ManMoth Productions is delighted to announce that our next theatre production will be PILGRIM SHADOW, a science fiction comedy from Steve Jordan, writer of DEAD STATIC. The show will run at the Tristan Bates Theatre for six evening performances, from Monday 29th July to Saturday 3rd August 2013 at 7.30pm.
We're thrilled to be once again part of the Camden Fringe line up, and truly privileged to have such a great slot in a fantastic theatre in the heart of London.
The show marks the return of Tyler and Gary, the loveable rogues from DEAD STATIC, who will be once again played by the amazing Cliff Chapman and the incredible Adam Joselyn.
Tickets will be available on the 1st June from ticketweb and the Camden Fringe website.
ManMoth's thrilled to announce that Steve Jordan's science fiction comedy, DEAD STATIC, will soon take the form of an audio play, available to download on the interweb and listen to at your leisure. The hour long audio comedy will once again star Cliff Chapman and Adam Joselyn as Tyler and Gary respectively, the pair of strangers who find themselves in deep space with an hour to live. The play ran last year to great reviews and sell out audiences. The audioplay will be recorded in the next couple of months and is expected to be released this summer.
ManMoth is also in the process of producing a brand new show for 2013. More on that very soon!
★★★★ - '... a number of Blackadder-style similes stretched wonderfully far beyond breaking point. Douglas Adams' voice is heard, as is Grant/Naylor's, with a pinch of Men Behaving Badly's Simon Nye... I came away from the play thinking there were a lot more stories to be told with Tyler and Gary. Not only that, but I rather hope to see more of them.' - Views from the Gods.
'A neat example of how strong acting, good direction and clever idea can repeatedly give the observer something quite serious to think about while being very funny... it really is quite a splendidly thoughtful and hilarious production.' - James Bacon, for Forbidden Planet International.
'Cliff Chapman as Tyler and Adam Joselyn as Gary are two excellent clowns in what is not quite as existential a play as Waiting For Godot, but certainly even funnier a space comedy than Red Dwarf.' - Snipe London.
'Red Dwarf channeling Steptoe and Son... a show full of pop culture references and one-liners as well as a crackling energy.' - Camden Fringe Voyeur.
'A brilliant hour ... Strong performances and a pace that constantly varied but never flagged, swinging from broad comedy to a key moment of pathos. A bickering odd-couple Huis Clos, in space.' - Stephen Gallagher.
'... a great night of sf comedy brought alive by two seriously good actors... The minimalist set let the audience's imagination work overtime and the slow release of explanation satisfied curiosity while the comic personalities on stage established themselves. Brilliant characterisation and an hour very well spent.' - Graeme Hurry.
'A witty script written by a clearly talented and intelligent writer... light and bouncy... I would recommend taking a bunch of friends to see it if you go, get a few drinks down you at the pub and have a laugh (but an intellectual laugh).' - Everything Theatre.
'Excellent verbal comedy.' - Remote Goat.
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For every ticket sold on the Wednesday night, ManMoth with be donating £1 to their cause. The charity will also be running a brief collection on the Wednesday evening after the show, so give genorously y'all.
The Dead Static team were interviewed by theatre and film reviewers Views from the Gods recently to discuss the play's brand new run, geek culture and much more! The team, from left to right as pictured, is comprised of script consultant Ellen Gallagher, actors Cliff Chapman and Adam Joselyn, and writer/director Steve Jordan.
On working together -
CC: It was a really nice collaborative process. I liked chucking in ideas. When we were first doing it, we did it in Steve and Ellen's flat, and I asked if I could have the PS3 controller (as a prop to control the ship). The original plan was to build something bespoke, but then I got quite attached to it and we just thought: "Wouldn't it be funny to have the PS3 remote because people might like it." And then the button mashing gag gets in there.
AJ: It is quite nice to be able to chuck in a couple of words at the end of the sentence, even if they are swear words, and not get told to stick to the script.
SJ: I told them from the beginning that rehearsals will be fun and I wanted it to be collaborative. To begin with, we used the script as a guideline and the guys brought their own little bits and pieces to the script and the characters and it was a melting pot of ideas.
EG: The great thing about Steve as a director is that he has a clear vision, but isn't afraid to bend it.
SJ: The paramaters are definitely there. I have a clear idea of what good comedy is, what comedy I enjoy, and occasionally, I will say: "No, say it exactly like this" because that's what it needs. But at the same time, these guys know what the parameters are and how to be creative within them.
Many thanks to Views from the Gods and Gareth Alexander for conducting the interview, which you can read in its entirety here.
ManMoth Productions is running a competition on twitter. The prize? 2 tickets to see Dead Static this December! All you have to do is retweet our announcement about the competition on our twitter page - @ManMothUK.
The lucky winner will be announced on our twitter account on the 3rd of December. Good luck!
Tedious self-promotion alert! KZINE issue 4 is available NOW to purchase on Amazon, featuring a science fiction horror short story called 'SHEEP', by ManMoth's own Steve Jordan. KZINE launched roughly this time last year, and has since been delivering a quality mix of sf, fantasy, horror and crime short stories for only £1.53 an issue. To take a closer look at the mag, click HERE, or visit KZINE's website.
In other news, Steve and Ellen will be attending this year's Fantasycon - mostly to have fun, but also to promote the brand-spanking new run of DEAD STATIC, running at the Hen and Chickens Theatre in December. If you missed the announcement, here it be. ManMoth are also storming their brains, conjuring a brand new ManMoth theatre production for 2013. Exciting times ahead, so ... WATCH OUT.
DEAD STATIC is back! We are delighted to announce that our space comedy play will be returning to the London in a five night run at the end of the year. The show will take place from 11th to 15th December at the fantastic Hen and Chickens Theatre in Islington. For those of you who missed out on our debut run at the Etcetera this summer, this is the perfect opportunity to come see the show in a quality, intimate venue. And if you've already seen Dead Static (and, for instance, enjoyed it), then why not come back and bring some friends? The show has developed since its first run, and we can promise a minimum of 2% new material. It is a play, after all. Tickets available now, click here to get your mits on them!
★★★★ - 'The jokes owe a lot to the very British school of japes and wordplay, with a number of Blackadder-style similes stretched wonderfully far beyond breaking point. Douglas Adams' voice is heard, as is Grant/Naylor's, with a pinch of Men Behaving Badly's Simon Nye. This is a comedy writer brought up right, learning from the best, but allowing himself his own spin on things... I came away from the play thinking there were a lot more stories to be told with Tyler and Gary. Not only that, but I rather hope to see more of them.' - Gareth Alexander, Views from the Gods. Full article here.
Dead Static was chosen as one of Fringe Review's Top 5 Theatre Recommendations for the 2012 Camden Fringe. You can read their interview with writer/director Steve Jordan here.
'Cliff Chapman as Tyler and Adam Joselyn as Gary are two excellent clowns in what is not quite as existential a play as Waiting For Godot, but certainly even funnier a space comedy than Red Dwarf. If author Steve Jordan is actually aiming for a worthy TV pilot then he has one. If enough episodes could be written as brilliantly (and performed as well) then he would have the makings of a classic series.' - Alan Hindle, Snipe London. Full article here.
'A brilliant hour... Strong performances and a pace that constantly varied but never flagged, swinging from broad comedy to a key moment of pathos. A bickering odd-couple Huis Clos, in space.' - Steve Gallagher, author and screenwriter, creator of Eleventh Hour.
'Red Dwarf channeling Steptoe and Son... Cliff Chapman as Tyler and Adam Joselyn as Gary, kept up the pace and ratcheted up the tension to the last moment... Steve Jordan has produced a show full of pop culture references and one-liners as well as a crackling energy.' - Carmel Shortall, Camden Fringe Voyeur. Full article here.
'... moments of charm, sophistication ... surprisingly funny with its use of clever vocabularies and keen science fiction knowledge. - Rocky Rodriquez, What's on the Fringe.
The bad news is Dead Static's first run has come to an end. The good news is - it was bloody fantastic. Dead Static played to sold out audiences and received a great response from audiences in Camden. A big thank you to everyone who came down and made it such a great experience, and we really hope you enjoyed the show! Remember to tell us what you thought - write a review on Broadway Baby, leave a comment on facebook, @ mention us on twitter - we want to know! We'll be posting a round up of the press for the show later this week. ManMoth would like to extend our massive thanks to Adam and Cliff for being such pros and Brett Cohen doing a great job with the tech, as well as all the other people that made Dead Static happen (you know who you are!).
So, what now? Well, plans are already being made for a second run of Dead Static with the cast, and we hope to bring you news on that in the next few weeks. We'll also be concocting a brand new play for next year, so stay tuned!