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About this project

Hi there, my name is Steve Jordan. I'm a writer and director, and I’ve worked on many fringe theatre projects in London, along with my partner and co-producer Ellen Gallagher as part of our theatre production group, Bad Bat Productions (www.badbat.co.uk). Three of these were science fiction comedies based on the exploits of The Future Boys, the collective term for a pair of on-the-run petty criminals named Tyler Smith and Gary Patches. They journey across the solar system in the far future, in search of untold riches and legendary artifacts, constantly pursued by evil forces who would prefer them to be dead (not entirely undeservedly).

Encouraged by the hundreds of people who have come to see the live shows, and by the many great reviews (some of which you can read below), my goal now is to bring the Future Boys to a new medium and a wider audience. We want to create the first two episodes of a Future Boys audio series!

‘The Future Boys' is a passion project of mine. My taste in comedy has always been rooted in 80s and 90s alternative British comedy, and there isn’t so much of that irreverent, gleefully rebellious stuff out there anymore. The Future Boys plays have been compared by critics to 'Blackadder', 'Bottom', 'Black Books', 'Men Behaving Badly', 'Red Dwarf', even 'Doctor Who' - all incredible compliments! I want to make this series for people like me who miss this stuff and want to see (or in this case, to hear) a fresh take on it – if you’re one of those people, we need your support to make this happen.

THE SERIES

The Future Boys poster! This image will feature on our t-shirts, mugs and of course our posters.
The Future Boys poster! This image will feature on our t-shirts, mugs and of course our posters.

The goal of this Kickstarter project is to fund the recording of two 30-minute audio episodes in front of a live audience in a theatre in London, and to release these episodes online to our backers. Depending on how this goes, we hope to make the rest of the series one day - this is first step on what we hope will be a much longer adventure for the Future Boys…

Having spent two years apart and taken up new identities, Tyler and Gary are unwittingly brought back together by Rik Sheringham, a galaxy-renowned treasure hunter, celebrity and old school friend/enemy of Tyler's. Sheringham's deal is simple - Tyler and Gary must undergo a series of daring and dangerous heists on his behalf, or be handed over to the authorities and forced to face the death sentence that has been looming over their heads for years. Can Tyler and Gary re-unite and stay on the same page long enough to complete the job? Or are they doomed to fail? Either way, there seems to be more to the jobs than a simple robbery, and Sheringham's intentions may not be all they seem...

Obviously most people reading this won't have seen Tyler and Gary's theatre exploits - never fear! The audio series will be comprised of brand new stand-alone adventures, meaning you will not need to have seen their previous stories to enjoy the show.

For those of you who are already familiar with Tyler and Gary and have attended the live shows - thank you so much for your support, it really means the world to us, and we hope you'll continue to support this new project and help us get the Future Boys out there. It’s all-new material, so if you want to know what the guys have been up to since you last saw them - now’s your chance!

THE TEAM

We’re thrilled to have such a wonderful team of professionals at the ready – but we need your support to help us raise the funds required to make these episodes a reality.

Find us on twitter! - @BadBatUK

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

Every person who backs this project will be able to download the first two episodes of the series. You will also have the opportunity to purchase rewards packages that include tickets to the live recording, signed posters, t-shirts and other cool stuff! Most of which features the artwork of renowned genre artist Chris Moore (www.chrismooreillustration.co.uk), who designed our fantastic poster.

For those of you interested in attending the recording, we have 1 ticket and 2 ticket rewards available. The show will be recorded on a single evening, Thursday March 30th at 7.15pm at the Leicester Square Theatre in London’s West End. Make sure you can attend that date and location before pledging for one of the ticket rewards – and remember that travel and accommodation are NOT included. If you can’t make it – never fear. There’s a long list of other goodies that we can send straight to your door, shipping worldwide. Please note, these tickets will NOT be on sale anywhere else, they're only available through this Kickstarter campaign.

We expect to deliver on ALL of our rewards no later than the end of May 2017, including the episodes themselves. If you have any questions or want to get in touch about your rewards of the show itself – just drop us an email and we’ll reply within 24 hours.

REVIEWS

Comedy is incredibly subjective – how on earth will you know if you’ll like the series? Well, you can find some clips of the live shows in our video above, but don’t just take our word for it that the show will be funny! Here's some selected praise from the plays - Dead Static (2012), Pilgrim Shadow (2013/4), and King Chaos (2015).

'Bad Bat have established themselves as seriously hot talent in sci-fi comedy and will surely continue to capitalise on that well-earned reputation.' - Views from the Gods, reviewing King Chaos (★★★★).

'The makings of a classic series.' – Snipe London, reviewing Dead Static.

'Writer, producer and director, Steve Jordan has created a wonderfully silly and comic sci-fi universe that, with all its nods and winks to other works, stands very much on its own two feet.' - Camden Fringe Voyeur, reviewing King Chaos.

'The entire hour of the play is joke after joke so there is very little pause between laughs... would make a great television show (Blackadder meets Dr Who) with its fun-filled adventures...' - A Younger Theatre, reviewing King Chaos.

'Any time spent with these characters is a joy.' - Views from the Gods, reviewing Pilgrim Shadow (★★★★).

'Exciting and hilarious science fiction…' - Remote Goat, reviewing Pilgrim Shadow (★★★★).

'Splendidly thoughtful and hilarious…' - Forbidden Planet International, reviewing Dead Static.

REWARD 9 - A King Chaos poster (A3) and original flyers for all three theatre productions, Dead Static, Pilgrim Shadow and King Chaos. All will be signed by the team before being posted!
REWARD 9 - A King Chaos poster (A3) and original flyers for all three theatre productions, Dead Static, Pilgrim Shadow and King Chaos. All will be signed by the team before being posted!

 

Here's some concept art for the badges mentioned in the rewards - the final badges may not look identical to this as the designs have yet to be finalised, but this gives you the general idea we're going for!
Here's some concept art for the badges mentioned in the rewards - the final badges may not look identical to this as the designs have yet to be finalised, but this gives you the general idea we're going for!

 

Risks and challenges

We intend to keep things simple and practical. We do not promise anything we are not 99.999% sure we can deliver on. The biggest challenge we face is making sure that the end product is up to standard in terms of sound quality and editing - so plenty of the money will be used to bring in experienced technicians to help us make the recordings the best they can be.

We're experienced producers of quality content - we will deliver!

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    Download Episode 1.

    'THE FUTURE BOYS' episode 1 will be yours to download as soon as it's available! Also, your name will appear on a 'thank you' page on the Bad Bat website. Cheers!

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    Download Episodes 1 & 2.

    Thanks for throwing some coins our way! 'THE FUTURE BOYS' episodes 1 + 2 will be yours to download as soon as they're available! You will also get exclusive access to a blooper reel video from the live recording, and your name will appear on a 'thank you' page on the Bad Bat website.

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    The Badge Set.

    Exclusive 'Future Boys' BADGE SET. Are you Team Tyler or Team Gary? Maybe you're neither - whatever you are, you're cool. The set contains 3 badges & three different designs (concept art pictured, not final design).

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    You MUG.

    You'll get a coffee mug with the Future Boys poster design on it - pretty cool! Future coffee. Future tea. Future water. You decide the contents in your own home!

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    1 Ticket to the Live Recording.

    1 ticket to the live recording of THE FUTURE BOYS, 7pm, March 30th, Leicester Square Theatre, London. Be in the audience! Laugh loud enough and you might be able to hear yourself on the recording! Travel + accommodation NOT included.

    If you plan on coming with someone and want 2 tickets, check out the other rewards.

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    Signed Poster + Executive Producer.

    A4 'Future Boys' poster (pictured), designed by artist Chris Moore, signed by the entire team + Executive Producer credit at the end of each episode and on Bad Bat Website.

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    • Signed A4 'Future Boys' Poster.
    • 'Executive Producer' credit.
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    T-Shirt + Lord High Executive Producer.

    T-SHIRT! YOU'VE GOT A T-SHIRT! We'll send you a Future Boys T-Shirt featuring our awesome poster on the front (pictured) + Lord High Executive Producer credit at the end of each episode and on Bad Bat Website. We can do any size - just let us know if you want anything other than medium!

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    2 Tickets to Live Recording.

    2 tickets to the live recording of THE FUTURE BOYS, 7pm, March 30th, Leicester Square Theatre. Be in the audience with a buddy/cohabiter! Laugh loud enough and you might be able to hear yourself on the recording! Travel + accommodation NOT included.

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    Access Videos of Theatre Productions.

    You will have exclusive access to streamed videos of the recordings of the three Future Boys theatre productions. The video/audio quality will vary from excellent to okay, they were recorded on a personal video camera, but they're totally watchable (take a look at our clip reel on the main page for examples). You will also be given access to the 1 hour audio play of 'Dead Static'!

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    • Access to Streamed Videos of Plays + 'Dead Static' Audio Play.
    • Signed A4 'Future Boys' Poster.
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    Theatre Trilogy Megapack

    You will recieve not only a signed 'Future Boys' Poster, but also a selection of signed poster/flyers from the original trilogy of stage plays (pictured on the main page - A3 King Chaos and 3 A5 flyers from the 3 theatre productions). You will also have exclusive access to live recordings of the three Future Boys theatre productions. The video/audio quality will vary as they were recorded on a personal video camera. You will also be given access to the audio play of 'Dead Static'!

    Includes:
    • Signed Posters/Flyers from the original theatre trilogy.
    • Access to Streamed Videos of Plays + 'Dead Static' Audio Play.
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    Your name in an episode!

    Your name will feature in one of the Future Boys episodes! COOL. You'll also get all the good stuff listed below, including 2 tickets to the show! (details above)

    Includes:
    • Your name in an episode!
    • 1 Ticket to Live Recording.
    • Access to Streamed Videos of Plays + 'Dead Static' Audio Play.
    • Signed A4 'Future Boys' Poster.
    • 'Lord High Executive Producer' credit.
    • Episode 1 + 2 Digital Download.
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    You get to perform a line in an episode!

    What we like to call the 'Andy Millman' special. You will get to perform a line of dialogue and actually be part of the first episode of the series. NOTE: Please make sure you are available to attend the live recording!

    Includes:
    • You get a line in episode 1!
    • 1 Ticket to Live Recording.
    • Signed A4 'Future Boys' Poster.
    • 'Lord High Executive Producer' credit.
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    "Tyler's Safety Deposit Box"

    A heap of goodies, plus a 'Most Excellent Lord High Overlord Executive Producer' credit at the end of each episode and personalised audio message from Tyler and Gary! You deserve it!

    Includes:
    • Personalised audio message from Tyler and Gary.
    • 'Most Excellent Lord High Overlord Executive Producer' credit.
    • Access to Streamed Videos of Plays + 'Dead Static' Audio Play.
    • Future Boys T-Shirt.
    • Signed A4 'Future Boys' Poster.
    • Badge Set.
    • Episode 1 + 2 Digital Download.
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    "Gary's Treasure Chest"

    LOADS of goodies and special treats, plus 2 tickets to the live recording! Behold the list below - you'll get quite a spectacular haul. Thank you so much for your amazing support - you are a bonafide legend of epic proportions.

    Due to the range of rewards you'll be getting - the postage is pretty steep on this one - sorry about that!

    Includes:
    • 1 Ticket to Live Recording.
    • Personalised audio message from Tyler and Gary.
    • 'Most Excellent Lord High Overlord Executive Producer' credit.
    • Signed Posters/Flyers from the original theatre trilogy.
    • Access to Streamed Videos of Plays + 'Dead Static' Audio Play.
    • Future Boys T-Shirt.
    • Signed A4 'Future Boys' Poster.
    • Future Boys Coffee Mug.
    • Badge Set.
    • Episode 1 + 2 Digital Download.
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