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BEOWULF lands in NYC next week
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:28 pm EST 12/07/18

AUTOJEU THEATRE
in association with SoHo Playhouse’s Fringe Encores series
Proudly Present the US PREMIERE of
BEOWULF

A RIOTOUSLY FUNNY COMEDY ADVENTURE.

“...a great piece of theatre...A wealth of theatrical and musical talent coupled with a sense of playfulness on the stage makes this performance immensely entertaining.”
FRINGEREVIEW.COM

“Beowulf is an imaginative comic romp through the tulips that edge alongside and around the footsteps left by vaudeville. It defies categorisation, and not in a bad way. At its heart is an unlikely, but genuinely remarkable, comic duo.”
BRITISHTHEATRE.COM

“...despite some dazzling other shows at Prague Fringe this year, this is easily one of the best.”
PRAGUE POST

“This is fast-paced, anarchic, intelligent fun - if you don’t see it, you will have missed Ignite’s biggest treat”
WILDFIRE - (Exeter Ignite review)

“Beowulf is intelligent-entertaining-hilarious storytelling enjoyed by both kids and adults alike.”
YOURACTIVEKID.COM
Co-created by SAM GIBBS & PETE BUFFERY; Produced by AUTOJEU THEATRE

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT - DECEMBER 11 - 16, 2018
SOHO PLAYHOUSE, FRINGE ENCORES

TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT FRINGEENCORES.ORG

AUTOJEU THEATRE of the UK, in association with SoHo Playhouse’s FRINGE ENCORES series, presents the US premiere of BEOWULF at SoHo Playhouse. This age-old tale is brought to life as never before in a physical, musical, and very funny play co-conceived by London artists Sam Gibbs and Pete Buffery. The limited New York engagement will play the Huron Club at SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013. Performances begin Tuesday, December 11th and continue through Sunday, December 16th. Tickets are available at www.fringeencores.org.

An epic that inspired the human fascination with telling tales, entertaining over campfires and captivating imaginations. UK's Autojeu Theatre brings to life one of history’s oldest and most famous tales. BEOWULF, the hero of the Geats comes to the aid of the King of the Danes in a heroic epic that will live on forever.

We follow Beowulf on his 50-year journey from young warrior to revered King. See him stride, swim, fight and flounder in this physical, musical, (and VERY funny) stand-up tale. This is Beowulf as you have never seen him. A stand-up-saga adventure. Riotously funny.

In 2013 in a small room in North London, Pete Buffery and Sam Gibbs met and ‘jammed’ for two hours over BEOWULF. Gibbs provided the story and physical telling of the tale, and Buffery all the music. After just four rehearsals, they premiered the show at Theatrefest in Barnstaple in southwest England in 2013. It has grown and developed, touring nationally and internationally to Paris, Prague (nominated for an Inspiration Award) and Limerick. The New York premiere at Fringe Encores will mark the fifth country for this production.

Sam Gibbs plays 14 different characters to tell this (Comedy!) epic, and Pete Buffery performs his original music and sound for the production.

BEOWULF plays the following schedule through December 16th:

Tuesday, Dec. 11; 7pm
Wednesday, Dec. 12; 7pm (talkback follows performance)
Thursday, Dec. 13; 9pm
Friday, Dec. 14; 9pm
Saturday, Dec. 15; 9pm
Sunday, Dec. 16; 7pm (talkback follows performance)
Tickets are $25.00 and are now available online at fringeencores.org or by calling 212-691-1555. Tickets may also be purchased in person at SoHo Playhouse.

SoHo Playhouse is located at 15 Vandam Street (between Varick and 6th Avenue), New York, NY 10013. Subway: Most easily accessible from the C/E to Spring Street or the 1 to Houston Street.

Running Time: 1 hour (No intermission)

Website: www.autojeutheatre.co.uk
Watch and Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTm6v16Kb68

BIOGRAPHIES

SAM GIBBS (co-creator and performer) studied at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris in 2008. He earned his BA Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, graduating with a First Class Degree in 2009. In the summer of 2010 Sam undertook an intensive workshop with Complicite lead by Marcello Magni. He completed his MA in Actor Training and Coaching at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) in 2015. Other training experience has come from: Mick Barnfarther, Jon Davison, Vamos Theatre Company, Antonio Venturino, the Meredith Monk Ensemble and Norway-based Baktruppen. Sam has worked as a visiting lecturer at Bird College, RCSSD and various other schools. Sam founded Autojeu Theatre in 2010.

PETE BUFFERY (co-creator and original music) studied Music Technology, specialising in audio visuals compositions, at Kingston University. He is currently earning his MA in Collaborative Theatre Production and Design at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a musician Pete gigs as a solo artist as well as a duet as part of Pickpockets And Skyrockets. Outside of performance Pete also works as a venue manager and volunteer coordinator at Fringe Theatrefest in North Devon, and as a freelance sound engineer. Pete has worked with Autojeu Theatre since 2012 on Beowulf and Aesop's Fables.

Who: AUTOJEU THEATRE of the UK

What: BEOWULF

Where: SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013

When: Dec 11 – Dec 16, 2018

How: fringeencores.org

UK's Autojeu Theatre brings BEOWULF, one of history’s oldest and most famous tales, to life. This is Beowulf as you’ve never seen him in a brisk, physical, musical, and VERY funny stand-up tale.
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