Q&A with Ste Brown (AKA Marcus LeVelle)

We have some very sad news for Tales of Adventure fans… Thursday 28th April will be Ste Brown’s last show! Ste has been with the show from the very start and after 5 incredible years he’s decided it’s time to say goodbye to the gang to move on to exciting new things. Have a read of our chat with him below all about his favourite memories, what he’ll miss the most and where the show is headed next. And of course, don’t forget to come along to Thursday’s show to give Ste/Marcus a proper send off!

Hey Ste! Taking it all the way back to the start, how did the show come about/how did you start getting involved?

Just over five years ago an improviser friend and I were chatting over a pint about a new game we’d just experienced called Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). Being new to it, we were extremely enthusiastic and we thought it would make a great, regular improv show for the BIT. After throwing a few names around of funny, nerdy people we knew who might be interested… we pulled together the cast for our trial show and ‘Tales of Adventure’ was born.

How has the show evolved over the last 5 and a bit years?

So much! The biggest change for me was when our live illustrator, Graham, joined the cast a few years ago. His artistic skills and comic timing add so much to the show and allowed a greater level of shared experience for both the cast and audience.

How similar are you to your character, Marcus?

Well, Marcus is very posh, and I’m from Derby, which is obviously world renown for being at the epicentre of being right proper posh… so we have that in common. I would also call my horse “Rupert” if I had one. And we both have great hair. 

What has been the best thing about improvising with the rest of the TOA cast?

The joy of the show is that you’re essentially playing D&D with your mates, and as anyone who has ever played D&D can attest… that basically means whacky, unexpected hilarity is guaranteed. We’ve been on a lot of adventures in 5 years! They’ve always been so much fun to be involved in and the cast are some of the funniest people I know… which makes it quite difficult to perform if you can’t speak from laughing!

What are some of your favourite memories from being part of the show?

The audience’s art and suggestions! Genuinely some of my favourite moments seeing what they came up with for both. 

We’ve been fortunate enough to have had a few guest stars along the way as well and it’s always been so much fun getting to play with so many funny, silly, talented people. 

Also being a part of both campaigns and the development of our characters. I loved coming up with the concepts for Geoffrey and Marcus, but seeing them both grow over time through their interactions with the other characters was so much fun. 

What makes the TOA community so special? What will you miss the most?

I’ve mentioned some before, but just how much fun we have with the audience. From the suggestions and sound effects to the running joke of things being made of brass, which I’m pretty sure has lasted since the second show…

It was also incredible to see the support during lockdown when we started streaming and for the podcast as well! Any time I see people wearing a ToA hoodie or using a ToA tankard it really makes me smile. 

How are you feeling about leaving the show? Will you be making any guest appearances in the future? Will we still be seeing you around the BIT?

Definitely sad to be leaving, but it’s been such an incredible experience and I’m really looking forward to some potential new projects on the horizon… watch this space!

What do you think comes next for the show? Where would you like to see the rest of the gang head next?

I’ve heard rumours that there will be guest stars, so I’m very excited to see what characters they bring to the table!

Any final words for the rest of the cast/ the TOA audiences?

Just a massive thank you to everyone who has been involved in the show, behind the scenes and in the audience. It’s been such an incredible journey and I never imagined during that first chat about D&D over a pint that we’d have a show that’s been running for over 5 years! 

It’s been a genuine joy to be involved in it and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the future.