He Does What?!
Saturday 2 September, 7:30pm
Philip Douch reads stories for grown-ups. He chats for a bit, and then he reads you his stories. Disarmingly simple. Probably unlike anything you’ve seen before. Full of laughs and sometimes gently moving.
Philip’s short stories take a wry look at contemporary British life, often spiralling into the surreal. He performs these wonderfully warm and witty stories all over the place. Remarkably, people keep inviting him back.
He’s read at The Green Man festival; on the back of a land rover; at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and at a pirate party! A regular at Stroud Short Stories and Story Fridays in Bath, he’s now on tour. Probably a good idea not to miss him really.
‘A huge high…. I haven't laughed so much for ages.’
‘Thank you for bringing joy into my evening.’
‘The evening was a triumph.….Really really fun! And the audience loved it.’
‘I absolutely loved your show, if that is even the word for it. It was my first time listening to stories for grown-ups. We all had a fabulous time, and we all talked about it on the way home.’
Philip Douch is a playwright with short plays performed professionally at The Cheltenham Everyman Studio Theatre, The Alma Tavern and Theatre in Bristol, and the Landor pub theatre on the London fringe. The lead actress in his full length play Charlie for the Cotswold Players won the 2022 South West Rose Bowl award for Best Actress in a Drama – the only piece of new dramatic writing to secure an award in this regional celebration of amateur theatre.
As an actor he has played a variety of roles, including in the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre’s main stage production of Fly Eddie Fly – a musical in which he played Eddie the Eagle’s dad alongside the ski-jumping Eagle himself.
He has written and performed two one man shows for theatre festivals in Barnstaple and Stroud – Celebrity Love Hero and (Reasonably) Great Sporting Moments, the latter including a riveting audience reconstruction of a drawn cricket Test Match between England and South Africa.