A riotous musical comedy epic about friendship, inequality & betrayal coming to Guildford Fringe Festival in July.
Musical satirists JONNY & THE BAPTISTS’ new show EAT THE POOR follows their acclaimed 40-date spring 2016 UK tour of The End Is Nigh and recent appearance on the BBC’s Live at Television Centre.
In 2009, future Prime Minister David Cameron forgot how many houses he owned. Within five years, homelessness had doubled…
Setting out to explore the ever-increasing gap between rich and poor, Jonny & the Baptists’ lives turn upside down when Jonny has the chance to betray Paddy for financial gain. As Jonny enjoys a wealth of parties with Andrew Lloyd Webber and even marries Jerry Hall, Paddy falls into homelessness and despair.
A riotous musical comedy epic about friendship, inequality and betrayal, EAT THE POOR sees the multi-award-nominees continue to grow in scope and ambition – and even dabble in a small amount of actual economics. The show previews at Guildford Fringe Festival in July . The show was developed with support from Arts Council England, Pentabus Theatre, Arts at the Old Fire Station Oxford and London’s Old Red Lion.
One of the UK’s hottest live musical comedy acts with ever-increasing live audiences from several hit tours and festivals, Jonny & the Baptists have been regulars on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and once topped the iTunes Comedy Chart with single ‘Farage’. They have also supported Mark Thomas on tour and recently appeared on the BBC’s Live at Television Centre. Alongside, Jonny Donahoe has been nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award for his hit one-man show Every Brilliant Thing on international tour, while Paddy Gervers has a cult following for acclaimed podcast ‘Podshambles’.
Praise for Jonny & the Baptists:
«««« ‘Wickedly amusing’ Times
«««« ‘Spirited comedy… broad, daft & punchy’ Guardian
«««« ‘Superbly crafted’ Metro «««« ‘Seriously funny’ The Stage
‘The political edge of 80s alternative comedy – a pop-soul voice to win X-Factor’ Stewart Lee, Observer
Guildford Fringe Festival
Saturday 23rd July
The Back Room of The Star Inn, Quarry Street, Guildford.