Last Chance Saloon are a comic theatre company who specialise in twisting classic stories and infusing them with their own unique brand of character-based comedy.
They were part of our Indoors season last Autumn, and toured their show The Curse of the Mummy and Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle to village halls across our region including Frittenden, Godmersham and All Hallows.
The audience reaction to their brilliantly funny show was fantastic:
‘Fast paced and amusing they kept everybody in stitches. Very professional and well received.’
‘The actors were very, very funny and highly talented.’
‘My face hurt from laughing so much!’
We asked Sam Dunham who founded the company in 2011 with Jack Faires, what he is doing in lockdown.
Where are you and members of your company currently working from?
We’re London based so there’s one in West Norwood, one in Ealing and one in Waltham Cross.
What are you doing at the moment?
I was due to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year with my first one man show about a set of brothers who lose their Dad, (very different from the comedy we usually do) but obviously that has been postponed. I’ve carried on writing the script anyway and hope to have a working draft soon. Not sure what i’ll do with it yet but hopefully it will be performed at some point.
Can you recommend or share anything you have seen online for our audiences to enjoy?
Soho Theatre is putting it’s old collection online and there’s some great comedy to watch. Also, the National Theatre is releasing a new show every Thursday and they’ve put out some amazing shows so far like Jane Eyre and One Man, Two Guvnors. The RSC are also releasing new shows from their back catalogue every week.
Do you have any top tips for staying inspired/creative/busy/entertained during lockdown?
I need tips! I just try not to set myself too big a target. I try to do one piece of exercise a day, if only for 20 minutes, I try to write for a short period a day and then I do something fun like cook, or do a jigsaw. And if I feel stuck in my creative process I have to get outside, whether it’s just on the balcony of my flat or for a quick walk around the block so that I can come back at it with a clear head.
Read more about Last Chance Saloon and their past shows on their website here