Diarist Michael Palin shares 30 years of memories on new tour

Michael Palin

Actor, writer and comedian Michael Palin is back on the road this autumn in a new one man show.

The Thirty Years Tour comes to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on October 9 and celebrates the three decades covered by his three volumes of diaries.

The tour aims will cover 17 venues across the UK and Ireland, focusing on cities that Michael didn’t manage to visit last year.

In the course of his two hour show Michael brings to life 30 extraordinary years, from the end of the 1960s when his first child, and a new series called Monty Python’s Flying Circus, took their first faltering steps, to the end of the 1990s when Python had become the most influential comedy team in the world and Michael a hugely successful television traveller.

The diverse directions of his career will be illustrated by archive of film, video, photos and recordings.

As forthright about failure as he is baffled by success, Michael shares with the audience the often hilarious, always honest and occasionally downright embarrassing experiences of a life that can’t resist a challenge.

Michael hopes that the The Thirty Years Tour will focus attention on the importance of keeping diaries, and encourage people to do as he did, and start to keep an account of their daily life.

“The attraction of a diary is that it remains in its own time. It reflects only what happened on that particular day. It doesn’t flatter and it isn’t distorted by what happened later.

“In that way it’s the most truthful record of real life. And it’s your own life and nobody else’s. Keeping a diary means that all that seeing and hearing, loving and laughing, excitement and embarrassment, gladness and gloom that make you what you are is not forgotten.

“A diary blows away the mists of time, and offers your life back to you. My message is simple. Get yourself a notebook. Write down whatever you want to remember over the last 24 hours… and keep on doing it,” he said.

Palin’s reputation was established with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Ripping Yarns. His work also includes films with Monty Python, as well as The Missionary, A Private Function, an award-winning performance in A Fish Called Wanda, American Friends and Fierce Creatures.

His television credits include two films for the BBC’s Great Railway Journeys, East of Ipswich, Number 27, GBH and Remember Me.

He has written bestselling books to accompany his eight successful travel series and he is the author of a number of children’s stories, the play The Weekend and two novels Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth.

He has also published three volumes of his acclaimed diaries.

2015 Tour Dates

September 24, Sage Gateshead
September 25, Middlesbrough Town Hall
September 26, Carlisle Sands Centre
September 27, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre
October 1, Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent
October 3, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne
October 4, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
October 9, The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
October 11, Theatre Royal Nottingham
October 12, Opera House Buxton
October 13, Warwick Arts Centre
October 17, New Victoria Theatre
October 18, New Theatre Oxford
October 29, Olympia Theatre, Dublin
October 30, Waterfront Hall Auditorium, Belfast.

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