Heading for a big time in London

Published: 3 September 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

The Big Time
Top: Abigail Lawson, Steven Stobbs, Bottom: Sean Kenny, Wayne Miller

The Big Time, a comedy by North East playwright/director/actor Wayne Miller is heading for London for a two night run (17th and 18th October) at the Bread & Roses Theatre, Clapham, after a single performance (2nd October) of The Exchange in North Shields. This will be the show’s third outing after its première at The Customs House in South Shields in 2013 and a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.

It's the story of Jerry and Jacks, minor and not very competent figures who do odd jobs for a local gangster to pay off a debt. They want to be Big Time, but at what cost? They agree to take on a job that will get them up the ladder in the 'Organisation'. Take a girl to a fishing hut in the middle of nowhere? Sound simple? For these two criminal buffoons you couldn't be more mistaken and a kidnapping gone wrong rapidly spirals into a night of pure comic disaster.

The cast is Abigail Lawson as Vanessa, Steven Stobbs (Griffin's Man), Sean Kenny (Jerry) and Wayne Miller (Jacks). Miller also directs and the show is produced by Walton-Gunn Productions.

His writing credits include an eleven year run of Customs House favourite Santa's Naughty Elf, as well as numerous shows in both the Wendy the Witch and the Peter Plank series. He is also a prolific writer of pantos both for children and adults at Christmas and throughout the year. Current projects include Wendy The Witch & The Phantom Panto Party, Peter Plank in...It's Bearly Easter and the comedies Swing When You're Losing, which will be going to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2023 and Three's a Crowd, which was written during the pandemic.