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DAN CLARKSON AND JEFF TURNER
Representing Agent: Debi Allen
Roles: Writer, Presenter
BIOGRAPHY:
Dan & Jeff are an Olivier nominated writing and performing duo, who are perhaps best known for their daily presenting stint on CBBC, in the famous broom cupboard from 2008 - 2010, following on from some of their childhood heroes such as Philip Schofield, Andi Peters and, of course, Edd the Duck. Dan & Jeff have been working together since the spring of 2005, and are both trained actors who have worked on a variety of TV and theatre productions in both comedic and straight roles.

Their other television appearances include Big Brother's Little Brother, Richard & Judy, Newsnight and a year long project on Blue Peter bringing newly published children's books to the nation's young readers' attention.

Both are very passionate about children's literacy, but are also of the opinion that books can be fun, hence their first stage show together POTTED POTTER: THE UNAUTHORIZED HARRY EXPERIENCE which has enjoyed critically acclaimed sell-out runs at 4 Edinburgh festivals and for 3 West-End seasons.

They then moved on to a sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe run of their next show POTTED PIRATES, which subsequently toured nationally for over 2 years. The pair's most recent stage show POTTED PANTO has enjoyed Edinburgh Festival success, followed by a national tour and a 6 week run over Christmas 2010 at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre, which resulted in an Olivier nomination for 'Best Entertainment'. For Christmas 2011, Dan and Jeff returned for a second festive season of POTTED PANTO with a 3 week run at The Vaudeville Theatre.

In February 2012 they started a POTTED POTTER International tour, kicking off in Toronto at The Panasonic Theatre. The tour has continued apace into 2013, with the show travelling across America. They returned to London for another spell in the West End in March, playing to packed houses at The Garrick Theatre before heading back to New York for a run at the Little Shubert Theatre.

They performed POTTED PANTO at the Vaudeville Theatre in December 2013. In December 2016, Dan and Jeff returned to London to perform POTTED PANTO to delighted audiences at the Garrick Theatre.

A Potted History of Potted Potter
2005: Dan and Jeff are asked to create a five-minute street show recapping the first five Potter books, for performance to queues of fans waiting for the midnight release of the sixth book.

2006: The street show expands into an hour-long performance covering the first six books. The show premieres on August 4 at Edinburgh’s Zoo Southside venue. Forging a partnership with producer James Seabright and director Dominic Knutton, Dan and Jeff premiere a new version of the show at Pleasance Islington in October.

2007: Under the guidance of director Richard Hurst, the show tours the UK including Pleasance Edinburgh, where the seventh book is incorporated just a few days after its release. The tour finishes with a Christmas run at Trafalgar Studios in London.

2008: More UK touring, again playing Edinburgh Fringe and London. Dan and Jeff also launch their second show, Potted Pirates.

2009: Owing to their commitments as CBBC presenters, Dan and Jeff hand over the show to a new cast (David Ahmad and John Helier) who take it on tour to Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and New Zealand Comedy Festival. Dan and Jeff wrestle the show back from them for a third and final Christmas run at Trafalgar Studios.

2010: The show takes a well-earned rest while Dan and Jeff create their new show, Potted Panto, premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe and transferring to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for Christmas, where it is nominated as Best Entertainment in the 2011 Olivier Awards.

2011: Potted Potter returns for another tour, starting at Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal and including runs at Pleasance Grand and London’s Garrick Theatre.

2012: Potted Potter is nominated for the Best Entertainment and Family Olivier Award in the UK. To start its world tour, Potted Potter makes its North American premiere in Toronto at David Mirvish’s Panasonic Theatre, presented by Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions. Following Toronto, Potted Potter opens off-Broadway at New York City’s Little Shubert Theater and in Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse, before moving to the Harris Theatre. As well as its North America dates, the show tours across Australasia and South Africa with cast members Jesse Briton and Gary Trainor.

2013: The North American tour continues, and the show returns to the West End for a brief spell before heading back to the Little Shubert in New York for the summer.

Praise for Potted Potter:

“The duo casts the perfect spell over the audience.” THE NEW YORK TIMES – Critics’ Picks ****

“A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group.” DAILY TELEGRAPH ****

“Gloriously irreverent. A very lovable romp through Rowling’s back catalogue.” TIME OUT LONDON - CRITIC'S CHOICE

“Even if you don’t know your wand from a hole in the ground, I guarantee you’ll go positively potty over Potted Potter. Muggle or master wizard, you’re going to love this show.” TORONTO STAR ****

"...for fans of the fictional boy-wizard, this is the perfect accompaniment to the series. It’s ‘Potter’ potted and at its pottiest." TIME OUT LONDON 2013

"add in the most successful and iconic books series of all time, then add two hilarious performers, throw in some jokes for the parents and you have the perfect magical potion for a wonderful family outing to the theatre." WEST END FRAME ****

"...this creation has a habit of selling out wherever it goes for good reason." LIVE THEATRE ****

"A good, silly romp which kids will love and parents will get a chuckle or two out of as well." THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

"Dan and Jeff don’t just break the fourth wall; they smash right through it and suck us into their world to indulge us in the most unashamed and ridiculous 70 minutes of our lives." BARGAIN THEATRE

"...a great family show with something for everyone from five to seventy-five." BROADWAY WORLD



Following the success of Potted Potter, Dan and Jeff returned to the 2014 Fringe with yet another 'Potted' instalment; Potted Sherlock. This new show is an enthralling 70 minute round up of 60 of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories.


Praise for Potted Sherlock...

Featured in ATG's Ten Things To See at Edinburgh

“Fans of Dan and Jeff’s previous Fringe shows… will know that the duo is indeed armed with a sharp wit and ability to approach things from an unexpected angle – so Potted Sherlock is in safe hands.” - THE LIST *****

“...they do succeed amazingly well at creating a performance that is hilarious and accessible for all.” THREE WEEKS *****

“Dan, Jeff and the new member of the team work their proverbial socks off and are buzzing around the stage (sometime quite literally) for the whole time, this is a trio that tantalises and delight’s the audience both young and old into bouts of belly laughs…” THE PUBLIC REVIEWS ****

“Potted Sherlock is a fast paced, energetic and thoroughly entertaining display…A tremendous performance, I can’t wait to see what they do next year.” ONE 4 REVIEW ****

"All three performers have a genial, warm way about them and the whole thing has an enduring energy." - THE STAGE ****

"...a cracking show for kids and grown-ups alike." - BROADWAY BABY ****

"This is great family entertainment." - BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE ****

“…possibly the most ambitious undertaking from Dan and Jeff, the duo behind the smash hit ‘Potted Potter’, but they in no way disappoint.” EDINBURGH SPOTLIGHT ****

THEATRE
PRODUCTION CHARACTER DIRECTOR PRODUCTION COMPANY
POTTED SHERLOCK Various Hanna Berrigan Seabright Productions/Pleasance Theatre

POTTED PANTO Various Richard Hurst Vaudeville Theatre

POTTED POTTER (TOUR)- LITTLE SHUBERT THEATRE NYC Various Richard Hurst Seabright Productions

POTTED POTTER - WEST END, LONDON Various Richard Hurst Seabright Productions

POTTED POTTER (TOUR)- CHICAGO Various Richard Hurst Seabright Productions

POTTED POTTER (TOUR)- NYC Various Richard Hurst Seabright Productions

POTTED POTTER (TOUR)- TORONTO Various Richard Hurst Seabright Productions

THEATRE WRITING
PROJECT COMPANY NOTES
POTTED SHERLOCK Seabright Productions/Pleasance Theatre

POTTED PANTO Vaudeville Theatre

POTTED POTTER Seabright Productions - West End

PHOTOS