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 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!
- Cliff Chapman – ‘Tyler Smith' (Casting Call Pro / Spotlight)
- Adam Joselyn – ‘Gary Patches’ (Casting Call Pro / Spotlight)
- Emma Stirling – various roles (Casting Call Pro / Spotlight)
- Robert Dearn – various roles (Casting Call Pro / Spotlight)
- Steve Jordan – Writer, Director, Producer (www.thestevejordan.blogspot.co.uk)
- Ellen Gallagher – Producer, Script Consultant
- Tom Bexon – Technical Manager
- Jonny Else - Sound Engineer
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.
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.
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.
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