Until 23 Dec
Runtime: 1h 00m
First seen lighting up Edinburgh in 2022, this breakthrough play by Marcelo Dos Santos (whose Backstairs Billy, directed by Michael Grandage, also opens at the Duke of York’s this week) stars former History Boy Samuel Barnett as a gay mid-30s comedian who is a bundle of neuroses and anxiety. He can’t understand why we aren’t already all screaming in the bunker. What he needs is some love and consolation, but when a meet-up with an American turns into something more serious and he starts to feel something that might be love, he is quick to try and push it away. “What’s wrong with you? You are perfect, aren’t you?” he tells his boyfriend accusingly. So, he comes up with a plan. A show capable of killing you with laughter.
“I’m 36, I’m a comedian, and I’m about to kill my boyfriend…” After years of swiping, a permanently single, professionally neurotic stand-up finally meets Mr Right - and then does everything wrong. Strap in for a delightfully dark journey through self-awareness and self-sabotage as he decides whether love is worth the price of a killer punchline. After winning rave reviews at last summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, extra performances were added to the sell-out run to meet popular demand for this bitingly honest comedy drama from the Olivier Award-winning producers of Fleabag, Kathy and Stella Solve A Murder! and Baby Reindeer (the Bush Theatre’s fastest selling show in history). Double Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award nominee Samuel Barnett (History Boys, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) was named the first winner of The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2022 for his performance in the one-man play, which he will reprise at the Bush Theatre. Actors Touring Company Artistic Director Matthew Xia (Blue/ Orange, Young Vic; The Wiz, Hope Mill Theatre), who recently won an Olivier Award for Hey Duggee: The Live Theatre Show, directs this stripped back production by Marcelo Dos Santos (Lionboy, Complicité). Age Recommendation: 14+ Content warnings: Strong language and references to sex throughout; Description of animal butchery and blood; Infrequent references to the consumption of drugs; References to mental illness, particularly anxiety and depression, and therapy; Frequent reference to chronic illness, death & bereavement.