Rob Hayes’ hilarious one-man play Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014, comes to London this month for a strictly limited season at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre, opening on Monday 13 November 2017.
One-night stands are awkward. One-night stands with animals are more awkward. And when you’re as desperate to please as Bobby, things get awkward as f*ck. He’s just a guy with too much love to give, and a burning desire to give it to consensual adult mammals.
Linus Karp stars as Bobby in this new production, helmed by Maddie Rice (whose credits as an actor include performing Phoebe Waller Bridge’s Fleabag on stage) making her directing debut. It’s designed by Amanda Ljunggren, with sound and original music by Marcus Rice and lighting by Tom Clutterbuck. Joseph Paterson produces.
— AwkwardConversations (@AwkwardPlayLDN) November 2, 2017
Writer Rob Hayes has built a reputation on writing darkly comedic plays, including The Diabolic Banquet (Contact Theatre, Manchester), A Butcher of Distinction (King’s Head Theatre, London), Step 9 [of 12] (Trafalgar Studios, London), and the recent critically-acclaimed hit, This Will End Badly (Pleasance, Edinburgh/Southwark Playhouse, London). As a screenwriter, Rob recently sold an original half-hour pitch to FX in the US, and Escape Artists are now attached to produce. Rob acted as script consultant on series two of the E4 show Chewing Gum, and has half- hour comedy script commissions with ITV2/Retort, Objective Television, and Guilty Party Pictures. His short film New Gods was selected for New York Film Festival 2016 and Leeds International Film Festival 2016. Rob won the Tom Erhardt Award in 2013 for Most Promising Playwright, and was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum and the Royal Exchange Theatre Hodgkiss Award with director Ned Bennett. Rob is an alumnus of the Royal Court Writers’ Studio Group and the Super Group, and was also a member of the Soho Theatre Writers’ Hub.
Director Maddie Rice is also an actor and writer. As an actor she has recently performed in Fleabag (Soho Theatre), I Live with Models (Comedy Central), Villain (King’s Head), All My Sons (Regents Park), Henry V (West End) and Call The Midwife (BBC). As a writer, she works with her comedy groups zazU and Lead Pencil, writes sketches for News Revue and is on the SOHO Theatre writers scheme. This is Maddie’s directing debut.
Performer Linus Karp is an actor and model based in London who also works in his native Sweden. He’s also a comedy improviser with Geraldyne and has professional credits as a director, presenter and voice-over artist.
The poster dog
But who, you ask, is the dog in the poster and trailer?
JP is a professional French Bulldog. He likes to eat, sleep and enjoys the occasional walk. He won’t actually be appearing onstage in Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked as, according to the producer, he’s too much of a scene stealer and Linus Karp wouldn’t have been able to handle that. Enjoy his photogenic face!