Meet the Cast and Crew: Alex Howarth - Director

Alex Howarth is in the midst of an incredibly hectic 2014. Prior to taking the reigns on Sitting Up for Michael he was working as Assistant Director to David Thacker for his production of Twelfth Night in the Octagon Theatre in Bolton.

With his own company Patch of Blue, he will be taking a number of original devised shows to the Edinburgh festival, so it's all go with Alex! 

His full list of credits include:

Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts 
Theatre includes Dear Santa (The Capitol, Horsham), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UK Tour), [title of show] (UK Professional Premiere, Edinburgh Festival), Medea (Guildhall), Café Nation (World Premiere, Cockpit Theatre), Beans On Toast (Karamel), Rain Man (Karamel), Godspell (Edinburgh Festival), The Last Five Years (Edinburgh Festival), Hansel and Gretel (Edinburgh Festival), A Streetcar Named Desire (The Byre), Whistle Down The Wind (The Byre). 
Assistant Director credits include Twelfth Night (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), The Complete Works Of Shakespeare-Abridged (UAE Tour), Avenue Q (Theatre Royal Windsor), Spend, Spend, Spend (Cockpit Theatre).

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from

Meet the Cast & Crew: James McAnespy as Brian/Lory (also the writer!) [Edited]

Over the coming days and weeks, we will be profiling the cast and crew of the C.L.G. / Sitting up for Michael Double Bill.

Edit: Due to cast changes, James is now playing the role of Brian in Sitting Up for Michael. Stay tuned for updates on the beard he'll be donning for the role!

James McAnespy is the artistic director of King's Fool Productions, which he founded in Belfast in 2011. The company's first major project was the debut run of Sitting Up for Michael, which toured across the north of Ireland in 2012, playing to hugely appreciative audiences that averaged over 100 per night. He has not relocated himself and the company to London and will be reviving 'SUFM' with a brand new play, C.L.G., which debuts in the White Bear Theatre.
James McAnespy launching King's Fool Productions in 2011
As an actor, James has enjoyed the limelight as the lead role in a vast array of productions in Belfast. In 2010, his first major stage performance was the top billed role in the Irish premier of Arthur Miller's tense holocaust drama, Incident at Vichy. His performance attracted rave reviews, with The Virtual Methodist singling him out as "the stand-out performance."

He continued this rich vein of form through 2011, with lead roles in performances of Stumpergasse 31 (where he played a young Adolf Hitler) and Robots in Disguise, with TheatreWatch lauding "suave, spiteful little lucifer of a character [who] was horrifically believable".
He also made his screen debut in Éalú, playing the role of the true-life criminal Sean Bourke, who masterminded a communist prison break from Wormwood scrubs. Also that year, he debuted as the voice of UTV Weather's sponsors, Progressive Building Society, reaching half a million people on a nightly basis.

James McAnespy as Rory in the 2012 run of Sitting Up for Michael
In 2012, as well as acting in the hugely popular run of Sitting Up for Michael, he performed in The Odd Couple at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, and was co-lead in the premier of Dave Kinghan's claustrophobic art drama, Intervention at the Pick N Mix festival at Belfast's world-class MAC.

In 2013, he established himself in London and across Britain with his recurring role as Dougal in Laughlines' Father Ted tribute show, Ted & Co, selling out months ahead of production.

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from

New director for C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael: Alex Howarth

We are delighted to announce that we have a new director on board for C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael in the shape of Alex Howarth.

Helen Donnelly, who directed the original tour in 2012 has been given a great opportunity with The Finborough Theatre, and we wish her all the best with it. She has left the production in a great state, and Alex Howarth is more than capable of filling her shoes, and we're all looking forward ot see what he does with the piece!

Drafting away...

C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill is debuting in the White Bear Theatre, London from April 8-27. Tickets are on sale now from

Fundraising Quizzes: The Hope Fitzrovia, Monday 17th March 2014

Once again we have organised another fundraising quiz for the C.L.G./Sitting Up for Michael Double Bill, this time taking place (Facebook Event page) in The Hope Fitzrovia on March 17th (St. Patrick's Day!)

As usual, the top prize is four tickets to the winning team (you can have more than four in a team, but you'll have to organise your own fight to the death for who gets the tickets. All that for only £3 per person (a steal!)

It's a damn shame St. Patrick's day falls on a Monday, and it would be a sacrilege not to imbibe at least one drink on the day itself, so keep it civil and head down to this quiz in the most charming pub in the West End.