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    Like a 1970s children’s TV comedy
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    Meandering exhibition of toothless humour
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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.

Award-winning filmmaker and producer Gary Sinyor wrote and directed his debut play, NotMoses, which received its world premiere at the Arts Theatre London in March 2016. A hilariously fresh take on the beloved biblical tale of Moses, NotMoses was a gleefully irreverent new comedy that marked Sinyor’s first venture into theatre.

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.

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Performance dates:
09 Apr 2016 - 09 Apr 2016
Running time:
2 hours and 15 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
12+ Years
Audience Notes:
Those who enjoy Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Spamalot will find similarly zany humour here.

Latest Audience Reviews

A couple of puns were quite good, the rest were average funny, you will laugh and you will not fe... More

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berbaverde 10 Apr 2016

I wanted to like this show, I really did, but it was just one of the most unfunny things I've eve... More

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parisrevans 28 Jun 2016

Genuinely the worst show I have ever seen. Too many attempts at a Monty-Pythonesque humour, which... More

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susannahrosemn Top 200 reviewer 01 Jun 2016

This was a very funny show. Very Monty Python esque and slapstick. It could have been a bit sho... More

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joc78 Top 10 reviewer 08 Apr 2016

I felt the cast were strong actors but I just couldn't get into the play. It tried to be funny bu... More

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angelakeating 26 Mar 2016

Funny and entertaining show

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dizzyduck 17 May 2016
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