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Those Magnificent Men , The story of Alcock & Brown

by Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon

The Cow Barn, Underbelly’s Pasture, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival 2011., box office: 08445458252

This new comedy by award winning writers Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon will be at the

The Cow Barn, Underbelly’s Pasture, from Wednesday 3 to Mon 29 August at 13.15pm. This comedy played a UK sell out tour in 2010.

Ian Shaw plays Alcock and Richard Earl portrays Brown. It is directed by New Perspectives Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd, with design by Helen Fownes-Davies, lighting by Mark Dymock and sound by Tom Lishman.

Captain John Alcock (1892 – 1919), dashing WW1 fighter pilot, and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown (1886 – 1948), navigational genius with a damaged leg, two British pioneers entered the £10,000 world competition created by Lord Northcliffe, to make the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919. The play describes their battle against the elements in the tiny timber and canvas cockpit of their converted Vickers Vimy biplane. They were knighted immediately on their return by George V. The Daily Mail prize was presented to them by Winston Churchill.

Their Vickers Vimy biplane is at the Science Museum and there is a Statue of them at Heathrow.

Ian Shaw (Captain John Alcock) has recently completed filming ‘Johnny English Reborn’ with Gillian Anderson and Rowan Atkinson directed by Oliver Parker for autumn release. He was in ‘The Contract’ with John Cusack and Morgan Freeman in 2006. Ian has appeared in many productions at the Royal Exchange Manchester, and for Jonathan Church at Birmingham. He played Spy in Stroud by Brian Mitchell. Richard Earl’s (Whitten Brown) stage credits include in ‘The Rover’ Time Out Critics Choice. He was in Alan Bennett’s ‘Enjoy’ at the Theatre Royal York and Willy Russell’s ‘One For The Road’.

Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon have written Jo Neary's new solo show – ‘Joanna Neary: Youth Club’ which plays The Stand at Edinburgh. They are the creators of BBC TV’S ‘The Ornate Johnsons’ Edwardian Spectacular and comedy shows at many Edinburgh Festivals including with Jo Caulfield. Their Award winning comedy "Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks" is at Buxton Festival in July prior to an autumn tour.

Those Magnificent Men, The Cow Barn, Underbelly’s Pasture, 13.15
Preview 3 -5 August £7 Running time 75 mins
6 – 7, 10 – 11 ,15 ,16, 18, 22 – 25, 29 £11 (£10 concession)
8 – 9, 12 – 14, 19 – 21, 26 – 28 £12 (£11 concession), box office: 08445458252

14 June 2011