A FORMER barrister turned performer, who nearly died when an operation he was having went wrong will be part of the entertainment at the Ludlow Fringe Festival.

In January Nigel Osner nearly died when a routine operation went seriously wrong, leading to open heart surgery. However, they couldn’t finish him off! He is eager to perform his one man show, which looks at life for those no longer young. He examines dating, love, work, holidays, even the gym! There’s a lot of humour but with a bitter sweet edge.

Making simple costume changes, Mr Osner illustrates his theme with original songs and stories by male and female characters.

These include Gerald who is having a taxing night out in central London; a rich designer who falls for his hunky gardener; the woman driven mad by her companion on a river cruise; and a fading star on an endless tour.

“My show is for everyone, but especially for those that little bit older,” said Mr Osner.

Once a practising barrister, then employed at the Ministry of Justice, Mr Osner is now a performer, actor, lyricist and writer.

For his previous show ‘Angel to vampire!’ he was nominated for excellence in new writing by the Buxton Fringe. He has acted in two feature films, many short films and on stage.

He is the author of ‘Magic in Ravenswood’ (Heinemann) which he adapted into a musical with music by BB Cooper, premiered in London in 2002/3. His fantasy novel ‘worldoflegends.com’ is available on Amazon.

To accompany the show, he has a podcast with the same name, where he speaks with inspirational people over 60. Guests have included Alison Steadman and Dillie Keane.

The show will be performed at the Feathers Hotel on Tuesday, June 29 at 7.30pm.

Ludlow Fringe Festival is set to be the first event in the town to take place after complete lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. It was cancelled last year.