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‘Bring the Bucket’ – a new dark comedy by BeFrank

‘Bring the Bucket’ – a new dark comedy by BeFrank Theatre Company at Richmix, Shoreditch

Chuggers (street fundraisers) armed with buckets are as common a feature of London’s streets as black cabs and red buses. These platoons of enthusiastic youths strategically deployed on London’s busy streets are another obstacle to overcome as you go about your daily business. Each attempt to prick your conscience and help you become a better person – the sick, the poor, the homeless, the environment – it doesn’t stop.
But who are the people shaking the buckets?
How committed to the cause are they?
And what happens to all of that cash?

“Bring the Bucket” takes a comic look at what takes place between two chuggers as they change shifts and comment on London’s citizens as they rush by, each determined to avoid digging deep into their pockets or bank accounts. It’s an entertaining, lightly provocative dark comedy that reflects on a part of the moral decline in today’s western society.

“Bring the Bucket is a witty and current portrayal of life for newly graduated young people in London.”

Written and directed by Tommy Lexen

Cast: Kate Brown, Vikash Bhai and Neil Walker
Ensemble/Chorus: Gabriela Romanov, Kedeem Boyce, Simon Brandon, Ken Smart, Luke Fleming, Lewis Jeffrey, Stella Anderson, Pauline Nakirya, Cydney B. Dunbavin-Hands, Sophie Tergiest, Clare Buckingham, Esther-Grace Button, Eleni Papaioannou, Josie Catherine, Zory Burner, Christopher Panayi, Craig Hendry, Tara Aggarwal, Carmen C.Borras, Maggie Tolmie

Design and costumes: Ko-eun Lee
Lighting design: William Ingham
Assistant director: Fana Cioban
Dramaturge: Amanda Fromell
Production assistant: Philippa Kane
Producer: Neil Walker

“Bring the Bucket” is part of a double bill of new work exploring “Stories of London” curated by RichMix.

To book tickets:

BeFrank is a London-based international theatre company formed in 2010 by Artistic Director Tommy Lexen. The company focusses on subjects that encompass the bigger questions and highlight new perspectives on the world in which we live, both on a social and political level. We work from authentic source material, in a process where research, field studies and a dynamic development of expression results in a performance with high artistic and intellectual quality as well as being engaging, interesting and accessible for a larger non-political audience. We aim to push the audience experience beyond their comfort zone, without losing their trust or focus.

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The Government Inspector at The Shaw Theatre

Dear Friends, hope you are well. I will be appearing in The Government Inspector at The Shaw Theatre, between the 15th and 19th August. It would be lovely to see you, Simon x

The Government Inspector
The Government Inspector

Charm Offensive has gained critical plaudits for such past productions as PentecostWife to James Whelan and Gates of Gold—all directed by Gavin McAlinden—but this production, playing as part of the Camden Fringe Festival, though with the same director, is the work of their weekly workshop training group the Acting Gymnasium.

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Carry On Brighton by Jackie Skarvellis

Carry On Brighton by Jackie Skarvellis
Carry On Brighton by Jackie Skarvellis

Comedy by Jackie Skarvellis


History Of Carry On Brighton* August 2010: First appears at The Abbeyfest, Merton Abbey Mills, 2010.
* July 2011: Charity Gala Performance given at The Commonwealth Club, Charing Cross.
*September 2011: 3 week run at Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead


Directed by Jackie Skarvellis with Jack Gunn Following a successful run at Pentameters Theatre in September, Carry On Brighton, a New comedy written and directed by award-winning Jackie Skarvellis opens in the West End. The wedding between Henri Theydon Bois and his toy boy lover Al Pepe is due to take place on Brighton Beach. However, with the motley crew of Z-list celebrity hangers-on, a fag-hag and others, it might not go according to plan. Cast: Sally Farmiloe-Neville, Jack Gunn, Beryl Nesbitt, Bryan Hands, Simon Brandon, Daniel Simpson, Alexander Gordon Wood with Sue Van Colle on Piano Director: Jackie Skarvellis

Co-Director: Jack Gunn

Choreography: Jack Gunn

Music: Sue Van CollePhoenix Artist Club, Charing Cross Road.
(No Shows Sunday)

Carry On Brighton runs at The Drayton Theatre, Drayton Arms, Old Brompton rd, 24th May to 2nd June 8pm, perfs Thurs to Sat and Tues to Sat for following week. Tickets can be reserved and paid for on the door. Please leave you name and number to . Tickets are £12 and £10 concessions. Cheers, Simon

Carry On Brighton Quotes: Review From Men In Lycra (on-line) from the run at Pentameters Theatre:

“what better way to spend your Sunday than to laugh with childish insanity along with a very interesting bunch of people”

“I left the theatre drunk on fun – and no, there was not a sambuca shot in sight!”

“If you’ve missed this play then shame on you!”

Sally Farmiloe as Fenella
Sally Farmiloe as Fenella. Photo by Gabor Scott (2011)
Simon Brandon as Trevor
Simon Brandon as Trevor. Photo by Gabor Scott (2011)
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