What Would Spock Do?

wwsd600Toured to Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2016, followed by UK and Vienna in 2017.

Written and Directed by Jon Brittain.

Performed by Sam Donnelly.

Gary Thompson used to know every episode of Star Trek by heart. He wore the uniform to school and even spent five hours in the rain waiting for an autograph from his favourite actor Leonard Nimoy, Mr Spock himself. But that’s all behind him now. Now, no one in Gary’s life knows about his childhood obsession. His colleagues, his friends, his five-a-side football team… as far as they’re concerned he’s just one of the lads.

That is until a new girl, Kira, arrives at work with a Mr Spock haircut, a Star Trek badge and a picture of Leonard Nimoy on her desk. Gary’s past and present are about to collide and there’s nothing he can do to stop it…

It’s times like this he really needs to ask himself the most important question of all… what would Spock do?

Partially based on both the writer/director and performers’ experiences of growing up as ‘massive Trekkies’, this is an uplifting new solo comic play about love, Star Trek, and learning to accept who you are no matter how much of a loser it makes you. It comes to the stage in the same year as the world paid tribute to the career and life of Leonard Nimoy, who died in March.

‘A geek’s dream come true! Effective, amusing and affecting.’ The Times

‘A bittersweet story. Highly engaging.’  ★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News    

‘A delight! Warm, funny and inspiring.’ ★★★★  The Scotsman

‘Brittain’s razor-sharp script keeps the audience in gales of laughter’ The Stage on The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo

‘As hilarious as it is well observed. Truly excellent’ One Stop Arts on My Imaginary Friend Patrick Stewart

Jon Brittain is a playwright, writer and director. His plays include the critically acclaimed Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho (Edinburgh Festival, Leicester Square Theatre), Phillipa and Will are Now in a Relationship, The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo (Edinburgh Festival) and My Imaginary Friend Patrick Stewart (Soho Theatre, reading). He has written for Radio 4’s The Now Show and Dilemma, Comedy Huha’s Ted or Dead, Cartoon Network’s Emmy award winning The Amazing World of Gumball, and created, wrote and performed in the online sketch show HodgePodge for Hoot Comedy. Directing credits include comedian John Kearns’ Fosters Newcomer Award-winning show Sight Gags for Perverts and the Fosters Award-winning Shtick. He created the sci-fi theatre night Blast Off!, the scratch night Brain of Brittain, has worked extensively with Old Vic New Voices, was a member of the Royal Court Studio Group and was one of the Theatre503 Five 2012/2013.

Sam Donnelly trained at ALRA. He has recently been seen in the award-winning Edinburgh Fringe hit The Bunker Trilogy (Edinburgh Festival, subsequent transfer to Southwark Playhouse and international tour). Other theatre credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (National tour), Macbeth (House of Detention, Clerkenwell), Come on Eileen (Theatre 503), Of Mice and Men, Lord of the Flies (Broadway Theatre), Richard III (Iris Theatre) and Beauty and the Beast (Hawthorne Theatre).