Comic talent is just as much a part of the West End as plays and musicals and in 2010 an Edinburgh Fringe favourite makes the transition to the capital for a brief run in March. It takes the form of Tom Basden’s “Party”, coming to the Arts Theatre to show audiences that just because you can form a political party; it doesn’t mean that you should.
2009’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe featured many up and coming stars with brand new shows and many of them have already made the transition to the capital. Stewart Lee presented his latest show at the Leicester Square Theatre recently and the likes of “Barbershopera II” and “Morecambe” both started out life at the Scottish arts festival.
As well as penning “Party”, if.comedy Best Newcomer Award-winner Basden also stars in the show alongside other top comedy performers. Amongst them is the 2009 Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key, Anny Crilly, Jonny Sweet and Katy Wix. It is likely to be a popular addition to the capital having landed praise from many quarters in 2009, whilst the BBC has announced that the show will be airing on Radio 4 later in the year.
“Party” sees a group of people get together for a play set entirely within the confines of a garden shed - deep in suburbia. The four of them take the form of young idealists with outlooks on how they feel they can shape the world, hoping to save the planet from its own undoing. But this political comedy has a twist and pretty soon the four members are joined by a new recruit in the form of Tim Key, who is quick to realise that if the party takes off the world will not need saving from itself, but from them. It shows that whilst potentially anyone can make a difference, not everyone has any idea of how to go about doing it.
Tom Basden has been enjoying great success in recent years, writing for television and theatre, whilst also appearing in the sketch group Cowards. Alongside some of comedy’s greats, he began his career as part of the Cambridge Footlights and has since carved out an enviable path on the comedy circuit, building up credits such as “Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better” on Radio 4 and “Never Mind the Buzzcocks” on BBC2.
“Party” makes its brief appearance at the Arts Theatre from Monday 1st March 2010 and runs to Saturday 13th March 2010.
|Booking From:||Monday, 1st March 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 13th March 2010|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||60 minutes|
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