Festival 47 Spotlight: Bad Men

Festival 47 Spotlight: Bad Men

To find out more about Festival 47 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Bad Men, which plays Festival 47 from 17 July 2017 at 18:30. I caught up with writer and director Jake Westow Miller:

Describe your show in three words.

Funny, touching, relevant.

Tell us a bit more about your theatre company.

Our company My Mate Dave is made up of Jake Westow Miller and Oliver Yellop. Jake is a writer, Oliver an actor and we collaborate on the production side. Our previous show Love in the Time of Gilmore Girls premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and this is our second production working together.

We aim to make theatre that is radical, innovative and that deals with contemporary society in an entertaining way. We aim to continue to make interesting work and to reach as wide a possible audience.

Is this your first time at the King’s Head?

We performed at the King’s Head as part of #Festival45 back in November 2015 with our transfer of Love in the Time of Gilmore Girls – we had a really great time and are excited to be back.

Who else in the festival programme are you most excited about?

Wet Bread and Fridge look really interesting and we’re also excited about Lead Suspect since it combines theatre and dogs, two things of which we’re big fans.

What is your inspiration to continue making theatre?

We’re always inspired by great work being written by writers such David Hare and James Graham that examine our history and the politics of today. We also admire companies such as Complicite and Forced Entertainment that continue to make bold and pieces that expand our understanding of what theatre can be.

What are the future dreams for your show?

We’d really like to the show to have a longer life, perhaps doing a longer run in London or elsewhere, we are also planning to take Love in the Time of Gilmore Girls to Australia early next year.

What is the best production you have seen this year – can be any genre, style, in any theatre or performance space?

The best production that we saw was Beware of Pity, directed by Simon McBurney at the Schaubuhne in Berlin. It’s rare that you see an adaptation of a historical novel that feels completely fresh and speaks exactly to the present moment.


Writer: Jake Westow Miller

Director: Jake Westow Miller, Oliver Yellop

Producer: My Mate Dave

Cast: Oliver Yellop, Kieran Maloney and Johnathan Hansler

Bad Men plays King’s Head Theatre as part of Festival 47 on 17, 18, 19 and 22 July 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.