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Local playwright achieves success with gritty comedy

PUBLISHED: 16:30 04 April 2018

Michael Head explores his own experiences as a young man growing up in the borough in the hard-hitting comedy. Picture: Hope Theatre

Michael Head explores his own experiences as a young man growing up in the borough in the hard-hitting comedy. Picture: Hope Theatre

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A playwright from Bexley has achieved success with his play Worth a Flutter, which is based on his life and will star several well-known actors.

Michael grew  up in Chislehurst, and the play is about his experiences. Picture: Michael HeadMichael grew up in Chislehurst, and the play is about his experiences. Picture: Michael Head

Michael Head explores his own experiences as a young man growing up in the borough in the hard-hitting comedy, which focuses on maleness in working class upbringings.

Michael said: “The show is based on my life, real events and real people.

“I was born and raised in Bermondsey before moving to Chislehurst and going to school there, where I was written off and told I couldn’t do English A Level.

“I then attended night school at Orpington College where I got an A Level in under 30 hours of lesson time.

“I now live in Sidcup and have gone on to write a number of shows which have had well over 500 performances at different theatres in London, working with a number of established house hold name actors, which I feel very honoured, lucky and privileged to get the chance to have done.”

Worth A Flutter has an impressive cast, including Paul Danan (Hollyoaks, Celeb Big Brother, Celebrity Love Island) Adele Silva (Emmerdale) and Lucy Pinder (glamour model/actress Sharknado, Strippers vs Werewolves, The Royals).

Previous works by Michael include The Greater Game and The Sword and the Dope, and his latest gritty comedy explores flawed characters as they deal with issues such as domestic violence, the breakdown of a marriage following the death of a child and growing up in a single parent family to a mother with mental illness.

Michael added: “It is great being able to now tell my story with such a good cast.

“If I can do it, I believe anyone can.”

The play shows the dark and tragic past of four broken characters to understand what has lead them to this point and how they try to move forward.

Worth a Flutter is produced by LAPA and executive producer Adam Morley.

It is directed by Jonathon Carr and will run at The Hope Theatre from May 1 to May 19. For tickets, call the box office on 020 7354 1312.

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