Mal Evans was the shadow that appeared behind the act you've known for all these years. "An entertaining one-hander about The Beatles best friend with witty, original songs." (THE STAGE)
Mal Evans was the Beatles roadie and also arguably their closest friend. He was so much more than just the big guy who lugged the gear from venue to venue. He travelled the world on tour with the Fab 4, took part in their recording sessions, he was there when they met Bob Dylan and Elvis and when their lives were threatened in the Philippines and when they studied with Maharishi in India. He lived with Paul McCartney as his housekeeper in 1967 and there is good reason to believe he helped write the title song of 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts’ Club Band! As manager of Apple Records, he played a pivotal role in signing the Beatles protégés Badfinger as well as producing their records. To the boys he was an invaluable travelling companion and close confidante. On the crazy ride that was Beatlemania, it is doubtful they would have survived without him.
BEATLE MAL will be touring the UK & Ireland in Autumn 2013 following a 2012 premier The Cavern, Liverpool which in turn led to a three week run at The 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
1963 was the year of the meteoric rise to fame of the Beatles, so exactly 50 years on it is quite appropriate that this new imaginative drama, with original music, should be presented to a wider audience.
Nik Wood-Jones (Performer/writer)
"As Mal Nik Wood-Jones, makes such a convincing & loveable rogue that it's not difficult to see why the Fab 4 wanted him by their side at all times." (The STAGE)
Nik, who is from Manchester is best known for playing English Lake District writer and walker Alfred Wainwright, first appearing as him in the BBC film, 'The Man Who Loved the Lakes', (2007) and then providing the voice of AW in the popular 'Wainwright walks series also for the BBC. He also notably played legendary Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh in 'On Raglan Road' and the later revised play: 'Kavanagh', both on the London stage and on two separate and hugely successful tours of Ireland.