At the Movies: Mafia? Western? Sci-fi? (paperback)


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From 2014 to 2018, character comedy trio Sleeping Trees challenged themselves to bring the big screen to the stage, paying homage and reinventing gangster, western and sci-fi movies for audiences across the country. This book recounts how these shows were made, stories from when they were on tour, the trios unique approach to devising fringe comedy, as well as the original scripts of the three award-winning plays.

Sleeping Trees deliver their version of every gangster film they’ve ever seen. Expect casinos, operas and bloodshed as the Banucci brothers find themselves in a situation stickier than most luxury cakes.

The Sleeping Trees find themselves slowly crisping under the sun of the Wild West, as gun-slinger Harry Sudds takes on bulls, scorpions and many other animals largely found in America.

At a time where ancient planet Plutopia rules the galaxy, farmer Charlie Sprog is dragged from his quiet home planet and given one simple mission: SAVE THE UNIVERSE FROM TOTAL DESTRUCTION.

So sit back, relax, grab some popcorn, and enjoy. Obviously if you need to put the popcorn down to hold the book then do, maybe just put the popcorn to the side, or hold it between your thighs? The important thing is that you read the book.


“A company set to rocket to stardom”
Three Weeks

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198 x 129 mm





Publication date

15 October 2020

About the writer

According to a 2017 review from Broadway Baby ‘The Sleeping Trees are a trio composed of Joshua, who looks like all the hobbits in one face; John who’s a cross between Damien Lewis and Scraggy from Scooby Doo; and James, a hipster Ricky Gervais who sounds like a chain-smoking Pumba.’ Formed in 2009 at the University of Chichester, Sleeping Trees have made fourteen shows to date, performing in venues as diverse as the Royal Albert Hall, Soho Theatre, a curry house in Brick Lane, a funfair in Australia and a creche in Hastings. They took their first show Magic Faraway Tree to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009 and haven’t missed a year since. On their 10th anniversary at the Fringe they realised they have spent more time living together than they have with their actual families!