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The Faces At The Window are a musical sketch comedy combo with a regular podcast , from Manchester, UK.  We'd like you to say this sort of thing after experiencing our creativity...

'Never disappointed'
'Made me want to write sketches again!'
'A really good, funny show'
'Excellent, laugh out loud'
'Wacky and inventive!'
'Excellent entertainment'

...after all, that's what previous audiences said!



Richard Barry: Right, let’s get to the meat.  Cut the obfuscation.  Relinquish ambiguity. Immolate all modesty and masticate for a moment, the indigestible pips of uncertainty.  Have we all done that?  Now, spit!  I’m a musician, writer, quizmaster, voice-over artiste, bon viveur, and now sketch writer and actor.  Cor blimey!  How’s it going? Great!  I’ve written thousands of songs, poems and silly things.  I’ve supported, in concert, Bob Geldof, Kiki Dee, Midge Ure, Fairport Convention and Dr Feelgood, to name a few.  Although that was when I was young, thin and beautiful, and before the clouds came.  I’ve done adverts for Mortal Kombat, Camelot, York Viking Centreand once stood in for Leslie Philips! I think he was having his bladder changed!  I perform regularly all over the country, or at least did before my hands went gammy! I have recorded dozens of albums, some of which may become available while I’m still green side of the sod. I’m Welsh (invoking law of jus sanguinis), and had a successful childhood -  accent bashed out of me at school in England.  Learnt to love and embrace life, then learnt to narrow my eyes at its capriciousness. And although sometimes I’d like to pull out my own hypothalamus with a pair of those retractable toy claws I used to enjoy playing with as a boy, I’ll still try and entertain you with guitar, ukulele, abusive ad-libs and well-crafted sketches, which by now should be spilling in to your ears. Yours, moved to tears, Richard 

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Ed Barry graduated from Birmingham School of Acting in 2008. He has spent the time since appeasing creditors and plying his trade. Among his highlights are playing Lennie in a north-west tour of Of Mice and Men(Black Box Theatre, 2011), a smash-hit tour of Black Country schools persuading ‘them’ to ‘Stay in Learning’by sticking flags into a polystyrene brain (Theatre &, 2008),The storyteller for the filthy adult pantomime ‘Prince Smarming’(Dancehouse Theatre, 2012), Who at 50 as Ian Chesterton(Scytheplays, 2013)and inscrutable custodian DeLambre in the 2018-19 tour of The Haunting of Blaine Manor(Joe O’Byrne). He has also appeared in two Wireless Theatre productions forAudibleaudio books. Ed has been writing comedy sketches for a long time and he hopes you like them. 

Steve Cain trained at the Poor School.  Credits include:- The House That Stank of Death(Various Venues) The Misadventures of Randolph Tempest (Baby Cow)  JB Shorts 7 (Joshua Brooks), The Best (Lass O Gowrie, The Octagon) ,Spread By The word (Arakan Creative), Together in Electric Dreams( Scytheplays) Freelance Giggle-Oh (Present Inc), Peterloo (Thin Man Films)   He currently features as Kevin in the comedy film Eaten By Lions which stars Jack Carroll, Antonio Akeel, Johnny Vegas, Kevin Eldon, Nitin Ganatra, and Asim Choudry and recently had a nationwide release.  He is represented by Mrs Jordan Associates.

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Victoria May trained in Theatre Practice to MA level at The University of Leeds followed by conservatoire actor training with, The Impulse Company and acting for camera and movement & mime with Lecoq school 'The Actors Space' in  Barcelona.  Her Credits include Elaine, Jeanette & Bobbi in Neil Simons, 'Last Of The Red Hot Lovers' for The Wightman Theatre, Shrewsbury.  The Operator in Middle Ground Theatre's No.1 UK tour of, On Golden Pond. She played Hermione in, 'A Winters Tale' at  Bolton Octagon, Alex in, 'Dirty' at Contact Theatre Manchester, Natasha in Chekhov's 'Three Sisters', Cockpit London.  Recent work includes, Stephanie Firth on 'Emmerdale' . TV work includes 'Cold Feet', 'Heartbeat','Pagans' & Fanny Kemble in the Channel four documentary, 'The Day the world Took Off'. Films include the award winning short, 'Dependent' for BFI. Represented by AIM.


Daniel Thackeray - Actor, director and typist, Dan is a disquieting new definition of the renaissance man.  Being part of The Faces At The Window allows him both to exorcise his ire about how annoying printers are and to play marvellous characters like Philip Alien and Mr Conniving-Bastard. He's done a lot of fringe theatre, including the wonderful, award-winning Under Manc Wood (2015) in which he got to sing, dance and work for the first time with many of his fellow Faces.  Other stage appearances include as Haydn Trowl in The Say Can Blues (Happy Days Productions/Scytheplays 2011), the Clerk in AfterWords (Organised Chaos Productions 2012), and Delambre in Salford Star award-winning The Haunting of Blaine Manor (2016-18).  Dan is a member of Equity and is represented by TCA Management.


Ross Kelly is a keen hat enthusiast and moved to Stockport because of its hat connections. He has directed numerous plays for the Manchester fringe, including the award winning Under Manc Wood and A Holiday from What? He is currently touring the festivals with the Douglas Adams inspired play We Apologise for the Inconvenience. He is also directing a short film called Heroes for Hire. 



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Production Credits

The Faces At The Window are (in alphabetical order) Richard Barry, Edward Barry, Steve Cain, Ross Kelly, Victoria May and Daniel Thackeray.


All sketch material written by and starring Edward Barry, Richard Barry, Steve Cain, Victoria May and Daniel Thackeray.


Stage show, podcast and certain videos co-written and directed by Ross Kelly.


Songs written and performed by Richard Barry with accompaniment from Joel Roberts, Phill Howley, Pete Daniel, Matthew Cleghorn and the cast.


Additional podcast original music composed and recorded by Biff Roxby (except where otherwise stated).


Podcast sound design and audio production by Biff Roxby.


Additional podcast sound design and editing by Dan Watkins.


Podcast recorded and edited by WR Audio at The WoodRooms recording studio, Salford.


Artwork, graphics and website design by Victoria May.


All photography by Shay Rowan.


Special thanks to Gareth Kavanagh and Dan Brazier.

Extra special thanks to our Patreon backers David Brunt and Michael Dalby.


The Faces At The Window podcast, stage show and video series is a co-production between Lilaloka Productions, Hat Hair Productions and Scytheplays Limited.


Podcast and video production and online release is coordinated by Ambidextrous Solutions Limited.


All material (including the month-long daily release podcast series format) is copyright The Faces At The Window 2019 and no material may be reproduced or repurposed without permission given in writing by The Faces At The Window.


All material (including the month-long daily release podcast series format) is copyright The Faces At The Window 2019 and no material may be reproduced or repurposed without permission given in writing by The Faces At The Window.

Full Writing Credits - Series 1

'Tsunami', 'RDC Leaflet Distribution', 'Meconium Products Adverts', 'King Tut in a Rut', 'Exit', 'Death Valley Update', 'The Moonshifter', 'Dai Laffin's Psycho', 'Dog Walker', 'Rural Traffic Report', 'Learn Languages', 'Dr Bonkers', 'Foster', 'Dai Laffin's Godfather', 'Snatchphrase', 'Garage' and 'Radio Glasnost' written by Edward Barry and Richard Barry.

Songs 'My Uncle's Gone Away', 'Arthur Alliums Theme', 'Alfred Wainwright Stole My Gal', 'Hamper For Teddy', 'The Case of the Strasbourg Baby', 'Best Ass' and 'Pardon My Tumescence' written by Richard Barry.

Song 'The Faces At The Window Theme' written by Richard Barry and Biff Roxby.

'Not With A Bang But a Whimper', 'The Supervillain's Monologue', 'Job Centre'. 'The Supervillains Meeting', 'Monkey Squad', 'Prince' and 'Moneydudes' written by Steve Cain.

'The Arthur Alliums Gardening Show', 'Fruitcakes', 'Metaldehyde Advert', 'Alliums Vs The Rats' and 'The Plastic Trip to Jupiter' written by Victoria May.

'The Prime Minister Speeches', 'Hemlock's Department Store', 'Tiny', 'Rothschild and Bladderswift', 'Printer Madness' and 'Jeff's In The Tree' written by Daniel Thackeray.

Linking material written by Edward Barry, Richard Barry, Steve Cain, Ross Kelly, Victoria May and Daniel Thackeray.

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