ManMoth Productions
31Jul/13

PILGRIM SHADOW reviews!

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★★★★ - '... 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.

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'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.

The show was also Fringe Reviews no.4 pick out of over 180 shows as a Top Pick show to see at this year's Camden Fringe.

2Jan/13

Dead Static at the Hen & Chickens.

★★★★ - '... 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.

14Aug/12

Dead Static at the Camden Fringe 2012 – Read all about it.

 

 

★★★★ - '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.

20Aug/11

A Hero’s Journey at the Camden Fringe, 2011 – Read all about it.

 

 

' ... deeply absorbing – to the point where much of the time I was barely conscious that these were 'performances' at all ...  A Hero's Journey is an affirmative act of bloody-minded creation. What it left me thinking about was the writers' own comments on their work in the programme notes: “they thought it might be a good idea to let their writing see the light of day.  They don't know if it was a good idea yet.”  For what it's worth, I'd say this play was definitve confirmation that it was.'  -  James Monroe, On the Fringe. You can read James Monroe's excellent review and plot analysis in its entirety here.

'The audience certainly enjoyed the geeky innuendos and references, which provided some entertaining moments and, for this reviewer, a few belly laughs ... a surreal and dark look at the life of a nerd.'  -  Jack Badley, Fringe Review.

'Solid work performed with authority to full houses by an excellent pro cast.'  -  Stephen Gallagher, creator of Eleventh Hour and the writer of Doctor Who serials 'Warrior's Gate and 'Terminus'.

 

 

' ... a number of entertaining and comedic moments ... The character of Rosie, who attends a creative writing class run by Mathew is a joyous and entertaining pink haired addition to the cast ... there are well crafted elements within the writing ... It would be interesting to see where Jordan and Baker take their writing next as there is promise within the script.'  -  Andrew Taylor, Remote Goat.

' ... a feisty performance from Ellen Gallagher ... and a delightful one from Chapman as the phantom Dr Who.'  -  Harold Loxton, British Theatre Guide.

Yorkshire Evening Post has published an interview with our heroic lead Richard Jackson. It's a very nice plug for the show, and also a good laugh when you consider the subject matter.

'The play is hotly-tipped to become a television sitcom and the pilot will be filmed after the performances ... 'Richard, 28, said: “When I got the role I was so pleased. Television is what I want to move into, so to know I could be a part of a TV show is very exciting.”'

We can neither confirm or deny this rumour. Well, we can, but we won't. We're not that stupid. You can read the interview between Richard and Juliette Bains here.

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