Tom Wrigglesworth's Open Return Letter To Richard Branson

The title of this show hides nothing about its content, as bubbly Northerner Tom Wrigglesworth recounts his tales of woe and confusion on the 10.15 from Manchester to London which ultimately proves a strong success for consumer power, and is one in the eye for jobsworth conductors who claim "I'm sorry, there's nothing I can do."Wrigglesworth humbly, and wrongly, tries to deflect attention for the 'star' of the show onto 80-year old Leena, a pensioner trying to visit her daughter who, due to an administrative error that is no fault of her own, has boarded the wrong train to London, with the mistake penalised by a £115 full-fare ticket. Given that Tom has spent just £3 for his, on advanced saver fare, he is understandably angry by the Hitler-cum-train guard's actions, and organises a whip-round of several carriages in order to pay her fare.Throughout the train, Tom encounters a series of weird and wonderful passengers that he ellubiantly recreates during the show. The climax comes when he writes to Sir Richard Branson ("or Ricky B, as I'd prefer to call him") and successfully gets Virgin to change their pricing structure for off-peak tickets. This conclusion will delight the audience, who are not only enthralled by his tale but will empathise with his attempts to be triumphant over adversity.Certainly one of the better attempts at anecdotal comedy on this year's Fringe circuit, this show is well worth a look at. Just don't forget your ticket..

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The Blurb

Having witnessed a train manager abuse his position (Hitler would've watched admiringly, taking notes), Tom tells Richard how random acts of kindness make good triumph over evil. 'Joy to watch' (Scotsman). www.tomwrigglesworth.co.uk

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