Damian Williams, Smarter than the average Bare

HE S just filming recording a new series of Are You Smarter than a Ten-Year-old for Sky, now Damian Williams is about to star in a touring production of a Carry On-style farce. The TV show is a daytime version of the early evening one presented by Noel Ed

HE'S just filming recording a new series of Are You Smarter than a Ten-Year-old for Sky, now Damian Williams is about to star in a touring production of a Carry On-style farce.

The TV show is a daytime version of the early evening one presented by Noel Edmonds and Damian is hoping it will lead to more television work.

In the mean time, he's busy rehearsing Who Goes Bare? at the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford. The show goes out on tour but will be returning to the KMT on Thursday next week for four performances.

Damian, 38, began his acting career in children's TV - shows like 1990's Alfonso Bonzo and spin-off Billy Webb, in which he played Ginger Gahagan - before one-off roles in regular dramas like The Bill.

But it is his theatre work, particularly the touring comedies, which pay the bills.

And using the KMT for rehearsals means it's not a bad journey for this Tilbury boy.

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"It is a lovely theatre, there is such a nice atmosphere about it. I was here a few weeks ago in another touring comedy, Birthday Suite.

"The rehearsals for Who Goes Bare? are going very well and once it all works, it will be a riot."

He plays Eddie Manchip, the owner of a somewhat ailing country health club in a decaying country mansion.

When Eddie signs away the deeds of the house to a sinister crook, in payment of his gambling debts, chaos ensues.

Soon, his staff desert, leaving only a half-witted, hysterical maid to keep company with his erring and pompous brother and suspicious wife, a tennis player with a habit of removing her clothes, thinking it is a nudist colony, her kilted Scottish husband and a hearty Oxfam Volunteer who simply "collects" any clothing left unguarded.

The play is written by Richard Harris- who has contributed episodes of The Avengers, The Saint andThe Sweeney - and Leslie Darbon, who wrote for Shoestring and Bergerac among others.

The tour opens in Chesterfield, then comes to the KMT on Thursday, Sept 24. It is the latest Bruce James Production, who brought Birthday Suite and Intent to Murder to the Ilford stage.

Performances are at 7.30pm, with a 3pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are �11.

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