Chinwag: Ray Brooks In Conversation

Join iconic actor Ray Brooks for an intimate evening of nattering...

Sunday 27th January, 8:00pm - 10:30pm

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Cathy Come Home, The Knack… And How To Get It, Big Deal, EastEnders, Doctor Who – Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD, Carry On Abroad, and – lest we forget – the voice of Mr Benn!

Ray Brooks is one of Britain’s most iconic actors and most entertaining raconteurs, and we’re delighted to welcome him to The Waiting Room for this intimate evening. Ray’s earliest acting work saw him appearing in the freshly-launched Coronation Street, and starring alongside Sid James in the 1961 sitcom Taxi!… before stardom came calling, and he became one of the most famous faces of the new wave of British TV and cinema. He worked with Ken Loach on the game-changing Cathy Come Home, and starred alongside Michael Crawford and Rita Tushingham in The Knack… and How To Get It; arguably the quintessential ‘Swinging London’ movie.

He counts The Avengers, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Softly Softly, Z-Cars and Doomwatch amongst his early TV credits, and appeared opposite Peter Cushing in the big-screen adaptation of Doctor Who! And, in the 1970s, he became the voice of one of the best-loved childrens’ TV characters of all time… Mr Benn. As well as showing rare talents as a singer-songwriter with his hugely underrated album for Polydor Records, Lend Me Some Of Your Time.

In the 1980s, he starred as compulsive gambler Robbie Box in BBC1’s gritty Sunday evening comedy-drama Big Deal, and –  more recently – spent two years playing Joe Macer in EastEnders… the second husband of the fearsome Pauline Fowler! Ray has also turned his hand to writing, and as well as penning his incredibly honest autobiography Learning My Lines, has written two gritty thrillers, Echoes and Lines.

In the first of our regular ‘live chat shows’ Chinwag, Ray will be interviewed onstage by writer, BBC broadcaster and self-avowed film and telly geek Bob Fischer. Ray is a very frank and funny storytellers, so join us for an evening of laughs, revelations and unapologetic nostalgia.



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