MEN WITH VEN

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1: The Spotted Dog
2: The Pie & Mash Interfaith Meeting
3: Sic Transit Gloria
4: Jason Statham - May 29
5: Breaking The Curse - June 12
6: The Dave - June 26
7: The Cuddle - July 10

Soundtrack Album: Songs From Driving From Barking To Deptford

A Men With Ven production.
Produced and Directed by David Barratt.

Written by Men With Ven
Co-written by Jo Gardetta & Neville Farmer
Additional writing by Steve Graham & Fenella Fudge.

Songs by Men With Ven.

Men With Ven are Bill Clift, David Barratt & Carl Marsh

Driving From Barking To Deptford was recorded at The Abattoir Of Good Taste in Barking, Deptford, Birmingham, Stockholm, Bangkok, New York and Whitstable in 3D Vensound.

Bill was played by Bill Clift
Dave - Shane Attwooll
Carl - Mark Arden
Ethel/Ethelburga - Kerry Enright
Frieda/Freya - Sarah Lonton
Viv/Vivien/Gloria and The Parrot were all voiced by Fenella Fudge
The Narrator - Amanda Homi.
The Missus - Anita Dobson.
Jason Statham was played...
Spaceman Jack - Roy Harter.
Odin - Christopher Brand.
Barry The Burglar - Nick Wilton.
TV Announcer - Daniel Norcross.
Imam Amir - Aatiff Nawaz.
Chance - Kenyon Phillips.
Sir Mortimer Planno - Daniel Whalgren.
The Dave - Dave MacDonnald.
The Carpet Salesman - Steve Graham.
Julius Ceasar - Ron Emslie.
Carl’s Mum - Liza Marsh.
Cindy Wachowski - Fiona Foster. 
Children’s Choir - Lyla Attwooll.
The Archbishop and Oddman - David Barratt. 
The Vikings were played by John Rogers and Harry Feeney-Barratt.

All music played by Men With Ven.

Additional Songwriters - Bryn Burrows, Neville Farmer, Terry Radigan, Phil Johnstone, Rev Hammer & Papa Dee.

Additional musicians & singers - Bryn Burrows, Justin Mitchel, Jenny Woodall, John Woodall, Isobel Kimberley, Gary Schreiner, Neville Farmer, Jody Porter, Ava Attwooll, Poonam Gupte, Geoff Wooley, Ronnie Rumble, Kat Parker, Phil Johnstone, Terry Radigan & Papa Dee.

Artwork: Chris How
Dedicated to Frances Spring & Rene Marston

 

BILL CLIFT

(Bill)

Bill began his musical career in 1978 with his band The Late Show. The group signed to Decca and released an album and several singles.  Bill also appeared on our screens throughout the 80s and early 90s, playing guitar or singing backing vocals with acts such as Amazulu, World Party and Jimmy Nail. He continued his career as a recording backing vocalist throughout the 90s, with acts such as Robert Plant, Mick Ronson and Kylie Minogue and toured The States as a singer and guitarist with Wang Chung. Bill has always been a songwriter and has secured several publishing deals. With partners Ian Curnow and Phil Harding, he was an in-house writer at PWL. He wrote for much the company’s vast roster. Sonia's album Everybody Knows earned him a gold disc. With current collaborator David Barratt, he had a string of releases and great success with the song Brothers in Trouble. It was a Top 10 Billboard R&B hit for Jeffrey Osbourne and, performed by Lady Soul, appeared on the hit Sister Act soundtrack earning him another gold disc.

As a solo artist Bill has had two album released on Proper Records. Last year saw a continuing relationship with owner Malcolm Mills when they released the well received track and video, Last Halloween by The Total Nightmares. 

He continues to play live and is a music educator in schools.

 

SHANE ATTWOOLL

(Dave)

Shane is a Welsh actor and voice artist, who recently played Henry Dyer in the US drama The Bastard Executioner for FOX TV. Shane has just finished playing opposite Jonathan Pryce in the film One Last Dance and can be seen as George Cornell in Working Title’s movie, Legend with Tom Hardy and Dark River with Ruth Wilson. This year has seen him voicing projects for Jaguar, McLaren, Sky, Volkswagen, Gillette, Staedtler, Costa, Sun Life, Bridgestone Tyres and BMW.

 

MARK ARDEN

(Carl)

In the early days of 'alternative comedy'  he formed the Oblivion Boys with Stephen Frost.Cutting their teeth at the original Comedy Store the double act  became favourites on  the growing  comedy circuit  gigging at the smallest venues to the Albert Hall. On TV they became regulars in shows such as The Young Ones ,Carrot's Lib,The Tube ,Sat Night Live,The Comic Strip , their own  madcap cop show Lazarus and Dingwall and the fondly remembered Carling  ads. In tandem he was also  co writer /performer of the Perrier nominated  Wow Shows.These  anarchic man fringe shows built up a cult following at the Edinburgh  Festival  returning many times. They made 2 series for Radio 4 and had runs  at the Wyndham’s Theatre and Hackney and Albany Empire’s and all London’s major fringe venues.

Mark’s other TV work is  many and varied.He has over 50 credits including Firefighter ‘Vaseline' in London’s Burning and most recently Eddie Nero in Endeavour. His West End credits include  Guildenstern in Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead [National tour and Piccadilly Theatre].

The Inspector in An Inspector Calls [Garrick Theatre.] Sergeant Mitchum in The Long, and the Short and the Tall [Albery Theatre] Pop in We Will Rock You [Dominion Theatre]

 Other favourite roles played are Milo Tindle in Sleuth [Bristol Old Vic].Garry LeJeune In Noises Off and Huntingdon in The Tenant Of Wildfowl Hall [Birmingham Rep]. Dr Prentice In What The Butler Saw [Nottingham Playhouse]. Molina In Kiss of the Spider Woman [Sevenoaks Playhouse]

    Antiphons Twins In Comedy of Errors.[Farnham Rep]

    Capulet In Romeo and Juliet [New Vic Stoke]. Dogberry in Much Ado and Quince in A Midsummer Nights Dream [British Shakespeare Company] Mathew In Misconceptions.[Derby and Salisbury Playhouses] Fred in Fings Aint Wot They Used To Be [Stratford East Theatre Royal]

Radio work  includes Zorro in The Mask of Zorro.[Radio 4]  He Has appeared in the films Bearskin,Charlie and Carry on Columbus.

 

KERRY ENRIGHT

(Ethel/Ethelberga)

Kerry joined the wonderful cast of Wicked in 2013 & has recently returned after a year on Maternity leave. She plays various all dancing all singing characters within the ensemble including Shenshen. She is also the 1st cover for leading Character Madam Morrible. The Conniving, ambitious and manipulative sorceress who is a pivotal part in the storyline of the show. She performs as a backing and solo vocalist at various events across the UK and Europe and also appears on the original cast recording of Sister Act.

Kerry Enright is represented by www.buchanan-associates.co.uk

 

SARAH LONTON

(Freya/Freida)

A native Eastender, Sarah started her career in National Touring & New Writing theatre work incl Royal Court, Soho & Royal Exchange. Tv includes The Bill & Drop The Dead Donkey. Her one woman show “Princess” was Time Out recommended. Her Mrs Darling at The Royal National Th was legendary. Voiceover incl Hamilton Mattress & BBC Radio drama.

Most recently she lead the cast in her powerful drama “3 Generations” at Oxford Offbeat Festival.

 

FENELLA FUDGE

(Viv/Vivien/Gloria/The Parrot)

You’ll have heard her here, you’ll have heard her there, you’ll have heard her just about everywhere.Fenella’s  a veritable vocal shapeshifter, slipping effortlessly from gravitas to badass.

From that voice admonishing you for smoking in the aeroplane bog, to letting you know you’re about to be locked in the car park at the shopping centre, from BBC Radio 4’s shipping forecast to reading the news on BBC Radio2, not to mention the audio edition of The Economist... she also plays the lead’s best friend in the award-winning sitcom Slaving Away on Audible (in Amazon’s top 5 downloads at the time of writing)... and now she’s playing everything from a parrot to a 1000 year old man.

 

ANITA DOBSON

(The Missus)

Anita is an English stage, film and television actress, and singer. She is best known for her role from 1985 to 1988 as Angie Watts in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Dobson's other television roles include the 1989 ITV sitcom Split Ends. In 2003, she was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress for the National Theatre production of Frozen. She has also starred in the West End as Mama Morton in the musical Chicago (2003) and Gertrude in Hamlet (2005), and made her RSC debut in the 2012 revival of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Her film appearances include Darkness Falls (1999) and London Road (2015). She guest starred in the Call the Midwife 2017 Christmas special.

 

CHRISTOPHER BRAND

(Odin)

Christopher trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His first screenplay, "Bindon", formerly "Mugs", was presented at the BAFTA Rocliffe event at BAFTA. Has now completed another original screenplay entitled, "Highjump". Recently appeared in a production of "Dracula" in Bangkok, the feature film, "London Town", "The Evermoor Chronicles" for Disney/Lime Pictures, and "Emmerdale" for ITV. And Remember...We Care performed performed "Brexit - the Gameshow!" at Latitude 2017. Recently finished filming "Gun Shy" for Salty Films and "Inspector George Gently" for BBC/Company Films, and playing Prospero in "The Tempest" for Bilimankhwe Theatre Company. Just finished filming "The Sonata" for Featuristic Films.

 

KENYON PHILLIPS

(Chance)

Crowned “the new King of New York” by The Huffington Post, wildly theatrical singer, songwriter, emcee, actor, model, and DJ Kenyon Phillips knows how to put on a show. Together with his orchestral rock band The Ladies in Waiting, Phillips delivers danceable drama in the spirit of Rocky Horror.

 

NICK WILTON

(Barry The Burglar)

Wilton was nominated for the Perrier Award alongside his revue group, Writers Inc and won in 1982. He was in the "Carrott's Lib" team that won the BAFTA for Best Light Entertainment programme in 1983. On radio he was in the two Sony Award-winning comedy series Son of Clichй (best comedy 1984), with Chris Barrie and Nick Maloney, which was written by Red Dwarf creators Rob Grant & Doug Naylor and In One Ear (best comedy 1985), which went out live for three series, and which he created with the producer Jamie Rix. In 2012 he was cast in the film version of Ray Cooneys farce Run for Your Wife. Nick has also been starred in international stage productions, such as No Sex Please - We're British produced by the British Theatre Playhouse in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in May 2015, and A Bedfull of Foreigners produced by the same company in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in September 2006

 

PAPA DEE

(Mortimer Planno)

Tv Host(Papas Kappsack for swedish national tv). Radio Host (specialist reggae world music show P3 Riddim 2000-2007).

Collaborations and Studio work: Shelley Thunder, Sleepy Wonder, Mafia Fluxy, Mad Professor, Titiyo, Richie Stepens, Degree, Danny English, Lady Saw, Diana King, Arthur Baker, Max Martin, Dennis Pop, Flabba Holt, Chinna Smith, Robbie Lynn, Dwight Pickney. Jakob Hellner, Kent Gillstrom, Christian Falk, Chilly, Prince B, Internal dread, Dennis Bovell, Desmond Foster, First Light, Hot This Year Band, Partillo Productions, Lancelot and many many more.

Labels: Telegram, Warner, Arista, RCA, MNW, Cosmos, Ariwa, Back Viking Records.

Other Projects: Brooklyn Funk Essentials, Dubchek, the Rock Steady Revue, Ringo Franco.

 

AATIF NAWAZ

(Imam Amir)

Aatif Nawaz is an award-winning British-Pakistani television presenter and stand-up comedian. 

In 2014, Aatif performed his debut solo 60 minute comedy show 'Talk Roti To Me' in front of 4 sell out crowds at the iconic Leicester Square Theatre in London. 

This was followed up by Aatif's critically acclaimed 'Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day' comedy show which played to 11 sell-out audiences in London's West End. The show was also Aatif's debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 and was attended by over 1800 people. Popular with critics and audiences, the show then toured the UK as well as a sold out show at the 2016 Leicester Comedy Festival.

In 2016, Aatif debuted 'AATIFicial Intelligence', a brand new comedy show reflecting on his experiences of appearing on Channel 4, writing for the Guardian and other dalliances with mainstream media. The show's performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and it's subsequent UK tour earned unanimously strong reviews from critics and audiences. He ended the year with a UK Comedy Tour in aid of the charity Human Appeal that raised over 2 million pounds from it's 25 shows in 20 cities.

In 2017, Aatif made his BBC Radio 4 presenting debut with 'Clockface', a programme focused on the history of time. He will also be debuting a brand new comedy show called 'The Last Laugh' at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Since 2014, Aatif has been a regular presenter for the popular lifestyle programme 'Living The Life' on the Islam Channel. He has made recurring appearances on BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 5 Live as well as being a panellist on BBC Two's Newsnight programme. He featured on Channel 4's 'What British Muslims Really Think' documentary and began contributing columns to The Guardian.

A trained actor, Aatif has featured in notable roles in Mark Austin's Real Crime and Peep Show. As a bilingual actor, Aatif has also appeared in the Urdu-language series Lehrein and the film Majboor. He also wrote, directed and starred in the Urdu television series 'Bahir Waalay'.

In 2012, Aatif won an Honourable Mention Laural at the Los Angeles Movie Awards for his documentary Postcards from Lahore. The film also holds the distinction of being the only Pakistani film to be screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. 

His work on The Aatif Nawaz Show and 'Living The Life' earned him two nominations for MOMO (Music of Muslim Orientation) Awards for Best Television Presenter and Best TV Show.

 

DAN NORCROSS

(TV Announcer)

Dan is a cricket broadcaster for Test Match Special. Described as the "most interesting commentator of the new generation", Norcross has been compared to the late TMS commentator John Arlott, in providing "an unusual perspective" to the commentary box.

 

ROY HARTER

(Spaceman Jack)

Roy is a New York Emmy award-winning, composer, sound designer and audio mixer, best known for his work in television and film. He is also a multi-instrumentalist for various performing and recording artists. Harter became co-owner of the audio division of the television post-production facility Editional Effects, (EENYC) located in Times Square, New York City. He set up and ran their audio division, and quickly expanded to three studios.

In 2008 Roy founded the television and film post-production facility, SkinnyMan, in Times Square's historic Paramount Building.  

 

DAVE MACDONNALD

(The Dave)

Known as East Side Dave and Davey Mac, is an American radio personality. He currently co-hosts the Morning Rat Race with Carl & Dave (and Gotts) on WRAT 95.9 FM. Additionally he hosts an online video program, The East Side Dave Show, which is also available in audio form. This show is part of the fee based compoundmedia.com platform. McDonald is also the former on-air producer for The Ron and Fez Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, where he also hosted The Davey Mac Sports Program XL.

 

JO GARDETTA

(Writer)

Jo spent part of her career in Los Angeles and New York as a freelance journalist for various publications including as the US correspondent for LIVE! magazine. Back in the UK, Jo worked as staff script writer at Red Bee and as producer and script writer of commercials for Localstars and a number of corporate clients. She was a comedy sketch writer for Channel 4's highly acclaimed, Smack The Pony and her agent is currently submitting her first novel to publishers. She works as one of the Euroscript team of script doctors and is the producer of Euroscript's TableReads.

 

NEVILLE FARMER

(Writer)

Neville is a British writer, composer and filmmaker. He is the author of the best-selling music book “XTC Song Stories”, “The Devil’s Interval”, a play about a meeting between Jimi Hendrix and Georg Fridrich Handel, “Reg’s World”, a comedy blog for Peter Gabriel’s website. He is the Director of the award-winning feature length tribute to William S Burroughs, “Language Is Virus From Outer Space”. He has written for The New York Times, London Evening News, Billboard and Music Week and has produced television series for the BBC, Channel 4, Five, The Sundance Channel and broadcasters in over 50 countries. His past collaborations have included working with Sir George Martin, Robert Plant, Andy Partridge and Nigel Kennedy.

 

STEVE GRAHAM

(Writer / The Carpet Salesman)

Steve is known as an international cabaret entertainer, raconteur, writer & serial entrepreneur known affectionately as

‘The Turn’

Steve has fronted comedy band The Trouser Trumpets for many years as well as working on his solo projects...writing, setting up comedy festivals and generally spending time laying by his swimming pool avoiding the drudgery of an everyday existence ...his best selling book,

‘Gratitude not Platitude in the workplace’ is thought of in some circles as a classic but in others alas not.

Steve is Cancerian and coincidently has had cancer!

 

DAVID BARRATT

(Producer/Director/Writer)

As a Producer/Songwriter Barratt has worked with Robert Plant, David Bowie and Jeffrey Osborne.

Movies his music has been featured in include - Two Girls and a Guy, Forces of Nature, Dog Run, Pretty Woman, Bedazzled and Sister Act. He has written TV music for the Sci Fi Channel, ITV (UK) and HBO an composed music for TV and radio commercials for, amongst others, Michelin, BMW, Coke, Revlon & Pepsi/Star Wars. Between 2009-13 he produced The Beatles Complete On Ukulele - a re-recording the complete works of the Beatles (192 songs) using a ukulele. Artists including Samantha Fox, Cynthia Lennon, Wang Chung and Victor Spinetti appeared on the project. Under the name Yellow Note David Barratt has recorded albums for Liquid Sky Music and released a several dub albums with Papa Dee under the name Dubchek. His audio sculpture, Karito, was installed in the United Nations General Assembly NYC and was exhibited at The Henley Festival in 2015.