A hilariously irreverent new comedy arrived at the Arts Theatre London in March 2016, marking award-winning filmmaker Gary Sinyor’s first venture into theatre. Very loosely based on the biblical story of Moses, the play tells the entirely unheroic story of resentful NotMoses, who very narrowly misses out on becoming the saviour of the world.
Set in Ancient Egypt, NotMoses follows the unfortunate abandoned baby that narrowly misses out on becoming the legendary saviour that leads the exodus. A crying baby is plucked from the Nile by a Princess, only to be thrown back in again when a prettier, better baby comes along. This lucky baby becomes Prince Moses, who studies accountancy at the Pharaoh’s Court, whilst the rejected NotMoses becomes a resentful slave. When everyone is forced to flee into the Sinai desert, Moses and NotMoses unite to make kebabs on the burning bush. It is only when the Good Lord orders them to lead the Jews into the land of cows and bees that an alluring and mysterious Miriam steps in to save the day.
Sinyor is a BAFTA nominated director and recipient of the Venice International Film Festival’s Critics Choice, known for his extensive work in film. Most notable works include Stiff Upper Lips, The Bachelor with Renee Zellweger, United We Fall with Jack Donnelly and The Unkindest Cut for which he received a BAFTA nomination. Sinyor is perhaps best-known for writing, directing and producing the critically acclaimed film Leon the Pig Farmer, which was commissioned by Monty Python star Eric Idle and for which he received the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer.
Casting for the production included children Izzy Lee and Theo Mackenzie, who were plucked from a batch of open auditions for the Son of God, with design by Carla Goodman and lighting by Humphrey McDermott. NotMoses is a riotous and jaw-droopingly bold comedy that allows the audience to experience all ten plagues in the space of one evening. With smatterings of Python-esque comedy, this wacky show played for a limited time at the Arts Theatre London.
Sorry this show closed 09 April 2016, we recommend these similar productions.