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Ursula Martinez & Christopher Green's Site Specific, Interactive OFFICE PARTY Returns to London

7 Rooms, 14 Actors...1 Hell of a Night Out
Hit show from Edinburgh and the Barbican
An office block in London becomes the scene of the wildest office party

Get Office Party Tickets

Following enormously successful seasons at the Edinburgh Festival and the Barbican, Christopher Green and Ursula Martinez bring their site specific interactive Office Party to London this autumn.

In the function rooms of a sad and tawdry office block a group of office workers are preparing for the annual Office Party. The managing director is running through the gags for his speech while having a few too many drinks, and the marketing department are in a huddle by the bar. Anything could happen, and it probably will.

Renowned for their work as theatrical innovators Ursula Martinez and Christopher Green have collaborated on many productions as Artistic Associates of Duckie, including the Olivier Award winning C’est Barbican! 

Ursula Martinez is a writer, performer and cabaret icon. She has created several autobiographical theatre shows including the internationally acclaimed A Family Outing starring herself and her parents, and most recently My Stories, Your Emails, commissioned by the Barbican. Martinez is an original cast member of the circus phenomena La Clique and La Soiree, and is probably most widely known for her magic striptease cabaret actHanky Panky. She recently directed Victoria Melody in Northern Soul which premiered at The Brighton International Festival.

Christopher Green is a character comedian and Radio 4 favourite as country singer Tina C. and rapping pensioner Ida Barr, amongst others.  He notably won much critical acclaim for his Radio 4 project with Frida from Abba, Like An Angel Passing Through My Room.  His other experiential projects where the audience are the show are VIPWorking Man’s Club and The Razzle 1961, and he has just directed the new Spymonkey show, Love In which won the Latest Award for Best Comedy at the Brighton Festival 2011.

The cast features the cream of comedy actors and improvisers. Previous performers include stand-up Glenn Wool, Janice Connolly (Mrs Barbara Nice), Petra Massey (Spymonkey), Amanda Haddingue (RSC), Matthew Baynton (Horrible Histories, Horne & Corden).  The show was originally directed and co-written with Cal McCrystal, who is currently associate director on One Man Two Guvnors with Nicholas Hytner at the National, and has previously worked with Cirque du Soleil, Mighty Boosh and Sasha Baron Cohen.

Office Party is theatre at its most experimental. It incorporates office politics and sharp insights into the world of the workplace all played out during the slightly shambolic, riotous night of the annual staff jamboree. As it arrives, the audience is invited to become the employees of the fictitious company. They become complicit in the goings on as the night unfolds, divided into staff teams, rivalries and tensions come to the fore in truly hilarious fashion. Get involved, or simply observe – the choice is yours.

Opening night will be held on October 13th at 7.45pm
Tickets for the press will be available on October 11th, 12th and 13th with all reviews embargoed until October 14th. 

Listings:

Mick Perrin for Just For Laughs Live Ltd presents
Office Party
Conceived and directed by Christopher Green and Ursula Martinez
Originally directed by Cal McCrystal
Written by Christopher Green, Ursula Martinez and Cal McCrystal
Including original music by Orlando Gough
Originally commissioned by the Barbican, London

Venue
Product Solutions, Head Office, Islington
North Road
London N7 9EF
(Next door to The Pleasance Theatre)
Box Office 020 7609 1800 (Pleasance Theatre)
Get Office Party Tickets

www.officepartyshow.com 

October 3rd 2011 – January 21st 2012
Tuesday – Saturday doors open 7.30pm, show starts 7.45pm
Sunday doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7.15pm

Tickets
Sunday – Thursday A limited number of early bird tickets are £20 
All tickets £30 thereafter
Friday and Saturday £35

Christmas schedule:

December 12th              7.45pm (additional performance)

December 13th              7.45pm

December 14th              7.45pm

December 15th              7.45pm

December 16th              7.45pm

December 17th              7.45pm

December 18th              7.15pm

December 20th              7.45pm

December 21st              7.45pm

December 22nd             7.45pm

December 23rd              7.45pm

December 27th              7.45pm

December 28th              7.45pm

December 29th              7.45pm

December 30th              7.45pm

December 31st              9pm

January 1st                   7.15pm

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