We Apologise for the Inconvenience

Theatre (comedy, sci-fi)

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It’s 1984 and the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, is in trouble. Famously bad with deadlines, Adams has been locked away in a London hotel room by his publisher to finish his new book which is already months late. But with a whole universe of distractions – including a talking plastic duck who seems to know a worrying amount about him – completing the book seems infinitely improbable... 'What fun! Excellent writing, very much in Douglas’s vein, and very convincingly reconstructing his thought processes' (Simon Jones (Arthur Dent)).

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Jonathan Holt 114 days ago

Unfortunately a fire alarm prematurely ended this production for us, meaning we missed the last 15 minutes, but the 30 minutes we saw was a heartwarming ode to the writer, presented in the style of a Douglas Adams novel. Just the right amount of fan service too, not at all overbearing.

Wonderfully acted!

Lesley Warner 114 days ago

☆☆☆☆☆ A brilliant show that expertly captured Douglas Adams' famous inability to work to deadlines, portrayed though his dialogue with a plastic duck. A fire alarm leading to evacuation of the venue provided the perfect opportunity for the actors to apologise for the inconvenience, and it is a tribute to their professionalism that when we were let back in they picked up where they'd left off and finished this hilarious show.

Alan Coyne (@DoyleELF) 116 days ago

As a Douglas Adams fan, I came into this with some trepidation; I feared it could never match my expectations. I have never been so relieved to be so wrong.

Writer Mark Griffiths has perfectly captured Adams' voice and spirit in this semi-biographic piece. The animation that opens and closes the show, by Andrew Orton, is a flawless homage to the best part of the otherwise-awkward BBC TV series. Adam Gardiner does not particularly resemble Adams, but more than makes up for that with his seemingly-effortless mastery of the dialogue, and his natural affability. And Rob Stuart-Hudson is a tour de force, shifting accents and mannerisms with ease, and doing a surprisingly accurate PG Wodehouse imitation. Overall, I loved every minute of this: I encourage everyone to come see its final two Fringe performances, and hope it has a life beyond the festival.

Come to think of it, I have a friend in San Francisco who runs a sci-fi theater...

Graham Bull 118 days ago

Hitchhiker fans won’t be disappointed. Writer’s block. All writers have been there. But not necessarily accompanied by a duck. What else would you expect in the bath...
Douglas would be proud of this!

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 110 days ago

It is evident that Mark Griffiths' script is a very affectionate take on Douglas Adams and his most famous works. All of the subtle (and not so subtle) references are there - dressing gown, towel, the number 42, not to mention well-realised animations by Andrew Orton that bookend the show in the style of the wonderful TV adaptation.

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Daily Business Magazine (4/5 stars) 113 days ago

With Hitchhiker’s guide style voiceovers and graphics at the start and end of the play, and a script that channels the spirit of Adam’s writing and ability to string surreal and unrelated concepts together into a compelling whole, this is a play that will appeal to fans of the late author and to anyone who has ever tried to avoid a deadline, whether or not they’ve been aided by a duck.

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Geek Chocolate 116 days ago

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” The author of the radio series which became a book which became a television series which became a feature film which became a stage play, the great Douglas Adams was eminently quotable in his diverse work which also included the creation of the “holistic detective” Dirk Gently and a stint as script editor on Doctor Who, and in his unusual and too brief life.

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FringeReview 118 days ago

Douglas Adams, coveted and bestselling author, is perilously close to an apparently unmissable publishing deadline. So much so, that his publicist has locked him in a hotel suite and refuses to release him until he finishes the manuscript. Douglas Adams will need no introduction to many people, his reputation as...

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