Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked, the play by Rob Hayes, is at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre from November 13th-15th, 20th-22nd, and 27th-29th 2017. The play stars Linus Karp and is directed by Maddie Rice (best known for her lead role in the theatre production of Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge)
One-night stands are awkward. One-night stands with animals are more awkward. And when you’re as desperate to please as Bobby, things get awkward as f*ck. He’s just a guy with too much love to give, and a burning desire to give it to consensual adult mammals.
Rob Hayes – Writer
Rob has built a reputation on writing darkly comedic plays, including THE DIABOLIC BANQUET (Contact Theatre, Manchester), A BUTCHER OF DISTINCTION (King’s Head Theatre, London), STEP 9 [OF 12] (Trafalgar Studios, London), and the recent critically-acclaimed hit, THIS WILL END BADLY (Pleasance, Edinburgh/Southwark Playhouse, London). His play AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS WITH ANIMALS I’VE F*CKED premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014.
As a screenwriter, Rob recently sold an original half-hour pitch to FX in the US, and Escape Artists are now attached to produce. Rob acted as script consultant on series two of the E4 show CHEWING GUM, and has half-hour comedy script commissions with ITV2/Retort, Objective Television, and Guilty Party Pictures.
His short film NEW GODS was selected for New York Film Festival 2016 and Leeds International Film Festival 2016.
Rob won the Tom Erhardt Award in 2013 for Most Promising Playwright and was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum and the Royal Exchange Theatre Hodgkiss Award with director Ned Bennett. Rob is an alumnus of the Royal Court Writers’ Studio Group and the Super Group and was also a member of the Soho Theatre Writers’ Hub.
Maddie Rice is an actor and writer. As an actor she has recently performed in Fleabag (SOHO), I live with Models (Comedy Central), Villain (Kings Head), All My Sons (Regents Park), Henry V (West End) and Call The Midwife (BBC). As a writer, she works with her comedy groups ZAZU and Lead Pencil, writes sketches for News Revue and is on the SOHO Theatre writers scheme.
This is Maddie’s directing debut. She’s a big fan of Linus Karp after meeting him through improv!
Linus Karp is an actor currently writing in the third person. Just like Queen Elizabeth II, he’s based in London but also works in his native Sweden (wow, ABBA and IKEA). He’s been in loads of cool stuff, his work include credits for Sony Pictures (omg!), Google (why not google him?), MS Society (a charity – he must have a heart of gold!), Svenska Spel (If you were Swedish you’d understand), Balenciaga (nbd – just the coolest French fashion house ever), Wilkinson Sword (but he looks too young to need to shave!) and Rowntrees (such a SWEETIE).
As an actor, he’s represented by Simon & How (just like all the superstars) and as a model by Tomorrow is Another Day (Just like Naomi Campbell would be if she was an awkward Swedish boy).
He’s also a comedy improviser with Geraldyne (what – talented AND funny!?) and has professional credits as a director (as has Steven Spielberg), presenter (Like Dermot on X-factor but not at all) and voice-over artist (for when you don’t want to see him). He also loves theatre and eating desserts. Wow, what a guy.
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