Well Thumbed

Notional Theatre

stand-up literature
age 14+

55 mins

The premise of the show is simple: once upon a time when you took a book from the shelf it always opened at the well thumbed mucky bit.


Terry Victor declaims

Well Thumbed adjectives for the use of busy journalists (please take and use as many as you wish):- lewd, ribald, engaging, bawdy, amusing, educational, shocking, smutty, wonderful, entertaining, outrageous, classic, delightful, dirty, charming, mucky, licentious, risqué, salacious, witty, naughty, absorbing, wicked, breathtaking and fun.

Warning: this libertine and ribald celebration contains historically robust language & subject matter. Well Thumbed pages, from the Bible to D.H Lawrence by way of Jane Austen’s dirty bits, will be riffled for your pleasure.

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a WELL THUMBED biography

The Librarian is performed by Terry Victor, an actor who has enjoyed a long, varied and successful career in the arts and entertainment. His stage acting credits include works by Beckett, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Lerner & Leowe, and Rogers & Hammerstein; from the National Theatre, Punchdrunk and National Theatre Wales to the West End, pantomime and cabaret. His film and TV credits include BAFTA-winners ‘The Old Devils’ (BBC TV) and best movie ‘A Bit of Tom Jones’; US TV films ‘The Real Doctor Frankenstein’ and ‘Joan of Arc’; feature films ‘Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection’, ‘Bitter Harvest’ and Best Foreign Language Oscar-nominated ‘Hedd Wyn’.

Terry is also known as a writer for the stage and page. His performed work includes more murder mysteries on the ‘Orient Express’ than Agatha Christie ever imagined; the acclaimed anti- war play ‘Fragments of Ash’; and, as compiler and editor, ‘The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English’ and ‘A Dictionary of Rhyming Slangs’. Terry broadcasts regularly from his stronghold somewhere on the liberal leftwing of language use. He is a resident 'expert' on BBC Radio 5Live's 'Grammar Phone-in'.

Thomas D'Urfey