Blokes of a Feather
An Afternoon with Marks and Gran
Sunday 7th July 2019 4:00pm
Sandys Row Synagogue
We are pleased to announce that Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, two of the most successful comedy/drama writers of the last 35 years whose work includes Birds of a Feather, Shine on Harvey Moon and The New Statesman will be talking about their work and showing clips followed by a question and answer session at a benefit for Sandys Row Synagogue on Sunday 7th July at 4.00 p.m.
Tickets cost £10 and are available from: www.eventbrite.com
In 2015 multi award winning writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran were endowed the Living Legends of Comedy trophy. Another accolade to add to their collection. Presented for almost forty years of making this and other nations laugh, they are one of the most successful comedy writing partnerships in the history of television.
Their canon includes the massively popular and critically acclaimed comedy-drama Shine On Harvey Moon, to the smash comedy hits Birds of a Feather, The New Statesman, and Goodnight Sweetheart (to become a stage musical in early 2020).
If there is a common theme in their work it is the London they knew and were introduced to as children; the East End. Their Jewish characters are legion, from Dorien in Birds of a Feather to Frieda and Erich Gottlieb, Harvey Moon’s landlords in Shine On Harvey Moon. And their work refuses to shy away from controversy; both their films Mosley, and Wall of Silence – the story of a brutal murder in the Chassidic community of Stamford Hill, where the community refuse to open their doors to a police investigation, caused mayhem in the national and Jewish press alike, with Maurice and Laurence subject to serious death threats.
On Sunday, July 7, Laurence and Maurice will talk all about their work, focusing on the Jewish component, the East End of their parents’ childhood, and why they opted for comedy in the dark and forbidding world of Thatcher’s Britain. Film excerpts will be shown and questions will be answered.As the Beatles once said: “A splendid time is guaranteed for all”.