Armageddapocalypse: The Explosioning

Wed 3rd – Sun 28th Aug 2011


“This show aims to go head-to-head with The Dark Knight, armed only with a shoestring budget (ironically, we cannot afford shoestrings). ”





Exploding Fist Productions



This show aims to go head-to-head with The Dark Knight, armed only with a shoestring budget (ironically, we cannot afford shoestrings). But just because we don’t have CGI, pyrotechnics or health and safety personnel doesn’t mean we can’t compete with the big boys. Expect:

● the greatest display of Parkour ever mounted in a cramped Fringe venue.

● the smallest helicopter that an actor can realistically pretend to be frightened of.

● An army of 4,000 cyborg ninjas portrayed by one very hard-working extra.


Bourne. Bond. Inception. Action films think they’re pretty smart nowadays, with their shaky-cam and their men getting hit in the balls. Armageddapocalypse: The Explosioning holds up a mirror to their stupidity, and then smashes that mirror against their face, before hurling them into an erupting volcano.


Armageddapocalypse takes the form of a DVD packed with extras, flipping between the knuckle-headed action in front of the camera, and the coke-fuelled idiocy behind it. As Lucien explains: “a lot of the appeal for us was not just imagining the stupidest movie ever made, but also seeing the creative decisions that led to this trainwreck. So, for instance, we hear from the brain-dead director that he’s just seen Twilight, and when we cut back to the film, everyone’s a brooding, horny teenager”.


Lucien Young and James Moran have been writing and performing comedy for the last three years, having met at University. Their work has been staged at venues such as the Fringe, London’s Hen and Chickens, and the UCB theatre in New York, but this is their first big Edinburgh show as a writing partnership. Here’s some nice things people have said:



“Standout” (The Observer)

“Cheek-achingly funny” (Three Weeks)

“Hilarious” (The Stage)

“Inspired” (Daily Telegraph)


“Possibly the best gag rate of any show in Cambridge... the funniest comedy I’ve seen in Cambridge" Varsity

"The script has multiple independent instant-classic moments" The Cambridge Student

"A perfectly judged spoof with top-notch comic acting ...What more could you want?" The Tab

This August, there will be one word on everyone’s lips, and that will be: ‘ARMAGEDDAPOCALYPSE: THE EXPLOSIONING’.


James Moran. Writer/Performer James wrote and performed in Good For You, last year’s Footlights Tour Show. In 2009, he co-wrote and

directed both an award-winning new adaptation of The Wind in the Willows for the Edinburgh Fringe, and Derek: Footlights Spring Revue back in Cambridge. At this year's Edinburgh Fringe, as well as co-writing and starring inArmageddapocalypse: The Explosioning, he is also directing and co-writing the 2011 Footlights Tour Show, Pretty Little Panic, before it transfers to the USA.

Lucien Young. Writer/Performer. Good For You: Footlights International Tour Show 2010 (Ace Dome, Pleasance) Writer/Performer. The Pied Piper: Footlights Pantomime 2010 (ADC Theatre, Cambridge) Writer. Derek: Footlights Spring Revue 2009 (ADC Theatre, Cambridge) Writer/Director. Scenes of Mild Peril (Corpus Playroom, Cambridge) Writer/Director. Footlights Smokers, 2007-2010 (ADC Theatre, Cambridge) Writer/Performer. Bosnich 2010 (Free Fringe) Writer/Performer/Compere. Armageddapocalypse: The Explosioning 2010, (ADC Theatre, Cambridge) Writer/Performer.

Tamara Astor. Performer. Tamara has enjoyed her university time of playing old women, boys and bugs, mainly. Connie/Brian/Des in Struts and Frets (Edinburgh 2010); Rudi in The

Pied Piper (ADC Footlights Panto 2010); various characters in People

Watching (Footlights Spring Review 2010); various characters in The Life

Doctor when it was at the ADC, now at the Underbelly; Big Mama

in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (ADC 2010); Fran in Story of A Great Lady (ADC

Theatre 2010); Helena/Fairy in A Midsummer Nights Dream (European Touring

Group 2009); M in Crave (Homerton auditorium 2009); Bug Chorus in

Metamorphosis (Edinburgh 2009). She assistant-directed Babushka and is playing a witch in The Curse of Macbeth which are both on at the Fringe this year.

Joe Bannister. Performer. Joe has performed in a number of comedy shows including "Ali Baba and the Forty theives" (Footlights pantomime 2009),"Hostage" (Footlights Harry

Porter Prize winner 2010) and co-wrote ad performed in the sketch show "Good. Clean. Men." He has also performed in a number of plays including Hamlet (Kronborg castle, Elsinore), Much Ado About Nothing (Cambridge Arts Theatre),and Tory Boyz (Soho Theatre). He hopes to bring a sense of psychological realism to his role in Armageddapoclypse 2.5: Armagedinburgh".

Johan Munir. Performer. Johan has just completed his final year as a theologian at Queens' College. Theatre credits include: Hook/Mr. Darling in 'Peter Pan', Jean in 'Rhinoceros', Charley in 'Death of a Salesman', Victor in 'Private Lives', Hugh in 'That Face', The Puzzler in 'Armageddapocalypse 2: The Explosioning', Danforth in 'The Crucible', Don John & Dogberry in 'Much Ado About Nothing', Headingley in 'Donkeys' Years' and Dimitri in 'Posh'. He was also a member of the companies that devised and performed 'A Play: On Words' and 'Tripped'.

Admission: £8.50(£7.50) – £9.50(£8.50)

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