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Young by name - and by nature

Published: 8 May 2018
Reporter: David Upton

At 71, actor/singer Bob Young's career shows no signs of winding down.

Apart from singing gigs, including a marathon six hours on June 30 to raise money for a local veterans charity and roles in a number of short films, Bob is taking on two major roles in productions for this year’s Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

In Frank Bramwell's adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear, the title character is left alone to reflect on the events which led to the collapse of his world.

Meanwhile, and in a production supported by Stephen Fry and Judi Dench, Til This Night's new comic tragedy In The Heart of the Wasp's Nest sees Bob taking on the role of Frank, a loveable, down-to-earth technician in a Northern fashion college whose world falls apart in the wake of an allegation of sexual misconduct.

King Lear (alone) will be performed at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation from July 18 to 20 and at the new Footlights Theatre in Salford's Media City on July 11 and 21. The production will then head to Edinburgh Festival in August.

Following its première in Brighton in early May, In The Heart Of The Wasp's Nest will have two performances at Salford Arts Theatre on July 14-15 before moving to Camden July 28.