy George; Dr Colin Wight became a Lecturer in International Politics; Steve Voice formed The Original Vampires; Simon Napier-Bell went on to manage George Michael and Wham! and I released four more singles on MCA Records: All The Nice Boys And Girls In The World, Japanese Girls, You Call Me Lucky and The Only One before recording Hard Hearts Don’t Cry on CBS Epic.
In 1982 I co-wrote the song Hottest Woman In Town with Andy Miller. Recorded at London’s Trident recording studios by ex-Ozzy Osbourne and Ian Gillan lead guitarist Berni Torme, it was released as a single and featured on the Metal Killers album.
In 2007 Steve Voice and I reformed London with new guitarist Hugh O’Donnell and new drummer Colin Watterston. We released a new album Reboot in 2012.
My first solo album Milestones was released in autumn 2015.