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Osborne and After Festival: the first of its kind and an unmissable weekend of events (29th April 2016)

Osborne and After Festival: the first of its kind and an unmissable weekend of events

There are many ‘Firsts’ associated with Clun’s Osborne and After Festival, which takes place from 6-8 May in Clun, South Shropshire.

The Festival commemorates the extraordinary connection between the town and the writer, actor and legendary ‘Angriest man in England’ on the 60th anniversary of the first performance of his famous play, Look Back in Anger.

Osborne and After launches on Friday, May 6 at 4-7pm in Clun Memorial Hall and the organisers are thrilled and privileged to announce Elizabeth Counsell, actor, friend of John and Helen Osborne and visitor to the Hurst, the Osborne’s Clun home for the last eight years of his life, will cut the ribbon.

Elizabeth has had many roles in classical theatre, including the title role in Shaw’s ‘St Joan’, Rosalind in ‘As You Like It’, Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Gambon and Joanna in ‘Present Laughter’, with Donald Sinden.

The launch also includes the screening of the specially-commissioned film 'The Angriest Man Under the Sun?' featuring local people recalling the playwright when he lived in the area.

The John Williams Jazz trio will provide music and there will be much besides.

Entry is free and there will also be a bar and cafe.

In another ‘first’, The Festival is also delighted to have its own beer! Brewed by the Clun Brewery, ‘Iron John’ is so named because of the ubiquitous ironing board that features in ‘Look Back in Anger’ and is a reference to the grizzlier aspects of Osborne’s character!

This ale is a smooth but assertive 4.4% ABV and will be on sale at The White Horse and other venues throughout the Festival.

Angela Martin, Osborne and After Festival Organiser, said:

‘This is a truly a first: a unique weekend of events focusing on the life and legacy of John Osborne. We are delighted and thrilled to have such an amazing array of talent representing the worlds of theatre, literature and film-making which filled Osborne’s life and work.

Do come along and enjoy the variety of what’s on offer throughout the weekend, in this beautiful part of the world’.

For more information about the Festival including programme, tickets, a map and much more, go to