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In conversation with Paul McGann

by Elyse Bennett. Published Thu 08 Dec 2011 12:31, last updated: 08/12/11
Paul McGann in his role as Dr. Who
Paul McGann in his role as Dr. Who

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The former Dr Who star will talk about his incredible career which has seen him take on some fantastic roles for TV and film and has cemented him as one of Britain’s greatest drama actors.

In a career spanning two decades, notable roles include the Eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the 1996 Dr Who Movie, Marwood from the iconic 1980s Bruce Robinson film, Withnail and I as well as Lieutenant Bush in Hornblower.

Other notable appearances include Ken Russell's The Rainbow, Dealers, Paper Mask and Downtime. He has also featured in a number of British television’s greatest series including Jonathan Creek, Waking the Dead and most recently, Luther.

He was also hugely respected for his role as a dashing army officer in Alan Bleasdale’s BBC series The Monocled Mutineer.

Paul is not the only member of his family to enjoy a flourishing acting career; Joe, Mark and Stephen McGann are all successful performers and the four of them have even starred together in the 1995 television series The Hanging Gale.

Born in Kensington, Liverpool in 1959 Paul was encouraged from a young age to develop his acting talents by his parents and on the advice of his grammar school teacher attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Paul McGann said “I was thrilled to be asked to do February’s ‘In Conversation’. Then bashful terror set in until my mate David Morrissey calmed me down and assured me, having done it himself, that you can’t actually die from talking about your life and work in a beautiful room surrounded by friends and family and your favourite music. Guess I will just have to trust him!”

Paul McGann is the latest in an impressive 'In Conversation' interview list which has included Mike McCartney, David Morrissey, Janice Long and Peter Serafinowicz and will talk about his life and career in the beautiful surroundings of St George’s Hall Concert Room.

Little Atom Productions’ Gemma Aldcroft said “I had been a fan of Paul ever since I watched him in Alan Bleasdale’s ‘The Monocled Mutineer’ in the 80s so it was a huge thrill for me when he agreed to take part in the series. We’re also delighted to be returning to St George’s Hall Concert Room for this event; it really is one of mine and Karen’s favourite buildings in the UK let alone Liverpool.”

Co-producer Karen Podesta continued “We’re always really exciting about our guests’ musical choices. Paul is a big music fan with very eclectic tastes so we’re looking forward to matching the right performers to his chosen pieces. The audience is in for a treat!”

As with previous interviewees Paul’s five favourite songs will also be performed live on stage by five separate acts. The ‘In Conversation’ series has previously showcased many new and emerging Liverpool artistes including Ragz, Carrie Hayden, Poppy L’mour and Sparkwood & 21 and this event will be no exception.

The interview will also include clips and photographs of Paul's life and work on a large screen and be followed by a Q&A from the audience. This will be a fascinating insight into one of the city’s best loved performers and a hugely entertaining evening of fabulously eclectic musical performances.


Date: Saturday 4 February 2012, 7pm (7.30pm start)
Prices: Online/pre-booked tickets £15 (No booking fee) - £18 on the door
How to Book: Online bookings via www.clubgeekchic.co.uk or call 07775 567192/07792 197573.

St George’s Hall Concert Room
North Entrance
William Brown Street
L1 1JJ


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