Billy liar

Billy liar

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The pompous Victorian cemetery in which Billy walks, with one of his two fiancées, can be found northeast of the city centre. The grimy monuments of Undercliffe Cemetery overlook Bradford, on Undercliffe Lane, off Otley Road.

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Tom Courtenay gives a flawlessly nuanced performance as Billy Fisher, the underachieving undertaker’s assistant whose constant daydreams and truth-deficient stories earn him the nickname “Billy Liar.” Julie Christie is the handbag-swinging charmer whose free spirit just might inspire Billy to finally move out of his parents’ house. Deftly veering from gritty realism to flamboyant fantasy, Billy Liar is a dazzling and uproarious classic.

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Throughout the movie, Billy is frustrated (as unmarried, respectably brought-up young chaps of that period tended to be) and he is moreover mightily fed up with his job in a shop selling “funeral furnishings”; he dreams of escaping to London to become a comedy writer. But in a way he is already the author of comic fantasies – inside his own head. He is forever zooming off into a bizarre and hilarious world of his own. He imagines himself to be the ruler of a made-up world called Ambrosia, commanding a preposterous army.

Billy Fisher is a 19 year-old nobody. He lives at home and has a dead-end job. He’s going somewhere only in his imagination – which he’s furnished with an elaborate fantasy world, from which lie after lie spills forth. Yet while the northern lad harbours dreams of running away to London, Billy’s plans are threatened by missing stationery and pocketed postage money, hoodwinked fiancées and, in the end, his own indecisiveness.

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Join The Roses Youth Theatre’s Young Company and Company groups as they perform their annual showcase on the theatre’s stage. These groups have worked on every aspect of the production themselves during their weekly term-time sessions.

Billy liar

What a super night we had last night. Billy liar was a great production. Great cast, amazing acting, great stage and lighting and a great overall production. Well worth getting tickets if you can for this production. We grabbed a glass of wine during the show as well which makes for a relaxed and chilled out atmosphere in the theatre. A super night of entertainment. Thanks to all involved.

Billy liar

Billy Liar

The atmosphere is increasingly and relentlessly claustrophic.  An atmosphere given regular reprieve by well timed and acted comedy played razor straight by the majority of the cast.  The cast were all excellent but I found Mik Horvath as Geoffrey Fisher particularly impressive, in part because his mannerisms, attitude, posture and physical movement were exactly like my own Yorkshire Grandfather.  His performance was stunningly accurate for exactly this kind of man. And very funny.