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MOON LI GHTING; Paul's making a happy return to Coventry Theatre.

Byline: MARION McMULLEN

WORKING in Coventry is adding years to Paul Greenwood... and also helping him turn back the clock.

The Warwickshire-based actor is launching the Belgrade Theatre's new studio season with Bomber's Moon by Made In Dagenham film writer William Ivor y It sees the 68-year-old play an 80-something RAF veteran Jimmy, but also calls for him to play the character as a young man in his prime.

"The hardest part is I actually spend most of the play in bed and lying in the same position for so long causes all sorts of problems with your neck and breathing," says Paul.

"I had to drop the slumped posture in rehearsals, but it is a very, very funny play. It is emotional, but the humour comes through."

His character is facing his final battle against old age and infirmity, but his relationship with new care assistant David proves life-changing for both men.

Writer William Ivory says: "I saw Alan Pollock's brilliant One Night In November a while back and I think my play is quite similar in that it documents how much high emotion and very humour can be found in ordinary lives."

Paul and actor Tim Dantay have already enjoyed past stage success with Bomber's Moon the and were delighted when they were asked to stage the play in Coventry.

The Belgrade Theatre is also an old stomping ground for former Rosie TV sitcom actor Paul.

He worked at the city centre venue in the 80s and was a panto favourite. The Stratford area has been home for the former Royal Shakespeare Company actor for nearly 30 years and is his enjoying being able to drive home every night from Coventry.

"You don't get parts like Jimmy in Bomber's Moon coming along very often," says Paul. "I would have gone anywhere to play him again.

"It's harder to find good parts especially as you get older, but you don't retire in this business... the phone just stops ringing."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 9, 2011
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