BBC TWO PERFORMANCE LIVE: GET A ROUND
**NOMINATED FOR BEST COMEDY PROGRAMME AT THE 2018 ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY NW AWARDS**
“Get A Round is by turns, funny, touching and in-yer-face comedy laced with a hefty dose of compassion. The jokes come thick and fast as little by little the pub comes to life, inhibitions fall away and the Eggs Collective dream comes true. Riotously funny.”
“This comedy performance casts a sober light on those “great” drunken ideals and offers an uninhibited look into the lives of young people who live for the weekend, but struggle to find their place. The energy is contagious."
In 2017, we were thrilled to adapt our stage show Eggs Collective Get A Round for television, as part of BBC, Battersea Arts Centre and Arts Council England’s innovative Performance Live strand.
Broadcast on BBC Two at 10pm on Saturday 26th August, Get A Round was tv critics' pick in The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, Radio Times, The i, The Sun (!), The National (Scotland), The Sunday Times and The Observer.
We wrote and performed the show, and set up as an independent production company to produce it. We assembled a female-led creative team to help us make it happen, including Director Babs Wiltshire (Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, The IT Crowd, High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman), Script Editor Caz Moran (Raised By Wolves), Producer Joanna Blake and Line Producer Sarah Lewis.
Set in a city that’s not shy of a soap opera, we turned Manchester’s much-loved drinking establishment (and home to the Morrissey Smiths disco for 22 years), The Star and Garter into our filming location.
Filmed in front of a live audience of punters, Get A Round is a call for community in a divide and conquer world; an homage to the boozer and the glory of finding salvation around ripped open crisp packets.
The show sees friendships, politics and pints collide between the jukebox and the bar, as we attempt to emulate the TV greats: The spontaneous energy of TFI Friday, the grand musical numbers of Top of the Pops and all the drama of the Rovers Return on Christmas Day.
Performance Live: Get A Round forms part of a series of broadcasts created by artists and theatre makers from across England bringing theatre, dance and spoken word to the TV screen.
"Manchester’s Eggs Collective bring their Edinburgh fringe show to TV, with a mix of theatre, slapstick and spot-on observation about a night at the pub. The trio offer a barrage of one-liners covering essential topics such as drinking on antibiotics, substituting a large house white for a pint of Bailey’s and saving the world with one night out. If R&B-soundtracked fantasy sequences and cheesy puffs are your jam, dive right in."
The Guardian, 'Saturday's Best TV'
“Women Behaving Badly… Well, not so much badly as equally. Tonight, Eggs Collective are taking us on a “massive night out, because, let’s face it, the world needs one at the minute”, they say. And they have three golden rules for this epic night: If you’ve got the money, get a round; in for a penny, in for a pound; and it all comes out in the wash. Eggs Collective are Lowri Evans, Sara Cocker and Léonie Higgins, a comedy trio here doing their turn in a real Manchester pub, surrounded by pub-goers who become part of their night out”
The Sunday Times, 'What's On TV Today: Critics' Choice'
“Shameless comedy about friendship, belonging and big messy nights out… catch it while it’s hot”
"Never loses sight of the fact that beneath the cheap booze and packets of crisps are true and vital friendships"
The National (Scotland)
"We all deserve an epic night out when the world feels like its all about “borders and benefit caps” they say. So watch as they mount a bid to save the world and “get drunk enough to forget who Katie Hopkins is”.
Here's a short 'Making Of' film by artist Richard Dedomenici
(who plays 'The Barman' and filmed this on his phone between takes):
Performance Live: Get A Round is an Eggs Collective Production for BBC and Arts Council England.
WRITTEN, PERFORMED and PRODUCED BY
Sara Cocker, Lowri Evans and Léonie Higgins
DIRECTOR: Barbara Wiltshire
LINE PRODUCER: Sarah Lewis
PRODUCER: Joanna Blake
SCRIPT EDITOR: Caroline Moran
PERFORMANCE LIVE STRAND PRODUCERS:
Battersea Arts Centre
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS FOR ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND:
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR BBC: Emma Cahusac
BARMAN: Richard DeDomenici
DJ NO REQUESTS: Gary Lavery
DREAM SEQUENCE DANCERS
With thanks to:
CHOREOGRAPHY: Darren Pritchard
Tony and Carole Cocker
MAKE-UP DESIGN: Gillian Walsh
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Brian Beamish
LIGHTING DIRECTOR: Andy Stagles
SOUND SUPERVISOR: Scott Talbott
CAMERA SUPERVISOR: Christopher Miller
EDITOR: Richard Halladey
PRODUCTION STILLS: Neil Sherwood