After my post-show Q&A this time last year to Kids Play, I’m delighted to reunite with writer-director Glenn Chandler to talk about his latest award-winning Edinburgh Fringe transfer to Above the Stag, London’s home of LGBT theatre.
Inspired by extraordinary true events: The Good Scout is a story of espionage, Scout’s honour and forbidden love.
In the 1930s, Baden-Powell and Von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s ambassador, decreed that British Boy Scouts and Hitler Youth should learn from one another.
In Bassington, England, the local troop play host to a cycling party of Hitlerjugend – but are the German boys cyclists or “spyclists”? For Will and Jacob, two Rover Scouts on the cusp of manhood, it is a visit that will change their lives forever.
“This play…chooses not to dress itself up in simplistic notions of good and evil… In the guise of a Boy’s Own adventure, the piece is expertly layered, discussing friendship, espionage, fanaticism, homosexual persecution, and gay love in an era when it really was forbidden” – The Scotsman★★★★
The Good Scout had its sell-out previews at Above the Stag before premiering at The Space at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, where it won the ScotsGay Magazine award for Best New Writing.
In the third of a fresh monthly series of Mischief Theatre post-show Q&As in the West End, I’ll return to the Duchess Theatre for the show that started the juggernaut, the multi-award-winning uber-hit The Play That Goes Wrong.
2017 Broadway World Winner for Best New Play
2017 Broadway.com Winner Favourite New Play
2015 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy
2015 BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play
2014 WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy
In The Play That Goes Wrong, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!
Given five stars from the Daily Mail, called a ‘gut-busting hit’ by the New York Times and with celebrity endorsements from the likes of Ant and Dec as the ‘funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket go’, what are you waiting for?
Now stumbling into its sixth catastrophic year at the West End’s Duchess Theatre, The Play That Goes Wrong is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!
The current cast features Bob Hirston, Benjamin McMahon, Gabriel Paul, Steven Rostance, Catherine Dryden, Elena Valentine, Jake Curran and Kazeem Tosin Amore.
What are you doing this Thanksgiving? This American expat will be spending it giving thanks to ‘god’ directly as I return to The Vaults for the European premiere of hit American comedy An Act of God, another in my series of post-show Q&As for producer James Seabright.
God is back… and SHE has a lot to say! After many millennia, and in just 90 minutes, God (award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons as seen on Mock The Week and Celebrity Masterchef) assisted by her devoted angels Gabriel (Tom Bowen) and Michael (Matt Tedford, aka ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho’) will answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since creation.
In this very alternative Christmas message, An Act of God sees a dissatisfied deity, weary of the original Ten Commandments, delivering a new version: a fresh set of rules for the modern world. This sinfully funny comedy delivers a new meaning to divine intervention as The “One” gives the first and last word on everything mankind has wrought on the planet.
“Divinely funny” – New York Times
“Wickedly irreverent… anarchic fun” – Hollywood Reporter
An Act of God, written by former The Daily Show with Jon Stewart writer David Javerbaum, was twice a smash hit on Broadway (starring Jim Parsons, Sheldon Cooper in the TV sitcom The Big Bang Theory, and Sean Hayes, Jack in Will and Grace).
For this European premiere, Javerbaum has rewritten the play to feature bespoke material for Zoe Lyons and a British audience. He also continues to run the controversial Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod, through which God shares his thoughts on world events with over six million followers. Benji Sperring directs the comedy’s European premiere.
After the 8pm performance (90 minutes) of An Act of God on Thursday 28 November 2019 (Thanksgiving!), I’ll talk to our heavenly mother Zoe Lyons, writer David Javerbaum, director Benji Sperring and the company. Any questions? Join us!
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) August 30, 2019