One hundred years since the end of the First World War, 300 to 1 looks at our view of war, death and glory. Through the eyes of fifteen-year-old Elliot, we look at the way wars have been presented through history, from poetry to movies, and ask which version of the idea of war wins out: The ugly horror or the patriotic glory?
Playing upwards of fifteen characters, the award-winning Corin Rhys Jones directly engages with the audience in a funny and moving, high-energy performance. The piece is extremely light on its feet, requiring only a sturdy table and an amp. Everything else is simply the performer on stage. The running time is approximately 45 minutes. Selected for the 2018 Thespis International Monodrama Festival, Kiel, Germany
Audience responses: ● “I saw this last night and loved it - he's such a talented actor; one minute making you laugh out loud, the next making you well up. Really recommend it!” ● “Excellent work from a fine Actor, taking on multiple roles and engaging the crowd makes you feel in the moment. Highly recommend this piece of Theatre.” ● “Saw the show on Sunday, absolutely loved it - clever, funny and talented acting! Would definitely recommend!” ● “You can feel the contempt for war of Sassoon and Owens through this tour de force performance. Gripping and emotional. Recommended.” ● “Brilliant. One man, mesmerising and convincing as several different characters on a tiny stage (despite noise from other stages it has to be said). Funny and entertaining, poignant and thought-provoking.”
Written and directed by Matt Panesh A performance poet, actor and writer, Matt has won nine fringe awards around the world including Best Poet at San Francisco Fringe two years in a rown, and a Three Weeks Editors Award at the Edinburgh Festival 2014. His plays include Murder Mystery, Welcome to Afghanistan, Jason (Georgia on my Mind) and Greyhound . He also performs stand-up under the name monkey poet. He is the founder and co-director of the Morecambe Fringe and President of the International Theatre Institute. Further information at www.monkeypoet.co.uk
Performed by Corin Rhys Jones Corin trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He has performed in a wide range of theatre, from classics like Waiting For Godot and The Seagull to more obscure works by Ghelderode and Radzinsky. His first solo show, Valentine’s Day , was met with international acclaim and received a commendation at the 2007 Solo Performance Festival at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London. He performed 300 to 1 at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the inaugural Morecambe Fringe Festival.