Preview: The People’s Boat at Edinburgh Greenside Venues
Moaning Toad Productions present
The People’s Boat
Edinburgh Greenside Venues (Olive Studio)
Friday 2nd – Saturday 24th August 2019
Written. Directed & Performed by Luke Bateman, Jack Hilton, Chris Whyte, & Elliott Williams
One dinghy. Lost at sea. Four disillusioned Brits. Join the country’s most dysfunctional quartet as they attempt the impossible mission of towing the UK away from the continent. “We’re about to become a 1950s nostalgia theme park floating in the Atlantic Ocean” Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, University of Oxford.
The People’s Boat, an absurd new comedy, follows some intrepid but ignorant explorers as they grapple with life all alone on the ocean. On a crusade to somewhere sunny, they encounter rough winds, soggy pasties and trouble with their neighbours. After weeks and weeks of parlour games and pissing overboard, food is running out and patience is wearing thin. Wherever it is they're headed, they're taking Britain with them… As the disillusioned boatmen drift aimlessly on their homemade raft, doubts begin to surface about the integrity of their leader as well as the validity of their task. While the limitations of their blind patriotism are exposed, the lines start blurring between the performance on-stage and the processes also occurring off-stage. Characters are seen seeping out of the narrative and into the writer’s room, whilst the actors begin to feature more and more prominently aboard the boat...
The People’s Boat, making its Edinburgh Fringe debut, is the second venture from Moaning Toad Productions following Puncture, a sold-out production at Northern Stage (Newcastle) in March 2019. Originally established in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Moaning Toad Productions comprises of Luke Bateman, Jack Hilton, Chris Whyte, and Elliott Williams. Between them, they have experience with the National Youth Theatre, connections to LIVE Theatre, Alphabetti, Northern Stage, and The Phoenix, and have performed at The Yvonne Arnaud, The Nuffield, The Anvil, The Harlequin, The Shaw, Sadler’s Wells, RADA, The Leicester Square Theatre, The Comedy Store, and the Edinburgh Fringe in a show that received five-stars from Broadway Baby.
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Box Office Details Tickets are available from: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/people-s-boat
0131 226 0000
Previews: £5 Rest of Run: £8 (£6 Concessions)
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