ASIDELINES: From chancer to comedy writer

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HE’S a reformed burglar (sort of), a one-time hermit (in a way) and a former porn star (of just one movie).

Now comedy writer - and self-confessed chancer - Mark Whiteley is coming to Sheffield with a new show charting how he tried all these activities in a bid to become famous. And failed every time.

He lied to John Peel about being a burglar, lived in a tent while at drama school and even tried his hand at adult films - which should all make for an interesting on-stage giggle.

The play, When Will I Be Famous?, runs at The Lantern Theatre, in Kenwood Park Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield on April 29 and 20. Tickets £9.50 on 07931 975149.

Creative talent

WHEN you think of Barnsley, your first thought isn’t necessarily great art.

But a new exhibition is aiming to put the town’s creative types on the map.

Made Barnsley is showcasing a wide-range of film, fashion, photography and ceramics produced in the borough at the Barnsley Digital Media Centre’s d-space gallery in County Way.

Organisers say it offers a glimpse of the talent in the area.

Runs now to June 17. Details at www.madebarnsley.co.uk

Essex on tour

IT’S the TV show that proves people really will watch anything.

Now The Only Way Is Essex reality TV star Joey Essex is to make an appearance at a Sheffield nightclub.

The 20-year-old nightclub promoter will be at the SteelHouse, in West Street, this Sunday, from 10.30pm.