A Record or an OBE

About the Show

“I would like to thank the other two Goodies, but I really can’t. It would have been so much easier without them.” – Bill Oddie

It’s 1975, and the Goodies are at the height of their career. On the eve of their next series, Bill Oddie, frustrated rocker, has ditched Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor to seek rock stardom, leaving them one man short of a comedy triple act. Can they go on without him? Do they even want to? The stage is set for a break-up and breakdown like no other…

A Record or an OBE (OBE for short) is a loving if irreverent tribute to one of the greatest comedy groups of all time, a “what if” story of emotional fallout and the unique relationships between comedic collaborators. OBE is a half hour short comic play directed by Scott “Ecky-Thump” Gooding, starring Rob “I’m a teapot” Lloyd (Hound of the Baskervilles, Every Film Ever Made) as Tim Brooke-Taylor and Ben “megalomaniac” McKenzie (Evolutionary, Science-ology) as Graeme Garden. It is written and produced by McKenzie.

Cast and Crew

Ben McKenzie (writer/producer/Graeme Garden) is an actor, comedian and improviser. He founded Shaolin Punk and is its artistic director; find out more about him on the Personnel page. A Record or an OBE is his first stageplay.

Scott Gooding (direcor) is a distinguished actor and director whose directorial credits include The Phantom Grimace (Melbourne University Comedy Revue), Outpatients, 360 Positions in a One Night Stand (Fringe 2002), the new scum, Domestic Animals and, with his own company “Vicious Fish Theatre”, Caresses and After The Rain. He previously directed Ben McKenzie’s successful Comedy Festival show Science-ology.

Rob Lloyd (Tim Brooke-Taylor) was part of the cult musical-comedy hit “The Dodge” and founded Melbourne based improvisational comedy troupe The Crew. He has starred in and co-devised the formats for the Crew’s sell-out shows in Melbourne and Adelaide, including Instant Musical Odyssey and Instant Order: Trial By Audience. He also has numerous performance credits, including the sell-out Fringe and Comedy Festival successes Hound of the Baskervilles (“an explosion of energy, laughs and incredible talent” – The Groggy Squirrel) and Every Film Ever Made (“one hell of a ride: non-stop, exhaustive, exhausting, energetic and hilarious” – The Age). Rob has also featured on Thank God You’re Here for Channel 10, and on Channel 31’s Planet Nerd and TheatreGames LIVE.

Michael F. Cahill (Announcer) made his stage debut as Henry VIII at the age of 12. He went on to play a number of teenage thugs on TV before acquiring a degree in Drama. He has subsequently worked in touring theatre throughout the United Kingdom, the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Since arriving in Melbourne in late 2004 he has appeared on film, stage, TV, and mobile media. He has yet to get used to the weather.

Reviews and Awards

‘zippy dialogue … certainly in the spirit of the original, bursting with daft ideas’ Chortle (UK)

‘If you know all the stanzas of Funky Gibbon by heart, this is a must … a perfect and pacey evening’ Helen Razer, The Age

‘Ben McKenzie’s writing makes the most of [the] idea and is short, sharp and straight to the point … it allows Lloyd and McKenzie, who are both strong performers, with an opportunity to indulge in some inspired Goodies silliness’ Australian Stage Online

‘beautifully played with lots of skilful dialogue … abundant winning insights on the creative process’ The Independent Weekly

You can check out comments and interviews with audience members from the Adelaide Fringe season, as well as writer/performer Ben McKenzie, at talkfringe.com.au

‘Smart, funny…very confident and polished … [Lloyd and McKenzie are] excellent, assured, comic actors’ The Groggy Squirrel

‘plenty of flashes of Goodies-inspired humour and silliness … had the audience thoroughly engrossed’ The Official Goodies Rule – OK! Fan Club

The production was highly commended at the 2007 Melbourne Fringe awards.

Performances

The premiere season of OBE was performed as part of the 2007 Melbourne Fringe Festival downstairs in The Vault at Caz Reitop’s Dirty Secrets (awarded Best Venue for the Fringe) in Smith Street, Cricklewood Collingwood. The season ran from October 6 to 13, with a preview on October 5.

OBE toured to Adelaide for the 2008 Adelaide Fringe Festival, where it played in The Fridge at the Fringe Factory, the festival’s managed venue, from March 4 to 16. Three days later it began a return season in Melbourne as part of the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the Evatt Room at Trades Hall, as part of Comedy @ Trades. The season ran for 18 performances between March 19 and April 13, including a special extra late show on Friday April 11.

At present there are no plans for additional performances of A Record or an OBE, certainly not in Melbourne, though it may yet return for short seasons elsewhere. Watch this site for news of any future performances.

Thanks

Cast and crew would like to thank Zac Potier, Clare Rae and Victoria Bennett, Rhiannon Kraft, James Adler, Kitty and Ken at The National Theatre Drama School, Anniene Stockton, Nick Caddaye, Karina Zambrans, Bob Lloyd, The Goodies Rule – OK! fan club, Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Michael and the staff of the  Grenfell Street Telstra Shop, Amber and all the crew at Comedy @ Trades, Paul and Emily and all at traffic light, Kim Kwa, and of course Tim, Bill and Graeme.