Adam and Clare met, and began working together, whilst studying Performing Arts at Middlesex University where they trained with John Wright and Huw Thomas. In need of a director they tracked down Amanda and together produced Carol Smillie Trashed My Room. It did very well at the National Student Drama Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. Carol endorsed the show, and her agent said she thought it was a funny title; so she's obviously a big fan of Plested and Brown.
Since that little gem of a show, they went on to produce The Surrendered Wife Show. This became The Reconditioned Wife Show for reasons they can't face explaining (lawsuits, the near loss of both Clare's house and her dad, an ex-policeman, who can put the fear of god into anyone. Particularly Clare) The show went to Edinburgh (Clare flew, Amanda got the train, and Adam drove up with his dad and the set in his dad's van) It received 4 star reviews, and seven years down the road Adam is still having to be eternally grateful to his dad and make him endless cups of tea.
Great news greeted them on their return home from Edinburgh. They were asked to be resident theatre company at New Greenham Arts (NGA) It is situated on the legendary Greenham Common, which has become an SSSI, full of burgeoning talent. At last, a secure and inspiring home from which to develop their work. Plested and Brown are further inspired by the proximity of the wonderful Tandoori restaurant next door. From New Greenham Arts, they booked and ran their first national tour of The Reconditioned Wife Show. It was a great success, and the start of some lasting relationships with Arts venues around the country.
Following this, they threw themselves into rehearsals for their third show, Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo, which they took to Edinburgh which again went down a storm and made front page of the Scotsman. With Arts Council funding behind them they set off on a national tour; with sell-out shows and great reviews Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo proved a real winner. They've since represented England with the show in the South Korean International Festival of Theatre – where Adam was a big hit with the Korean Ladies.
Comedy Crime Caper Hot Pursuit was Plested and Brown's fourth show. It was created after an initial research and development period working with artists David Sant (Peepolykus), Toby Wilsher (Ex -Trestle), and Phelim McDermott (Improbable). It previewed at Edinburgh to sell-out audiences before being packed on a plane to be apart of HIGH FEST -The International Theatre Festival in Armenia.
After fun and loose bowels in Armenia, Hot Pursuit had three national tours in the UK, and toured to New Zealand (both north and south islands – where Clare did a lot of wine tasting and discovered that Chardonnay can actually taste nice if it’s stored in a steel barrel) including performances at the Best of British festival in Auckland.
Minor Spectacular, Plested and Brown’s fifth show saw a development in the way the company create their shows. During a series of open evenings called ‘Mucking about with Plested and Brown’ at the Corn Exchange, the company performed bits of scenes, and talked through ideas with audiences who in turn were invited to offer feedback and ideas. The show previewed at the Edinburgh Festival 2007, was a huge hit and subsequently toured nationally in autumn 2007 and spring 2008.
Plested and Brown cemented their reputation in 2008 with Jungle Rom Com Health and Stacey. Despite being ‘an accident waiting to happen’ (the set was huge – Adam’s back still hasn’t recovered), this tour was the most successful to date, with many sell-out shows.
For the past three years Plested and Brown have brought their anarchic brand of humor to the pantomimes at the Corn Exchange Newbury. First in 2007 with hot clown director Cal McCrystal (Mighty Boosh, Cirque de Soleil, Spymonkey) in Beauty and the Beast. Followed by Aladdin (2008) & Puss in the Boots (2009) working with director Phil Willmott.