My short film An Admin Worker At The End Of The World (directed by Yaz Al-Shaater, produced by BrotherBrother) has just played at Birmingham Film Festival and I’m pleased to announce has received an Honourable Mention at the awards ceremony.
I’m very excited to announce the launch of my new comedy series – Three’s Company’s Adventure Department – written with Yaz Al-Shaater and Michael Grady-Hall. It sees three unlikely heroes called to go on a series of adventures – in a different genre each episode – and features the voices of (among others) Rufus Hound, Les Dennis, Youssef Kerkour and Caroline Quentin.
There are five episodes in the first season. The first two are launched this Friday (3 July) with the others following each fortnight after that.
You can find them all at AdventureDepartment.uk – or any podcast directory. Or for up-to-the-minute info, follow us on Twitter @threescompany #AdventureDepartment
I’ve been commissioned by Tate Modern and BrotherBrother to write a short film about Marcel Duchamp’s hugely influential modern art work ‘Fountain’. This ordinary urinal was submitted by Duchamp to an art exhibition in 1917 in an act of piss-taking/innovation that changed the art world forever.
A few days into the Edinburgh Fringe and I can report that Boris: World King is selling-out each day. Very exciting as we moved up to a 175-seat space this year.
Tickets for each performance are usually gone by the late morning of the show, so if you’re planning to see it do book in advance.
Nonsense And Sensibility has just been nominated for Best Production and Best New Writing at the 2016 Buxton Fringe.
It sold out its run – and an added performance on the final Saturday. My thanks to Yaz Al-Shaater, La Sykes, Maddie Gould and Bips Mawson for making it happen!
I’ve been asked to guest-write a column for the Scotsman today – discussing the challenges of writing a play about a changeable figure like Boris.
Particularly relevant as he’s become Foreign Secretary literally in the middle of my writing this article about how he keeps surprising us.
It’s the Arts Platform piece on page 21 of today’s Scotsman (in case you can get a copy). Or you can read an online version here.
The show has a 4-week run, from 19 April – 14 May. Tickets are available here. Hope to see you there! (You too Boris!)
Having tackled dead comedians in Not The Messiah, I’m having a crack at the most popular living comedian – Boris Johnson – political joker and joke politician. The show is for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and follows Boris as he stages a show about his life… at the Edinburgh Fringe.
It’s being directed by Yaz Al-Shaater and produced by Kat Portman-Smith and Three’s Company.
The reading is at 7:30pm on Monday and Tuesday. And it’s free so there’s no excuse not to come along.
The finished piece will be staged at the Pleasance for the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe.
It was a great month. Here’s a snippet of the press reaction to the shows:
Shakespeare For Breakfast
“A brilliant spoof created by writer/ director; Tom Crawshaw, who is essentially the new Shakespeare in town… Sets itself apart from the hundreds of other Shakespeare plays on offer during August.” ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide
“The script oozes Shakespeare references with a delicious modern twang to create a premise that is beyond clever. As if it couldn’t get any better, this hilarious play reveals all of its entertaining surprises via iambic pentameter… Pure genius!” ★★★★★ Box Dust
“Better than ever. Strong performances, witty jokes… The cast keep the laughs coming.” ★★★★ WhatsOnStage
“Holding the attention of everyone from babes in arms to seniors… an essential part of the Fringe goers’ experience.” ★★★★★ Remote Goat
“As strong and energetic as a double espresso” ★★★★ Three Weeks
“Not only very funny, it is well-thought out and cleverly based on Shakespeare’s language and ideas, while layered to serve those with and without prior knowledge” ★★★★ Edinburgh Spotlight
“Tom Crawshaw’s rather smart ‘good vs bad’ characters has allowed the team to dig deap and pull out performances that are as complex and muddled as some of the Bards own works. A brilliant way to start your day.” ★★★★ The New Current
“Don’t worry if you don’t catch all the references or recognise all the quotations – there’ll be another along in a few seconds. Funny, inventive, totally silly… an ideal start to a Fringe day.” ★★★★ Theatre Guide London
“Expect much mirth, many shocks, revelations and topical references, and a thoroughly entertaining start to your day: the enthusiastic roars of applause were richly deserved!” ★★★★ ScotsGay
The Adventure Machine
“This rollicking spoof of children’s fantasy fiction packs so much into its 50 minutes. Laughs and chuckles abound as the totally engaged audience hugely enjoys this clever show.” ★★★★★ The Stage
“Embrace the day with unbridled enthusiasm, because you’re fortunate enough to be in the same city as this rather wonderful show. Makes you happy just to be there… One of those shows that you cannot outgrow.” ★★★★ Broadway Baby
My son loved it, as we left he said “That was sooo good.” Fringe Review