• 14th-16th September: three days of games and play on London’s South Bank
  • 17th September: "Playing In Public", the Hide&Seek Weekender Conference

Comedian Dies in the Middle of Joke

Ross Sutherland

NOTE: Comedian Dies in the Middle of Joke is a ticketed event. Tickets are available from the Old Vic website

11th November 1983: comedian Joe “Pops” Pooley is onstage at a North London comedy club and no one’s laughing.

August 2012: his murder is reconstructed.

Come and help recreate the last five minutes of Joe Pooley’s comedy career. Everyone in the room gets to ‘play’ someone who was in the club on that fateful night: you could be the barman, the comedy critic, the bouncer, the loud-mouth heckler… you could even be the doomed comedian himself, reading the script off an auto-cue.

No two performances are alike: as the night unfolds, the story begins to take on the personality of its audience.

Joe’s original set was awful that night. Therefore, your job is not to save the gig. Your task is much simpler than that: CAN YOU DIE WITH DIGNITY?

Saturday 15th September