The Cardboard Exotics

Over the last few years I’ve been developing what I call “The Cardboard Exotics” – two extremely silly comedy plays where all the props and setpieces are made of cardboard. They’ve received some lovely reviews and audiences have responded very well to them.

Starting in 2017 and still going today is Cream Tea and Incest. We’re delighted to announce that this year we’re mixing things up and gender-swapping the cast.

We’ve also been touring our new show, a Scooby Doo parody called  Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang

Cream Tea and Incest

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Romance! Adventure! Murder! Aristocrat Eddie Spangler and valet Jeffrey must learn the meaning of these words and more in this new knockabout Edwardian comedy. Delight in their capers, mix-ups, and the dead bodies left in their wake.

We follow top toff Eddie Spangler and his unflappable valet, Jeffrey, as a simple matchmaking quest quickly deteriorates into a race against time when the Machiavellian forces of the aristocracy move to wreak their vengeance. Lord Wiggins is set to inherit Rhodesia upon his marriage to Emily Rhodes, but their romance is faltering. It is up to Eddie and Jeffrey to sort Wiggins out as quickly and violently as possible. Meanwhile – the evil Lord Biggins lurks in the shadows, waiting to execute dark schemes of his own…

★★★★★ – West-End Wilma 
★★★★★ Lexical Lunacy
★★★★ – Broadway Baby
★★★★ – Fringe Review
★★★★ – Remote Goat
★★★★ – IThankYouTheatre
★★★★ – LondonTheatre1.com 
★★★★ – Spy In The Stalls
★★★★ – EverythingTheatre
★★★★ – SecretReviewLDN

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Starring
Paula Gilmour as Eddie Spangler
Rosie Edwards as Jeffrey
Sassy Clyde as Wiggins
Rosalind Seal as Biggins

Direction by Benjamin Alborough
Assistant Direction by Eoin McAndrew
Written by Benjamin Alborough
Choreography by Hector Mitchell-Turner
Design and Musical Direction by Olivia Rose Deane
Stage Management by Emily Gleaves
Produced by Lauren King

A big thank you to Francesca Leone, Shree Ziradkar, Adam Unwin, Edward Spence, Luke Stavenuiter, Rory O’Sullivan, Aidan Cheng, Sam Wharvell, Doug Deans, Matthew Parker, Benedict Philipp, Jason Fité, Will Beynon, James King, Holly Ellis, Edward Dargiewicz and Sean Thurgood.

Performances:
9th & 10th February 2017 – LCB Depot (Leicester Comedy Festival)
17th April 2017 – Leicester Guildhall
20th, 21st, 22nd April 2017 – The Bread and Roses Theatre, London
30th July 2017 – Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
7th – 13th August 2017 – theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
10th – 28th April 2018 – The Hope Theatre, London
7th July 2018 – OSO Arts Centre, Barnes (Barnes Fringe)
3rd – 25th August 2018 – theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
31st July – 25th August 2019 – Gilded Balloon Rose Basement (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
21st October – 25th October 2019 – Kino Elektronik, Warsaw, Poland (10 shows)

 

Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang

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Join hip teen detective Ricky Riddlegang and his trusty Riddle Gang as they solve the mystery of the haunted manor and put the perpetrator to death. Spectres, suspects and shenanigans abound as the Gang delve into an enigma that threatens to devour them all… Uncle Eustace Riddlegang’s ancestral collection of clues and hints has gone missing. This makes tracking down the culprit difficult as it’s completely impossible to tell what clues and hints are relevant. But which of the one previously introduced characters could the culprit actually be?

★★★★ – Remote Goat

Starring:
Benjamin Alborough as Ricky Riddlegang
Tom Myles as Uncle Eustace/ Bobby Cluecrew/ Mr the Gardener/ Michael Caine
Lottie Davies as Frieda
Pippa Caddick as Aurora
Will Beynon as Johnny

Direction by Olivia Rose Deane
Movement Direction by Sophia Priolo
Written by Benjamin Alborough
Original music and Sound design by Matthew Farrugia
Stage Management by Emily Gleaves
Produced by Lauren King

Performances:
9th, 10th & 11th May – New Wimbledon Theatre Studio
28th May – 2nd June – The Warren, Brighton Fringe
31st July – 25th August 2019 – Gilded Balloon Rose Basement (Edinburgh Festival Fringe)