Marco Polo?

December 1, 2014

109 St Paul’s Road

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Marco Polo?
By Rough Haired Pointer
1st Dec 7.00pm £8
RUSTICHELLO: The East was monstrous races – one legged Sciopods who used their foot as a parasol, Blemmyai with faces in their chests, the Panotii who slept in their giant ears… (excited at the prospect)  Did you see them?MARCO POLO: No, bollocks all of it. I saw maybe one unicorn. One.You think you know Marco Polo? Legendary explorer?  Great story teller? Discovered China? Rough Haired Pointer return to The Hen and Chickens to show you what bollocks all of that is with a new play by Matt Osman.

The man himself is languishing in prison, captured in a sea battle, when a new cellmate is introduced, Romance writer Rustichello. Together they decide to record the details of Marco’s travels with the help of two Spanish prisoners before Marco’s memories are consumed by Alzheimer’s. In this new farce four actors take an audience on a journey through Europe and Asia – an explosion of memory, colour, place and character – to the court of Kublai Khan and back to Venice again in a race against time.

Marco Polo? will be developed and presented over a period of 3 weeks: the weeks in between performances are used by the company to further develop the work, learning from the rehearsals, audience engagement and feedback.

Rough Haired Pointer’s past work includes the World Premiere of Joe Orton’s Fred & Madge (The Hope Theatre), The Diary Of A Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith (White Bear and King’s Head Theatres), The Boy Who Cried by Matt Osman (The Hope & Tabard Theatres) and The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford (The Hen and Chickens).

Matt Osman’s previous work includes The Boy Who Cried which premiered at The Hope Theatre in March 2014 and then transferred to The Tabard.

Praise for Rough Haired Pointer’s previous productions

‘Audacious… violently original’ The Telegraph

‘Great fun.’ The Times

‘Fiercely original and sharply funny.’ TimeOut

‘An admirably bold company’ The Stage

‘One of the most inventive and entertaining new theatre companies out there.’ Exeunt

‘An insanely talented group of individuals, all of whom click together on stage like clockwork.’ London City Nights

‘There are positively no holds barred with this insane and thoroughly entertaining group of players.’ Islington Gazette

For tickets click here. Tickets must be collected 15mins before showtime. Cash tickets are available for 30 mins at the box office.

Over 18’s only, limited access for people with disabilities, no admittance for latecomers.