Full Stage Splash: A Comic Look at the Comic Book

(Hey You! Are you hoping to see a hilarious condensation of history at the Camden Fringe? Well that time has passed. People liked it, see for yourself here. But do not fear, we're performing the show again at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Highbury, London on the 1st and 8th of December. Tickets can be purchased here. If you see us there, feel free to wave enthusiastically.) 

Tickets for Full Stage Splash: A Comic Look at the Comic Book (or Full Stage Splash for short (FSS shorter still)) are now ON SALE! You can get them here. We're performing at the Etcetera Theatre on August 16th, 17th and 18th at 7.30pm.

What is Full Stage Splash? Well here's what the Camden Fringe website has to say:

Last year The Sigil Club dared to create a comic book sitcom that was described as "a thoroughly humorous and enjoyable 60 minutes". Will you risk missing their latest radical undertaking as they attempt to fit the entire history of comic books into one hour of comedy?

WARNING: May contain explosive sound effects, angry puppets and history.


So it's a piece of theatre hoping to fit the history of the comic book medium into one hour of comedy, using sketches, puppets, fights and seven-foot long diagrams to educate and entertain. It's a rather ambitious undertaking but I think everyone involved is excited by what we have come up with. FULL STAGE SPLASH is going to be a fast paced condensation of a large topic that can be enjoyed by experts and those with no prior knowledge. It is a humorous take on the historical, social and political changes which affected how the people in capes foil the evil villains' schemes. If we had to point to things similar to it then we'd say the work of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the popular 'Horrible Histories' television show and we guess Potted Potter (but we unfortunately haven't been able to see Potted Potter).

You don't need to know anything about comics to enjoy the show, that's what the show is there to teach you. We're hoping to provide information on why comics were created when they were and how they have changed over the years, including the influences from foreign comics, cinema trends and the companies being bought by large corporations. Hopefully people will come away no longer wondering who were the mob controlled companies to print the first comic books? How did the inventor of the polygraph come to create Wonder Woman? Why were millions of comic books burnt in the 1950s? Anyone who does know their comics will enjoy the way we present the material and will hopefully come away learning something or at least being able to reflect on something. We're giving the people the Hulk, Thor and Spider-man group therapy session they have always secretly craved.

We've got a very talented, small group of people to work on this; all of whom we've worked with before and are really happy to be working with again. Our cast is:

Dan Farley
Kate Quinn
Kris Wood
Michael Eckett

The script is by Michael and it will be worked on by the cast over the next couple of months.

Please bear in mind that our show last year did sell out and so we do recommend booking tickets. (Again they are here) You can be one of the lucky 126 people to see Full Stage Splash at the Camden Fringe. And if you can't make the show and feel like you're missing out, the best way to get us to put on the show again is to make sure we're successful this time. Please tell friends, please encourage others, bring people along and share all these links we're providing. If you do we'll send Kris and Dan round to personally hug you all.

Look out for more information and propaganda in the coming weeks. Our teaser images are all collected at our facebook page (Like us or something), there will be up to date information and facts on the Twitter feed, you can ask questions about the show or odd personal questions at our formspring and you can see videos of our previous work on our vimeo which we will update with a trailer for this show once we have one.

And if anyone wants to interview us regarding the show for print, digital or a podcast, or just ask questions you can contact us on sigilclub@gmail.com or via our Twitter.

We're tremendously excited about the show and getting to be part of the Camden Fringe again. We hope everyone else taking part this year enjoys the experience as much as we do and I wish you so much success.