Blowing a #Twitstorm. Social media comedy at Park Theatre

The team behind Park Theatre hits Dead Sheep, An Audience with Jimmy Savile, Deny Deny Deny and The Roundabout, are returning to the North London theatre this May with the world premiere of a brand new comedy, Twitstorm.

Guy Manton is a national treasure, the much-loved host of a caustic television panel show, until a throwaway remark is inadvertently shared with the whole world.

Jason Merrells

Before Guy knows what is happening he is being battered by the Twitstorm. A hilarious exploration of what can happen when the self-righteousness of social media gets out of hand.

Directed by Chris England, author of the hit comedy Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson, and co-author of the acclaimed An Evening with Gary Lineker, Twitstorm is directed by Jonathan Lewis, and will star Jason Merrells as Guy Manton, plus Claire Goose, Justin Edwards, Chris England and Tom Moutchi.

Chris England said: “Twitstorm grew out of a fascination with tales of how quickly the anonymous, self-righteousness of social media can blow up into a proper old-style torch-and-pitchfork witch hunt, actually laying waste to people’s real lives.

“It’s about how a complicated situation can be definitively branded a simple matter of right and wrong by whoever shouts the loudest.

chris england

“And if the election of Donald Trump has shown us anything, it is that a seemingly harmless bit of everyday phone fun can be used to bypass the rationality of traditional debate.”

Jason Merrells has worked extensively on both stage and screen. Theatre credits include: How The Other Half Loves (Haymarket/Duke of York’s); Twelve Angry Men (UK Tour); Measure for Measure (UK Tour) and Twelfth Night and Comedy Of Errors (RSC).

His TV credits include: Midsomer Murders, Agatha Raisin, Safe House, Emmerdale, Waterloo Road, The Hitch, Death In Paradise, Lark Rise To Candleford II, The Project, Cutting It, Inspector Lynley, Clocking Off, Fat Friends, Queer As Folk and Casualty.

Claire Goose recently starred in the titular role for BBC’s The Coroner and in Unforgotten for ITV. She has also appeared in critically acclaimed dramas such as: Exile (BBC), Undeniable (ITV), Waking The Dead (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Hustle (BBC), Secret Smile (ITV), The Bill (ITV), New Tricks (BBC), and Death in Paradise (BBC).

Her theatre credits include: The Perfect Murder (UK Tour), Hiding (Watford Palace) and When We are Rich (Nuffield, Southampton).

Justin Edwards’ theatre credits include: The Rivals (Arcola); Comedy Of Errors (Rude Mechanicals); Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson (Menier Chocolate Factory & Edinburgh) and The Good, The Bad and The Queen (No.1 Tour).

His television credits include: From Cradle To Grave, In and Out of the Kitchen, Space Ark, Puppy Love, Man Down, Harry & Paul’s History of the 2’s, W1A, Veep, Father Brown, The Hollow Crown, The Thick Of It, Skins, Black Mirror, Mount Pleasant, Pram Face, The Trip, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Perrin and Black Books.

Social media star Tom Moutchi’s theatre credits include Anansi & The London Girl (Lost Theatre), and his screen credits include: Ventrilo Kissed, Balance, Warrior and Snapped.

Twitstorm runs at the Park Theatre from May 31 – July 1.

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