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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Here’s some more photos from this week’s shoot of An Admin Worker At The End Of The World. Shot by BrotherBrother. Starring Ashlea Kaye, Mina Anwar, Jemima Rooper and Michael Abubakar.
I’m currently on set for the filming of my first short film – An Admin Worker At The End Of The World. Written with Yaz & Haz Al-Shaater of BrotherBrother, this tells the story of Annie who struggles to complete her paperwork and leave her job as the world crumbles around her.
We’re shooting in East London this week and next week. Here’s a photo of a recent clapperboard.
Website here - https://brobro.film/an-admin-worker-at-the-end-of-the-world/
IMDB info here - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8524868/