Burgess Hill comedian ready for West End debut


A zany comedian is preparing for his big showbiz break at London’s West End.

Paul Traynor, 48, who lives in North Chailey, will be appearing at Leicester Square Theatre with actor, cage fighter and Big Brother winner Alex Reid in Johnny Tait’s production Factor 2025.

The comedian, who is a former Oakmeeds Community College pupil, said the show will be his biggest break yet.

“I’m really excited about it,” he told the Middy.

“It is quite a big thing – a little break like this is what you need sometimes.

“My part is mainly ad-libbing so I haven’t done much rehearsing yet.

“I have supported quite a few people this year but the West End is definitely my biggest achievement.”

The production has moved to the West End after a successful run at Hailsham Theatre. Paul gained stage experience while working as a Redcoat in Butlins. The experience has led him to appear in a variety of nationwide venues including a number of appearances on satellite television.

Paul’s talent was discovered for the West End production by the show’s producer while he was touring the UK holiday parks last Simmer.

He was then offered the role as a television warm-up man in the show.

‘Factor 2025’ features a number of talented variety acts including Burlesque troupe The Scarlet Vixens and comedian and author Johnny Tait playing the role of the show producer Trenton Powell.

The show takes a comical, controversial and cynical look at television talent shows and the way participants are manipulated in order to boost viewing figures.

Paul described the show as a ‘very original and funny play’ and added that he was looking forward to making his West End debut.