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Netflix actor's new play comes to Cornerstone Theatre

A new play written by one of the stars of Ricky Gervais’ Netflix hit ‘After Life’ is coming to the Cornerstone Theatre.

Tom Basden played Gervais’ boss and brother-in-law Matt in the dark comedy, and is also a successful scriptwriter having written and produced ITV comedy Plebs.

Now his slapstick play ‘Crocodile’ is set for Liverpool Hope University’s Cornerstone theatre in June after a unique link-up between the theatre company staging it and Merseyside schools.

In partnership with Liverpool outreach programme Shaping Futures, Tidal Town Theatre worked with local schools to help bring the production to life.

Students participated in script and design-based workshops to learn more about staging a theatre production.

Organiser Edwina Lea said: “Last year, Shaping Futures approached me to run a ‘script club’ in local Merseyside high schools. I needed the right play: something fun and with something to say.

"After reading many contemporary plays, I came across The Crocodile. I thought not only will it be great for the students, but it’s also a play I’d love to see on a stage! It’s bonkers, ridiculous, and hilarious.

“We have a great team and an amazing cast - you might recognise some familiar faces from the local theatre scene. I am massively excited to be staging and performing in this show.”

Based on a Dostoyevsky short story, Crocodile tells the tale of Ivan, a struggling actor, who is angry with the world, the Tsar, and the zoo his best friend Zack has brought him to.

The play will run at the Cornerstone theatre on Thursday 20 June and Friday 21 June.

For details about how to book tickets go here

Published on 04/06/2019