About the showAward-winning, BAFTA nominated filmmaker Gary Sinyor turned his hand to playwriting, in a world premiere of his hilarious new comedy NotMoses. The play opened at the Arts Theatre on March 10th 2016, with Sinyor having brought us an outrageously irreverent production, very loosely based on the tale of Moses.
Set in Ancient Egypt, NotMoses follows the story of the crying baby who is plucked from his basket by a Princess, only to be thrown back into the Nile when a sweeter baby comes along. This baby grows up to be Moses, who studies accountancy at the Pharaoh’s Court, whilst cast-aside NotMoses becomes a resentful slave. Soon they are both are forced to flee into the Sinai desert. Together they make kebabs on the burning bush before the Good Lord orders them to lead the Jews to a happier land full of cows and bees. Eventually an alluring woman, Miriam, leads them all.
Casting included Izzy Lee and Theo Mackenzie as voices for the Son of God, who were both picked out at open auditions. NotMoses was designed by Carla Goodman, with lighting by Humphrey McDermott.
Director Sinyor is known for writing, directing and producing the acclaimed film Leon the Pig Farmer, which was commissioned by Python star Eric Idle. Further projects have included numerous feature films such as mockumentary United We Fall, Retreat, In Your Dreams, Bob the Butler, Stiff Upper Lips and The Bachelor. Sinyor has received the Venice International Film Festival’s Critics Choice and the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer.
Biblical comedy NotMoses opened March 10th at Arts Theatre London and played until May 14th 2016.