Tales from Peckham make for a jolly boys’ night out
MANY actors are not very good at portraying themselves or talking about the parts that made them famous.
John Challis does not fall into either category.
He is fully aware that without Boycie, he would have been just another jobbing actor.
Six decades of experience included countless appearances on TV and stage in the UK and Broadway.
But he is known as Boycie in Only Fools and Horses and his one-man show involves many tales from his time in the series.
In such a large venue as the Town Hall it’s difficult to achieve the targeted intimacy but with just a large screen for company he brought to life stories from his long career. The first half was less than glamorous, given over to school days and mundane jobs. But when the famous Boycie laugh and Cockney accent kicked in, it was just what the crowd had come for. John was very engaging and revealed the success of Only Fools was due to a technician’s strike at the BBC.
The first series hadn’t been well received and was unlikely to be recommissioned but the strike made repeats necessary and it reached a wider audience the second time around.
The show concluded with a question and answer session and afterwards the opportunity to meet the man himself.