“Welcome watchers of illusion to the castle of confusion”
The immortal words of Treguard the Dungeon Master ring out for the first time in 20 years as he opens the doors to the world of adventure, but do you dare enter?
Knightmare, the cult TV show is live onstage at the Edinburgh Festival for the first time and offers YOU the chance to don the immortal helmet of justice. Guided by two top comedians, a Kickstarter backer will attempt to defeat Lord Fear’s mighty dungeon in the greater game of chance;
There's riddles to solve, magical characters to help or hinder you, hideous monsters to battle and, of course, spell casting!
The Dining Room, Gilded Balloon, 17:30, 31st Jul - 25th Aug (not 14th)
Since securing the rights from creator Tim Child to perform this show, it's been a non stop process of writing, building, work shopping and favour asking. Please help us to create what will be a jaw dropping, immersive, comedic theatre experience.
Where your money goes
We are currently building an elaborate, custom designed stage set to represent all 3 levels of the original dungeon. This is no easy feat and is by far the most expensive aspect of the production.
Next up; Massive puppets! We intend to include as many of the magical characters from the original show as possible. Without giving too much away, we're making wall demons and some over-sized predators to stalk the players on their journey.
Finally no rendition of Knightmare would be complete without the legendary Room of Blades (previously a corridor we've had to adapt it for stage). As you can probably guess, large fake circular saws aren't available on the high street so, again, we're having them custom built.
The more pledges we get, the more exciting and closer to the original we can make the show.
Who are we?
So who is this plucky band of rebels asking for your hard earned cash?
Paul Flannery (Treguard)
Paul Flannery is an award nominated actor, comedian and cabaret artist. He spent 4 years on the comedy and cabaret circuits as one half of the musical comedy duo Rayguns Look Real Enough. His versatility has seen him also perform with other award winning acts such as Abandoman and Nick Helm (Live @ The Electric BBC3).
London cabaret Awards 2013 Nominee
"He rocks the house, we love him" - Timeout
Tom Bell (Lord Fear)
Tom Bell is a prolific sketch and stand up comedian and increasingly in demand as an actor for TV, film and stage. His upbeat, surreal style has marked him out as one of the most unique and exciting performers on the live circuit.
On the screen Tom has performed in numerous shows including the Emmy-award winning “Hatfield and McCoys”, the Golden Globe winning “Episodes”, as a series regular in the critically-acclaimed “Anna and Katy” for Channel 4 and can just about be recognised under heavy prosthetics as alien Technician Jathro in the hit BBC show “Wizards vs Aliens”
"Surreal comedy at it's best" ***** The Scotsman
Amee Smith (Mistress Goody aka Old Crone)Amée trained at Rose Bruford in London specialising in American Theatre, as well as at SFA in Texas and Centre College in Kentucky USA. She is a member of the devising theatre company Big Nonsense, who explore found objects and spaces, most recently working on Momentorium, a scratch performance at BAC London and This Is Mine at The Camden Peoples Theatre. She is also a regular cast member with Spanner in the Works internet soap Rivercross, created and developed by the young people at Snowsfields Adolescent Psychiatric Unit. Amée recently played Dinah in Follow the Rabbit, the immersive production based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice books from Drunk Tank Productions & Theatre Giant and toured with another Children’s TV favorite Rainbow Live!
Risks and challenges
There is a massive challenge involved in, not only converting an elaborate TV show to the stage, but also reproducing a faithful and considered interpretation of a much loved franchise. Sure, it's going to be a hilarious show but we want to pay lip service to the original as it's those fans that will make up the bulk of our audience.
The Long term plan is to tour the production around the UK after Edinburgh, in medium sized venues for a discerning audience of fans, old and new.
Every Edinburgh Festival presents a massive challenge, it's the largest arts festival in the world and you have to compete with some pretty big fish. Our 'to do' lists are numerous and extensive; everything from accommodation, flyers/posters, costumes, photo shoots, preview shows, sourcing props, basically asking all the talented people we know to 'just do me this little favour'.
Thankfully most of them have said yes but there's always more that can and needs to be done.
With your help, we can fulfill this show's massive potential and make it the spectacle it deserves to be.
- (30 days)