Going For A Swedish in Camberwell

Staff Reporter (27 October, 2021)

Butlins Bill and French Face Frenchie provide a tour de force in character comedy.


Writer and Director Brian Beaton brings his second play Swedish to Blue Elephant Theatre, following on from the success of his first play Lunchbreaks in 2019.

One more heist to set them up for retirement – it all seems too easy or does it? With the payout of a lifetime at stake, Butlins Bill and Frenchie risk everything in the hope of a peaceful future. But will they be thwarted by dodgy prawns, nosey neighbours, and rival crime gangs?

Man makes a plan and God laughs

Southwark playwright Brian Beaton’s new black comedy tells a story of friendship, money, and unfulfilled dreams. South London actor Billy Colvill and poet John Smallshaw team up as the hapless crime duo Butlins Bill and French Face Frenchie to provide a tour de force in character comedy.

This absurd comedy will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart.

Brian Beaton

Brian is a long-time member of Blue Elephant Theatre’s Writers’ Group and is now also a trustee of Blue Elephant Theatre.

He runs Humor of Sense, which promotes confidence and resilience through theatre, film, music and workshops. Brian is a coach and a mentor who has worked with thousands of people who have lost their confidence through lack of support, isolation and direction.  He is Programme Manager at the House of Saint Barnabas Employment Academy, a charitable organisation that specialises in helping those who are socially excluded or have been affected by homelessness. 

One of his ambitions in writing Swedish was to show other aspects to the lives of homeless people.

Blue Elephant Theatre, 59a Bethwin Road, Camberwell, SE5 0XT on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th November. Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £10.00, £9.00 (concessions), £8.00 (Southwark Residents), £9.00 (Earlybird, available until October 30th)

Booking: http://blueelephanttheatre.co.uk/swedish

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Twitter & Instagram: @BETCamberwell


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