DEAD STATIC is a science-fiction comedy play by Steve Jordan.
The year is - the future. Two complete strangers wake up on a tiny shuttle in the middle of deep space. Tyler, a sarcastic, over-confident entrepreneur, finds himself trapped with Gary, an insufferably chirpy conman. The Syndicate has sentenced them both to death - they have one hour before their shuttle plunges nose-first into the asteroid belt. Can they work together to survive? Are they doomed to irritate each other into oblivion? Or will they thwart an evil empire in time for tea and Deal or No Deal? (Yup, it's still a thing).
★★★★ - '... 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.' - 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.
Tyler - Cliff Chapman
Gary - Adam Joselyn
Hen and Chickens Theatre, Islington, London.
11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th December, 2012.
Etcetera Theatre, Camden, London. As part of the Camden Fringe Festival.
10th, 11th, 12th August, 2012.
Logo design supplied by Paul Drummond.