Comedy T5 video of the day Jason Jules and The Making of Black Ivy Style At the Crucible festival in Sheffield, Jason Jules talks about the making of Black Ivy Style and says ‘a concept will blossom organically’ Photograph: Derek Reynolds
When and where
20-25 May, 11.15am-1.30pm, 1.30pm-3.15pm
Where this venue is
The Crucible, Sheffield
What is on
Spiked wooden floors, dusty, messy wooden jugs, splintered oak seats. Booking needed for this.
Writer/director Jason Jules, who made the hit Fist Of Fun but now seems to spend most of his time funny actor roles: Jimmy Carr, David Walliams, Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Matt Lucas, Rob Brydon, David Baddiel, Russell Howard, Rob Brydon, Sacha Baron Cohen – and his career continues to flourish in sitcoms and some film work (Dangerous Minds, Hot Fuzz, Run & Jump, White Van Man) plus recent Broadway debut in Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Imogen Stubbs (Puddles Pity Party, This Is England), Philip Glenister (Heartbeat), Kim Cattrall (Sex And The City, The League Of Gentlemen), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill), Paul Sorvino (Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas), David Morrissey (Wuthering Heights, The Walking Dead).
How it works
It’s close-quarter music theatre, heaving, and the size doesn’t put a brake on your energy levels, either. The building is the tallest theatre in Sheffield, and adds to the quirkiness of it, as well as helping with accessibility for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. It has an audience-funded stage with no hoists and a bare stage. The impresario is Pushkin, a company that specialises in collaborative arts, whose work has won countless awards, even though it’s often described as “an audience theatre” – which works fine, thank you.
What does it have to say?
The creators have lots to say about the way we organise and consume music; the way we are mean to and trivialise music artists and the way people are too stressed to enjoy what’s in front of them. The show is specifically about music, but it’s a discussion about getting the best out of the most precious thing you have. A personal passion of mine is cracking open the sleeves of London MCs Nardwuar the Human Serviette’s releases and playing back the way he plays back the music on stage. “We can’t talk about a night in the life of a club unless we talk about how a night in the life of a club is a night where everyone has had a beer together, and somewhere they all enjoy being with each other.” Jules says. “Just think about R.E.M’s My Ride Or The Gun – there aren’t many things that can sound that great in three minutes, but that song is like a time capsule.”
All the time, question period.
How could you see it?
This show is in fact touring at the moment, but the Crucible are offering bargain-basement ticket price to local theatre goers in Sheffield, much to their joy. Jason Jules, he says, is “semi-retired” from standup and is acting more. But he loves music so that “feels like it should be an ongoing project”. This is the very first world premiere for Pushkin, and he says that it’s a project that he and his other writer and co-producer Nick Cork (who won the Shockwaves/Radio 1’s Biggest Night In Music for Music Scene) could “see evolve organically”. This is one of those moments when you wonder how things are going to end.
• Call the box office on 0114-275 7733 or go to southyorkshire.schea.co.uk for more information