Steve's highly amusing one-man, 'A Guided Tour round the World of the Impressionist', explores his intriguing ability to transform himself into other people. Sharing some of the secrets of mimicry, Steve presents a truly fascinating insight into how voices are created and put together, as well offering some curious psychological observations as to why people speak the way they do.
This popular show, which has been performed at various literary festivals and cultural societies across the country, covers a wide range of well-known characters from film and television, plus personalities from the world of sport, politics and celebrity, not forgetting of course some of Steve's most famous contributions from the cult series TV series SPITTING IMAGE which he worked on for over a decade.
For many years Steve worked as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham where he developed a special interest in comedy, performance and storytelling. Based on his extensive research, Steve now offers engaging and insightful lectures on these subjects for cultural societies, university groups and literary festivals across the country.
Steve's fascinating talk 'What Makes People Laugh? – An Insider Guide to Laughter and Comedy' has proven very popular with both professional groups and members of the public everywhere. 'SPITTING IMAGE: Just Spit or Real Satire' was the keynote speech at a forum on the history of satire which took place at the University of Portsmouth and was also presented as part of a special celebration evening at The Cartoon Museum in London.
Steve has a range of talks on story structure and theory and these include 'The Hollywood Story Formula', 'PETER PAN: Myth and Legend' and 'The Rules of Farce', all of which have a special appeal to a literary audience at festivals.
While working as a Visiting Lecturer at The University of Birmingham, Steve created various practical courses for students based on his long experience as a writer and performer. These Steve has now developed into workshops for creative writing groups, professional practitioners and cultural societies.
'Exposition: A Secret Guide for Writers' is an immensely useful workshop in how to deal with that knotty problem of setting out story information. The class was specifically developed for screenwriters in conjunction with T.A.P.S. (the Television Arts Performance Showcase funded by the BBC).
Steve's 'Voicing Your Potential' and 'Think Funny' workshops are based on his many years as a voice artist and his long experience working in comedy. Both of these constructive and useful workshops have recently been run in association with Equity, the Actors' Union.
Steve can often be seen and heard across the media as a contributor on programmes ranging from the history of comedy to speech patterns in politicians.
He has worked as a presenter both on radio and television and also appears as a guest on popular entertainment programmes such as POINTLESS CELEBRITIES and THE ONE SHOW. Steve has an engaging personality and always offers a fascinating insight into all aspects of the creative arts.
An engaging story teller with a brilliant talent for voices, Steve is the perfect performer for all book reading events. Hear each weird and wonderful character from the Swidger series come alive in a unique and exciting rendition of the book, taking you right to the heart of this comic and exhilarating tale.