Morecambe Fringe Festival

Saturday 23rd July – 4pm – 5pm West End Playhouse, Yorkshire Street, West End, Morecambe, LA3 1QE

“An Actor’s Life For Me”

A reflection on John’s life as an entertainer – from childhood to now. 50 + years of treading the boards. John has worked in all manner of disciplines – from Shakespeare to circus. Much of life as a performer is also contained in his published 2004 autobiography – “A Desire To Entertain” – obtainable as an E-Book on this site.
He has appeared on TV and Radio – made several films, danced through the streets of York, Leeds, Hull and other places and written a hundred or more songs and plays. In “An Actor’s Life For Me” – John’s story is told with music, song, memories and a large helping of fun.

“John’s even played the baddie – several times.”






.Sunday 24th July – 4pm – 5pm West End Playhouse, Yorkshire street, West End, Morecambe, LA3 1QE

“King Lear’s Fool’s Tale”

It was whilst John D Slater was working on the Laurence Olivier/Granada
TV production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear”, that he began to take particular interest in the character of the Fool and the role of the Fool, not only in the play, but in the history of fools. John subsequently went on the play the fool/jester/clown character in hundreds of productions and presentations, at a variety of locations, including stately homes, castles, theatres and festivals, plus several TV slots, exploring folly at all levels.
However, it was during the recent lock-down period, after viewing, via various internet sites, no fewer that five different productions of Shakespeare’s King Lear, that John had an idea; once again taking particular interest in the Fool and his relationship with the king, John felt that might be a
fascinating challenge to give the Fool a chance to have his own say. And so John set down to write “King Lear’s Fool’s Tale.”
What does the Fool see that the King Lear doesn’t, or won’t see? When he dares to give the king advice, even jokingly, he comes very close to a beating or worse. But the Fool does not desert him and stays with him to almost the very end.
A tale told with humour and tenderness.

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