Joe has always been a nerd. As a kid he was unaware of it. As a teenager he hid it. As a twenty-something he owned it. But as Joe turned 30, two things occurred to him. Firstly, humanity had been given 12 years to save the world from climate chaos, and what was Joe doing? Playing games and watching films, that's what. Secondly, he'd always felt like the fandoms he belonged to gave him a community when he was isolated. But, as he looked closer, it seemed some of those communities had become perpetrators of the very things they once provided respite from. It's like Buzz Lightyear said: "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." Wait...what?
Fanboy is a love-hate letter to the things we adore absolutely, unconditionally and obsessively. It also asks questions about the nature of fandom. Is our relationship with pop-culture and nostalgia preventing us from engaging with the present? Are we worshipping false gods? And - when Donald Trump claims he could shoot someone and not lose voters - just how far will fans go for their idols?
Multi-award-winning Worklight Theatre (How to Start a Riot, Labels, Monster) return to VAULT Festival to present a work-in-progress of their brand new show. Written by Fringe First winner Joe Sellman-Leava, and directed by Yaz Al-Shaater, Fanboy is a blend of storytelling, comedy and performance art. Fast-paced, funny, and highly visual, expect mini-versions of your favourite films. Like Harry Potter in 60 seconds. The Marvel Cinematic Universe in 60 seconds. And Gone in 60 Seconds in 60 seconds. Expect hand-drawn fan-art filling the floor, slash fiction and haikus filling the air, and the smell of the 90s filling your nostrils...whatever that means.
And expect more quotes, references and easter eggs than Pixar films have Randy Newman songs!Book Now
Worklight Theatre formed in Exeter in 2011. Their debut show How to Start a Riot received critical acclaim at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, and went on to a UK tour the following year. Worklight premiered Joe Sellman-Leava's solo play, Labels, at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, where it won both a Fringe First and the Holden Street Theatres Award. Labels has toured the UK and internationally since 2016, picking up three further awards along the way. Worklight's other plays include I Think I'm a Feminist, Fix and Monster, which has also toured the UK and internationally, and won Show of the Week at VAULT Festival 2018.Book Now
For Labels (2015-2019):
Winner: Scotsman Fringe First Award 2015 and Holden Street Theatres Edinburgh Award 2015 Winner: Best Theatre, Adelaide Fringe 2016 and Peace Foundation Award 2016
Winner: People's Choice Award, VAULT Festival 2017
★★★★★ British Theatre Guide ★★★★★ Broadway Baby ★★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★★ Everything Theatre ★★★★★ The Upcoming ★★★★★ My Theatre Mates ★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News ★★★★★ Sunday Mail ★★★★★ Perth Now ★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★ The List ★★★★ West End Wilma ★★★★ Whats On Stage ★★★★ Great Scott Media
For Monster (2017-2019):
Winner: Show of the Week, VAULT Festival 2018
★★★★★Theatre Bubble ★★★★★ West End Wilma ★★★★ Broadway Baby ★★★★ Fest ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★ Theatre Weekly
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