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Before the podcast officially begins, we're invited to watch a clip of Yorkshire born and bred actor Mark Addy in action. It's the iconic scene from The Full Monty. Addy takes to the stage somewhat bashfully, as you'd imagine somebody would after a tent of people have just seen him strip to Tom Jones' Leave Your Hat On. It's quickly brushed off and we see Addy as the incredibly down-to-earth figure that he is.

This podcast makes for perfect lazy Sunday afternoon listening. The anecdotes are gentle and easy going, and whilst you won't find out anything too surprising about Addy's career, it's nice to hear from one of stage and screen's unsung actors.

Despite the recording taking place on Yorkshire Day, Ross and Addy do not shoehorn Addy's childhood in York into the conversation. Instead, the discussion of York Theatre Royal is heartfelt and genuine, if not a little alienating to anyone listening outside of the city walls who isn't acquainted with local panto hero Berwick Kaler.

Addy is described as an actor and comedian, which confuses Addy as he's quick to clarify he isn't a comedian. It's interesting to see such a versatile actor suddenly nervous even thinking about trying stand up. Nevertheless, he does have an easygoing natural sense of humour, which shines through in his answers.

Whilst it's important to let actors and guests on podcasts fully express themselves, and this lack of sharp editing marks podcasts out from regular TV and radio interviews, Ross could have done with a few more directed questions for the discussion. At a couple of points it did feel that he was just agreeing with Addy, or leaving his questions more open than focussed on any specific points of Addy's career. Ross' questions did aim to set him aside from usual press junket queries, which Addy brings up when discussing his favourite interview question from his time portraying Fred Flintstone in Viva Rock Vegas.

This podcast makes for perfect lazy Sunday afternoon listening. The anecdotes are gentle and easy going, and whilst you won't find out anything too surprising about Addy's career, it's nice to hear from one of stage and screen's unsung actors. 


1st Aug 20154:15pmWhite Rose Rotunda
Parliament Street, York

The Blurb

York’s favourite actor and comedian in conversation with Robert Ross.



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