ACTOR and comedian Michael Livesey will bring the tale of his 10 stone weight loss to a stage in Widnes later this month.

Half The Man is at The Studio in his home town on Wednesday October 16, following a gruelling 25 performances in 25 nights at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Having dropped 10 stone in weight Michael - who is also a writer, musician - is literally half the man he was a year ago ... But how? And why?

A spokeswoman for the show said: "He has described the transition as being about "fear, fry-ups and freedom".

"For those who have been astounded and delighted catch his previous surreal multi-character stage performances in Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry At Rawlinson End, be astounded once more to experience this new, and very personal exploration of "manliness" complicated by a hefty amount of emotional baggage.

"He's accomplished so much, but wasn't happy with his life. He'd take time out to do a show - Glastonbury, The Epstein in Liverpool, The Bloomsbury Theatre - sharing the stage with the likes of Rick Wakeman, Neil Innes, Stephen Fry - but then return to the comfort of his sofa, boxed sets of The Sweeney, comfort food, and ale.

"In August 2018, he decided to turn his life around, and also to turn the experience into a Fringe show.

"He started walking, going to the gym, changed his diet, faced his demons, and started writing. In August 2019, he embarked on 25 gigs in 25 nights, and 25 days of amending and re-writing…

"And now - we are proud to present his show at The Studio, Widnes, before takes it on tour in 2020.

"Actor, writer, musician, comedian ... Michael Livesley is Half the Man, and twice as happy. And yes, his nan and his mum would have been proud of him."

The performance on October 16 starts at 8pm (doors and bar open at 7.30pm)

Tickets, £5, available on the door or online from Eventbrite.