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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Press Release - Storyteller 2012

Press Release - Storyteller 2012
27th November 2012 to 6th January 2013

Six Weeks of Storytelling at Barons Court Theatre - Christmas 2012/13
A selection of (mostly) comic stories and storytelling from award-winning writer and performer Robert Crighton and his friends.
Two exciting new productions performing in repertory at the Barons Court Theatre this Christmas, spearheaded by writer, performer and storyteller Robert Crighton

Press Night for both shows:  Tuesday 27th November 2012
Two comps plus programme, do contact us if you can review the show.

Ghost Storyteller:  “Ghosts don’t pay tax.”
A traditional ghost story show, with a difference – it’s played for laughs not for fear.  Ghosts are faintly absurd things, they wander around making noises, feeling generally sorry for themselves – why do we take them seriously? 
Robert Crighton’s ghost story is about a poltergeist.  But why should it be one of those over the top sinister ones?  So his is the poltergeist of a hamster – doing what all hamsters do, running on his wheel all night. 
Writer and Performer Robert Crighton:  “It is a comic show, primarily because I don’t believe in ghosts.  Since I first started this show I’ve been inundated with stories – some of which were, unbeknownst to the teller, quite hilarious.  Like the person who told me all about the ghost of a nail that appeared in their kitchen.  A paranormal nail!  However, making fun of ghosts can have its drawbacks.  There was a heckler one night - he wandered into the show after five minutes and then started saying, very loudly, that ghosts were real and that I wasn't showing them enough respect.  I’m sorry, but ghosts don’t pay tax or vote so I don’t see any reason to show them respect.”
In fact lots of people think the show should show respect, as Milk Bottle regularly receives abusive messages from offended members of the ‘ghost community’, who don’t take criticism of the paranormal (in a light and inoffensive fictional storytelling show) as reasonable.  So just wait till we get to the second show of the night.
For more on this year’s ghost story show at tryout and the author’s lack of belief in ghosts, go to:

The Fantasy Terrorist Variations:  “Three plays – one subject – BOOM!”
This is a show that spins off from our 2005 play Fantasy Terrorist League which won the award for best writing at the LOST One-Act Festival.  There are three plays that deal with different aspects of the terrorist world since 9/11 – internment, prisoner abuse and offense, specifically offense caused by criticism of Mohammed.  Recent protests in the Middle East highlight how different views of free speech can be used to create fear and hatred.  These are just some of the themes dealt with in the show. 
For a full account of THE FEAR and the author go to Robert’s blog:

A short trailer for The Project After can be seen on YouTube –

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Milk Bottle Productions Presents...
Ghost Storyteller
Comic Ghost Stories Written and Performed by Robert Crighton

Returning this Autumn / Winter following the success of the run last year!  Ghost Storyteller is a lightly comic selection of ghost stories written and performed by award-winning writer and performer Robert Crighton. 
From the ghosts of empty houses, to the personal ghosts we carry around us, this collection is a mixture of the fantastic and the “real”: including the tale of a poltergeist hamster and the pub that cried ghost.

Running Tuesday to Sunday from 27th November 2012 to 6th January 2013
Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm – Doors Open at 7.15pm
Sundays at 6pm – Doors Open at 5.45pm
No performances on Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day
Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions
Barons Court Theatre, “The Curtain’s Up”, 28A Comeragh Road W14 9HR
Nearest Tube:  Barons Court (Piccadilly/District Lines)

Writer and Performer - Robert Crighton

Robert Crighton is a multi-award winning playwright and performer and the only entrant in the 25 year history of the Lost One-Act Festival to win three awards in successive years. 
Robert graduated from Middlesex University in 2003 with a degree in Performing Arts: Drama which he occasionally uses to bolster his self esteem.  On leaving he immediately set up a residency with his company Milk Bottle in various studio spaces in Suffolk where, apart from occasional touring work, he has been based ever since. 

With Milk Bottle he has produced a mix of work, from classical drama to new plays, swapping roles from production to production.  Sometimes writer, director or actor (always designer – he does all the design work on his posters, including painting the picture of the cat) he has stamped a distinct and simple playing style in the Milk Bottle repertoire. 

For Milk Bottle he has written and often performed in The Natural History of Trolls, Shoes That Angels Fear To Wear, Cuckold’s Fair, Teaching Gods and Other Stories...  (Including the monologues: Problem Tree, The Examiner of Small Ailments, The Alternative Seagull, Keynote Speaker, Teaching Gods and Fantasy Terrorist League), Sunmakers, Myth, The Bear Named Mo-, Blind Spots, Thebes, Apathy, Apocalypse, The Happy Fluffy Bunny, All Singing, All Dancing, Pop Up Show, Amateurs & Lord Ashborn – as well as adaptations of Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, The Birds & The Bacchae.

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Milk Bottle Productions Presents...
The Fantasy Terrorist Variations
Written by Robert Crighton, performed by Keith Hill and Simon Nader

A series of stories spun from the award-winning ‘Fantasy Terrorist League’.  A man is interned as a terrorist on the flimsiest of grounds, a chancer looks how to make money out of counter-terrorism and the story of the non-existent artwork that might get people killed. The Fantasy Terrorist Variations is a powerful account of fear, the policeman on our streets and the ones in our heads.

Running Tuesday to Saturday from 27th November 2012 to 5th January 2013 at 9pm
Tuesdays to Saturdays Only at 9pm – Doors Open at 8.50pm
Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions
Barons Court Theatre, “The Curtain’s Up”, 28A Comeragh Road W14 9HR             

The Cast

Keith Hill:
Keith, has seen a lot of Milk Bottles over the last few years, but has never managed to get into one until now. He was cast after a campaign lasting four years and a promise not to play his accordion. Stage work has included Lucifer and others in The York Mysteries , two productions of Road, Vaudevillains for Les Enfants Terribles, Feydeau farce for DeadAnt, Torben Betts’ The Error of Their Ways (then a UK premiere) for Eleanor Rhode. And now this.  The one person he has played in the last few years who is not homicidal, deluded, drunk, or all three, was the leading Miscarriage of Justice campaigner Paul May in Someone to Blame earlier this year at the Old King’s Head for David Mercatali.  Film includes The Last Time I Saw You; Exit with Julian Glover, an anthropophagite home chef in the forthcoming Valentine’s Day for Benjamin Taylor and most recently The Maid for 721 productions, which is nearing the end of post-production. Keith has also recorded a number of audiobooks, ranging from The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ to the enormous social history of post-war Britain: Austerity Britain, by David Kynaston

Simon Nader:
Simon Nader is a core member of Milk Bottle having played Teiresias in Blind Spots, Treplev in The Alternative Seagull and several solo pieces including Keynote Speaker.  He trained at London’s Academy Drama School. Previous stage work includes: Billy Blister, Billy Blister’s Circus (Watford Palace Theatre); George, Of Mice and Men (National tour); Colin/Policeman, Maggie’s End (Shaw Theatre); and most recently Qudz at the National Theatre Studio venue The Yard. Feature Film work includes The Dead Inside as Wayne Andrews and Guildenstern in Fodor's Hamlet (2006).  Radio includes BBC Radio 4’s The Chess Girls, whilst recent TV appearances include a recurring role in The Borgias and follow up to multi-award winning series Pillars of the Earth: World Without End.

THE COMPANY: Milk Bottle Productions

Milk Bottle was founded in 2000 by Robert Crighton and has been performing a constant stream of small scale, high quality theatre productions.  Robert Crighton is an award-winning storyteller, writer and performer, whose last big project was performing every Sherlock Holmes story back-to-back over the Christmas season.  He is only entrant in the 25 year history of the Lost One-Act Festival to win three awards in successive years and is sadly no longer eligible to win anymore. 

What is Milk Bottle?   It's a name, it's a way of life, it's a flower in a storm, it's Robert Crighton. It's weekly repertory, storytelling, book publishing, epic theatre, tiny theatre, three times award-winning theatre; it's singing cats,  dancing flowers, blind men and magic shoes.
Since 2000, Milk Bottle has produced dozens of new plays, old plays and other stuff.  It has been the management under which writer and performer Robert Crighton distributes his work. It is based in his head most of the time, but when it leaves there it visits Suffolk and London on a semi-regular basis.  Come and join the fun.

REVIEWS:  Praise for Robert Crighton and Milk Bottle in previous Productions...

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF TROLLS - 2012
★★★ Remotegoat:  “It is admirable then that writer and performer of The Natural History of Trolls, Robert Crighton, is able to sustain the interest of his audience as well as a wizened comic and create a large-scale, convincing fantastical environment merely with his words. Although two talented and attractive actresses have been recruited to assist with the telling, The Natural History of Trolls is undoubtedly a one man show and Crighton, with his diction like John Gielgud and dressed like a sort of Dickensian sex pest, is an accomplished storyteller...  His story is a charming and original one that, as an audience member, made me yearn to be sat at my Grandfather's knee, listening to a similarly tall tale of a world beyond our own.”

THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES - 2010 / 2011
★★★★  London Theatre Network: “Crighton is an accomplished story teller... Immersive, enjoyable and cosy, you will leave the room with a satisfied smile on your face, as if you’ve just visited some old friends.”

★★★★ Remotegoat: “Robert Crighton gives you a unique evening of storytelling... It is easy to see why Robert Crighton has won awards for his performance.”

TEACHING GODS & OTHER STORIES... - 2009
Fringe Report: “Verdict: Funny, fast-paced, with depth... There are a lot of good reasons to see the show. It's funny, fast-paced... surreal fantasy, with an edge of revenge... Robert Crighton performs with great energy and no little charm... well viewed after a drink, before a bigger one and some cheese, in celebration perhaps of strange dreams and the campus cat.”

Website:  www.milkbottleproductions.co.uk
Facebook: Robert Crighton: Storyteller                                 
Twitter: @RobertCrighton
Blog: robertcrightonstoryteller.blogspot.com
Youtube Channel: TheRobertCrighton
Shop: www.lulu.com/spotlight/robertcrighton

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