Sunday, 6 February 2011

Beating Berlusconi

For all those footy mad fans out there, Beating Berlusconi, is not one to be missed according Mark Radley, whose story has become a comedy sensation on stages across the UK.

The Liverpool football supporter says you don’t have to be red to enjoy the show, which will be at Leicester’s Curve theatre this Thursday, February 10, as part of the city’s 18th comedy festival.

After following his team to an international game in Istanbul, Mark never dreamt his tales from the match would lead to an infamous story played out in a monologue to audiences all over the country.

Mark’s story talks about how he ended up sat next to Italian politician, Silvio Berlusconi at the Attaturk Stadium. After the reds equalised, Mark couldn’t suppress his feelings any longer and the pair squared up to each other. After being hauled away by security men, Mark was surprised to find he’d been mistaken for a VIP and ended up in the Liverpool VIP area.

Mark, who works as a cobbler, said, “When I got back to home I was telling my story to anyone that would listen.”

Mark was telling playwright, John Graham Davies, his tale one day when he went to get a key cut.

Mark said, “John wanted to chat about my story some more and he said it’d make a great film or TV show. I said he could use my story and since then I’ve been amazed at how far it’s gone.”

The show is played as a monologue by Paul Duckworth who portrays 40 characters in the 90-minute play.

Mark said, “The show uses my story but there’s also some drama in there which has been added in as extra too.

“It’s a show not to be missed and it brings out the fan in all of us.”

Mark will be coming to see the show at Curve on Thursday night at 7.30pm and invites the audience to come and speak to him in the lobby after the show.

To book your tickets visit or call 0116 242 3595

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