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 London in fall 2017, before travelling to the US where it was seen by Buster’s own family. It has appeared at theatres around the UK, including sell-out London shows and a West End appearance at The Other Palace. It has been performed at The Slapstick Festival, Bristol and in Paris, France. In August 2018 When You Fall Down had a month-long run at The Pleasance Edinburgh, with many sell-out performances, several 5 and 4 star reviews and an invitation to appear on Pick of The Fringe. In Edinburgh the show won a prestigious ThreeWeeks’ Editors Choice Award and was nominated for Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical.
Click here to read the ThreeWeeks Review of When You Fall Down at Pleasance Edinburgh.
Click here to read the Mind The Blog Review of When You Fall Down at Pleasance Edinburgh.
Click here to read the LondonTheatre1 Review of When You Fall Down at The Other Palace (West End).
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.
JUL 14: The Pleasance, London, UK.
JUL 18: The Other Palace, London (West End), UK.
AUG 1-27: The Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, UK.
SEP 22: St Peter’s Arts Centre, Preston, UK.
SEP 29: Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, UK.
NOV 18-19: The Tabard Theatre, London UK.
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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…
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