Adrian Edmondson - Signs Of Life

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01Sugar Sugar20210705“So, it’s the end of the 60s, and while the rest of the world is flailing around in an orgy of free love, self-expression and hallucinogenic drugs, I’m trapped in a small prison learning to repress my emotions. Turns out I’m bloody good at it! If the 11-plus had been about repression I would have passed no problem.”

Unhappy at boarding school in England, his family far away in Africa, Adrian remembers his first dance at the school disco and the moment that signalled the end of his childhood.

Across this set of essays Adrian Edmondson considers moments of personal and social change. Not quite ready to commit to an autobiography he says, “there is an autobiographical urge somewhere inside me.”

His career has taken him from 20th Century Coyote (punk meets comedy) to The Young Ones to Malvolio at the RSC via Eddie Hitler in Bottom.

Adrian Edmondson studied drama at Manchester University where he met his comedy partner Rik Mayall. The influence of the absurdist dramatists he studied and his early love for The Goons, The Muppets and Monty Python are all reflected in his comedy practice. He and Rik were part of the first wave of Alternative Comedy where their glorious pursuit of laughter and anarchic performances changed the comedic landscape for ever. He starred as Vyvyan in The Young Ones, the series that blasted its way onto our screens tearing into our preconceptions of what television comedy could be.

Adrian has since had a very significant career indeed. A career that has taken him in later years into 'straight' acting as well, at the RSC, BBC TV’s War and Peace and EastEnders, and as a writer of books for adults and children. He has also had an award winning music career with his band The Bad Shepherds which fused punk and folk.

Written and read by Adrian Edmondson

Produced by Caroline Raphael

A Dora Production for BBC Radio 3

Adrian remembers his first dance at the school disco.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

02Smoked Out20210706“We struggle through power cuts, algebra and the three-day week and the only constant is cigarettes. We sit in Jasper’s Folly, a café at the end of Market Place, thinking up new words for ennui and seeing how long we can burn our fingers with a lighter before we can’t stand it anymore…. Cigarettes were just a replacement for everything that was missing in my life.”

Adrian Edmondson celebrates a long love affair with cigarettes that came to an end when he found everything he had been missing.

Across this set of essays Adrian Edmondson considers moments of personal and social change. Not quite ready to commit to an autobiography he says, “there is an autobiographical urge somewhere inside me.”

His career has taken him from 20th Century Coyote (punk meets comedy) to The Young Ones to Malvolio at the RSC via Eddie Hitler in Bottom.

Adrian Edmondson studied drama at Manchester University where he met his comedy partner Rik Mayall. The influence of the absurdist dramatists he studied and his early love for The Goons, The Muppets and Monty Python are all reflected in his comedy practice. He and Rik were part of the first wave of Alternative Comedy where their glorious pursuit of laughter and anarchic performances changed the comedic landscape for ever. He starred as Vyvyan in The Young Ones, the series that blasted its way onto our screens tearing into our preconceptions of what television comedy could be.

Adrian has since had a very significant career indeed. A career that has taken him in later years into 'straight' acting as well, at the RSC, BBC TV’s War and Peace and EastEnders, and as a writer of books for adults and children. He has also had an award winning music career with his band The Bad Shepherds which fused punk and folk.

Written and read by Adrian Edmondson

Produced by Caroline Raphael

A Dora Production for BBC Radio 3

Adrian Edmondson celebrates a long love affair with cigarettes and the moment it ended.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

03Fegato Per Due20210707“I’m working at The Comic Strip. ‘Evening Vernon, Evening Ray!’ I shout. ‘Evening Nigel,’ they shout back. Well, perhaps they don’t know me as well as I think they do, but at least they think they know me.”

Adrian Edmondson celebrates the glorious feeling of belonging as he remembers the early days of working in Soho at The Comic Strip and eating at the Italian restaurant where the waiters do know his name, and his favourite dish.

Across this set of essays Adrian Edmondson considers moments of personal and social change. Not quite ready to commit to an autobiography he says, “there is an autobiographical urge somewhere inside me.”

His career has taken him from 20th Century Coyote (punk meets comedy) to The Young Ones to Malvolio at the RSC via Eddie Hitler in Bottom.

Adrian Edmondson studied drama at Manchester University where he met his comedy partner Rik Mayall. The influence of the absurdist dramatists he studied and his early love for The Goons, The Muppets and Monty Python are all reflected in his comedy practice. He and Rik were part of the first wave of Alternative Comedy where their glorious pursuit of laughter and anarchic performances changed the comedic landscape for ever. He starred as Vyvyan in The Young Ones, the series that blasted its way onto our screens tearing into our preconceptions of what television comedy could be.

Adrian has since had a very significant career indeed. A career that has taken him in later years into 'straight' acting as well, at the RSC, BBC TV’s War and Peace and EastEnders, and as a writer of books for adults and children. He has also had an award winning music career with his band The Bad Shepherds which fused punk and folk.

Written and read by Adrian Edmondson

Produced by Caroline Raphael

A Dora Production for BBC Radio 3

Adrian Edmondson celebrates the early days of working in Soho at The Comic Strip.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

04It's One Rule For Them20210708“It became a game really, to see how quickly we could break them... If the rules hadn’t been there, we might have been better behaved.”

Adrian Edmondson has always struggled with rules be they rules at school, dress codes or codes of conduct that that create different rules for different people. In this essay, he remembers a particular incident that occurred when he appeared on stage with The Who.

Across this set of essays, Adrian Edmondson considers moments of personal and social change. Not quite ready to commit to an autobiography he says, “there is an autobiographical urge somewhere inside me.”

His career has taken him from 20th Century Coyote (punk meets comedy) to The Young Ones to Malvolio at the RSC via Eddie Hitler in Bottom.

Adrian Edmondson studied drama at Manchester University where he met his comedy partner Rik Mayall. The influence of the absurdist dramatists he studied and his early love for The Goons, The Muppets and Monty Python are all reflected in his comedy practice. He and Rik were part of the first wave of Alternative Comedy where their glorious pursuit of laughter and anarchic performances changed the comedic landscape for ever. He starred as Vyvyan in The Young Ones, the series that blasted its way onto our screens tearing into our preconceptions of what television comedy could be.

Adrian has since had a very significant career indeed. A career that has taken him in later years into 'straight' acting as well, at the RSC, BBC TV’s War and Peace and EastEnders, and as a writer of books for adults and children. He has also had an award winning music career with his band The Bad Shepherds, which fused punk and folk.

Written and read by Adrian Edmondson

Produced by Caroline Raphael

A Dora Production for BBC Radio 3

Adrian Edmondson remembers an incident from when he appeared on stage with The Who.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.

05A Boy Named Sue20210709“No-one knows what to call me. Even me. People say ‘Do we call you Ade or Adrian?’ And I usually say, ‘Whatever you can manage’”.

At various stages in his life, Adrian Edmondson has attempted to change his name. He ponders his family history and how he came to be called Adrian. He was ribbed at school for having what was thought of as a girl’s name.

Across this set of essays Adrian Edmondson considers moments of personal and social change. Not quite ready to commit to an autobiography he says, “there is an autobiographical urge somewhere inside me.”

His career has taken him from 20th Century Coyote (punk meets comedy) to The Young Ones to Malvolio at the RSC via Eddie Hitler in Bottom.

Adrian Edmondson studied drama at Manchester University where he met his comedy partner Rik Mayall. The influence of the absurdist dramatists he studied and his early love for The Goons, The Muppets and Monty Python are all reflected in his comedy practice. He and Rik were part of the first wave of Alternative Comedy where their glorious pursuit of laughter and anarchic performances changed the comedic landscape for ever. He starred as Vyvyan in The Young Ones, the series that blasted its way onto our screens tearing into our preconceptions of what television comedy could be.

Adrian has since had a very significant career indeed. A career that has taken him in later years into 'straight' acting as well, at the RSC, BBC TV’s War and Peace and EastEnders, and as a writer of books for adults and children. He has also had an award winning music career with his band The Bad Shepherds which fused punk and folk.

Written and read by Adrian Edmondson

Series recorded by Lucinda Mason Brown

Produced by Caroline Raphael

A Dora Production for BBC Radio

Adrian was ribbed at school for having what was thought to be a girl\u2019s name.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.