The latest offering in our Camden Fringe Featured Show is Samuel John and Mark Hayden’s Seeds of Change, premiering this week at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre, where it runs from 9 to 12 August 2018. This anarchic comedy, launching new company Farce a Minute, is set in a sperm bank (!) and features stage and screen veteran John Atterbury.
“When an unexpected guest turns up on an unexpected day in an institute of great expectation, what might you expect?
Seeds of Change pitches the modern clash of heightened political correctness against antiquated professional attitudes at a questionably run, plush Harley Street Sperm Bank. A regular inspection and compliance review catches the management off guard, forcing them to frantically cover for their snowballing inadequacy.
Brace yourself for a comedy that covers high- to low-brow extremes, and everything in between.
The premiere production features award-winning stage and screen veteran John Atterbury, seen most recently in the movie The Darkest Hour and known for his appearances in Gosford Park and Harry Potter. More pertinently for this latest stage outing, Atterbury also appeared in the original 1971 West End production of renowned British farce No Sex Please, We’re British.
Seeds of Change also stars co-writers Mark Hayden (whose West End acting credits include Dead Funny, One Man Two Guvnors and The Mousetrap) and Samuel John (The Importance of Being Earnest, Long Day’s Journey into Night). Hayden and John met Atterbury three years ago when all three appeared in a studio production of Terry Johnson’s farce Dead Funny at London’s Old Red Lion Theatre.
Why Camden Fringe?
Hayden and John recently formed their writing partnership, and Farce a Minute as a producing vehicle for it. Previous to this, Hayden co-wrote and produced The Flapperty Twuffolks – Skin Deep (2010), Wedded Bliss (2011) and Wedded Bliss – Through Therapy (2012), which subsequently transferred to the Lion & Unicorn. Hayden recalls:
“Sam approached me to write with him at the beginning of this year, and I thought it was a brilliant plan. I suggested we entered the Camden Fringe, as I had done this festival a couple of times before and find it a great platform for developing new work.
“As soon as we decided on the project, we knew we both wanted to work with John again, as he is a superb comic actor and a gentleman of the theatre. We suggested it almost simultaneously!”