Dear Mr. Keaton, I love your movies. Can you tell me the secret of your comedy?
“Well, I guess you take the knocks, absorb the shocks, and then you keep on going.
When you fall down, you get back up and you don’t complain.”
1928. Buster Keaton, star of the silent screen, arrives in Culver City, at the movie studio which is to be his new home. He takes this moment to reflect on his life and career.
Through slapstick, songs and soft shoe shuffle, follow the triumphs and trials of silent film star Buster Keaton as he makes his iconic movies. As the world whirls around him, with his marriage failing, his best friend on trial, his career in danger and turning to the bottle, Buster must hit his mark as he films the most dangerous stunt of all. With re-creations of Buster’s tricks, mime and magic, this award-winning show is a tribute to “The Great Stone Face”; a man who always got back on his feet, no matter how many times he fell down.
When You Fall Down previewed in 2017 at London’s Hen and Chickens Theatre, before travelling to the US where it was seen by Buster’s own family. It has appeared across London to sell out audiences. The show is endorsed by The International Buster Keaton Society.
JAN 27: The Slapstick Festival, Colston Hall, Bristol, UK
FEB 11-12: The Hope Theatre, London, UK
APR 26-28: The Tabard Theatre, London, UK
JUL 5-7: Théâtre de Ménlimontant, Paris, France. Tickets available here
JUL 14: The Pleasance, London, UK. Tickets available here
JUL 18: The Other Palace, London (West End), UK. Tickets available here
AUG 1-27: The Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, UK. Tickets available here
More 2018 dates to be announced soon!
You can listen to some of the songs below:
March 1917. Buster is in New York, having left the family vaudeville act to get his own theatre job. However, he has just met screen comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, who invited Buster on set to shoot a scene in his latest comedy short. Buster takes a movie camera home and examines it…
September 1921. A girl has been found dead at Roscoe’s Labor Day party, and the papers are determined to demonize him, in order to make an example of prohibition-flouting movie stars. As Buster reflects on his friend’s predicament, an idea strikes for his next short film….
October 1924. A radio announcer trumpets Buster’s success, now that he is a star of feature film (6 reelers). And it looks forward to his forthcoming production. Buster’s next movie is The Navigator, set on an abandoned ocean liner. He is excited at being in control of his career and future…