Edward Jones was just an ordinary man, doing ordinary things- until the day before his 40th birthday. What happened next was, quite literally, incredible. It defies belief. It defies logic. It defies the fundamental laws of science and nature. But it happened. With his latest comedy, adapted from his novel of the same name, David Tristram brings his trademark hilarity to every page, but with a poignant and unusual story that tingles every nerve ending before reaching its extraordinary conclusion.
David Tristram (born 1957, Quarry Bank, UK) is an English comic playwright. He has published twenty three plays, videos/two films and a comedy novel. Widely performed by amateur and professional groups, his plays have parodied such pop-culture genres as soap operas and detective stories.
Educated at Dudley Grammar School and Birmingham University, where he studied English and music, Tristram was a commercial copywriter before turning to comedy. In 1985 he founded the Flying Ducks Theatre Company, which has now become a professional touring company. The enterprise has expanded into the Flying Ducks Group, which stages conferences and other events, provides audio-visual and Internet production services, and represents actors.
Tristram’s plays take a farcical view of sex, alcohol, drugs, crime, and theatre itself. Tristram claims he writes only comedy because he can’t take himself too seriously. He usually tests his new work at a small theatre in Bridgnorth near his home in Highley before wider release. His plays have been performed in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and Europe among other locations.
Edward – Tom Smith
Nugent – Peter Collins
Farmer – Ian Hague
Rogers – Ian Hague
Sarah – Sue Slobom
Fire Chief – Peter Burkey
Newsreaders – Peter Burkey, Annie Makepeace
DC Javis – Peter Burkey
Paramedics – Bev Slobom,Yvette Owen
Receptionist – Karen McCabe
Doctor – Annie Makepeace
Mary – Karen McCabe
Reporter – Karen McCabe
Nurse – Sarah Flannery
Narrators – David Durrant, Karen McCabe, Chad Meadows and Bev Slobom
Tom Peter Ian Sue
Peter Annie Bev
Yvette Karen Sarah
Norman Sue Joan Mark
Graham Steve Ian Sharon Mike
Reviews (Ian Hornby – CTG)
“A funny evening all round,” – “Clever use of stage, props and furnishings. Committed cast.”
“It’s always good to witness a director (along with whatever supporting staff realise the results) go “above and beyond the call of duty”.”