Will Seaward Has a Really Good Go at Alchemy

Will Seaward Has a Really Good Go at Alchemy is probably unlike anything you will have ever seen. A cross between Brian Blessed and Stephen Fry, delivering factoids about alchemy in between the ensuing madness of a chemical set, in a big, booming voice that comes straight out of a pantomime, Will Seaward searches for the formula of the philosopher’s stone, using a different principle ingredient for each show offering an avenue of multiple possibilities. He’s a bumbling fool with a lot of fancy scientific equipment, which is where he gets his charm. Anything could happen and anything could go wrong.

There is hilarity in the fact that this man clearly shouldn’t be placed anywhere near fire, or chemicals, and he knows it.

This time, that primary ingredient was Colgate toothpaste and a whole host of problems became a part of that process, including resistant matches, temperamental Bunsen burners and cracking petri dishes. The beauty of the show is that it is very difficult for him to script anything, because he is relying entirely on how the “ingredients” react with each other, spontaneously responding to both the audience and the frothing of toothpaste and tin (and that was just in our show). You cannot script this sort of comedy, which makes it inherently unpredictable, and that’s what makes Seaward a whole different comedy experience. There is hilarity in the fact that this man clearly shouldn’t be placed anywhere near fire, or chemicals, and he knows it. He even remarks that this is “the most ludicrous thing he has ever done” and it’s possible that this will be the most ludicrous thing you see, but the intimacy of the space the character that Seaward naturally possesses makes this a truly hilarious experience.

On the flip side, the first half is full of exposition to set up the rest of the show which leaves little room for spontaneity, which was resulted with a lack of laughs and a slowed pace that ultimately rendered the first part rather dull. But once things started kicking off, the room was brought to life and Seaward, fuelled by the responsiveness of his audience and volunteers led us through a performance that was quite utterly mad.

There is nothing else quite like it out there. 

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The Blurb

Booming-voiced comedian Will Seaward is going to attempt to beat the world's finest medieval minds by trying to create the philosopher's stone, live on stage. Genuinely. This is actually happening. He'll also be trying to transmute base metals into gold, make the elixir of life, and so on. He's pretty nervous. 'A young Brian Blessed on a wicked sugar rush' (Telegraph). 'The only real way of describing Will Seaward is “legend”, period' ***** (TheNewCurrent.co.uk). 'Spurred the audience to applause mid-sentence' ***** (TheatreFullStop.com). 'Utterly absurd and belly-achingly funny' ***** (ThreeWeeks).