Mitchell and Nixon
Brian and Joseph met at primary school in Derbyshire. In 1992 they founded the award-winning sketch group The Ornate Johnsons. They share a string of writing credits for the stage including the Edinburgh hit plays ‘Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks’ and ‘Those Magnificent Men’ and the award-winning comedy musical ‘The Opinion Makers’. They also co-wrote ‘The Cheeky Guides to Student Life’ and ‘To Love’, were head sketch writers on Radio 4’s ‘Jo Caulfield Won’t Shut Up’ and BBC1′s ‘Live and Kicking’, and as well as the TV comedy shows ‘Slightly Filthy’ (LWT) and ‘The Ornate Johnsons’ Edwardian Spectacular’ (BBC 4).
With the Carnegie-Medal-winning author Philip Reeve, Brian Mitchell wrote the acclaimed musical comedy ‘The Ministry of Biscuits’. A classically-trained composer, his songs for the Perrier-Nominated show, ‘Joanna Neary Is Not Feeling Herself’, have been broadcast on Radios 1, 2 and 4 and have played Bloomsbury Theatre. ‘The October Revolutions’, his first solo play, recently toured the South-East, winning rave reviews.
Joseph Nixon co-wrote the hit Edinburgh show ‘The Cruel Hand Of Fate’ with comedian Glen Richardson, and wrote sketches for ‘Joanna Neary’s Magic Hole’ (Assembly Rooms). He regularly contributes material to Brighton’s acclaimed Radio City group.