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Preview: So Bad by Wild Surmise (Clapham Fringe 2018)


LONDON – Brand new theatre company Wild Surmise makes their theatrical debut this week as part of Clapham Fringe 2018! Formed in September 2017, the company aims to produce and promote new writing and new talent, and will be presenting the premiere of Duncan Turner’s screwball comedy-thriller So Bad.

Says writer/producer Duncan Turner, who also writes prose and theatre journalism: “Imagine Pinter without the pauses and the gloomy silences, played at the helter-skelter speed of farce, with a grammar nerd and a prat in a giraffe onesie fighting for their lives against an unseen enemy. Will and Ellen are on stage from beginning to end, trading lines at breakneck speed for nearly an hour and coping with the hairpin twists and turns of the fast-paced thriller plot. Any dropped cue or fluffed line would send the whole show spinning off the rails. The technical demands made on these wonderful young actors are immense.”

Directed by award-winner Frederick Kelly,  So Bad is a black comedy full of breakneck farce, following Sid (Will Charlton), as he wakes up hungover in a giraffe onesie after one too many drinks from the last night. All Sid wants to do is sleep it off and have a big day in, but when his flatmate Leo disappears, things begin to get a little weird.  Leo tells him not to touch his laptop, Leo’s girlfriend Rose (Ellen Publicover) comes in worried where Leo’s gone, and the last message Leo received was a text reading ‘I’m going to hurt you so bad’, just before he disappeared, from a brutal criminal named Craven (Ray Coates).

What will happen to Rose and Sid as they sit alone in the flat, attempting to decrypt Leo’s laptop and find out where he is? The resourceful and resilient Rose knows exactly how to get her answers – through a little blackmail and betrayal. Find out just what’s ‘so bad’ and how it all goes down as this hilarious comedy makes its premiere this week at the 2018 Clapham Fringe.

So Bad plays from 12th to 13th October 2018 as part of the Clapham Fringe 2018 at The Bread and Roses Theatre, 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6DZ, London. Tickets available here For the full line-up of shows, visit their website here

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