PILGRIM SHADOW is a science fiction comedy play by Steve Jordan, and sequel to DEAD STATIC.
The year is - the future. Tyler and Gary are two petty criminals who are down on their luck. When the infuriatingly happy-go-lucky Gary is caught stealing a space craft, the pair find themselves in hot water and on the run. Tyler is dismayed (though not surprised) at his idiotic partner; but there’s a silver lining – the stolen ship is the Pilgrim, the vessel of legendary treasure hunter Tim Shadow. Can they follow the clues onboard to locate Shadow’s lost treasure? If they evade capture and escape with their lives, they could be very rich men. That's if they don’t double-cross and doom each other to death and destruction first...
★★★★ - '... braver and bolder than the first... a distillation of what made the first very good indeed... Jordan carries on this seething, bubbling resentment and pathetic longing masterfully... (the cast) once again carry the comedy and characterisation off flawlessly... It's a classic contrast and one that the pair, all bluster and wide eyes respectively, work beautifully. As ever, if on TV ... their pairing I suspect would be seen as one of the greats.' - Views from the Gods. Full review here.
★★★★ - 'A hilarious, unusual Sci-Fi excursion. With Pilgrim Shadow, ManMoth Production brings some exciting and hilarious science fiction to the theatre... set in a space ship sometime in the distant future brilliantly presents this genre on stage... the snappy interactions between Chapman and Joselyn bring a great atmosphere to the play... a parody of a futuristic sci-fi blockbuster crammed into a 60 minute stage play and somehow this is achieved with rather a lot of brilliance!' - Remote Goat. Full review here.
'Cliff Chapman as Tyler and Adam Joselyn as Gary really embrace their roles – Tyler is all exaggerated patience and tragicomic dignity like Harold Steptoe... Gary bounces up and down with excitement like an ADHD rabbit... Here’s hoping there are more episodes coming our way ... these mini-sitcoms could be as good as anything on BBC3!' - Camden Fringe Voyeur.
'Science fiction comedies on the stage are a rarity, but Steve Jordan has written two of them - madcap B-movie low budget two-handers - and his new show Pilgrim Shadow is slicker and funnier than the last one.' - Andrew Cartmel, novelist and former Doctor Who script editor.
'Had an excellent time... The acting was again top notch making the unlikely characters fully believable. The story worked well in convincing the audience they were watching a legendary rust bucket spaceship... It is a mark of a good play when it is only when it finishes you realise your chair has been pretty uncomfortable!' - Graeme Hurry, editor of KZINE and formerly Kimota.
'Pilgrim Shadow ... is ace. Fanboy humour and Bennett pathos as two outlaws try to get mitts on space booty.' - Dan Green, author of the bestselling Basher Science series.
'Like Black Books meets Bottom… laugh-out-loud funny... some strikingly clever moments.' - Annexe Magazine.
'Steve Jordan's new play combines elements of two of the best sitcoms of the last century – Blackadder and Red Dwarf... funny and has a good storyline... laughs throughout ... good fun, entertaining, has some suspense, and will make it impossible for anyone who sees it to describe Brokeback Mountain in a game of charades in any way other than how they do it here. ' - One Stop Arts.
'... brings together warp speed and witty one-liners in ways that are, well, out of this world... a little bit silly and a little bit ridiculous, but it is supposed to be. The far fetched plot and futuristic feel are elements that risk over-complication or a confusing plot, but this isn’t the case for Pilgrim Shadow which brings itself constantly back down to earth with a few laughs and a lot of fun along the way.' - A Younger Theatre.
'Director and playwright Steve Jordan explores... age-old hurdles with a fresh levity, using the distant future to humorously commandeer clever quips of a current and contemporary calibre... The acting was to a high standard with a high degree of character development... The child within you will enjoy this as much as the adult.' - Performance Reviewed.
Tyler - Cliff Chapman
Gary - Adam Joselyn
Tristan Bates Theatre. Covent Garden, London.
29th July - 3rd August 2013. 7.30pm.
Logo design supplied by Paul Drummond.