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The Nearly Men

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Regrets and cheap lager hang in the air like Brut aftershave. You can fail loads of times but you only have to succeed once...

A two man play, written and performed by Carl Antony Plover and Simon David Clark, The NearlyMen is a semi-autobiographical production, drawn from their own experience of writing a comedy series together. A comedy, which nearly made the big time.

Set in the confines of an unkempt bedsit, the play moves between two characters; a failed musician and a rejected scriptwriter and reveals the struggles and frustrations of nearly making it in the TV and music industry.

A writer down on his luck, looking back on a rejected comedy script struggles to move on from the characters he has created. The musician with doomed band and girlfriend gone is still convinced he's just one step away from superstardom; thick skinned and blind faith makes his downfall even more compelling.

Carl and Simon worked together in the late 90s where they formed a production company, Burning Paper Productions in London. Following a number of writing and directing projects and producing two short films, they were seemingly on the verge of their first big break with ITV commissioning their comedy series, when it suddenly ended before it began.

Searching for the answers, The Nearly Men is a brutally honest account of failure; revealing, raw, poetic and injected with humour, it will move and amuse in equal amounts.

Those who've seen it think...

"Absolutely hilarious and thought provoking at the same time. Whether a musician, writer, performer or anyone who has dared to dream, this play will definitely strike a chord."
Bill Browne, Corkman

"A very funny play...For a person that grew up in the 80s and dreamed of rock success, The Nearly Men took me back to the dreams of my youth."
Pearse McCarthy, 96FM

"All of us struggling artists will find something in the hilarity and analytical yet poignant script of The Nearly Men."
Jack O'Rourke, Musician

"A bitter-sweet (and brilliantly entertaining) drama of the blind optimism of youth and everyday failure"
Mick Hannigan, IndieCork Film Festival


BIOGRAPHY

Carl Plover

Originally a playwright, Carl Plover (aka Wasps vs Humans) has written four plays for theatre and debuted as a performance poet in 2009. He has also supported some of Ireland's & The UK's well regarded performers from the likes of John Cooper Clarke, Whipping Boy, Christy Moore and a daring opening for The Fall.

Carl recently published his debut novel, 'The Mattress' following the success of his first poetry collection entitled 'Sustain Your Ability To Satisfy'.

Musically he has released an L.P and single with UK based 80s avant garde/ experimental band, 4,000,000 Telephones, which gained critical acclaim in the UK national press and made the playlist of BBC Radio 1’s John Peel show. His more recent collaborations include the release of two singles with Cork based music producers and composers, Eat My Noise and over the last four years he has curated and compered the spoken word stage at the Indiependence Music & Arts Festival in Ireland.

Simon Clark

Simon Clark studied Drama, Art and Education at the University of Hertfordshire and was a Postgraduate Director at the London Academy of the Dramatic Arts (LAMDA), where he worked with various directors, including Ken Campbell and Peter James.

In 1989, he founded theatre works and the theatre works theatre Festival specialising in original, regional productions, collaborating with playwrights, national and international companies, including Jonathan Harvey, Paines Plough and the Romanian National Youth Theatre.

Simon’s own plays include Portrait of the Artist as a Young Conservative (winner of The Guardian Critic’s Choice, Edinburgh ’91), Ulster Mourning (commissioned by the Theatre Royal, Stratford East) and the Lincoln Community Play: Devils Let Loose.

In 2015, he co-founded The Clark Brothers, a film and television creative production company, with his brother, writer and director Oliver Clark. The company’s current projects include Harder, a brutally funny police drama series and The Award-Winning Clark Bros Really Really Really Good Show – web series to be broadcast from March 2017.

In 2016, at Dublin Web Fest, The Clark Brothers won the Best Original Writing Award.


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