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Interview: Mark Daniels on Coronavirus: A Great British Farce

Mark Daniels on why it’s not too soon for a play about Coronavirus

Listen to our four part interview with Mark Daniels from Flugelman Productions, first broadcast on our Runn Radio show on 28 July.

Coronavirus – A Great British Farce

Coronavirus – A Great British Farce is a laugh-out-loud satirical comedy designed for audiences as a purging of
the crazy times we’ve been living through. This dark comedy is inspired by the writer’s ridiculous lockdown
diary entries and should help us all laugh away the lockdown trauma. It’s coming to the Hen & Chickens
Theatre
in Islington as part of The Camden Fringe this August.

The play takes place in a tiny flat, where Joe lives alone. One day, whilst trying to make sense of the pandemic
by watching a government briefing on TV, he decides to answer back. This sets off a surreal conversation
between Joe and… the Prime Minister? Or maybe it’s his Facebook friend? Or… maybe it’s his fridge.

The play’s two actors take you on a high-energy farcical journey from panic buying to Jackie Weaver, with an
unhealthy dose of British gusto thrown in – a searing and absurdist trip into Joe’s mind that ridicules British
officialdom’s manic pandemic response. A previous version of the script won Shakespeare In Italy’s 2021
playwriting competition. It’s brought to you by innovative writer-director team Mark Daniels and Edwina
Strobl, acclaimed for their previous play N89, set on a London night bus, and Flugelman Productions, who
have many hugely successful fringe shows under their belt.

This play is therapy. This play is catharsis. This play is gibberish.

Coronavirus: A Great British Farce is on at Hen and Chickens 2 – 4 August at 9pm. Bookings can be made via the below link.

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