Tommy Murray "A man's true character comes out when he's drunk"
Charles Chaplin










Donations 2016-2017:
Tim Harris
Johnathon Parkins
David Sanders
Tommy Murray
Audience Members in Paris and Gravesend
Audience Members in Croydon and Faversham
Audience Members in Valencia as part of "A Very, Very Merry Slob-Mess"

'SLOB' is a tragi-comic clown theatre show that has been seen in various forms in a number of places including...

SPAIN...
Valencia and Barcelona
FRANCE...
Paris
and the UK...
In London, Stockwell
Kent, Gravesend and Faversham
and Surrey, Croydon

It attempts to examine and raise awareness of those who experience troubles in their life due to their relationship with alcohol - through the medium of theatre and you can find out more by visiting the website: www.theatre85.weebly.com

It was originally conceived by actor and performance maker Tommy Murray (www.tommy-murray.co.uk) and later developed in collaboration with actor and composer Jonathan Deering (www.jonathondeering.com) and with a special version of the show developed specifically for Christmas created by Tommy Murray and the actress and musician Hazel Rimmer, who is active in a number of companies and projects including street theatre with Rowdydow Theatre Company. (www.twitter.com/rowdydowtheatre)

SLOB's journey began in 2015 and with Alcohol Concern the journey continued into 2016 and 2017 and beyond! Throughout SLOB's journey ANYONE can donate to Alcohol Concern from this fundraising page to help the cause.

IN THE BE-GIN-NING THERE WAS 'SLOB'...

THE JOURNEY

'SLOB' began to come into the light of the world in March 2015, born in comedy cabaret show in Barcelona.
He was kicked out by his wife and down in the dumps and had to find himself another woman to love him...

In 2016, 'SLOB' was seen at London's Rose Bruford College and since then he has developed more.
His outfit is different to before, now he has dirty sloppy slacks and Slob has changed his ways a little.
He has a drinking problem, and it really is a problem, his wife has left him, and his little daughter too.

He was still very much down in the dumps across a number of venues in 2017 - but what is SLOB?

SLOB

"Some call him 'SLOB', some call him 'DIRT',
some call him 'DRUNK' - all of these hurt.
Raise up your glass, out on the town. Here's to 'the units of beer in a clown.'"

SLOB the show - meets clown, sombre singing and the topics surrounding addiction and alcohol consumption.

Performed by theatre-maker Tommy Murray it was accompanied by live music from the composer Jonathon Deering.

Produced by Theatre85.

This show promises to be a heart-warming, hard-hitting and heavy drinking journey into the 'spirit' of addiction.

The mission is to bring SLOB to audiences, the world over.

Spreading awareness with laughter, song and by any means possible - together with you - the audience.

Then came Christmas and SLOB was let loose, filled with festive beers, surrounded by Christmas spirits!
In collaboration with Hazel Rimmer, Spain saw 'A Very, Very Merry Slob-Mess" in the December of 2017.

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BACKGROUND:


SLOB's creator is Tommy Murray a London born, Kent bred performer, writer and theatre maker who trained in Musical Theatre at the BRIT School and in European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Tommy is currently working in Spain with a touring theatre company. During this time Tommy is developing 'SLOB' with numerous discussions, rehearsals, meetings, music, reading, research and more. One of these means is through collaboration with other creators, such as with the work of composer Jonathan or the composer Hazel, in the different incarnations of SLOB...

Jonathon Deering is an actor trained at Rose Bruford College who is also a composer.
Tommy and Jonathon met whist they were both studying Musical Theatre at The Brit School.
Deering has worked with the BFI/Hollywood/Cannes Film Festival/NFFTY/TiltShift Festival/Olivier Awards Music.
You can find more about Jonathon's work, or have a listen at soundcloud.com/jonathondeering
Or go to his Twitter page @DeeringJonathon and follow his work to date....

Hazel Rimmer, is an actress and musician who trained in Acting and Community Theatre at East15 Acting School. She has worked with Rowdydow Theatre Company, Retro Rhapsody to name but a few. She enjoys creating theatre with and for more unconventional audiences as well as more traditional and commercial theatre projects. Hazel has a strong interest and diverse experiences when it comes to integrating music into theatre, which is one of the elements within SLOB that was explored when Tommy and Hazel collaborated on "A Very, Very Merry Slob-Mess". Like Tommy she is currently touring across Spain with a theatre company. You can follow her work and thoughts on Twitter @Hazel_Rimmer...

PERFORMANCE/RESEARCH

Artistic Director Tommy sees that historically alcohol and theatre are culturally linked.
Dionysus, the God of drama in Ancient Greece is also a patron of drinking and wine making.

The clown (to which Dionysus is a relation in many ways as a trickster and joker) whether in or out of the theatre played and plays an important role in society in relation to traditions and ritual, a ridiculed character who was often seen as drunk.
The rosy red cheeks of a clown, which later could be viewed as simply make up in the circus clown is perhaps rooted deeper in the appearance of alcoholism and depression, looking beyond and behind the painted smile.

This historical background and cultural examination of alcohol/theatre was the beginning.
Later the territory of Charles Chaplin (famous for his Tramp character) became an inspiration, he is known for portraying an inebriated character in the Music Hall Theatre (and later in his film The Cure) reflecting the culture of a society which in many ways is still very much present today and is relevant as a focus of the exploration.

Tommy and the team aim to uncover historical roots, exploring the culture of alcohol in the past, such as in the Music Hall theatre of the 19th century with the consumption of alcohol and musical entertainment constantly working hand in hand as it remains still in the 21st century. This relationship continues in the modern culture in theatre, at concerts, during intervals and throughout shows. The link to Chaplin in this work is more closely linked to the way a pianist would have played to accompany silent movies before there was recorded soundtrack. Slob is followed by the sound of music, played live or recorded but it is always responding to his actions or he responds to it. It moves him, and we hope it will move you, to laughter or to tears.

Slob is a man of silence, without words, but guttural sounds, profanities and grunts escape and he is filled with songs.
He drinks alone.
He drinks. Too much.

Now seems like the perfect time for 'SLOB'.
One man's story, a man who is like many people you may meet, or may know, a person in need of help, help to go on.

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