In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio One show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to. This is an ode to radio, those records and anyone who’s ever sought solace in wireless. Script edited by Joe Dunthorne (Writer of the novel Submarine).
Total Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell-out 2011 and 2012. Total sell-out 65-date national tour (including two weeks at London’s Soho Theatre). Adapted for BBC Radio 4.
“Shy and awkward but with a keen eye for a killer line and the significance of the trivia of daily life, Osborne sits somewhere between Tom Wrigglesworth and Daniel Kitson, which a very good place to sit. I could have listened for hours” – ★★★★★ The Independent
“Beautifully-written, funny and poignant… Just as John Peel’s records changed his life this lovely, simple, beautifully executed show has enriched ours” – ★★★★★ The Scotsman
“One of the Top Ten Theatre Highlights of the Edinburgh Festival… Funny, perceptive and charming” – ★★★★ The Telegraph
“One of the loveliest things you’ll see all year” – ★★★★ The Herald
“Genius… A comic highlight” – The Guardian
“I heartily recommend John Peel’s Shed. It is a gentle tale of one man’s passion for obscure music and the radio which has been compared to the work of Daniel Kitson” – Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard
“John Osborne captures the intimacy of the medium, the startling human connections and priceless stories. Its an uplifting if occasionally twee story that makes a classic, nostalgic fringe piece” – Total Theatre
★★★★ Sunday Express
★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News
★★★★ What’s On Stage
★★★★ Fest Magazine
As retold during the show, John Osborne presented a show on his local radio station Future Radio in 2010. He played his favourite tracks from the collection of records and offered history and trivia on those bands and musicians. Click here to listen.
These songs feature in the live show:
Oizone – Father And Son
Screaming Lord Sutch – Rockabilly Madman
Atom and his Package – Going to Georgia
Rock con los Sonambulos – Grandes bolas de fuego
And here’s a Spotify playlist from a fan of the live show, featuring songs from those records strewn on the floor.