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See Charley Boorman in Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 15:57 13 October 2011 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013

See Charley Boorman in Stevenage

See Charley Boorman in Stevenage

Charley Boorman talks about his Speaking Tour as he brings it to the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.

Charley Boormantalks abouthis Speaking Tour as it comes to the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage on October 31st.

What is the reason behind the live shows?

Ive always done talks at BMW Garages about the Long Way shows and Race to Dakar, and they were so well received, it seemed a natural progression to move the idea forward to a full on evening show. I have great fun meeting the audience and connecting with them I do a session at the end where I can chat to people and sign stuff etc. I love it, and am always pleased to see that people will come out to hear my tales of adventure! Its very humbling!

If you had to describe your occupation today, what would it be, adventurer, author, fundraiser...?

Well, I have been described as all those things, which is great as I like to have an adventurous and busy life! Id really like to be known as being a modern adventurer and part of a team thats created some great TV shows, and I will aim to continue doing that.

I am also really proud of my charity work being an ambassador for Unicef and Help for Heroes, and Im also president of Dyslexia Action. Having dyslexia myself, I think its an issue thats often overlooked and theres a sort of misunderstanding that people who have dyslexia are not clever, which is just not true!

Im also a passionate supporter of Movember, having myself been diagnosed with testicular cancer, Ive some scary moments biking around the world, but nothing quite prepared me for cancer.

Do you get nervous or do you like the audience interaction?

Well yes I do get nervous, but I think some nerves help you to up your game. I think the adrenaline can help trigger you to think come on, lets do it! The audience make the evening; the interaction with them is key. We have a Q&A at the end quarter of the show where people can ask questions and have some banter.

What can people expect from the show?

Put simply, its a bit of a chat show about my life. Being the son of a famous film director, John Boorman, was always going to be an adventure! So Ill talk about my life as a youngster and the whole Hollywood thing, then move on to meeting Ewan and how we created the Long Way idea. We have a big video screen and show some classic clips from the series, and also some behind the scenes footage! Ive got some really exciting projects coming up as well which I cant wait to share with everyone.

What do you hope people will get out of it?

I think people will get to know me a little more, and hopefully see how ordinary I am. Ive been very lucky to do the things I do, but really anyone can do this stuff Ive just been fortunate to make a career out of it. You dont need to be a super man or woman to get on a bike and go around the world, if a couple of actors can do it then anyone can! Hopefully Ill trigger a spark in someone in the audience who just goes home, buys a bike and then plans a trip! I like the idea of that happening.

Whats in the pipeline?

Well, the life of an adventurer, actor / film maker is always a little unplanned, you can go this way and that way, but for sure weve got some great things on the horizon. Ive just got back from my great big African adventure from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, and next year were extending the run from Cape Town all the way through to Kenya - a mega adventure! My Extreme Frontiers Canada show will be airing early 2012 and then we have another TV show lined up for filming in 2012. And of course we have this speaking tour running from October to December. Its all a bit full on, but hey, Im not complaining, Im a lucky man!

Charley Boorman's Speaking Tour comes to the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage on Monday, October 31 at 7.45pm. Tickets 17.50 from the Box Office on 01438 363200 orat


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