Gentlemen. This is a stag night. Not just a stag night, not just John’s stag night, but a link in the longest of long chains that bind men together. Another stag night in the history of millions…
So begins the story of the Lads, four macho, strapping young blokes, who have just celebrated their general awesomeness and abundant testosterone a mere two days before their Alpha Dog John’s wedding. They wake, epically hungover – bleary eyed, nauseated, yet satisfied knowing that they got more bloody wankered than anybody, ever.
This head-pounding satisfaction is shattered when they discover that, to their horror, they have awoken to a strange and terrifying new world. They, like Kafka’s Gregor Samsa, have been cruelly and inexplicably transformed. An alignment of the planets or a cruel quirk of the gods, who can say, but the Lads have a painful day ahead if they’re to come to terms with this shocking new development.
Unapologetically absurd, crude, sneakily clever and happily rude, this broad new comedy pokes fun at lad culture, gender and sex stereotypes, while indulging in as much swearing, burping, and arse-scratching as possible.
And there’s a fight scene!
Inspired by the enthusiastic audience response from their recent run at the Lion & Unicorn in conjunction with KDC, the Proud and Illustrious Company of Actors known as the Beaver Kings, directed by Kat Wootton, humbly present a limited run of Stag Nation by Andrew Marchant as part of the 2013 Camden Fringe.
Our company hopes to make the Camden Fringe audience weep and/or pee themselves with laughter, and would love to keep the production going in other venues in the fall. We’re also planning to take the show to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014.
Tell all your friends. For the low low price of £10, 45 minutes of sheer hilarity can be yours!
Dave – Dave definitely considers himself to be the brains of the gang and probably the most beautiful too, supported by his notion that the guys often wear Velcro trainers to avoid laces rather than making an active fashion choice and how females’ eyes dart to the floor to prevent scarring when the gang enter any kind of drinking establishment. Despite an obvious awareness of superiority, Dave is a strong advocator for group-bonding activities. Bring on the stag!
Steve – Since I’m not the best man, I didn’t realise I had to write a poncey speech too, but I guess I can just say this. John, I hope you’re going to be nice to Jane when you’re married because she is properly sound and smells a lot fucking better than you. Can’t wait to get lashed before you have to start behaving!
Terry – Terry is thrilled to be John’s one and only official best man after years of friendship! This is going to be a Stag to remember! Tanya and Terry wish the happy couple all the love and happiness in the world! Welcome to the club! 🙂
Rachel – Rachel is studying media studies and forensic psychology at UEL and this is her first acting experience. “OMG, I was so excited when Kat asked me to do this! I feel just like Julia Roberts and I’m totally speechless. I really don’t know what to say. Break a leg everybody!!”
Sir Michael Bloke (voice only) – Splendidly marvellous to be able to introduce John’s stag to the world. What a splendid example of this marvellous phenomenon of nature, met the producer in the bar, no was it the pub, and she was marvellous one of those good looking chaps you know a woman and she asked me to do this so I finished the whisky and the beers and had two Alka Seltzers and put on the voice.
Jacqui Adams – This is Jacqui’s second time on stage with KDC, after playing Miss Mockridge in 2009’s production of Dangerous Corner; she also directed last year’s Measure for Measure, and contributed to 2011’s new writing collaboration Summers Gone. She’s chuffed to be able to fit in some fun before getting down to the very serious business of directing Neil Labute’s Autobahn for the Sedos Summer Festival.
Brittany Atkins – Somewhere between juggling unemployment with watching re-runs of Come Dine With Me, Brittany is pleased to have found the time and been given the opportunity to display a complete disregard for manners and womanly etiquette in her second performance for KDC. Brittany first performed with KDC, in 2010, in the Penelopiad. She then went on to perform at the Camden Fringe in 2011 for So It Goes… Theatre Company and graduated from RADA Youth Company the same year, and now hopes to make it into drama school.
Aruna Buchanan – Ever the Drama Queen it’s no surprise that Aruna ran away to join the theatre! Highlights include Oscar Wilde’s Salome (Rock Opera) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and A Clockwork Orange, Anna Karenina and F*ckArt for KDC. Production credits include Buddy, Jailhouse Rock and Blair on Broadway in the West End. Aruna is looking forward to undoing all her mother’s training to be ladylike!
James Edenborough – James has enjoyed acting from an even earlier age and continues to do so whenever not working as a lawyer. Recent work includes Woman Bites Dog’s Martini Bond at the 2012 Camden Fringe then Barking and Manchester, and audio plays for Talk About Productions. Other work includes Rafe in The Knight of The Burning Pestle, Lieutenant Gruber in Allo Allo, and Generals Haig and Von Moltke in Oh What A Lovely War, who fortunately at no point had to be on stage at the same time.
Eddie Register – After roles in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Tamer Tamed’, Eddie returns to KDC, to take on his most interesting role to date. This role is quite a departure from Eddie’s previous performances in “Man of Destiny”, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” and “Debris”, but he is clearly up to the challenge. Now let’s just hope he doesn’t lose his top !!!
Ami Sawran – Hailing from THE NORTH, this is Ami’s first appearance on a London stage, having brought culture to the masses in Liverpool, Durham and at the Edinburgh fringe. From appearing bald in W;t, profoundly evil in Dr Faustus and downright slutty in Shakers, this is the first time, (despite once playing a wild pig), Ami has really had an excuse to scratch herself and burp freely in public. Whilst she finds this liberating, she would like to apologise to her mum who, for the record, did not condone this behaviour at home. Ami would like to thank those that have influenced her trampy character traits and general manly swagger. You know who you are.
“Gentlemen. This is a stag night.” A new writing piece for 4 females, 2 males. Also known as ‘The Lads’.
Auditions will take place from 6.30pm for a 7pm start on 28th and 29th January 2013 at the St Brides Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, City of London, EC4Y 8EQ. You do not need to register for auditions or prepare anything in advance. Please come on whichever day suits you.
Recalls will be on Saturday 2nd February from 11am-3pm at the St Brides Foundation, 14 Bride Lane, City of London, EC4Y 8EQ. If we’d like to see you at the recalls we’ll call you on Thursday 30th January to let you know.
2. Show Dates
We’ll be performing from Tuesday 2nd – Saturday 6th April at The Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town. The shows will start at 7.30pm and you’ll need to be at the theatre at least an hour beforehand.
Gentlemen. This is a stag night. Not just a stag night, not just John’s stag night, but a link in the longest of long chains that bind men together. Another stag night in the history of millions… So begins the story of the Lads, four manly, strapping young men, who have just celebrated their virulence – sorry – virility, and overabundance of testosterone on the eve of their Alpha Dog John’s wedding. They wake, hungover, bleary eyed, yet satisfied knowing that they once more, they got more bloody wankered than anybody, ever. Unfortunately, this headache-y euphoria is shattered when they discover that, to their horror, they have awoken in a strange new world; and not in a good way. They, like Kafka’s Gregor Samsa, have been inexplicably transformed. A strange alignment of the planets, or a quirk of the gods, who can say, but the Lads have a painful day ahead if they’re to come to terms with this shocking new development.
John – The stag. Alpha male type. Angry, confused, vulnerable, extremely hung over
Dave – The intellectual. Cool, aloof, dismissive of events as ludicrous
Terry – The best man. Spirited, slight chip
Steve – The cute one. Overly emotional and a bit scatty, still drunk
Rachel – The sex worker. Overwhelmed and frustrated, analytical, wary of a sudden surge of self-confidence.
The Voice – One of the lads pre-transformation. Stentorian, self-impressed, a cross between Movie Trailer Voice Guy and (he thinks David Attenborough, but it’s a bit more) Jeremy Clarkson.