Ken Campbell in Theatre Stories

Ken Campbell in Theatre Stories

Actor, writer and director Ken Campbell is best known for his extraordinary one-man comedy shows such as The Furtive Nudist, Pigspurt and Jamais Vu.

Theatre Stories opened in 1997 at the Royal National Theatre, a mixture of new material and highlights from previous shows. Campbell's solo pieces started as pacy autobiographical rambles which spiralled off in all sorts of seemingly random and unconnected directions. Staging was simple with at most a backdrop and a few key props. As the story unfolded, all the diversions and odd pieces of associated information started to link up with each other in the most impossible fashion. None of the individual pieces of information stood out as invented, but the number of coincidences was absurdly funny and very satisfying. It soon became clear that far from being random, Campbell's stories were cleverly and tightly constructed.