During it’s tour in April / May 2013 The Incomers gave:-
- 26 performances (13 of which sold out) in 11 venues and was seen by over 2377 people
- The production engaged with over 80,000 people digitally, and at least a further 200,000 through extensive radio coverage (BBC Loose Ends, Cerys Matthews and Shaun Keaveny on BBC 6 Music etc).
Average attendance was 83%
In London the show ended with a run of sell out shows. Rory Wilton who plays Gordon tweeted ‘Amazing final night – double bow, a full standing ovation and the venue asking when we’ll be back’. @victoriabaxter said of the show ‘Pure brilliance – had tickets booked for months and The Incomers exceeded all expectations. @GuyWatson90 added ‘A big well done to The Incomers last night. Hilariously funny…lots of flesh and an interesting use of handcuffs…’
Update 18 May
Todd Sharpville on facebook said ‘I urge you to go & see it, you’ll thank me afterwards. Written by the magical pen of Murray Lachlan Young’….that was after he’d posted ‘LONDONERS!!!!! I’m not asking you, I’m telling you – go and see Murray Lachlan Young’s brilliantly funny play this week at the Pleasance!’ Lisa Billson gushed ‘if you haven’t seen The Incomers yet I suggest you try and get over to the Pleasance theatre in London. We thought it was brilliant …the genius prose of Murray Lachlan Young, awesome as always! Spot on comedy, a must see and a good night out!’. Chris Walmsley added ‘Loved the Incomers last night’ – a comment Lenny George endorsed saying ‘thoroughly enjoyed Lachlan Young’s tale of sex, lies and ventongimps (eh -ed?) – will never look at a scallop the same way again….’. Sarah Linn Allen McQuaid simply said ‘well, that was brilliant – made me laugh and wince!’
Mimo Kensal could hardly contain herself! ‘What an absolutely amazing night at The Pleasance Theatre’ she gushed ‘for The Incomers by national treasure Murray Lachlan Young…the lines were really meaty…something for everyone to enjoy. The blocking in the second act defied normal engineering…and the switches from slo mo to real time were absolutely hysterical. I shall go again!‘
The opening night fun and games even made it into the Londoners diary of the Evening Standard. You can read the full piece here.
Over on twitter the feedback has also been flowing as fast as the wine does in the play itself. Talking of wine @NewGenerationWines called the Incomers ‘funny, very clever and with a little bit of darkness around the edge. Very much enjoyed’…a view echoed by @jonesemilyh ‘I really enjoyed The Incomers last night – congratulations @murraylyoung and good to see Messrs Keavney & Evans there too! @sotiriosAlpanis called the play ‘wonderfully funny and slightly melancholic‘@Kernowinthecity summed it all up when they said ‘seriously recommend you catch tonight’s last performance at The Pleasance Theatre’. According to actor @RoryWilton (who plays Gordon) Friday night in London was ‘ an absolute corker – best show of the tour so far, electric!’ …Reckon tonights show could even beat that!!
After the London run the show heads for its final four performances – two at the SJM Ipswich(renamed the Saint John Mills Theatre by Radcliffe and Maconie – listen to the radio interview here!) on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday the show heads to Halesworth and then appropriately enough the tour ends in the very special, open air, setting of Sterts Theatre. Last chance to see – grab those tickets while you can – and just as a reminder here is our fabulous unofficial trailer
So The Incomers opened at the Pleasance on Monday (its there for a week until May 18 – ticket details here). Amongst the guests were actor Rhys Ifans – seen here chatting with Murray after the show. Rhys described the show as ‘forensic and brilliant. Also there was the lyricist Don Black who said ‘full of gems with great laughs‘ and the film producer Kevin Allen added ‘excellent it would make a brilliant film‘before updating his facebook with ‘WHAT A CRACKLING NIGHT AT THE THEATAAH … LOVED IT’
Fiona Leahy (an appreciator of all things delicious!) told her followers to ‘do yourself a favour and go see Murray Lachlan Young’s first play. It’s a gem’. ‘The world needs more plays like this’ she added on twitter ‘Brilliantly Bonkers’. Whilst Viktor Wynd added ‘I enormously enjoyed Murray Lachlan Young’s The Incomers last night, very funny and excellent verse‘. Radcliffe Royd told Murray ‘your play has transcended the transient stuff of whim and leaves an enduring sense of hope….what started as an amuse bouche moved into a full fat feast of raucous decadent delight‘.
(for more social media comment see the bottom of this blog!)
Update 6th May 2013
Half way through the tour – and the sell out signs have been going up regularly (in Barnstaple, Bridport,Exeter, Penzance and Bristol so far). The London run is looming – we arrive at the Pleasance from the 13 May – and with tickets already selling fast it seems an appropriate time for another buzz blog!
The show has appeared regularly in @lyngardner ‘s (Guardian) picks of the week – first on 12 April and then again on April 22 most recently on Friday 2 May. In the South West the Western Morning News carried this preview – Rural farce promises a menu of sex, drugs and perfectly seared scallops – a piece which ‘introduces the eccentric and rather exposed Gordon (played by Rory Wilton)’. Here is the preview from The Cornishman and from Broadway World
radio previews and interviews
Here is Murray on BBC 6 Music chatting with Cerys Matthews
and you can listen to Murray chatting with Radcliffe and Maconie – also on 6 Music here
Over on Resonance FM you can catch up with Murray talking with Anjan Saha (interview starts five minutes in)
BBC 6 Music listener Andrew Cockerill reviewed The Incomers live on air describing it as fantastic. A mix of rudeness, loud rock music and nudity – which Sean Keaveny quipped neatly summed up the character of one Murray Lachlan Young.
The Arts and Entertainment blog found the show ‘a feast for fans of new theatre’ – Paul Jepson’s direction ‘fabulous’, Jerome Wright as Zach was ‘phenomenal’ and ‘I loved Celia, played perfectly by Mary Woodvine’…and then came a neat summary of the elements of the plot – ‘So into the pot goes old friends, new acquaintances, lots of booze and a dusting of drugs and out come old secrets, fluffy handcuffs and semi naked dancing …’
Public Reviews said ‘ ‘A capacity audience buzzes with anticipation as the house lights go down at Windswept Productions’ latest performance of The Incomers’ writes Joseph Leigh The performances of all four actors he writes are highly enjoyable, and there is not a single performer who fails to draw out full belly aching laughter from the rapt audience. Fusing verse, prose, music, movement and dance, The Incomers engages the audience from the off.
Leigh concludes ‘It’s a a rip-roaring comedy that keeps the audience in stitches until the final bows. If you are looking for a fun evening of comic theatre suitable for an adult audience then this is definitely a show to see’.
The Cornishman said that ‘PLAYING to packed houses, Windswept Productions’ The Incomers lived up to its promise of presenting theatre that is new, of mixing up dance, drama, verse and bags of talent to create something that provoked, challenged, made one laugh out loud and left one wanting more. (reviewed by Frank Ruhrmund). The show is a far cry from a pasty and saffron bun vision of Cornwall, but a sex, drugs, let it all hang out, and “perfectly seared scallops”, scurrilous and blackly funny view of God’s own country.
‘It was weird , it was sexy, it was wrong – A five star show, and an absolute must-see if you get the chance.’ wrote blogger / theatre reviewer Catl3y’s Crux. One Stop Arts said The Incomers ‘will stay with you long after it is finished‘. – whilst Views from the Gods found it to be a ‘fun and interesting piece of new writing‘
Audience Comments have included:-
‘Just seen #theincomers…utterly BRILLIANT. My face hurts from laughter. Work of genius! #hysterical’ @samanthaemanuel on twitter
Really excellent show. Watched in intimate Brewery theatre, Bristol. Stunning performances by all the cast played with great energy and with multi layers. A really funny show that makes you think before you laugh! – Kate Groves via facebook
‘Amazing! Hilarious! Super-talent!
#TheIncomers is fantastic :DD GREAT show from all the cast, highly recommend it (if it’s not sold out!?)’ @_stevepowell_ via twitter
Bloody brilliant show! The audience (including Labour MP Ben Bradshaw) all loved it. 8 of us went and all were in agreement that it was a blinding show in a great venue. B. Bradshaw straight up on his feet for a standing ovation. via facebook
Just been in the Acorn for one of the best nights ever. What a brilliant insight into the lives of those we know in the valleys. Via e mail
‘Humorous and very moving in parts, excellent performances – especially Celia – great soundtrack and slo mo!’ @dickiedoo63 on twitter
‘A great show last night and an enthusiastic audience for some full on West Country angst’ Peter Wiles on twitter
‘I saw it in Penzance and laughed like a drain. Slightly disturbing because all parts resonated, parts of me and others in my life! And although slightly biased I think Mary is absolutely brilliant’ – Toffee Monk via facebook
‘Everybody go see #theincomers from @windsweptprod absolutely brilliant, laughed all evening, for you London friends 13-18 May, a gem! @greenequeen on twitter
‘Energetic physical theatre, scallops and sex #greatfun’ @cllrmartin via twitter