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Pip Utton

Pip brings four of his award winning shows to this season's Invasion.  His versatility is exceeded only by his talent. 

 

Catch a performance... catch two

"Unashamedly theatre with a message, with a vengeance... A tour de force"

The Stage

"It is indeed a magical hour, and one of Utton’s finest." Edinburgh Guide.com

'Wry, spiky waspishness. Compelling and unsettling' The Scotsman

An almost completely unscripted hour masterfully evokes the voice and thoughts of Margaret Thatcher"

The Stage

Thu, Feb 1, 7:30 pm - Playing Maggie

Not merely a reflection on how to portray this lady but a live audience with Margaret Thatcher. Pip Utton IS The ‘Iron Lady’! Saviour or witch? Love her or hate her? Not for Pip to decide, only to portray. She divided the nation like no other politician, she changed the face of British, perhaps world politics forever and the effects of her influence and policies are still felt today. Listen to her philosophies, her inspiration and her logic, and then take the chance to question her.

Fri, Feb 2, 7:30 pm - Bacon

Described by critics as the greatest British painter since Turner and by Margaret Thatcher as ‘that dreadful man who paints those horrible pictures’, Francis Bacon remains one of the most challenging and controversial artists of all time. Bacon’s paintings have the power to horrify, excite, disgust, revolt and haunt. It is impossible not to react to his work.  It was probably not only the paintings that so distressed Mrs Thatcher but the man himself. Francis Bacon could spend his mornings painting, his afternoons and evenings drinking champagne and eating, and his nights roaming around Soho dressed in fishnet stockings and a long leather coat looking for ‘rough trade’. His lifestyle full of alcohol, gambling and homosexual promiscuity has created an iconic enigma.

Sat and Sun, Feb 3 and 4, 2:00 pm - Churchill

"All men are worms. I believe I am a glow worm!"

Big Ben chimes and strikes 13; a magical time when once a year for just over an hour the statues of the great statesmen in Parliament Square, London, England, come alive again. Winston Churchill descends from his plinth to indulge himself in three of his greatest pleasures: a glass of Scotch, a cigar and listening to himself talk.  He talks of his childhood, his parents, his education, his army life, his marriage, his painting, writing and bricklaying, his appetites and, of course, he talks of his many years at the centre of the world political stage especially during two world wars.

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it".

Sat, Feb 3, 7:30 pm - Adolf

The 20th century’s most notorious tyrant is daringly and divisively brought to the stage in one of the most successful and powerful solo works ever presented.  Standing before a huge Nazi banner addressing his party faithful, he furnishes his audience with an acute anatomy of fascism; its ideological justifications; its poisoned utopias. This powerful play pushes the audience into looking within themselves to question their own prejudice and intolerance. It plumbs the very source of racism and exposes just how near the surface of our own lives lurks its insidious influence.

What made Adolf Hitler so compulsive? How could any cultured person follow him to destruction, desolation and genocide to leave a long deep scar on the 20th century? How do the extremist parties of today command such huge followings all over the world? Utton takes his audience on a journey into themselves, gently coaxing an understanding of the mindset of a nation that could allow a man such as Hitler to take control…  It is powerful, dramatic, challenging, divisive, illustrative and educational. It is utterly provocative and totally necessary. Everyone should experience it.

Pip Utton was born, raised and educated in Cannock, Staffordshire. He has played a wide variety of roles, including Salieri in Amadeus by Peter Shaffer, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Edmund Kean in Flashes of Lightning and Falstaff in Henry IV Part I, for which he won the Bristol Evening Post, Best Actor award. Other recent work includes Septimus Harding in The Barchester Chronicles with Wessex Actors Company, the title role in Macbeth and Henry in Lion in Winter (winning Best Actor in South West) for The Merlin Theatre in Frome. Pip recently played Hitler in the BBC’s Days that shook the world.

 

In 1996, Pip began performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, honing his talents in various one man shows.  He became well known for his portrayal of Tony Hancock in Hancock's Last Half-Hour by Heathcote Williams becoming a 'fringe cult' at the Edinburgh festival over four seasons.

 

In 1997 Pip wrote and performed his signature piece, Adolf, winning the Spirit of the Fringe Award as well as a nomination for The Stage Award’s, Best Actor. Returning for several more seasons of success, Adolf went on to tour the world, gaining more awards and accolades. Between Edinburgh Festival Fringes, Pip tours widely throughout Europe and Asia.  

 

Awards

Edinburgh Fringe:

  • Nominated: Stage Award For Best Actor 1997 (Adolf)

  • WINNER: Spirit of the Fringe Award 1998 (for Adolf)

  • Nominated: Stage Award for Best Actor 2001

  • Nominated: Fringe First 2001 (Resolution)

  • WINNER: About Theatre.com Award for Best Actor 2001 (Resolution)

  • WINNER: The Stage Special Award for Acting Excellence 2015 (Playing Maggie)

  • WINNER: FringeReview Award for Outstanding Theatre 2015 (Playing Maggie)

Elsewhere:

  • WINNER: Best Actor Thespis International Monodrama Festival 2002 (Adolf)

  • WINNER: Phoebe Rees Award for Best Actor 2003 (King Henry - Lion in Winter)

  • Nominated: London Writers Guild Best New Script 2005 (Bacon)

  • WINNER: Best Play Thespis International Monodrama Festival Kiel, Germany 2006 (Bacon)

  • WINNER: Argus Angel for Excellence, Brighton Fringe Festival 2007 (Bacon)

  • WINNER: Best Play UNESCO Monodrama Festival Minsk Belarus 2008 (Chaplin)

  • WINNER: Media Award for Performance, Wroclaw International Monodrama Festival 2008 (Chaplin)

  • WINNER:  Best Performance Thespis International Monodrama Festival 2010, Germany (War of The Worlds)

  • WINNER: ‘ARTISHOCK’ Award for Best Play, Netherlands 2010 (Adolf)

  • WINNER: Jury Award for Performance Kiel Monodrama Festival, Germany 2012 (Churchill)

  • WINNER: Best Performance International Pushkin Festival Pskov, Russia 2013 (Requiem for Salieri)

  • WINNER: Media Award for Best Performance ITI Monodrama Festival Wroclaw, Poland 2015 (Churchill)

  • WINNER: Audience Award for Best Performance, Lithuania Monodrama Festival, Visaginas 2015 (Chaplin)

  • WINNER: Fujairah Valery Khasanov Monodrama Prize, UAE 2016 (Playing Maggie)