In 1997 I wrote “Adolf”, a short 35 min piece that premiered at Southside laboratory and was an instant sell out smash hit (capacity was only 24 I admit, but a full house is a full house.) The proceeding years saw the play transform into 1hr 20min long and become one of the most world wide successful one man shows of recent years. Adolf launched me on to the touring circuit, produced and re-directed by Guy Masterson. I toured under his banner until Guy and I decided I was old enough to go out by myself, I took a leaf out of his book and put my name at the top of the poster. It was going to be Pip Utton Productions but PUP is not an acronym foretelling fame and fortune."
Calling the company after myself, and being credited as the writer and as the performer ensured that my name was prominent on posters and flyers and now on this site! Things might change. In the future there may be plays written by other writers and performed by other actors but my name will still be at the top – I’ll make sure of that.
I now try to produce a new piece each year. Some remain in the repertoire for several years and others are laid to rest sooner.
Currently there are eight shows in the repertoire, Adolf, Bacon, Chaplin, Dickens, Hunchback of Notre Dame , A Christmas Carol, Churchill, and my new show , Casanova which premiered earlier this year at the Stadschouwbourg Groningen, The Netherlands, and features wonderful contemporary dancing by Marguerite Chaigne as ‘woman’ and will make its Edinburgh premiere at The Assembly Rooms, George St in 2015.
‘The Last Musketeer’ premiered in 2013 as did ‘Requiem for Salieri’ which won the Aundience Award at the International Pushkin Festival in Pskov,RussiaI. I am still working on ‘I’m glad I’m not young anymore’ and a new show with the working title ‘Playing Maggie’.Yes, me as Maggie Thatcher!!!!