Reviews from the Camden Fringe debut of King Chaos.
★★★★ - 'Bad Bat have established themselves as seriously hot talent in sci-fi comedy and will surely continue to capitalise on that well-earned reputation. In space, no one can hear you scream. In the Tristan Bates, everyone can you hear you laughing. Because you are.' - Views from the Gods
★★★★ - '... the arguments made for 'pragmatism versus idealism when in power' make a lasting impression, especially as Tyler and Gary are essentially Trinculo and Stefano (from The Tempest) who find they unwittingly actually have the power to change things' - Female Arts
'King Chaos sets a cracking pace right from the start and never lets up. All (the cast) are excellent and clearly having fun – their enjoyment is infectious. 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
'The small cast of four very contrasting characters are an absolute delight to watch. 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
'King Chaos is, without a doubt, the nerdiest piece of theatre I have seen in a long time. And it was hilarious... possibly the best feature of this show is that, under its light-hearted, comical surface, it is a subtle but perceptive commentary on political manipulation and the dangers of extreme power. It is intelligent and uplifting, touching on intense themes whilst maintaining its playful nature.' - London Theatre 1
'The idea of absolute power corrupting absolutely, no matter what side you think you’re on, is neatly conveyed, the political points made clear but never upstaging the fun and spirit of the show... wonderful, clever comedy...' - Remote Goat
'The lovable characters and witty, at times deep, remarks on issues are the charm of the play... King Chaos absolutely succeeds in making the audience imagine the different settings of an imperial spaceship. Bad Bat Productions is playing to their strengths by not forcedly putting on a cheap sci-fi stage but focusing on doing justice to the script instead.' - West End Wilma
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Steve Jordan (writer/director/producer), Ellen Gallagher (Producer), Cliff Chapman ('Tyler Smith') and Robert Dearn ('King Jeffrey') sat down with Views from the Gods to discuss all things King Chaos.
VFTG: ...has this been a difficult third album?
SJ: Pilgrim and King Chaos were essentially written back-to-back. Chaos has had a lot of rewrites since, but I always saw Chaos to be the payoff for Pilgrim Shadow. Tonally it's a nice even balance between Pilgrim Shadow and Dead Static. The characters, as they've developed, you get those characters again but the situation they're in is the most important they have been in - their actions have deep, vast consequences for the entire galaxy, not just them. That instantly brings quite an edgy concept to it.
EG: It's quite satirical. That wasn't the intention when we started drafting it, but there's references to current affairs that have come about.
Read the entire interview HERE.