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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hang - about time too!

And, at last, Hang is available to listen for free online.  It was recorded ages ago, released as a download, and now I'm biting the bullet and just putting it out for free.  It's a shame to hide it behind a paywall and you could always become a patron if you feel you want to contribute.

Hang - A Comedy by Robert Crighton
The world is turning inside out - people are starting to turn into animals and no one knows what's normal anymore.  Even the man who wants to be a zebra can't quite fit into this brave new world.
Live Streamed on Monday 31st March 2014 at the Quay Theatre

Starring Robert Crighton,  Pamela Flanagan & Gillian Horgan
Sound Recording: Peter Morris
Post Production: Robert Crighton
Original Live Stream: Tim Regester

Online Comments from the Live Stream: “... it really stands out as something effecting the times we live in...  This is really well acted. I like the style and the humour is right up my street - and I live on really funny street...”

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Or if you prefer it as a video on YouTube - here you go!

And the original trailer for the show - which is very silly, but fun.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

In the Darkness... Waiting

As the darkness creeps ever more over the Northern Hemisphere, I retreat further under the duvet.  It's not a depressed thing, it's a planning thing.  Most of my projects are now done for this year.  They're edited, or soon to be, they just need to be released.  Coming up over the next few weeks are...

Hang - the radio comedy that started it all, the story of an ordinary man who wants to be a zebra. Released to none patrons next week.
The Museum of Tat Christmas Special - because you deserve to know what horrors await you.
And perhaps a few surprises...

But mostly I'm planning.  I'm planning a production of The Time Machine for next April; I'm planning a production of As You Like It for July; I'm planning the next two Live from the Get In!s; I'm planning and writing and typing up notes on dozens of audio projects for next year and beyond; and I'm planning a mini tour of The Tat Roadshow, the live version of our radio show.

And I'm planning something else.  Something a bit different.  Something I will need collaborators for.  
Next year I need comics, storytellers and blessed lunatics for shows - all need, ideally, to be based in Suffolk/Essex, for a paying job or eight.  If you've got a project that you're interested in pursuing, be it comedy, drama, storytelling - then I'm looking to produce it.  
Get in touch by email and we'll talk: 

In the meantime - here's some draft artwork for the next Live from the Get In! Tickets are on sale for the next show - 4th March - at

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Friday, 18 November 2016

New Comedy - This Year and Next

It's been a busy year for comedy and next year there will be more!
Not only have I finally finished the new edit of Hang - a comedy I recorded in 2014 - but also the first two Live from the Get In! shows.
You can listen to the Live from the Get In! episodes now in the players below, and Hang will be available soon - my patrons get first listen to all material, because they help keep the wheels turning on my work (you can become a patron by visiting
And there's more to come - we have confirmed dates for another two Live from the Get In! shows for next year.  The show broadcasts/records from the Quay Theatre on Saturday 4th March at 7.30pm and Saturday 6th May at 7.30pm - it's always so much fun to catch the recording.  Tickets can be bought from the Quay website now

Live from the Get In! Episodes One and Two:

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Yellow Wallpaper

This weekend was quite a busy one.  I finished doing a bit of acting in a short film and then went to get in a production of The Yellow Wallpaper, a fascinating work by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  It was a sell out two night run and turned out really rather well - we're looking to do something with it in the future.  As per my usual habit, here's the basic programme information from the night...

Quay Productions Presents…
The Yellow Wallpaper
By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Performed by Anthea Halstead
Directed by Robert Crighton

This is an intimate staging of a classic piece of feminist literature - telling the story of a woman isolated in a house in the country, trapped by her husband and family, and forbidden to work, or even to write. All she has to think about is the room she’s in – and the yellow wallpaper.

Performed Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 7.30pm in the GKR at the Quay Theatre, Sudbury
‘Director’s note:
Though I’m credited as director and Anthea as performer, it isn’t quite so clear cut as that. Rather than choosing a piece, laying out a vision and casting accordingly, Anthea brought the original story to me and suggested we create something from it. Together we’ve pieced together a way of telling this story. Originally written as a first person, in the moment, journal account of events, Anthea wanted to tell the story as an older woman looking back. With this as a starting point we’ve worked together with the text, editing and adapting the piece as we went along. It’s been a long process, nearly six months have passed since we first starting playing with the text, and a number of ideas about how to realise the story have come and gone. This might not be the final version either - the show you’re watching tonight may yet be the start of our next exploration of this text.
Thanks to Alan Scott for lending the lighting, as well as everyone at the Quay for supporting new work like this.

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