Bedlam Festival 2014

This festival finished on Saturday 25 January 2014, and this page is being kept for archival purposes only.

The EUTC presents the 2014 Bedlam Festival, a weeklong showcase of all Bedlam has to offer!

Come along between Monday, 20 January and Saturday, 25 January to learn new skills at afternoon workshops, grab a meal or a drink at the Bedlam Cafe/Bar, or catch an amazing show produced by Bedlam members.

From comedy to tragedy, original writing to big name shows, Bedlam will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you want to come back for more!

Open all week midday to midnight, so come along and join the fun!

Alex Dillon
Niall Walsh
Theatre Manager
Jack Simpson
Theatre Manager
Erin Nolan
Assistant Theatre Manager
Luise Kocaurek
Box Office Manager
Isobel Dew
Box Office Manager
Joe Christie
Box Office Manager
Lora Bedford
Cafe Manager
Amanda Fleet
Cafe Manager
Marina Johnson
Technical Manager
Katherine Bull
Technical Manager
Alex Greenwald
Assistant Technical Manager
Tom Blackwell
Marketing Manager
Lauren Mc Lay
Marketing Manager
Louise Spence
Operations Manager
Christopher Sladdin



Monday 20 January

“Slaves were corrupted against their masters, freedmen against their patrons; and those who had no enemy were crushed by their friends.”

An emperor, a future emperor and the woman of their desires. Nero and Otho, once friends, contest for the affection of Poppaea Sabina; a woman, says Tacitus, “possessed of all advantages but a character.”

‘Imperator’ aims to bring figures of Roman history to life, through a mixture of historical research and dramatic devising. Who were the real people behind these names and titles? Can actions be reframed by intentions? Can the monster and the myth really be the same as the man?

Blood, betrayal and intrigue in the reign of the Emperor Nero and beyond. A conflict between love and ambition.

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"The application of logic can lead us into strange passes..."
Monday 20 January - Saturday 25 January

As resonant now as in 1929, Patrick Hamilton’s bleak exploration of the motiveless murder continues to evoke intrigue and revulsion in equal measure.

Inspired by the real-life exploits of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb – two wealthy Chicago students who kidnapped and savagely murdered the 14 year-old son of a local millionaire – the masterfully rendered Brandon and Granillo exact a similar operation on the streets of Mayfair, London. With the unwitting Ronald Kentley’s mangled remains stashed ‘safely’ in a chest, the duo invite his father round for supper…

‘Rope’ illuminates the inconspicuous dangers of forward-thinking scholarship, as Brandon and Granillo’s callous misinterpretation of Nietzsche’s potent Superman (Übermensch) Theory impels them to defy the law to devastating effect.

Such was the play’s success that Alfred Hitchcock turned it into a well-received film in 1948. In the years since, this chilling tale of haughty hubris has been subject to several television adaptations across the globe, along with numerous further stage reprisals.

The dark and intimate Bedlam Theatre lends itself perfectly to the piece; the Company’s predominantly student membership are expertly placed to depict the young and naïve scholars’ fatal quest for ‘knowledge’.

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Teenage Kicks

Monday 20 January

Teenage kicks is a show about two people - Callum and Andy - exploring their adolescence through different forms of expression, and the audience is invited to choose who they like the best. Or who they think had the worst music taste. Or who they think had the most embarrassing time with girls.

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Candlewasters 2014

Tuesday 21 January - Wednesday 22 January

Original writing from the EUTC…Candlewasters! They’ll be chilling, they’ll be charming…they might even be amusing, (but we doubt it. Most of them will probably be about death). These short pieces are written, directed, and performed by members of the EUTC. Expect a wide variety, hopefully most of it not about dead babies.

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Love and Friendship

Tuesday 21 January

Jane Austen is most commonly associated with pretty manners, tidy set pieces and Mr Darcy, but before she was writing for a public audience Austen wrote a number of highly satirical, highly ironic parodies of eighteenth century romantic novels. Love and Friendship, written when Austen was 14, ruthlessly mocks silly women, vain men and tropes that we now associate with early forms of melodrama. With carriage crashes, multiple deaths, and love scenes that only mock the lovers at their heart, this is a long way from the world of Pride and Prejudice.

Adapted by Laura Witz, Love and Friendship, the play, will be a fast paced comedy of manners that recreates the adventures of Laura Talbot as she navigates the world of the romantic novel, hindered only by her own stupidity and her new husband’s vanity. With a narrator and a cast of four playing numerous roles, we will use physical theatre and quick onstage character changes to not only recreate the world of Regency England but also question the authenticity of Laura Talbot’s ‘tale of woe’.

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Tuesday 21 January

Delving into Bedlam’s youthful minds before they were corrupted by a sense of self-awareness and dignity. Again!

Several people will read out stories they’ve written before they were 13. The result will be an atrociously-written series of hilarious abominations.

And Esmond Sage (Bedlam’s resident literary critic) will be judging each piece on its literary merits,

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God of Carnage

Wednesday 22 January

Courtesy is a waste of time, it weakens you and undermines you

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One Man, One Multipack

A Salty Adventure
Wednesday 22 January

All of human history has been building up to this one epic moment.

“One Man, One Multipack” is one man eating an entire multipack of crisps for an hour.

“One Man, One Multipack” is an experimental comedy show with a difference (crisps).

In 60 minutes of salty adventure, the entire nature of the human condition will be challenged.

There may also be free crisps.

There may also be several intertwining sub-plots exploring life, love, death, human sexuality and crisps.

What will the flavour be? You decide.

One thing’s for certain though…

Drinking and heckling is highly encouraged.

“Crisps, Crisps, Crisps, Crisps, Crisps” Protocol 1 of the Geneva Convention

“Peel back the fabric of reality, and all you get is more crisps” Brian Cox

“Bedlam is cold” The Student

“If you only see one show this year, make sure you check out the Lion King at the Edinburgh Playhouse” Michael Billington


• May contain traces of crisps • Contains sexually explicit crisps • Crisps are non-refundable • A show by crisps, for crisps • Theatre: like going to the cinema, but worse • Stop reading this and go eat some crisps


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Sea Wall

Meet Alex; you will like him.
Wednesday 22 January

Come and meet Alex, you’ll like him. Alex will talk to you about photography, God and Daniel Craig. And Alex will talk to you about Lucy. A beautiful, devastating and funny story by Simon Stephens about life, love and the sea. 

A one - man monologue, Sea Wall first premiered in 2008 at the Bush Theatre in London as part of their ‘Broken Spaces’ season with tremendous success, before transferring to a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Described by Lyn Gardener as ‘one of the most devastating 30 minutes that you are ever likely to experience in the theatre’, Sea Wall’s moving story is remembered long after Alex has left the stage.

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Fat Cat Cabaret at BedFest

Thursday 23 January

Back for the third time and better than ever, The Fat Cat Cabaret makes a glamorous return at BedFest. Featuring five acts representing the very best of Edinburgh student talent, the Cabaret promises an evening of music, comedy and thrills. Also making a return to the stage are fabulous hosts James Stewart and Calum Martin. It will be a magical evening to ward off Winter blues and celebrate the new semester!

Acts include: A Pint and a Half Improv, Harriet Braine, Lauren Moreau, Jodie Mitchell, Pedro Leandro

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On One Knee

Thursday 23 January

Jamie, a hopeless romantic, is about to propose to his girlfriend of six weeks. His two best friends, Tom and Erica, are not thrilled with this idea or this girlfriend so they decide to get drunk and throw him a party, but it doesn’t go quite as planned… Can they play with the conventions of theatre and time to convince him not to do it before he makes the biggest mistake of his life?

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The Inventor and the Escort

Thursday 23 January

Julia is a call-girl. Jeffrey is an inventor of best-selling sex toys. Love can happen between anyone, right? In a New York apartment in the middle of a snowstorm, Jeffrey is planning the date of his dreams with the girl of his dreams. The hour that follows is one that will change his life forever. Funny, touching, and unashamedly romantic, this play has been enjoyed by audiences in LA, NYC and most recently at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. It will be performed in a new, updated version for the first time at Bedlam. From the team that brought you 2013’s The Sentinels and 2012’s The Blue Room, here is a show about relationships which exist in the most unlikely of places.

Produced in association with KADM Productions, Los Angeles.

Praise for previous productions of The Inventor and the Escort ‘The dialogue is delightfully raunchy, and the laughs pile up… It’s a highly enjoyable romp.’ (LA Weekly) ‘Characters so real … makes Pretty Woman look like a Disney movie.’ ( ‘Undeniably funny and at times even touching.’ (The Stage)

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Rob and Roberta

Friday 24 January

Rob and Roberta are housemates and best friends, though everyone admits that the friendship is slightly…uneven. Rob is sardonic, mean and callous, while Roberta remains patient, kind and overly eager to please just about everyone; Rob has recently been through a bad break-up with a ‘perfect’ woman named Rachel – but what exactly drove them apart? Plain old romantic differences, or something much, much darker?

Meanwhile, two friends of Roberta, Cheeto and Rida, are desperate to tell one another that they love each other: in actual fact, they have both told each other several times, but they always forget due to “intoxication”. Rob and Roberta is kind of like a Woody Allen script crossed with an episode of House, M.D.; a lot of snarking, some romantic hijinks and one incredibly sour man who just needs a hug (or industrial grade therapy).

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10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: A Comedy (we hope)

Friday 24 January

‘Where are these zombies coming from anyway?’

‘Global warming.’

‘Makes sense.’

It’s the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do?

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24 Hour Play 2014:

The Log Cabin Above Alexander The Great
Saturday 25 January

It’s back, and bigger than ever before. Well actually, it’s sort of the same as last year and the year before that.

This year’s show has now been written, and is entitled The Log Cabin Above Alexander The Great. Join super-sleuth Victoria-Jane DeNorma and her sidekick Roll Fizzleby as they try to solve the mystery behind a spate of sudden murders across the city. Expect cats, possibly cravats and a whole heap of strange and obscure cameos. Who is Mrs. Hodgepot? Where is Missing? And what on earth’s going on? This mad-cap mystery will have you glued to the edge of your seats - that is, when you aren’t rolling on the floor laughing.

In the last 24 hours, the best of Bedlam’s writers, directors, actors, technicians and stage managers have created a brand new hour long show. What will it be?

Not one to be missed, Bedlam’s 24 Hour Play has been making audiences cry, laugh and swear for more years that anyone has bothered counting. Building on the success of previous plays The Spirit of the Butterfly and The Strange Toad of Manhattan, this year’s show will be - literally - out of this world.

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Beyond the Festival

A free showcase of what's on at Bedlam in the coming weeks
Saturday 25 January

Want to see what Bedlam’s been up to? And what we’re doing next?

Bedlam’s opening it’s big red doors for members and non-members alike to get a first glimpse of the theatre’s January-February 2014 season. Join us for exclusive artwork reveals, Q+A’s with directors and cast, and an insight into what Bedlam will be offering in the upcoming month.
More info on the programme to follow.