Thursday, 9 March 2017

Success!

84 backers pledged £4,148 to help bring our new science fiction sitcom to life!

Here's our project update from the Kickstarter page:


Hi everyone! Just a quick message to say – we've made it! With just under 3 days to go, we've just hit our £4000 funding goal. Incredible. The generosity and enthusiasm of our backers has been genuinely unbelievable - there are not enough words to show our gratitude, but we'll be throwing as many of them as we can your way in the coming days! On behalf of myself, Ellen, Cliff, Rob, Emma & Adam - THANK YOU.
Tyler and Gary’s galactic expedition of thievery and swearing is GO. They’ll be proper chuffed with themselves.'
2 episodes of the show will be recording in late March, with a view to release the episodes commercially as soon as humanly possible. Kickstarter pledgers can expect all their rewards by the end of May 2017!

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Kickstarter Campaign!

Today we launch our very first Kickstarter campaign to fund the live recording and digital release of 2 episodes of 'The Future Boys', a new science fiction audio sitcom.

VISIT THE KICKSTARTER PAGE! CLICK HERE.


THE SERIES

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 interesting 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 below, 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.

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

Friday, 23 September 2016

Checking in

Heeey! I have only posted 3 times this year! So, to re-assure the planet that I am still here and determined to do things, here's a statement of intent for 2017. 2016 is practically a write-off creativity-wise as there are some very big real life events occuring that mean I can't be as active with my writing career as usual and retain sanity.

So, in 2017 you can expect:
  • A Future Boys audio series Kickstarter project first, as mentioned back in January. This should run in Feb 17, and record in March if successful. Previously mentioned 'real life events' necessitated this being pushed back. It's a big project, my biggest to date and I want to be able to devote the time needed to give it a chance at success. I'm very anxious to get started on this proper. The writing is 75% done.
  • A new play. I have two drafted, but I would imagine only one will arrive next year, in the summer. I loved doing Global Mega Inc at the Leicester Square Theatre this year so I hope to return their to debut this 'exciting new material' - you've got to say that haven't you.
  • A novel. The work has started - it's more than just an idea now, but still very early days. I'm taking the rather unusual route of writing it as a screenplay first to get the structure and plot down, and will expand later. I'm basically throwing everything I learned during my time at University out of the window and writing something that I, not your typical genre reader, would enjoy reading. As such, the form will be somewhat atypical, but hopefully not in a hugely detrimental way.
I, reader, will deliver. I hope you'll throw this shit some attention when it flies (especially the Kickstarter). 

Thanks. You can go now.


Saturday, 30 July 2016

Film Wars

This week saw the release of the first episode of a new entertainment podcast about films, presented by Gareth Alexander (film critic for a national UK newspaper) and me. Each week we pick a film to have an argument about, it's great fun.

You can listen on the link below, but I'd suggest you download and subscribe on iTunes!


Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Super Global Mega Incorporated: Turbo!

In June, I'll be doing this!

‘Super Global Mega Incorporated: Turbo’ – a comedy sketch show from the creative team that brought you 2015’s sell out ‘Global Mega Incorporated’. Featuring new material alongside the best sketches from their barnstorming debut, plus new exciting words in the show title – did you spot them? Go check, we'll wait for you...

The show runs at the Leicester Square Theatre on Thursday June 2nd and Saturday June 4th, 7pm. Tickets are £10.

BOOK NOW!

The eponymous company does a bit of everything, from investigating past lives to launching missions into outer space. Consider the show a grand tour of the world’s most ludicrous enterprise, with a host of insane, depressing and taxing characters, as well as many other adjectives stolen from the difficulty setting of the Lemmings computer game. Did you get that? No? You suck.

Think the traditions of Monty PythonFry & Laurie and The League of Gentlemen, mixed in a lunch box with some bats and the worst job you’ve ever had – but mostly just the lunch box.

Reviews from Global Mega Incorporated's sell out debut in 2015.

★★★★ '... absurdist humour that would have done the Monty Python team proud... not only was it funny, it was thought-provoking.' - Female Arts.

★★★★ - 'Jordan's writing is carefully thought out, with the characters growing on you the more you spend time with them, so he does indeed manage to tick the truly funny box... confidence and high-energy... You can tell they're all having a lot of a fun together in this show, and it seeps out into the performance... a relatable parody of big business which promises a good time.' - Views from the Gods.

Written by Steve Jordan & Adam Joselyn.
Starring Adam Joselyn, Emma Stirling, Robert Dearn, Ellen Gallager and Steve Jordan.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The Next Phase.

Hi! I thought I'd take some time to tell you about what I'm doing through the 2016/17 season, mainly so that I stick to it. I'm a bit wary of announcing things way ahead of time, but what the heck...

Global Mega Incorporated will return in 2016 with some tweaks and a hefty chunk of new sketches, alongside some of the best from the debut. I'll be writing the bulk, directing and performing again. Really looking forward to it after a sell out debut in 2015, and some great reviews. Should appear in the summer...

I'm very pleased to say that the Future Boys will make their return in a new crowd-funded project, after a trilogy of successful space adventures/theatre productions. The aim is to get their comedy space adventures to a wider audience in the form of audio episodes, that will be recorded in front of an audience. That's a slow burner (hopefully not too slow), but the ground work is well underway. Cliff Chapman and Adam Joselyn will return as Tyler and Gary respectively - exciting!

I'll also be producing Sean Hogan and Kim Newman's The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, which runs at the Tristan Bates for two weeks in March. The cast and creatives behind the project have put together a fantastic show, one I'm ecstatic to call a Bad Bat production. Tickets available now, and not likely to be around too long, so get in there.

I'm also working on a new play that will debut in 2017, maybe sooner, loosely based on a short story of mine. Also, I'll be publishing another small collection of short stories in either 2016/17, depending on how things play out. And finally, after a long wait, my first novel will be finding its way into the world in some #wayshapeorform in 2017.

There some other pipe dreams in the mix too, but that will do for now. I'll just keep doing stuff and hopefully you'll dig it. Some of it. One of it. Maybe.

Friday, 11 December 2015

The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

I'm thrilled to announce that Bad Bat's next theatre production will be The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. I'll be serving as co-producer on this tremendous show. It's a privilege to be working with some of the genre's best-loved writers - it's going to be a belter.

Five people are invited to a fancy dress party on a vintage steam train. The guests were told come in costume as their favourite monster... and every monster has a story to tell.

The Ghost Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore is a new portmanteau horror play, bringing to the theatre the flavour of vintage Amicus anthologies like Tales from the Crypt and Dr Terror’s House of Horrors. With segments written by acclaimed authors Christopher Fowler, Stephen Gallagher, Kim Newman, Robert Shearman, Lynda E. Rucker and Lisa Tuttle ... wraparound story by director Sean Hogan. 

The show will debut at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden, and will run 7 - 19 March 2016, Monday to Saturday. Tickets £15 / £13 concessions - available now.