Thursday, 2 February 2017

Kickstarter Campaign! The Future Boys: A New Science Fiction Audio Sitcom.

Today we launch our very first Kickstarter campaign to fund the live recording and digital release of 2 episodes of 'The Future Boys', a new science fiction audio sitcom.

VISIT THE KICKSTARTER PAGE! CLICK HERE.


THE SERIES

The goal of this Kickstarter project is to fund the recording of two 30-minute audio episodes in front of a live audience in a theatre in London, and to release these episodes online to our backers. Depending on how this goes, we hope to make the rest of the series one day - this is first step on what we hope will be a much longer adventure for the Future Boys…
Having spent two years apart and taken up new identities, Tyler and Gary are unwittingly brought back together by Rik Sheringham, a galaxy-renowned treasure hunter, celebrity and old school friend/enemy of Tyler's. Sheringham's deal is simple - Tyler and Gary must undergo a series of daring and dangerous heists on his behalf, or be handed over to the authorities and forced to face the death sentence that has been looming over their heads for years. Can Tyler and Gary re-unite and stay on the same page long enough to complete the job? Or are they doomed to fail? Either way, there seems to be more to the jobs than a simple robbery, and Sheringham's intentions may not be all they seem...
Obviously most people reading this won't have seen Tyler and Gary's theatre exploits - never fear! The audio series will be comprised of brand new stand-alone adventures, meaning you will not need to have seen their previous stories to enjoy the show.
For those of you who are already familiar with Tyler and Gary and have attended the live shows - thank you so much for your support, it really means the world to us, and we hope you'll continue to support this new project and help us get the Future Boys out there. It’s all-new material, so if you want to know what the guys have been up to since you last saw them - now’s your chance!

THE TEAM

We’re thrilled to have such a wonderful team of professionals at the ready – but we need your support to help us raise the funds required to make these episodes a reality.
Find us on twitter! - @BadBatUK

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

Every person who backs this project will be able to download the first two episodes of the series. You will also have the opportunity to purchase rewards packages that include tickets to the live recording, signed posters, t-shirts and other cool stuff! Most of which features the artwork of renowned genre artist Chris Moore (www.chrismooreillustration.co.uk), who designed our fantastic poster.
For those of you interesting in attending the recording, we have 1 ticket and 2 ticket rewards available. The show will be recorded on a single evening, Thursday March 30th at 7.15pm at the Leicester Square Theatre in London’s West End. Make sure you can attend that date and location before pledging for one of the ticket rewards – and remember that travel and accommodation are NOT included. If you can’t make it – never fear. There’s a long list of other goodies that we can send straight to your door, shipping worldwide. Please note, these tickets will NOT be on sale anywhere else, they're only available through this Kickstarter campaign.
We expect to deliver on ALL of our rewards no later than the end of May 2017, including the episodes themselves. If you have any questions or want to get in touch about your rewards of the show itself – just drop us an email and we’ll reply within 24 hours.

REVIEWS

Comedy is incredibly subjective – how on earth will you know if you’ll like the series? Well, you can find some clips of the live shows in our video below, but don’t just take our word for it that the show will be funny! Here's some selected praise from the plays - Dead Static (2012), Pilgrim Shadow (2013/4), and King Chaos (2015).

 
'Bad Bat have established themselves as seriously hot talent in sci-fi comedy and will surely continue to capitalise on that well-earned reputation.' - Views from the Gods, reviewing King Chaos (★★★★).
'The makings of a classic series.' – Snipe London, reviewing Dead Static.
'Writer, producer and director, Steve Jordan has created a wonderfully silly and comic sci-fi universe that, with all its nods and winks to other works, stands very much on its own two feet.' - Camden Fringe Voyeur, reviewing King Chaos.
'The entire hour of the play is joke after joke so there is very little pause between laughs... would make a great television show (Blackadder meets Dr Who) with its fun-filled adventures...' - A Younger Theatre, reviewing King Chaos.
'Any time spent with these characters is a joy.' - Views from the Gods, reviewing Pilgrim Shadow (★★★★).
'Exciting and hilarious science fiction…' - Remote Goat, reviewing Pilgrim Shadow (★★★★).
Splendidly thoughtful and hilarious…' - Forbidden Planet International, reviewing Dead Static.


The Future Boys poster! This image will feature on our t-shirts, mugs and of course our posters. 
The Future Boys poster! This image will feature on our t-shirts, mugs and of course our posters.



REWARD 9 - A King Chaos poster (A3) and original flyers for all three theatre productions, Dead Static, Pilgrim Shadow and King Chaos. All will be signed by the team before being posted! 
REWARD 9 - A King Chaos poster (A3) and original flyers for all three theatre productions, Dead Static, Pilgrim Shadow and King Chaos. All will be signed by the team before being posted!



Here's some concept art for the badges mentioned in the rewards - the final badges may not look identical to this as the designs have yet to be finalised, but this gives you the general idea we're going for! 
Here's some concept art for the badges mentioned in the rewards - the final badges may not look identical to this as the designs have yet to be finalised, but this gives you the general idea we're going for!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Film Wars

Bad Bat co-founder Steve Jordan is currently co-hosting a new entertainment podcast about films with Gareth Alexander (national UK newspaper film critic). Each week they pick a film to have an argument about. Occasionally, it is entertaining.

You can listen on the link below, but I'd suggest you download and subscribe on iTunes!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Sell Outs

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to see our sketch show Super Global Mega Incorporated: Turbo at the Leicester Square Theatre last week - it was sell out!


Monday, 21 March 2016

Super Global Mega Incorporated: Turbo. Leicester Square Theatre, 2nd & 4th June 2016.

We're delighted to announce that Bad Bat's next show will be ‘Super Global Mega Incorporated: Turbo’ – a comedy sketch show from sketch group 'Global Mega Incorporated' following their eponymous sell-out debut in 2015. Featuring new material alongside the best sketches from their barnstorming debut, plus new exciting words in the show title – did you spot them? Go check, we'll wait for you...

The show runs at the Leicester Square Theatre on Thursday June 2nd and Saturday June 4th, 7pm. Tickets are £10.

BOOK NOW!

The eponymous company does a bit of everything, from investigating past lives to launching missions into outer space. Consider the show a grand tour of the world’s most ludicrous enterprise, with a host of insane, depressing and taxing characters, as well as many other adjectives stolen from the difficulty setting of the Lemmings computer game. Did you get that? No? You suck.

Think the traditions of Monty Python, Fry & Laurie and The League of Gentlemen, mixed in a lunch box with some bats and the worst job you’ve ever had – but mostly just the lunch box.

Reviews from Global Mega Incorporated's sell out debut in 2015.

★★★★ '... absurdist humour that would have done the Monty Python team proud... not only was it funny, it was thought-provoking.' - Female Arts.

★★★★ - 'Jordan's writing is carefully thought out, with the characters growing on you the more you spend time with them, so he does indeed manage to tick the truly funny box... confidence and high-energy... You can tell they're all having a lot of a fun together in this show, and it seeps out into the performance... a relatable parody of big business which promises a good time.' - Views from the Gods.

Written by Steve Jordan & Adam Joselyn. Additional material by Ellen Gallagher, Emma Stirling & Robert Dearn.
Starring Adam Joselyn, Emma Stirling, Robert Dearn, Ellen Gallager and Steve Jordan.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

The Reviews

Selected praise for The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. The show ran at the Tristan Bates Theatre in March 2016 to sold out audiences.
'A terrific night out, creating a beautiful fusion of the finest form of horror literature with fabulously dynamic performances to bring a delicate mix of nuance, horror, metaphor and dark humour to life...' - James Bacon, Forbidden Planet International.

★★★★ - 'The cast shows considerable versatility in adapting to their various scenarios... while this variety show is wickedly funny and mostly campish in tone, there are also some genuine frights as the coups de théâtre.' - Anton Bitel, The Horror Show.

'A quietly creepy, witty tour of modernday horror with an authentically 19th century ring...' - Remote Goat.



Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Cast

'We are delighted to announce the cast of The Ghost Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, which will run at the Tristan Bates Theatre from the 7th to the 19th of March. 

Our hostess is the legendary Jenny Runacre … who has worked with Cassavetes, Pasolini, Antonioni, Ridley Scott, Freddie Francis, Tony Richardson, Derek Jarman and now Sean Hogan.  

Our Monsters are … Claire Louise Amias as the Vampire, Jamie Birkett as the Broken Doll, Billy Clarke as the Frankenstein Monster, Jonathan Rigby as the Devil and James Swanton as the Ghost, with Grace Ker as the Ticket Inspector.  

The play is written by Christopher Fowler, Stephen Gallagher, Sean Hogan, Kim Newman, Lynda E. Rucker, Robert Shearman and Lisa Tuttle.  It’s a Bad Bat Production, produced by Ellen Gallagher and Steve Jordan.  Book your tickets here.' - Kim Newman

Words and images from johnnyalucard.com.


Pictured from left to right: Kim Newman (co-writer), Jamie Birkett, James Swanton, Grace Ker, Billy Clarke, Sean Hogan (director), Claire Louise Amias, Jonathan Rigby, Jenny Runacre.




Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

We're thrilled to announce that Bad Bat's next theatre production will be The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore.

Five people are invited to a fancy dress party on a vintage steam train. The guests were told come in costume as their favourite monster... and every monster has a story to tell.

The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore is a new portmanteau horror play, bringing to the theatre the flavour of vintage Amicus anthologies like Tales from the Crypt and Dr Terror’s House of Horrors. With segments written by acclaimed authors Christopher FowlerStephen GallagherKim NewmanRobert ShearmanLynda E. Rucker and Lisa Tuttle ... wraparound story by director Sean Hogan.

Produced by Ellen Gallagher and Steve Jordan for Bad Bat Productions.

The show will debut at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden, and will run 7 - 19 March 2016, Monday to Saturday. Tickets £15 / £13 concessions.