Ricky Whittington & His Cat
London's F*cked! A Panto for our times.
Once upon a ti-etc. there was a nice lad called Ricky Whittington, who lived somewhere that isn’t London. Frustrated by the lack of social and economic opportunities in not-London, he put all his possessions into a handkerchief-tied-to-a-stick and set off to is-London with his (talking; get on board) Cat, who was a li’l prick.
Ricky soon learns that the streets are not paved with gold, they’re overrun by rats (which represent disenfranchisement, political disillusionment, economic instability, alienation etc.) and that London isn’t a welcoming place for a young person who makes the bold decision of moving there(/here) without first having been born to rich parents.
Written by Daran Johnson (co-writer BBC’s Siblings, Flat TV, People Time) and Liam Williams (twice Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, People Time), featuring song, dance and ALL of London’s finest comedy talent. The show is directed by Alex Clatworthy. With lyrics by Daran Johnson and songs composed by Daran Johnson and David Pegg, the Musical Supervisor is Freddie Tapner, the designer is Tom Kingsley, the lighting design is by Ali Hunter and choreography by Sam Rayner.
This performance has a running time of 2 hours including a 15 minute interval. Strobe Lighting and Haze are used throughout the show.
Age guidance 14+
This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund, Diorama Arts Studios and Theatre Delicatessen.
Charlotte Ritchie first shot to stardom as the impressionable Oregon in Channel 4’s cult student life sitcom Fresh Meat, going on to star in BBC’s Siblings and Call the Midwife. She is also a member of classical crossover band All Angels.
Joining Charlotte in an all-singing and mostly-dancing ensemble cast will be: Rob Carter (Peep Show), David Elms (Borderline), Omar Ibrahim (Birds of a Feather), Rosa Robson (RSC) and Ellie White (House of Fools) and Emily Lloyd Saini (Flowers).
The show features a mystery, rotating role, which, depending on which night you watch, will be performed by one of the following: Richard Gadd, Katy Wix, Will Andrews, Adam Riches, Daran Johnson and Liam Williams.
ABOUT FIGHT IN THE DOG
Fight in the Dog bridges the gap between the worlds of theatre and comedy, creating work that's as funny as the best comedy and as thought-provoking as the best theatre.
Previous shows include Twelfth Night with Comedians (King's Cross Theatre, Latitude Festival and London Wonderground) and Travesty, the debut play by Liam Williams (Edinburgh Fringe, New Diorama and Theatre 503).
QUOTES FOR LIAM WILLIAMS & SHEEPS
PRAISE FOR SHEEPS
"Hilarious... something thrilling – more Brass Eye than The Now Show – stirs." The Guardian
"Something quite different and very exciting indeed." Independent
"The future of British comedy" The Skinny
PRAISE FOR LIAM WILLIAMS
"Voice of a generation" Independent
★★★★★ Guardian (for Capitalism, 2014)
★★★★ Telegraph (for Bonfire Night, 2015)