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Joseph Morpurgo brings Hammerhead to Soho Theatre

Joseph Morpurgo

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a sell-out run at the Soho Theatre in 2017, award-winning comedian and actor Joseph Morpurgo is taking his show Hammerhead on a UK tour.

Kicking off at Soho Theatre, where it runs from March 12 to March 17, 2018 (not March 15), it will continue to Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, Wells, Brighton, Reading and London’s Southbank Centre (July 5).

Brilliantly taking audiences on a journey into a dark world of ambitious actors, Hammerhead is the post show Q & A session that follows an epic nine-hour performance of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (fortunately, audiences don’t have to actually sit through the nine-hour show itself).

With hilarious anecdotes and insights into the mind of the kind of actor who would take on such a role, this is a genius production that uses audio visual aids and audience participation in ways never seen before.

Morpurgo’s previous shows are Time Out’s Number 1 show of 2015, Soothing Sounds For Baby (2015), in which he inserted himself into an episode of Desert Island Discs; Odessa (2014), in which a found VHS is used as the jump-off for a comic murder mystery; and Truthmouth (2013) – a one-man sketch show based around plundered stock images.

His debut BBC Radio 4 show, Joseph Morpurgo’s Walking Tour, aired in November. His other credits include Harry & Paul’s Story of the 2s (BBC Two), Murder in Successville (BBC3), The World of Simon Rich (BBC Radio 4) and Drunk History (Comedy Central). He has also written and performed in shorts for BBC Three and Sky Arts.

Morpurgo is also a member of the award-winning improvised ensemble Austentatious whose recent achievements include a BBC Radio 4 commission and an extensive UK tour. As an improviser, he has also guest performed with The Comedy Store Players and Improbable.

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