Within these archives you will find, appropriately enough, old news
updates from times of yore. You may notice a few inaccuracies in
our projected dates and plans but don’t worry, you don’t
need to tell us, just laugh and point at us like a school kid who’s
just called his teacher “mum”.
September 11th 2009
It is with great regret that Kobal Theatre Company have been forced
to cancel the production of “Little Tin Rock God”, scheduled
for performance on 8th & 9th October in the Lowry Studio, Salford.
Apologies and we’ll be announcing Kobal’s future plans
as soon as we can.
One Month and Counting...
September 4th 2009
With only a month left to go till “Little Tin Rock God”
premieres at the Lowry Studio, you’d think Kobal’s time
is well and truly filled with rehearsals and other such preparations
– not so. We’re proud to announce that not only did our
Creative Manager Catherine Manford give birth to
twins but also our Technical Director Mark Distin
became a father to a son. Congratulations to all.
The rush to buy baby presents hasn’t slowed our preparations
for the production however, with a new page dedicated to “Little
Tin Rock God” to be found in the Shows section of the
website. We’re also delighted to announce our cast: returning
as “Johnny” (the role he portrayed in the festival short
upon which the show is based) is Marcus McMillan;
joining him is Zoe Thomas as “Chrissy”
and Mark Winstanley as “the Stranger”
– a better cast we could not hope for! Returning to Kobal after
his amazing directorial debut last year with “Dave &
Jeff Versus the Crazed Corpse-loving Consultant from Cardiothoracics”
is Rob Hardy, who is currently doing sterling work
guiding our talented trio to what will no doubt be another fantastic
production. We’ll be providing more details in the run up to
the production so keep an eye out.
In other news you’ll now be able to follow Manchester’s
favourite (and possibly only) exponent of Popcorn Theatre via Twitter,
just type in KOBALTHEATRE and you’ll find us. There are also
a couple of Kobal groups knocking about on Facebook, so there’s
no reason not to be able to keep abreast of the latest developments.
Remember, tickets for “Little Tin Rock God”
are now on sale now via the Lowry website at www.thelowry.com
and by phone on 0870 787 5790. Given the way our shows have sold
recently you’re best off booking soon as they will sell out
quickly. Hope to see you there!
May 18th 2009
We’ve got a good news/bad news situation here folks. First
up, the downer: due to a myriad of issues our Edinburgh production
(and subsequent tour) of “Dave & Jeff Versus...”
has unfortunately had to be postponed. Conversely, part of the reason
why we’ve had to take this decision is because Kobal’s
management team are expecting not one but three babies during mid-late
August! That’s one single and a set of twins folks –
congratulations to Mark & Martha and Catherine & Jason on
their baby-making efforts thus far.
These arrivals will be joining two more recent additions to the
Kobal brood, since habitual ad-libber Paul Bowles and his wife Angela
have welcomed a son, Luke, to their household and recurrent actor
James Kilgour and his fiancée Helen have also been blessed
with a boy, Logan. So yay to them too!
Don’t think that our preoccupation with the Kobal crèche
puts our plans for world domination on hold though, as we are proud
to announce that Distin & Lowe are hard at work putting the
finishing touches to a full-length version of “Little Tin
Rock God”. The production will premiere at the Lowry on 8th
and 9th October this year. More details will follow shortly, along
with some other little tidbits for your enjoyment.
(Almost) March already?!
February 27th 2009
Happy New Year everybody! Belated
maybe, but heartfelt nonetheless. So, three months into 2009 and
what does the year hold for Kobal? The Edinburgh Fringe and a North
West tour, that’s what. Details are still being confirmed
by those that can, however we are delighted to confirm that we are
taking “Dave & Jeff Versus the Crazed Corpse-Loving Consultant
from Cardiothoracics” to the Pleasance as part of the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival in August before going on a tour around the North
West of England during September and October. We’ll bring
you specifics on both the Fringe and the tour productions as soon
as we can.
Elsewhere in the world of Kobal there’s the news that Catherine
Manford is currently touring with Opus Theatre Company around Staffordshire
in “Bride or Groom” by Bill Cashmore & Andy Powrie;
performance details are available on their website www.opustheatrecompany.com.
Also on tour (wearing his lighting technician mask and cape) is
Mark Distin with some show called “The Tempest” by a
guy called Shakespeare. The tour is kicking off in Stratford-Upon-Avon
before tootling around the UK. For dates go to
Another place to keep an eye out is over at Dark Smile Productions,
where they are currently putting the finishing touches to their
radio play “Chief Surgeon Mal Practeeeece’s Theatre
of Horror” which features the short “Dave & Jeff
Versus the Maniacal Cannibal Orderlies on the Missing Floor”.
For more info visit www.darksmile.co.uk.
So that’s where we’re currently at. We’re excited,
hope you are.
Dave And Jeff
October 31st 2008
Life can be a little on the dull side, which is why we at Kobal
like to mix things up occasionally by living dangerously. Not really
dangerously, nothing that might actually cause a strain on the resources
of our already overstretched emergency services, just little things;
like going to the toilet in the dark, having extra chillies and
hot sauce on our mixed kebab or flouncing IT Support’s advice
and NOT saving our work often. It seems this latter ignorance has
slipped onto our updates as it has been far too long since we filled
you in on the Kobal gossip – sorry.
We’ve made up for this lack of information though by providing
a veritable avalanche of stuff. First up, news: “Four
of the Best at 24:7” went extremely well, so well
in fact that we’re currently planning a North West tour of
“Dave & Jeff Versus the Crazed Corpse-Loving Consultant
from Cardiothoracics” for late next spring! In vaguely
related news Dark Smile productions have finished recording the
short radio play “Dave & Jeff Versus the Maniacal
Cannibal Orderlies on the Missing Floor” with an
eye to an early 2009 release. More on these two items as soon as
we have it.
If you missed our very own Catherine Manford in “The
Elephant Man” at Catford’s Broadway Theatre
then worry not, because you’ll soon be able to catch her in
the interestingly (and provisionally) titled “Field of Corpes”
which is currently filming. While on the subject of our new Creative
Manager, here’s what she had to say on her new role within
the company:“I’ve worked with Kobal on various projects
over the last couple of years, and have always enjoyed their style
of popcorn theatre. I am thrilled to have been invited on-board
to the management team of Kobal. After the success of our latest
production, "Dave and Jeff Versus..."
it looks like it’s going to be an exciting year and I look
forward to working with the boys on future projects, lending my
support and of course my female intuition to the rest of the team!”
In other news Paul Bowles, Stephen Michael Lowe and Marleen Lowe
have submitted their pieces to AccentUK Comics for inclusion in
their “Western” Anthology, due for release early 2009.
Moving on from the news, if you look around the site for a moment
you’ll find a few additions and even a couple of alterations
dotted about. In the
“Dave & Jeff Versus...” section
you’ll now find a slew of production photos and some waffle
from writer Stephen Michael Lowe about the project.
“Introducing the Management” (About KOBAL) has been
updated to reflect the recent changes and in the “Beer!”
section you’ll find a scan of the Big Issue’s interview
with co-writer/director Mark Distin, held just prior to the premiere
Finally, a hearty congratulations to the 24:7 folk nominated for
a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award - fingers crossed that the
nominations turn into something more tangible on the 2nd December!
More news and such soon folks!
We're Wandering to Bolton
August 13th 2008
The top dogs and fat cats (who aren’t really canine, feline
or obese – although they are, as Mancunian’s circa 1996
would say, “top”) of 24:7 Theatre Festival and Bolton
Octagon have officially announced that KOBAL are one of the “Four
of the Best at 24:7” and as such will be performing “Dave
& Jeff versus the crazed corpse-loving consultant from cardiothoracics”
in the Bill Naughton Studio on the 4th and 6th September.
If you missed the production at 24:7 Theatre Festival, let us fill
you in. Given four stars by the Manchester Evening News and described
by NothingChronicle.com as “A roller coaster of slapstick
humour, witty wordplay and larger than life characters”, the
show follows nightshift morticians Dave and Jeff as their evening
of slacking is interrupted by the arrival of an re-animated bride
and the trouble that follows her.
It appears that people took heed of UKTheatre.net’s review
– “everything the mad-cap title promises and absolutely
in keeping with the spirit of fringe theatre. Book now.” –
as the show was a sell-out success. It is because of the audience
support, great reviews and immensely positive feedback that we have
been invited to participate in “Four of the Best”, so
thank you to everyone who has seen – and enjoyed – the
If you want to be join the group of intelligent, witty and sexy
people we call our audience then visit www.octagonbolton.co.uk or
ring their box office on 01204 520661. The production is on Thursday
4th and Saturday 6th September (along with “Ways to look at
fish”), starts at 7.30pm and costs £10 (£8 concessions).
It's over already? Encore!
August 1st 2008
After all the hard work and effort over the last
seven months, it's hard to believe the 24:7 Theatre Festival is
over already. What a week - sixteen brilliant shows in four venues
over seven days. Don't worry if you missed it though as the Bolton
Octagon will be showcasing "Four of the Best" between
the 4th and 6th September; an official announcement of which four
shows will come on the 11th August, but you can guess from our happy
demeanour that we already know one of them.
Sorry we haven't been keeping you updated as the
festival week went on but the tangled web that is the internet has
been giving us some technical issues to contend with, as if we weren't
busy enough. Despite this we've fought through the quagmire of techno-jargon
to provide you with reviews on"Dave & Jeff Versus the Crazed
Corpse-Loving Consultant from Cardiothoracics" from various
sites (available on the "Autopsy"
section of the Show page), as well as a round-up of the production
week from our Technical Manager Matt Lever.
Speaking of managers, it is our pleasure and privilege
to announce that our long-time collaborator Catherine Manford will
be stepping into the role of Creative Manager, which was recently
vacated by stand-up extraordinaire Marcus McMillan. We've no doubt
she'll prove herself to be as much an asset behind the scenes as
she does on the stage.
So there you have it, sorry there's not much else
to add at the mo, what with official announcements still pending
and the technical problems currently beleaguering us we unfortunately
can't bring you more. However be sure to come back on the 11th August,
when we'll have photos from 24:7 and big news about "Four of
the Best". In the meantime keep an eye on www.247theatrefestival.co.uk
and we?ll see you soon!
Production week ahoy!
July 19th 2008
The 24:7 Theatre Festival starts on Monday, showcasing 16 shows
of new writing, presented by a whole heap of talent, not least us.
KOBAL (if you didn't know already) are performing and to tickle
your fancy in these last few hours to our first show on Monday,
we've added biographies of the cast and director to their headshots,
along with a few more rehearsal photos, all of which can be found
in the shows section of the website.
Also, if you're were unlucky enough to miss it on the telly, visit
and watch City Life to see a feature on us and 24:7.
We'll bring you more over the course of the production - we hope
to see you there!
Cooking up a great Show
4th July 2008
Things are moving thick and fast here at KOBAL. Rehearsals are progressing
apace and the promotion for the production has kicked up a gear
with the arrival (and indeed distribution) of the posters and flyers.
However amidst all this activity Producer Mark and Tech top dog
Matt have managed to squeeze in time to not only write up their
experiences on the show so far, but cook up a recipe for the perfect
fake blood and also take some rehearsal photos. Not at the same
time obviously, but they have been busy nonetheless.
Also new to the site is the article from Friday 20th June’s
Manchester Evening News detailing Vicky Binns’ move from simply
supporting the 24:7 Theatre Festival to actually being in our production.
More photos and info to follow shortly, including details of Dark
Smile’s radio production featuring Dave & Jeff and of
course plenty more about the 24:7 production.
KOBAL goes multimedia!
18th June 2008
Following the media launch of 24:7,
brand spanking new video footage can be found in the Gallery
section of the Dave And Jeff page.
Busy like busy bees
7th June 2008
It’s been a busy couple of
months for KOBAL, due to 24:7 Theatre Festival gearing up for their
media launch on the 16th June. We’ve attended their producer’s
day and the organised chaos that was “the Big Gathering”
– to which we thank the hundreds of actors and technicians
who queued to offer their services. It was fantastic to see so much
passion and commitment for fringe theatre.
After a chance to catch our breath we set about short-listing the
two hundred plus CV’s we’d received, before choosing
a cast of seven from the fifty fantastically talented people we
auditioned over the course of two weeks. Again, we want to thank
everyone who made the effort to come to our auditions and call-backs
at Sunshine Studios – especially those who attended the evening
of Wednesday 14th (word to the wise, don’t hold auditions
in the centre of Manchester when the city is hosting the UEFA Cup
final) – you made the experience an enjoyable one for the
It was a ridiculously difficult decision but we finally selected
our very own Magnificent Seven; a good mix of new blood and old
faces whose names can be found here.
We assembled our band of daring doers last weekend at TV21 for the
first ever read-through of the script and it was such a success
that the show’s writer had tears of joy welling up behind
his jam-jar specs on more than one occasion. In fact you might be
able to spot the big Jessie weeping in the photos on the show’s
brand new webpage here.
While we’re on the subject of the website, several sections
have been updated and added, including pages for “Dave
& Jeff versus the crazed corpse-loving consultant from cardiothoracics”
and last summer’s festival short “Little
Tin Rock God”.
Elsewhere in the world of KOBAL it’s been a pretty mixed bag.
On the bright side independent comic publishers AccentUK released
their “Robots” Anthology, which features “Teruo”,
written by perennial KOBAL actor Paul Bowles and drawn by our artist/web
designer Marleen Lowe. Every silver lining seems to have a dark
cloud however, and floating above our shiny world like a dirty sheep
filled with helium comes the sad news that our Creative Manager
Marcus McMillan has left us to focus on individual projects. In
this we wish him every success and say a big thank you for all his
hard work over the last couple of years.
Anyway, less of this melancholy – onwards and upwards! With
24:7’s media launch only a few days away I’m sure there’ll
be more news and updates coming thick and fast – keep an eye
The calm before the storm
15th April 2008
“It’s oh so quiet”,
or so diminutive Icelandic singer/barmpot Björk claimed; and
to be fair if she was referring to KOBAL’s last few months she’d
have been right. We hope you didn’t take our lack of news as
indication that we’re dead in the water, because beneath our
calm surface hides a veritable U-boat of activity, just waiting for
the order to strike.
That figurative order came earlier this week with confirmation that
KOBAL Theatre Company will be performing their new play, “Dave
& Jeff Versus the Crazed Corpse-loving Consultant from Cardiothoracics”,
as part of the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester this July! The
festival runs from 21st to 27th July and we’ll bring you details
on the venue and performance times soon, along with information on
the show’s open auditions.
Last week also brought great news for both us and the wireless. Another
story about our favourite morticians, “Dave & Jeff Versus
the Maniacal Cannibal Orderlies from the Missing Floor”, will
be recorded as part of Dark Smile Productions’ show “Chief
Surgeon Mal Practeeeece’s Theatre of Horror” this summer.
As Distin & Lowe’s first foray into radio we’ll be
keeping a close eye on this and get back to you with more details
In other news, you may notice that certain pages on the site are down.
This may be a pain at the minute but we’re currently updating
and improving these pages. Once it’s complete you’ll thank
us, even if it’s just a little.
So there you have it; if you have a hankering for comedy set in morgue
about a couple of slackers facing off against the forces of evil then
you’re in for a great summer. More soon.
Hello and welcome to 2008!
6th February 2008
Granted, we’re just over a month into the year but we have
nary had a chance to look up from our work to notice. However, our
toiling away has led to confirmation that our application has been
received – Kobal have submitted a new play for this year’s
24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester.
2007 went incredibly well for us. Coming off the back of “Beer!”
at Contact in Manchester during December ’06, we performed
an adapted “half pint” version at Buxton Fringe Festival
and a new piece “Little Tin Rock God” at Oldham Coliseum’s
“Wordsmith ‘07” festival and “Blue 5”
at Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre. You may already know
this, heck you may have even seen them; but it helps to know where
we’ve been to help see where we’re going.
It seems appropriate then that, five years to the week after we
premiered “Dave & Jeff Versus the Evil Blood-Sucking Zombie
Clowns from the Nth Dimension” that we’ve submitted
“Dave & Jeff Versus the Crazed Corpse-Loving Consultant
from Cardiothoracics” to 24:7. This isn’t a sequel or
a rehash of the sketch-based movie parody play, but rather a whole
new script by Stephen Michael Lowe centring on
the titular morticians. Partly because they’re such versatile
and amusing characters but mainly because Steve’s not very
creative and tends to fall back on past glories.
So with our fingers crossed for good news from 24:7 in April, we
turn to see what else has been happening in the world of Kobal.
First up is a belated hip-hip-hooray to luminous talent Catherine
Murphy and her fiancé Jason who got married in October!
Then there’s the news that our perennial dogsbody Paul
Bowles and our resident artist/web-designer/genius Marleen
Lowe will have their comic “Teruo” included
in Accent UK’s “Robot” Anthology to be published
this spring; a feat to be repeated in Accent’s subsequent
anthology “Cowboy”, which will include Marleen and her
brother Stephen’s first comic collaboration “The Legend
of El Burro”. Details on the anthologies can be found at www.accentukcomics.com.
Finally, man among men Wes Thomas proved to the
world that his wiggly little loin army know how to march when his
girlfriend Andrea gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Aimee, in
October. Congratulations to everyone.
Oh and by the way, a belated happy new year to you all from Kobal!
14th August 2007
As promised here
are the thoughts of not one, but TWO members of KOBAL’s Management
Team on our recent delivery of “Beer!” to Buxton Fringe
Festival. The company’s Creative Director (Stephen Michael
Lowe) and Technical Manager (Matt Lever) give their opinion on the
happenings both leading up to and during the production, with a
photo or two for good measure.
The big changes on the site are that we now have a forum section.
It’s still in the experimental stages as we’re not sure
how much use this will be and as such it’s a freebie one with
loads of adverts from the evil internet overlords.
In other news, we’ve performed at Oldham Coliseum in their
“Wordsmith ‘07” writing festival and “Blue
5” at Manchester’s Royal Exchange. The cast did brilliantly,
in fact the Manchester Evening News said “Paul Bowles,
Marcus McMillan and Catherine Murphy…gave fine performances”
and they’re not wrong. We’ll bring you further details
on these as soon as we can, including recollections on the performances
and some pictures of the latter’s production.
For those of you hoping to find out what we’re up to next,
unfortunately that’s a trade secret; for the minute at least.
Our management are back in the development and proposal stages for
future productions but rest assured we’ll give you news as
soon as we can. In the meantime we’ll try to keep you satisfied
with yet more feedback on our recent crazy time!
What a week!
23rd July 2007
Did you see it?
It felt like last week went by in the blink of an eye but it’s
done, after six months of preparation KOBAL performed their “Half
Pint” edition of “Beer!” as part
of Buxton Fringe Festival. If you’re curious to know how it
went, have a read of the review taken from the Fringe’s official
Any spelling errors are direct from their site so don’t blame
us (Stephen will cry if you do). The over-riding feeling of the
company is that it was a great experience with the only major downside
being the bloody awful weather.
As well as Buxton, KOBAL took part in “Platform” last
Thursday as part of Oldham Coliseum’s Wordsmith Writing Festival.
Performing an in utero version of “Little Tin Rock
God” in order to garner opinion on the piece before
its full premiere this Thursday at the Royal Exchange, the evening
served as a great introduction to some and a “hello again”
to others. Feedback was very positive and the actors are straight
back in rehearsals this week so they’re fully prepared for
the 26th; not that they need much polishing, everyone involved did
us proud and if you miss them in “Blue 5” the loss is
Look out for more updates over the coming weeks, including cast
and crew’s thoughts on Buxton, a lowdown on “Blue
5” and also a barrage of photos from “Beer!”
including a few of the cast in various states of undress –
Stay tuned and stay lucky!
The Month Ahead
30th June 2007
It appears that July will be a very busy month for KOBAL, what with
"Beer!" at the Buxton Fringe Festival between 15th and
18th July, taking part in Oldham Coliseum's "Wordsmith '07"
on the 19th and now...Blue!
Yes, we'll be taking a turn for the dramatic in "Blue 5"
at Manchester's Royal Exchange with "Little Tin Rock God",
Distin & Lowe's dark tale of death and celebrity. Thursday 26th
July, Royal Exchange Theatre, St. Ann's Square, Manchester. Tickets
cost £5 and are selling fast. To book ring 0161 833 9833 or
visit www.royalexchange.co.uk for details.
Also, if you follow this
link here you'll find the poster for "Beer!" at Buxton.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that it's a variation
on the poster for December's production at Contact, but when the
original was so good why start over!
"Are you not entertained?"
13th June 2007
Howdy folks. This week has been a biggy for KOBAL as rehearsals
for the Buxton Fringe version of "Beer!" started - very
well they went as well. It was great to have the cast together again
and breathing life into the updated script.
We also received this from the powers that be at Oldham Coliseum
about the Wordsmith Writing Festival - or "Wordsmith '07"
as it is now known. They have a great selection of events planned
including the premiere of this year's winning Alfred Bradley Bursary
Award play, a masterclass with legendary playwright John Godber
and, well, us. Here's the snippet of their press release that refers
to our performance...
Thu 19 July 7.30pm
Human Pyramid Theatre Company
Second Nature Theatre Company
KOBAL Theatre Company
"Introducing Platform, which offers small scale theatre companies
from across the region a chance to experiment with studio work and
get feedback from industry professionals. Three companies will present
extracts of their developmental projects. It's also an opportunity
for you, the audience, to have your say and contribute towards the
future direction of the pieces and the North West's exciting fringe
Performances & discussion £4
Bookings through Box Office on 0161 624 2829.
For more info visit www.coliseum.org.uk
KOBAL becomes a Gladiator
8th May 2007
No, our mascot isn't doing a Russell Crowe and (allegedly) going
toe-to-toe with the paparazzi; nor will we be hitting Wolf with
a giant cotton bud. The (rather misleading) title actually refers
to the news that KOBAL will be participating in the Oldham
Coliseum's (geddit?) Wordsmith Writing Festival
in July. It appears all those proposals we've being writing were
worth it. More details to follow soon.
High Praise Indeed
2nd May 2007
It's a busy time here at KOBAL Central - we're preparing proposals
for future shows, writing draft scripts and prepping for Buxton
Fringe Festival - and there are times in all this madness when we
lose perspective. Thankfully Kismet tends to throw something at
us which makes us realise what all the effort is for and today we
received this sound bite about December's production from none other
than award winning stand-up comedian and Xfm Breakfast Host Jason
"Beer!" is funnier than someone farting and sneezing
at the same time."
Which we take as a good thing.
More news soon folks!
20th April 2007
Did you enjoy Easter? Get many eggs? Presents? Lincoln
logs in your sock drawer? If you did then well done you, if not
then don’t worry because we’ve got plenty of goodies
for you right here. That’s goodies as in gifts, not the seventies
Let’s kick off with the changes to the site. The more astute
of you will have noticed that the news articles for 2006 recently
found their way into the archives – it’s the best place
for them, they’ve got plenty of room to run around and play
with their archived friends.
The other biggie is that in order to avoid any confusion the “Beer!”
sub-site has been split to differentiate the last production at
Contact with our up-coming presentation at the Buxton Fringe. We’ll
be updating the new section with exciting tid-bits and goings on
as and when we have chance.
Now on to the new stuff which, ironically enough, is all to do with
the old production of “Beer!” at Contact. Firstly there’s
the biographies for the veritable man-mountains that are our sound
and lighting designers, David Wimpenny and Tom “Dexter”
Scott; then there’s the long overdue second half of Stephen
Michael Lowe’s recollections on the production and finally
a few image captures for the show itself.
As well as the changes and additions there is also the news that
KOBAL has finally got its act together and joined MySpace. You can
find us here
so why not have a look, add a comment, maybe even be our friend.
Finally there’s the fact that we will soon be organising auditions
for a couple of (as yet secret) future productions. So if you are
a) talented and b) interested then please feel free to email your
CV's and head shots to email@example.com
So there you have it. Hopefully there’s enough here to keep
you occupied until our next update. Have fun and don’t forget
to book your tickets for Buxton soon!
After our success bringing "Beer!" to Contact in Manchester,
KOBAL are taking our special brew to the Buxton Fringe Festival.
We'll be performing a new "half pint" version of the script
- shorter measure, sharper jokes, bigger laughs - at "Nice
One" in the Old Clubhouse from 15th to 18th July. the performances
will start at 9.30pm and finish in plenty of time to get to the
bar for last orders.
So there it is, the big news we've been promising. In other news,
Peter Lord throws his two-penneth in about his experiences with
"Beer!" here, originally written at Christmas before he
got himself an agent (oo-er). Click here
to read them.
Keep coming back as there'll be more news to follow soon, including
details of Stephen's cack-handed attempt to set up KOBAL's MySpace.
9th February 2007
Hello and hi. It's all go here at KOBAL, which is why we've
been a little lax on the updates front. There was even an unfortunate
mishap with Steve's new laptop which meant part two of his reminiscences
has gone the way of the Dodo! However he plans to pick up an amber-tipped
cane, adopt a cruddy Scottish accent and do his best Dickie Attenborough
impression to bring it back from extinction as soon as he can.
In the meantime if you travel to our "Beer!" section you'll
find the biographies
of our lovely cast as well as notes
from our director and producer. We'll even throw in the thoughts
of our production manager Matt
on the production for good measure. Hopefully all that
will keep you busy till our big announcement next week (oo-er)!
Happy New Year
19th January 2007
A Happy belated New Year to all you lovely people out there. We've
been snowed under with meetings, submissions, conversations and
the like which is why we're (fashionably) late. We'll have news
for you about what KOBAL are doing next soon but in the meantime
for some photos taken backstage on "Beer!"
'Tis the season...
22nd December 2006
The decorations are up, the mince pies are out and the festivities
are beginning. Christmas is upon us friends and KOBAL would like to
wish a very Happy holiday season to everyone!
Please have a great time and be sure to visit us in the New Year for
(amongst other things) the second part of Stephen's "Beer!"
round-up, Mark and Marcus' thoughts on our most recent production
and, of course, big news on our plans for 2007! Have fun, take care
and above all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
BEER! Taste Test arrives
21st December 2006
In an unprecedented turn of events the first member of KOBAL's management
to complete a retrospective look at "Beer!" isn't the director
or even the producer, it's co-writer and turn Stephen Michael Lowe.
However like everything he writes it is quite rambling, so please
click here for
Part One of his take on things.
18th December 2006
That's it! "Beer!" is done and dusted, a little
over two years after Distin & Lowe first scribbled the title
on the page. The show went incredibly well, thanks in no small part
to the great audience we had; if you were one of the many may we
say a great big thank you!
If you want to offer some feedback on the show or the website, ask
a question or just rant about something in particular then email
us, we're always keen to talk to strangers, despite what our
parents warned us. If you're more a voyeur however then keep popping
by the site, as updates from the director and producer will be posted
later this week, along with news on what KOBAL plans to do next.
10th December 2006
Marconi's little box of tricks seems to be going mad for KOBAL.
After Friday's shout-out by Jason Manford on Xfm's breakfast show,
Distin and Lowe are appearing on 96.9 All fm's Artbeat
Show, presented by Andrew Edwards, between 1-2pm today and on Radio
Manchester tomorrow at 3:30pm. Listen in for fun and frolics!
Beer! is Fermenting
23rd November 2006
KOBAL's producer Marcus updates his blog... a little late. Click
here to read it.
and the Big Issue
22nd November 2006
Hey there guys and gals. The homeless - not just a topic for Phil
Collins to write about but real people, some of them standing out
in the cold clutching shiny new issues of The Big Issue in
the North. So help them out and buy a copy, Hell buy two,
then open them up and enjoy the interview with our co-writer and director,
Mark Distin, about "Beer!" and all things KOBAL.
Progress Report 3
14th November 2006
"Something people don’t tell you when you embark on putting
on a show is the amount of phone calls and e-mails you will be subjected
to..." but at least Sparky Bebe is prepared to spill the beans
on this, and more, in the ever-changing world-o-Beer! Click here
to read it.
8th November 2006
It is our pleasure and privilege to announce that Arts Council
England are joining us in bringing you "Beer!"
That's right, they've offered out their wizened and kindly hand of
friendship to KOBAL and we've grabbed hold tight. So special thanks
to Arts Council's Manchester office for putting your faith (and funding)
in us, we won't prove you wrong.
Progress Report 2
5th November 2006
For those of you hungry for "Beer!" news I'm afraid you'll
have to wait a little longer for Marcus' update. Until then here
are a few photos taken during rehearsals at Oldham's Walkabout on
22nd October, including the first sighting of the full cast!
Progress Report 1
21st October 2006
Sparky Bebe (aka Mark Distin) presents an update on the world-o-Beer!
Click here to
Meet KOBAL's new producer, Marcus, and hear more about the ongoing
saga to bring KOBAL's peculiar genius to the stage... Click here
to read it.
16th November 2005
The calm before the storm
26th February 2005
23rd February 2005
Mistah Samuel Lowe!
9th February 2005
Beer! Still Fermenting
31st January 2005
Female Fancies Revisited
6th December 2004
results are in...
17th November 2004
KOBAL Needs YOU!