A story of life, death, family, friendship and all the stuff in-between.
Toby & Jess are unable to conceive children. Or rather, Toby is unable to. One night, their charismatic friend – Xav – makes the unique suggestion that they use his frozen ‘stuff’ instead and become parents. Do they take him up on the offer?
WINNER OF THE “AUDIENCE FAVOURITE PLAY” AWARD AT 24:7 THEATRE FESTIVAL – WINNER OF BEST MALE (KARL GREENWOOD) FOR THE UK STUDIO THEATRE AWARDS
ONE OF THE TOP 20 SHOWS TO SEE AT THE CAMDEN FRINGE 2015 – FRINGEREVIEW.COM
“More euphemisms for sperm than I ever thought possible… Well worth seeing” – Remote Goat
After an award winning run at the 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester in 2014, My Beating Heart Theatre is making its London Debut with STUFF at The Etcetera Theatre, Camden as both a part of The Camden Fringe Festival and also as a part of a tour including performances at The Lowry – Salford, The Studio@ Bradford Playhouse & The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool
Joining the cast is actor Peter Ash who many will recognise from his recent performance in the War Horse tour and as Darius Fry in ITV’s “Footballer’s Wives”. The show is also joined by a new director – Alice Bartlett – a former resident director for Basingstoke Haymarket Theatre. Returning from the original cast are Eve Burley who has just returned from performing on Broadway in Anthony Burgess’ “One Hand Clapping” & Karl Greenwood, who won the UK Studio Theatre Award for Best male for his performance in STUFF and will be joining the UK Touring Production (Bill Kenwright) of “Blood Brothers” following the STUFF tour.
“This is proving to be a very exciting time for MBH Theatre and STUFF. It’s great to have Eve & Karl back, and I really look forward giving audiences some new ‘stuff’ from Pete & Alice!” said Mick Cooper the writer of STUFF and founder of My Beating Heart Theatre. Despite living in Manchester, I’m originally from Essex, so it’s very important for me personally to make our ‘London Debut‘ – especially in a venue with as strong a history as The Etcetera!”
“STUFF is a dark comedy/drama about a very modern issue. With IVF becoming more common-place as well as medical advancements, more people are looking at unique ways of becoming parents. STUFF is about the feeling relating to becoming a parent and other aspects of growing up”
Mick went on to say that: “At its heart, STUFF looks a group of friends whose futures are uncertain and the problems that can be created when we’re not honest about how we truly feel. Now, that sounds a bit bleak, but STUFF (hopefully) is a laugh-out-loud play filled with drinking games, a Trident called “Sammy” and a plenty of sexy taramasalata. STUFF covers plenty of big topics – life, death, what it means to be a parent – but does this not in a preachy way, but in the way that most close friends approach mutual tragedy, with a healthy dollop of gallows humour and a questionable bottle of alcohol.”
When asked why should everyone get along to see the play? Mick said: “Last summer, STUFF was selected as a finalist for Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival which has established a reputation for being one of the North’s leading New Writing Festivals. It was the 10th birthday of 24:7 last year and following a week of audience votes, we were delighted to be awarded the “Audience Favourite Show” award (as well as Karl Greenwood – Xav – picking up the UK Studio Theatre Award for “Best Male”) This year is the Camden Fringe’s 10th Birthday… and we’re coming to London. Let’s see if we can have same fun again this summer!”
Karl Greenwood who plays Xav says of his role in the production: “”Xav is an absolute joy to play. He has seemingly NO social filter, which makes the way in which he deals with his illness (and the unique way he sets about helping his friends!) all the more interesting to play! To play a dying man with so much fun and energy is an absolute interesting challenge, but one I’ve loved to do. I think for all the talk of IVF, tumours and various alternative words for semen, at the heart of this piece is the friendship between the three of them. It’s something we’ve worked really hard on this time around, and hopefully it shows!”
Above the Oxford Arms 265 Camden High Street London NW1 7BU
Thu 20 Aug 2015 8:00pm £10.00
Fri 21 Aug 2015 8:00pm £10.00
Sat 22 Aug 2015 8:00pm £10.00
Sun 23 Aug 2015 8:00pm £10.00
Book tickets via www.camdenfringe.com
Wednesday 22nd July 2015