Event: Only Fools and Boycie
Date: 15th October 2015
Venue: Lichfield Garrick
For those out there that don't know who John Challis is, he's a well renowned British actor who has appeared in such things as Z-Cars, Citizen Smith, Beau Geste, Dixon of Dock Green, Coronation Street, Brass Eye, Ever Decreasing Circles, Doctor Snuggles, One Foot in The Grave, Doctor Who and most famously, his role as Aubrey "Boycie" Boyce in Only Fools and Horses, reprising the role again in it's spin off, The Green Green Grass,
The show was just over 2 hours and tells condensed versions of his books, "Being Boycie" and "Boyice and Beyond", telling the story of his life from being a young boy at school and being interested in acting and the theatre, right up to what he's doing now.
The firs half of the show covered his young life, wanting to be an actor, to treading the boards with the RSC. It was a fascinating look into the life of a man who's acting work is mostly known for Only Fools and Green Green Grass, but it provided the insight into his early acting roles from minor characters and an audition with the Beatles, to quitting acting and opening a garden center, then getting the role in Doctor Who and then finally, the audition for Only Fools and Horses and then it becoming a cultural phenomenon of the 1980s.
The second half of the show comprised mainly of anecdotes from his time working on Only Fools's second season to the finish, such as filming the Jolly Boys Outing and one of the fans pretending to be a security officer. To filming in Miami and finally onto the filming and creation of The Green Green Grass. After that, he did a short Q&A with the fans before signing after the show.
The show was inter cut with short clips from his career and even clips from Only Fools and Horses of his introduction, the infamous chandelier sequence, the seance where we learn his first name, Heroes and Villians and shots of Miami Twice.
If you have a chance to go see this show, then do so by all means. It's a fantastically funny show by an actor who is lesser known in the acting world, but has an amazing roster and some side splitting stories to tell people,
You can buy his books here: Being Boyice, Boycie and Beyond, Reggie - A Stag at Bay, Reggie - In The Frame