FANS of the late legendary DJ John Peel can relive their radio youths in a new show at Harrogate Theatre which arrives next month after a five-star, sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival.
John Peel’s Shed is written and performed by John Osborne, a Peel fan himself who won a competition on John Peel’s BBC Radio One show in 2002.
A published writer, Osborne’s prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to.
The live show sold its entire Edinburgh Festival run out in August 2011 and features a selection of records previously owned by the late John Peel whose favourite record of all time was, famously, Teenage Kicks by The Undertones.
Many are very rare recordings by obscure and now defunct bands, and this is a unique opportunity for Peel fans and indie fans in general.
The show was inspired by Osborne’s own acclaimed novel Radio Head: Up And Down The Dial Of British Radio which became a Radio 4 Book Of The Week.
It told the story of what happened when John decided to listen to a different radio station every day, all day, for a month.
His true story journey took him from data entry at Anglia Windows, via interviewing radio greats such as Nicholas Parsons and Mark Radcliffe; to presenting his own local radio show.
John has also released two poetry collections and performed on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6.
John Peel’s Shed is script edited by Joe Dunthorne of indie hit Submarinemovie fame.
A 30-minute version of the show was recorded by the BBC and was broadcast on Radio Four in December.
l John Peel’s Shed runs at Harrogate Studio Theatre on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4 at 7.45pm.
l Tickets costing £12 (concs available) can be booked securely online atwww.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or on 01423 502 116.