Merry (but weird) Christmas to you all.
To celebrate/distract from this bizarre time of year, my theatre company Three’s Company have created a Christmas Special of our comedy show Adventure Department. It’s a Christmas Carol / Dracula / Frankenstein mash-up and involves the Adventure Department heroes attempting to find the true meaning of Christmas.
It also involves an mysterious man cancelling Christmas, which we felt would resonate when we wrote it but has ended up being rather more relevant than we expected…
You can listen to the episode here now: adventuredepartment.uk/#xmas
Or listen to the whole Adventure Department back catalogue here: adventuredepartment.uk
Pleased to hear that my short film None Of The Above (produced by BrotherBrother, directed by Yaz Al-Shaater) has won Best Dark Comedy at the Houston Comedy Film Festival. It was also one of the Finalists in the International Micro Film category. See here for the full list.
The film has also made the official selection for the Leeds Fantasy & Horror Short Film Competition at the Leeds International Film Festival this November. If you’re in Leeds, you can buy tickets to watch the film in-person at the cinema (coronavirus-permitting) on 13 and 15 November 2020. Just click here: https://www.leedsfilm.com/whats-on/fanomenon-horror-shorts/none-of-the-above/ (You can also watch the trailer there…
With lockdown taking over, I’ve been working frantically on a new webseries I’m writing with Yaz Al-Shaater and Michael Grady-Hall – my co-producers at Three’s Company. Three’s Company’s Adventure Department sees the three of us present a no-holds-barred discussion on life in theatre today, which is sadly interrupted each episode by someone needing us to go on a genre-based adventure.
Series one (currently in editing) features adventures through the worlds of fantasy, sci-fi, muder mystery, film noir and zombies. It stars ourselves and an exciting line-up of guest-stars including Rufus Hound, Caroline Quentin and Les Dennis.
Expect a release date this summer
On Monday, we held an industry-reading of my latest play The Act Of Union at Southwark Playhouse.
It starred Caroline Quentin, John Hodgkinson, Ashlea Kaye and Joel Samuels with Jan Shepherd reading stage directions.
Huge thanks to Southwark Playhouse, Yaz Al-Shaater, Michael Grady-Hall and La Sykes.
This Monday (27 May) my latest play is having a prepared reading at Southwark Playhouse. There are a few spaces still available
a reading of The Act Of Union by Tom Crawshaw
Their love was pure, their love was beautiful… and it had the potential to destroy the foundation of Britain’s entire parliamentary system. A sparkling new comedy of sexual politics and political sex from the award-winning writer of Boris World King (“Nigh-on essential” Guardian, **** Times, **** Evening Standard).
Starring Mina Anwar (The Thin Blue Line, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Upstart Crow) as the Leader of the Opposition and Tony Bell (The Crown, Propeller, Shakespeare In Love) as The Prime Minister. With Ashlea Kaye and Danny Millar.
The opposition leader’s aide thinks a new relationship could hold the key to a poll boost and electoral victory. But a dating mix-up threatens to destroy her career, the Labour party, and the whole basis of Westminster party politics. As real-life politics becomes ever-more farcical, this new satirical political farce tackles the pitfalls of political collaboration and the polarisation of current Westminster ideology.
A free prepared reading for an invited audience.
Directed by Yaz Al-Shaater. Produced by Three’s Company.
Monday 27 May, 7:00pm, upstairs at Southwark Playhouse
Please RSVP to email@example.com
Today we started filming ‘Piss Artist’ a short comedy film I was commission to write for Tate Modern. It’s about Marcel Duchamp’s groundbreaking artwork ‘Fountaine’, is produced by BrotherBrother and starts London Hughes.
Today saw the first table reading for my new play The Act Of Union. It’s a brand new satirical comedy of sexual politics and political sex. And I’m very pleased to have had a fantastic cast together to hear it come alive for the first time – including Mina Anwar (The Thin Blue Line, Upstart Crow, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) and Michael Gould (Ian Rickson’s Hamlet at the Old Vic with Michael Sheen, In Extremis at Shakespeare’s Globe, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
Pictured below (l to r): Yaz Al-Shaater (directing), Michael Grady-Hall (Marcus), Mina Anwar (Leader of the Opposition), Jan Shepherd (stage directions), Michael Gould (Prime Minister) and Ashlea Kaye (Karin).
My play Not The Messiah will be touring again this January – with dates so far confirmed in Litchfield and Dumfries. Another chance to catch George Telfer’s fantastic performance as Graham Chapman.
The show originally played at the Pleasance Edinburgh in 2013, where it sold out and received five 5-star reviews. It has since toured to Belfast, Holmfirth, Derby, and played at Theatre503 and Leicester Square Theatre in London.