Police Cops – Badass Be Thy Name

Gird your loins and suspend any disbelief for the weirdest, rip-roaring adventure you’ll ever experience. Police Cops brings you an hour of absolute madness, complete with physical comedy, dance, unintentional improvisation, songs, puns and puppetry.

A wonderfully silly time.

The story is set in 1999 Manchester, where vampires roam the rave scene and only a slayer by the name of Badass can defeat them. The plot may not make that much sense, but it is a worthy sacrifice for the unique brand of comedy the troupe produces. The set and costumes are conspicuously low-budget, which could easily lead to the assumption that the show is messy or low quality. However, the simple props and staging actually make for incredibly clever and original physical comedy. Something as simple as a cabbage to the face becomes a character running through the bushes, and two painted coats make a water cooler. The audience go absolutely wild for it, but I would love to see more of these tricks taken even further.

The cast rely heavily on multi-rolling and pull it off with confidence, using their high energy levels to create extremely odd characters. The jokes, including gags that involve pulling toy babies across the floor, are completely ridiculous, but fit so well with the overall tone of the show that even the silliest of moments seem acceptable. A few mistakes were made the night I saw the show, but these errors actually resulted in some of the funniest moments due to the strength of the actors’ improvisation.

However, for a show that relies so heavily on physical theatre, I think the cast were lacking the necessary skill level to pull off some of the choreography. I understand the slapdash nature of the performance is part of its charm, but I still think the dance routines are not sharp enough and the fights could be more complex.

If you’re looking for a wonderfully silly time where no deep thinking is required, this is a fun way to spend an evening. Just make sure you don’t take any of it seriously!

Reviews by Emily Reader

Pleasance Courtyard

dressed.

★★★★
Assembly George Square Studios

Police Cops – Badass Be Thy Name

★★★★
Assembly George Square

Nish Kumar: It's in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves

★★★★
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

★★★★★
Assembly Rooms

Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest

★★★★★
Pleasance Courtyard

Glenn Moore: Love Don't Live Here Glenny Moore

★★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Hot off the back of total sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2016, 2017, 2018 and Soho Theatre, London; multi award-winning company Police Cops bring you their latest comedy blockbuster: Badass Be Thy Name. Gritty northern town: 1999. A kitchen sink drama turns into a vampire-slaying horror epic. Complete with a 90s rave soundtrack, supercharged physical comedy and more vampires that you can shake a stake at. Winners: Amused Moose Comedy Award 2018. ***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'I paid £12, I would have paid £13' (Dara Ó Briain).

Most Popular See More

Come From Away

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Lion King

From £45.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £31.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

From £13.00

More Info

Find Tickets