All In The Timing by David Ives (2004 – present day)

Peepolykus present an evening of deliciously absurd comedy theatre created around six of David Ives’ one-act comedies. All In The Timing presents a world where chimps attempt to write Shakespeare, new languages are made-up on the spot, faux-pas can be edited from conversations and Trotsky can live out multiple versions of his last day. Expect the unexpected!

‘All in the Timing is a perfect vehicle for Peepolykus to unleash their arsenal of talent. Even the scene changes are a joy to watch’.
The Metro

‘There are sketch shows and sketch shows and then there are Peepolykus. Beg, borrow or steal to get a ticket’.
One 4 review *****

‘The New York playwright David Ives and the director, Gerry Mulgrew, bring out the best of this talented trio’.
The Sunday Times ****

‘Peepolykus seem to come with a kind of extended warranty. You always have and probably always will like them, whatever they do. A masterclass in comic timing’.
The Stage

‘Masters of comic mayhem. One of the most accomplished outbursts of situation-silliness on the fringe’.
The Herald ****

‘If it is indeed a comedy truism that the magic is ‘all in the timing’, then you won’t leave disappointed. This show is split-second perfect’.
Edinburgh Guide *****

‘Brilliantly-realised characterisation, great jokes, slick performances and striking visual images. Outstanding.‘’

‘Throughout it all David Sant, Javier Marzan and John Nicholson perform with verbal dexterity and great physical agility. They know how to be gentle as well as flamboyant, their timing is immaculate, and even the scene changes are works of art.’

‘Six one-act comedies from some of the most talented comedy actors around. Magic.’

In 2003 Peepolykus were approached by Neal Street Productions, an independent production company set up by Sam Mendes with co-directors Caro Newling and Pippa Harris. Neal Street Productions had recently acquired the UK rights to All In The Timing, a collection of short one-act plays by the award-winning New York playwright David Ives. Big fans of Peepolykus, Neal Street Productions felt the company’s inimitable style was ideally suited to the absurdist Marx-brothers humour and the physical clowning involved in a number of these plays and so began a very exciting and fruitful collaboration.

Working with acclaimed director Gerry Mulgrew (Communicado) and David Ives, Peepolykus devised a show based on a selection of six of the short sketches from All In The Timing. The company’s experience in devising new work provided the perfect background to create a framework through which the show could be perceived as a theatrical event, creating a physicalised world which would fuse together the six disparate scenes. The show is, indeed, a marriage of Peepolykus’ distinctive brand of irreverent clowning and David Ives’ celebrated, absurd writing.

All In The Timing premiered at Hurtwood House in October 2004 and went onto play 30 UK dates including BAC’s Octoberfest, Warwick Arts Centre, Komedia in Brighton and a special one-off show for fans and an invited audience at Soho Theatre in London’s West End. A huge critical success, All In The Timing sold-out at over 90% of the venues it visited and was part of the British Council Showcase at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Performed by John Nicholson, Javier Marzan and David Sant
Directed by Gerry Mulgrew. Written by David Ives
Produced in association with Neal Street Productions
Designed by Lizzie Clachan
Music composed by Peter Coyte
Funded by Arts Council England
Original production supported by Casey Childs

Personnel – five in total; three performers (David Sant, John Nicholson, Javier Marzan), one stage manager and one technician.
Suitable venue size: tbc
Language: English
Suitability: 14 years up
Duration: 80 minutes, no interval
Price: please contact Kim Lawrence, Company Manager.

Foreign Touring Specification: – Timing set and prop requirements for overseas touring (.doc 25k) – Timing Focus Notes (.doc 27k) – Timing LX plan (.doc 34k) – Set Construction diagrams (.doc 673k) – Timing other props photos (.doc 644k) – Timing set construction pics (.doc 1.82mb) – Timing set notes (tech support notes for theatres) 1min 59secs. 4.5mb

All In The Timing UK Touring Specifications: – Timing focus notes (.doc 27k) – Timing LX plan (34k)

Further Information

David Ives

David Ives – writer
David is an award winning playwright. The original 1994 Off-Broadway production of All in the Timing ran for several months, becoming something of a cult hit and winning several prestigious awards: 1994 Outer Critics Circle, John Gassner Playwriting Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Play. Both this collection and his subsequent collections, TIME FLIES and MERE MORTALS, have been widely produced across the United States and abroad. David is also the author of two full-length plays, an opera, several short stories and he writes for both Hollywood and television.

Gerry Mulgrew – director
Gerry has worked in the theatre for thirty years, as actor, director and writer. Since 1983 he has been artistic director of Communicado, Theatre Company, based in Scotland. With Communicado he has directed around thirty different productions. The company has won 6 Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Festival, and the Prudential Award for British Theatre.It has toured extensively in Scotland, England and has appeared several times in London, in addition to touring to the USA, Canada and Europe. As freelance, Gerry has directed for all the major Scottish Theatres and the RSC. Most recently he has worked for the Festival d’Otono in Madrid, and for the Ford Foundation in East Africa.

Peter Coyte – Composer/Sound Artist
Peter has written original scores and soundscapes for theatre, documentaries and films. His theatre work includes Company F.Z shows ‘Throat’, ‘Loser’, ‘Night & Day’ and Philomena’s Feast’. His credits include the award winning documentary ‘When The War Is Over’ directed by Francois Verster and Rafal Zielinski’s Sundance award winning film ‘Fun’ He also writes and performs live with spoken word artist Salena Saliva Godden in SaltPeter.

Neal Street Productions
This Production Company was established in 2003 by Sam Mendes, Caro Newling and Pippa Harris with a first look deal with Dreamworks SKG. It currently has a range of film and theatre projects in development or in production on both sides of the Atlantic. Last year, the theatre arm developed and co-produced Owen McCafferty’s new version of JP Miller’s Days Of Wine And Roses at the Donmar Warehouse; Indhu Rubasingham’s production of Nilo Cruz’ recent Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna In The Tropics at Hampstead theatre; and the UK premiere of Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Abaire, which had a two month season at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Arts Theatre, London.

Future plans include more newly commissioned works and, in collaboration with Dreamworks Animation, development of the world stage première of Shrek, The Musical, to by directed by Avenue Q’s Jason Moore, is well underway.

Caro Newling, formerly Mendes’ Executive partner at the Donmar heads up Neal Street Production’s theatre arm with Producer, Beth Key-Pugh, curator of new work during their Donmar tenure.

Lizzie Clachan – designer
Lizzie is a founder member of the Shunt collective. She has designed all Shunt shows to date including ‘The Ballad of Bobby Francois’, ‘The Tennis Show’, ‘Dance Bear Dance’ and their current collaboration with the National Theatre –‘Tropicana’. Lizzie has also worked extensively outside of Shunt, most recently designing ‘Lady Bird’ by Vassily Sigarev at The Royal Court.