Satire starring Phill Jupitus, Dan Starkey, Liam Williams, Suki Webster, Sara Pascoe and Hal Cruttenden that was performed at Pleasance Courtyard at 1pm for 75 minutes, on the following days in August 2013.
It's the start of a 24-hour news cycle and Rachel Clarke has been promoted as the BBC's newest Head of News. When a crisis erupts, she has to confront rivals within and without, and decide how to report on a story that could bring down the Corporation itself. Fast-moving satire about the BBC starring Suki Webster, Hal Cruttenden, Sara Pascoe, Liam Williams, Dan Starkey and Phill Jupitus as the Director General. By Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, writers of 2012 Edinburgh smash-hit Coalition. **** 'Real class ... don't miss it' (Times). **** (Scotsman). **** (Metro). ***** (Sunday Express).
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Full press release
Following the huge success of their debut play Coalition at the Edinburgh fringe festival, Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky's brand new play Making News promises to be one of the must see productions of 2013. This fast-moving satire about the BBC boasts a stellar cast of leading comic actors including Suki Webster, Hal Cruttenden, Sara Pascoe and Phill Jupitus.
It's the start of a 24-hour news cycle and Rachel Clarke has been suddenly promoted as the BBC's newest Head of News. When a crisis erupts, she has to confront rivals from within and without, and decide how to report on a story that could bring down the Corporation itself.
Making News stars:
Suki Webster - (Comedy Store Players, Impro Chums, Just a Minute, Mon Droit): Rachel Clarke, Acting Head of News.
Hal Cruttenden - (Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Royal Variety Performance, Let's Dance for Comic Relief, Orwell: A Celebration): Jonathan McVeigh, News Presenter.
Sara Pascoe - (Live at the Apollo, Twenty Twelve, Being Human, The Thick Of It): Anna Kelly, news producer.
Liam Williams - (Sheeps, Amused Moose and So You Think You're Funny Finalist 2010): Noel Quickly, Panorama reporter.
Dan Starkey - (Doctor Who, Fitzrovia Radio Hour, the 39 Steps, Muswell Hill - Offies 2012 finalist for best male performance): Carter Setchfield, News editor.
Phill Jupitus - (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, Hairspray, Spamalot): Roger Seabright, the Director-General of the BBC.
Robert Khan has worked in the policy and political world for over ten years. He is also currently a Councillor in Islington where he is the borough Arts Champion. Tom Salinsky is the artistic director of improvisation company The Spontaneity Shop, co-author of the book The Improv Handbook and he teaches presenting, public speaking and storytelling for a wide-range of corporate clients. Their debut play Coalition starring Thom Tuck, Phill Jupitus, Jo Caulfield, Alistair Barrie and Simon Evans was a smash sell-out success at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival garnering fourteen four and five star reviews and transferring to London in Spring 2013.
Top actors and comedians in a hard-hitting play, being made at exactly the right time! Jupitus, Webster and Cruttenden steal the show.
[James Spencer, BG Touring Ltd]
Top actors and comedians in a hard-hitting play, being made at exactly the right time! Jupitus, Webster and Cruttenden steal the show. [James Spencer, BG Touring Ltd]