Hardboiled: The Fall of Sam Shadow
New Diorama Theatre, Euston, London
February 9th – 27th 2016
By Beth Flintoff and Rhum and Clay | Directed by Beth Flintoff
“pulled off triumphantly… a huge achievement” ★★★★★ TimeOut
Off West End Awards Nomination for BEST DIRECTOR – Beth Flintoff
Off West End Awards Nomination for BEST SET DESIGN – David Harris
★★★★ “joyful and absorbing … visually arresting” The Stage
★★★★ “truly mesmerising” The Review Hub
★★★★ “a fast-paced, captivating pastiche of all things film noir” The Upcoming
★★★★ “A dynamic and passionate performance” London Theatre 1
Los Angeles, 1947. Scene 1, take 1.
Sam Shadow sits in his office waiting for his next client. He's no ordinary private investigator: he's scourge of the underworld, a man with ice where his heart used to be, the last bastion of morality in LA. Or so he'd like to think.
When the stunning Scarlett Addison walks in, Sam is thrown headlong into a shadowy world of murder, corruption and double crosses. A man's gone missing, electricity blackouts are more frequent than a loser at a blackjack table and the city’s in chaos. From LA’s dark streets to decadent hillside mansions, the deeper Sam digs the dirtier his hands get, until he discovers the true meaning of being a good guy in a bad world.
Inspired by classic film noirs like The Big Sleep and Chinatown, Hardboiled is a slick and witty journey through a celluloid world of crooked cops, private eyes and femme fatales. Sit down and grab the popcorn, because Sam's fall is coming and it's going to hurt like hell.
Hardboiled is a co-production between Rhum and Clay, The Watermill Theatre and Beth Flintoff.
This production is supported by New Diorama Theatre's Emerging Companies Fund and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Photographs by Richard Davenport (featuring Jess Mabel Jones, Christopher Harrison, Matthew Wells, and Julian Spooner)