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Dynamic tale of forgers’ turf war

A FAST-PACED, provoca- tive and boisterous caper will be at the Riverfront Theatre, Newport on Fri- day March 13 and Saturday March 14, 7.45pm. Long Live the Little Knife,

starringWendy Seager and Neil McCormac, is a dy- namic, absurd and uplift- ing theatre piece about for- gery, castration and blind drunkenness. Liz and Jim are a husband and wife team of forgers who have risen to great heights and fallen to great depths in their careers as con artists and counterfeiters. They are caught in a turf war over fake vintage hand- bags. They need to find £250,000

in protection money. Their big boss, The Wee Man, convinces them to under- take a harebrained mis- sion to up their game and become the world’s great- est art forgers. There’s only one problem...they can’t paint!


Based on a series of in- terviews with a real life husband and wife forgery team, the text toys with the line between fact and fiction and explores the no- tion of truth and authen- ticity. Artistic director of Fire

Exit David Leddy has been described as a ‘the- atrical maverick’ (Finan- cial Times). The artistic work combines the intel- lectual stimulation of performance art and the dynamism of new digital technologies with the emo- tional drive of dramatic new writing. Recent prizes include the Edinburgh In- ternational Festival Fringe Award, a San Diego Critics’ Circle award, two different Herald Angel Awards and a Fringe First Award. For booking information con- tact 01633 656757.

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A fun night of stories with Basil

FUN: Basil Brush

BASIL Brush is a star with an outstanding ability to entertain and make people of all ages laugh and smile. He’s cheeky, charming, naughty, quick-wit- ted and foxy, but at the same time he’s kind, caring and af- fectionate! Basil has celebrated over 50

years in entertainment and the BAFTA-nominated The Basil Brush Show on BBC has been seen by millions of view- ers all over the globe from 1968 through to today. Now, Britain’s most lovable

fox is back on the road with his TV chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey). Together they will take you on a journey of laughs, storytelling and song in a new “live” stage show packed with fun. Catch Basil when he visits Newport Riverfront onJune 6, and join in the mayhem. Call 01633 65 67 57 or visit

Dinosaurs and pirates

BOISTEROUS CAPER: Long Live The Little Knife

Legendary king’s story given a modern edge

MONTY Python’s Spamalot is playing Cardiff’s New The- atre featuring Joe Pasquale reprising hismuchloved role of King Arthur alongside Todd Carty as Patsy. Having first played King

Arthur for a successful West End run last summer, come- dian Joe Pasquale is pleased as punch to be back in the role (he would be pleased as Holy Grail Ale, but it’s not re- ally got the same ring to it). He will star alongside Todd Carty, who starred as Patsy from the very start of this production both on tour and in the West End run. “I love the part and I love

PYTHONESQUE: Joe Pasquale and Todd Carty and inset: Argus arts writer, Andy Howells

the show. I grew up watch- ing Monty Python so it’s my generation!” says Joe, who also said of the show: “It’s just funny it hasn’t dated, it

changes on a nightly basis depending on who’s in the news, what situation we’re in. Everything is carved and created around where we are it’s always bang up to date on topical stuff as well.” Lovingly ripped off from

the film comedy Monty Py- thon and the Holy Grail, Spa- malot is a kind-of new musi- cal with a book by Eric Idle and a new score,created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. Spamalot tells the tale of

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and fea- tures fantastic tunes more magical than a Camelot con- vention, including He Is Not Dead Yet, Find Your Grail and of course Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. Tonight’s show features an appearance by Argus arts

writer Andy Howells as Sir Not Appearing. It follows a five-year tradition of the tour inviting local journalists on- stage. He said: “I got an email a month ago, which was a Pythonesque letter that had been signed by Eric Idle. I just thought it was a joke but the PR agency actually asked me. “It’s a dream come true to

get a walk-on part and, hope- fully, get a laugh. Some come- dians wait theirwhole lives to get that. “I’ve never seen the produc-

tion of Spamalot so I’m look- ing forward to it. It will be great for my family to laugh at dad making a fool of him- self.”

Spamalot plays until tomor-

row. Visit newtheatrecardiff. or call box office on 029 2087 8889 for tickets.

NON-STOP ACTION: Captain Flinn & The Pirate Dinosaurs

ALL aboard for a non-stop action-packed theatrical expe- rience with music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs! Les Petits Theatre Company bring Captain Flinn & The Pirate Di- nosaurs to the Borough Thea- tre on Saturday 14 March at 2.30pm. Join Flinn as he discovers a Pirate hiding in a cupboard, hold on tight as the cupboard falls away and together we tum- ble into a real-life adventure! The show is based on the

award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto. Tickets which cost £7.50 (Family Ticket £28) are avail- able from the Box Office on 01873 850805 or onlinewww.bor-

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