The opening event of Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know will be “An Evening with Sunny Ormonde” – the outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy from BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, the world’s longest running soap. Sunny has been touring this hilarious and heart-warming one-woman show for the past eighteen months, and we are delighted to host her at the Rochester Literature Festival.
Lilian’s antics have kept the nation entertained for over a decade, whether it be riding round Ambridge on a Harley Davidson, drinking the bull and the cider shed dry with Eddie Grundy or absconding to Costa Rica with her beloved and very wicked Tiger! And then of course there is Tiger’s brother, Paul…
Sunny will fill you in on all the behind the scenes stories about the soap – now in its 61st year – with an evening of anecdotes and banter from her long and distinguished acting career, humorous and touching in turn. Sunny was recently shortlisted for the Best Character in the Media awards, alongside Derek Jacobi, Ann Reid, Kevin Whateley, Alison Steadman and Stephanie Cole.
The actress will also hold a Q&A session with the audience, in which a signed script from the soap opera will be presented to the person who asks the most original Archers-related question.
Sunny’s show already has its fans up and down the country: Karen Burrows from the Stamford Arts Centre remarked that this is “the best one-woman show … in a long time. Archers’ fans will not be disappointed, but there is something in this delightful show for everyone.” Susi Osborne from last year’s Northwich Lit Fest said that “Sunny held her audience spellbound with her renditions of Under Milk Wood and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Come and join us for what promises to be an unforgettable evening with this living legend of British radio.
Thursday, 25th September at Lords Wood Sports and Social Club, doors open 7pm. Tickets are £10 plus booking fee and can be purchased here.