RICHARD MARSH: CARDBOARD HEART
Join award-winning writer and performer Richard Marsh for his brand new Radio 4 comedy. Also starring Russell Tovey (Him and Her, Being Human, The Job Lot), Phil Daniels (Chicken Run, Eastenders, Quadrophenia) and Jemima Rooper (Lost In Austen, Atlantis, As If).
Richard is the writer and star of Love and Sweets, a Radio 4 comedy series that won Best Comedy in the BBC Audio Drama awards 2014. His play Dirty Great Love Story (co-written with Katie Bonna) won a Fringe First award for outstanding new writing at the Edinburgh festival, and his most recent play, Wingman, was another critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe smash hit.
Now, in his new sitcom Cardboard Heart, Richard plays Will, a hapless romantic who’s keen to find love and an aspiring writer with a 9 to 5 job writing poetry for a greetings card company.
Paid to express heartfelt emotions for people he will never meet, Will consistently fails to express himself properly to anyone he does meet. Every social interaction is a minefield for Will. In his head, he knows exactly what to say – but the minute he opens his mouth, it’s a disaster. Luckily for you, Will shares his inner thoughts with the audience.
Will shares an office with Goadsby (Rebecca Scroggs) – she’s responsible for the card artwork, and being Will’s nemesis; Colin (Sam Troughton), the firm’s safety and survival-obsessed accountant, and charming renegade salesman Beast (Russell Tovey). Beast takes every opportunity to make fun of Will – and gets a lot of opportunities, being Will’s flatmate. Phil Daniels plays Rog, their charming, commandeering boss.
Richard is a magnetic and charming performer, slipping from rhyme to prose and back again in a fast-paced, accessible way - at times hilarious, at others heart-breaking. Think David Sedaris crossed with Jay-Z. But from Somerset.
‘One of the most enjoyable finds at this year’s Fringe.’
‘Gloriously, upliftingly, unapologetically heartwarming. You leave with a tear in your eye and a generally restored faith in humanity.’
On Dirty Great Love Story:
‘Dirty Great Love Story does exactly what it says on the tin – and they could throw in the adjectives Lovely, Witty, Delicious too.’
‘This is the kind of show that simultaneously restores your faith in human nature and the Fringe. … Bliss.’
The show will record on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th April 2015 at the RADA Studios, just off Tottenham Court Road, London.
Booking is now open, so if you would like to join us for a night of comedy, then apply now!