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Winner: OffWestEnd.com’s OffFEST Award for Theatre, Brighton Fringe 2022

“…on the surface about a bizarre record attempt, underneath an indictment of society’s attitude to the little people.” – Chris Neville-Smith

“The Foundry Group’s new play crackles with sharp one-liners….subtly layered with universal themes of love and loss. Highly Recommended.” – FringeReview

“Enchanting comedy….the writers captured perfectly the absurdism of the piece….clever and endearing.” – GScene.


When they’re in a hole, some people start digging.

In an overlooked pub in a left-behind town, an unlikely hero and his would-be agent plot to put themselves on the map via an insane World Record attempt – the longest time buried alive. That’s five months in an oversized coffin, under a tiny beer garden in the middle of Mansfield.

A true and often hilarious tale of courage, endurance, hope, despair, love, lies and media manipulation by Argus Angel winners Brian Mitchell (The Ministry of Biscuits) and Joseph Nixon (co-writer of West-End sell-out smash The Shark is Broken). Previous collaborations include Edinburgh hits Those Magnificent Men and the multi-award-winning Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks.

With Emma Wingrove (Sweethearts & The Hooligan) and Murray Simon (The Ministry of Biscuits, Lord God). Set design by Duncan Henderson (The Shark is Broken)

The world premiere of Underdogs took place at Brighton’s Rialto Theatre as part of Brighton Fringe, 24th-28th May 2022; as well as winning the OffFEST award, it as also included in theatre blogger Chris Neville-Smith’s coveted Pick of The Fringe.

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