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Sky Comedy Rep

A Festival of New Comedy Writing

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The rising stars of comedy writing are showcasing never-before-seen work in the inaugural Sky Comedy Rep Festival. Discover the funniest young writers from across the country as they present a series of hilarious one-act plays. With mentors like Guz Khan, Meera Syal and Danny Brocklehurst, these writers promise to be ones to watch. Performances on Sat 5 Mar will be hosted by the award-winning comedian, Birmingham’s own, Darren Harriott, and performances on Thu 03 and Fri 04 will be hosted by BBC New Comedy Award finalist, Celya AB.

This festival is the culmination of our new comedy writing talent development scheme with Sky Studios. Headed by Rep Artistic director, Sean Foley, and SKY Creative Director of Comedy, Anil Gupta, this new yearly bursary and mentorship scheme gives early-career comedy writers the opportunity to have their ideas and scripts developed in collaboration with the finest talents in the industry.

Birmingham’s own Dame Julie Walters is the Patron of Sky Comedy Rep.

Price

£14

Running time

1 ½ hours (Thursday 3rd March 7:45 pm and Saturday 5th March 3:45 pm), Or 2 hours (Friday 4th March 7:45 pm, Saturday 5th March 7:45 pm)

Running Order

Thu 3 Mar, 7.45pm and Sat 5 Mar, 3.45pm:

Twitch by Ed Amsden and Tom Coles
Confucius Say Don’t Use F***ing Tinder On A Full Moon, by Jingan Young
Hatch by Rob Carter
Desperate by Kat Rose-Martin

Fri 4 Mar, and Sat 5 Mar, at 7.45pm:

Pink Spaceship by Drew Vida Marke
Boys Who F*** And Cry by Ryan Walker-Edwards
Sprint by Jodie Irvine
Mismatch by Ashfaq Gorsi
Spoffin by Mari and Lowri Izzard

Directed By

The Rep’s Artistic and Associate Directors, Sean Foley, Iqbal Khan and Madeleine Kludje

Age

Recommended for ages 14+ (swearing, adult themes)

Fees & Charges

Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. Please click here for more information.

Tom and Ed

Twitch

By Ed Amsden and Tom Coles

Mentored by Robin French
Directed by Madeleine Kludje

Guilt-tripped by her mum to spend ‘quality time’ with her boring step-dad Gareth, the rebellious Ava is dragged to a claustrophobically-small bird hide on a reservoir, for a spot of tedious bird-watching. But instead of catching a glimpse of a crap British bird, she catches a glimpse of a rather grizzly British murder.

Twitch is a dark comedy about polarisation, friendship, family, accepting our differences, and how bird-watching is actually proper shit.

 

 

Rob carter

Hatch

By Rob Carter

Mentored by Daniel Lawrence Taylor
Directed by Sean Foley

Two morally corrupt pensioners meet at a park bench and decide to take up a new hobby: vandalism. The Bonnie and Clyde of the Silent Generation, this pair of geriatric anarchists think it’s about time they broke their silence, and prove it’s never too late to start a new hobby.

Ashfaq Gorsi

Mismatch

By Ashfaq Gorsi

Mentored by Guz Khan
Directed by Iqbal Khan

Chilli agrees to go on a date at the park, after best mate Jav matches him with an attractive young lady Zara on a dating app. Much to their surprise, they have to deal with her protective older sister Zainab too in this comical tale of Muslim dating gone wrong.

Jodie Irvine

Sprint

By Jodie Irvine

Mentored by Justin Sbresni
Directed by Madeleine Kludje

A two-hander about life, death and doing too much. Childhood best friends Lolly and Briony are wondering if having a purpose is all it’s cracked up to be. Featuring running (minimal) and biscuits (quite a lot).

Mari & Lowri Izzard

Spoffin

By Mari & Lowri Izzard

Mentored by Emma Fryer
Directed by Madeleine Kludje

Tamara and Samara dream of winning the Singing Medal at the Eisteddfod yr Urdd. However, Tamara lives with a heart condition which is triggered by social anxiety, making the reality of performing in front of a large crowd a little more challenging…

Spoffin is based on the realities of growing up with an invisible disability and aspirations that are bigger than what your hometown can offer.

Kat Rose-Martin

Desperate

By Kat Rose-Martin

Mentored by Holly Walsh
Directed by Sean Foley

It’s Saturday night. Besties Jess and Abby are heading to a house party. Running late, they take a short cut through Peel Park. Suddenly the urge takes Jess. She’s desperate. But she’s never done a wild-wee before! Surely a tiny tinkle won’t change their lives forever…

Drew Vida Marke

Pink Spaceship

By Drew Vida Marke

Mentored by Fay Rusling and Oriane Messina
Directed by Iqbal Khan

Papa Johnson has disappeared. He’s disappeared before, but never for this long. Nana is convinced she’s had a sign from God that Papa will be returning in a pink spaceship to Brockwell Park: her daughter isn’t so sure but her granddaughter is now excited for his return. A comic tale about a London-based West African family, who are dealing with the aftermath of a loss of a loved one.

Ryan Walker-Edwards

Boys Who F*** And Cry

By Ryan Walker-Edwards

Mentored by Danny Brocklehurst
Directed by Iqbal Khan

An unlikely set of childhood friends reunite in Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham to get high after ghosting each other for six years.

Not everything is as it seems, and with trips and turns – the elephant in the park is addressed when the boys begin to understand why they ended up splitting from one another.

Confucius says don't use f****** Tinder on a full moon

By Jingan Young

Mentored by Meera Syal
Directed by Sean Foley

When Tam Chong is late again for her family’s yearly ancestor worship ceremony, she really wasn’t prepared for the repercussions of that bump-on-the-head she sustained during a Karaoke all-nighter, which include: the annoying spirit of her mother Phyllis and a meet-cute with an equally cute stranger in the park. A rom-com you’ve (probably) never seen before.

The Writers

Confucius says don't use f****** on a full moon

Jingan Young

Twitch

Ed Amsden & Tom Coles

Spoffin

Mari & Lowri Izzard

Desperate

Kat Rose-Martin

Pink Spaceship

Drew Vida Marke

Mismatch

Ashfaq Gorsi

Hatch

Rob Carter

Sprint

Jodie Irvine

Boys Who F*** And Cry

Ryan Walker-Edwards

The Company

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