"neither of us were very charismatic...that was a problem."
Written by: Callum Cameron
"Reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch…Radiating warmth and with a very tight script, They Built It. No One Came is a style of storytelling that sits perfectly within its 1-hour time slot." - British Theatre Guide
Eight years ago Tobias and Alexander came together to form a spiritualist commune based on their shared visions of a peaceful and harmonious community...they are still awaiting their first member.
They Built It. No One Came was inspired by a true story originally published in the New York Times under the same name by Penelope Green in 2015 which can be found here.
It was shortlisted for the Charlie Hartill Award in early 2016. It subsequently went on to preview at the New Diorama Theatre in July in London before going on to a successful run at the Pleasance for the duration of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2016.
In February 2017 it transferred to a sell out run at the Greenwich Theatre before embarking on a UK Tour to the
Brighton Fringe, The Old Firestation, The Sheffield Crucible, The New
Diorama and Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.
LUCY WRAY, DIRECTOR
Lucy Wray is a director and theatre maker. Previously for Fledgling: They Built It. No One Came. (Pleasance Edinburgh; UK Tour)
She is currently Resident Director at the Almeida (The Tragedy of King Richard the Second dir Joe Hill-Gibbins) and Associate Director to Zoe Svendsen (METIS) We Know Not What We May Be (Barbican); World Factory (Young Vic, UK Tour).
Directing Credits include: Left My Desk (short film); Left My Desk by Olivia Hirst (New Diorama, HOME Manchester); Boots by Jessica Butcher (VAULT Festival, Highly Commended Award); COW by Jessica Barker-Wren (Bike Shed Exeter, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Wilton's Music Hall); RUN by Stephen Laughton (The Bunker, Nominated for Best Production & Best Actor Off West End Awards); EGGS by Florence Keith Roach (VAULT Festival); Goodstock by Olivia Hirst (New Diorama, Greenwich Theatre, Pleasance Edinburgh).
As Dramaturg: Give Me Your Skin by Tom Ross Williams and Oonagh Murphy (BAC).
EDO ELIA, MUSICIAN
Edoardo Elia is an Italian / English musician and singer currently based in Rome. He has performed two Busking Tours with a Trio: GERMANY 2013, ITALY 2015. He released his most EP, FOCUS in December 2016. Theatrically, THEY BUILT IT. NO ONE CAME. was his first production, since he has appeared in Script for Supper's Twelfth Night.
bEN MAIER, COMPOSER
Ben Maier is an award-winning musician, writer, and performer. He regularly collaborates with a number of internationally acclaimed theatre companies and composers, providing words and/or music. He also writes and performs his own solo material and plays guitar with the band Tear.
"Reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch…Radiating warmth and with a very tight script, They Built It. No One Came is a a style of storytelling that sits perfectly within its 1- hour time slot." - British Theatre Guide
“Told succinctly with humour and compassion…about how we are capable of undermining our own best intentions and how far we might have to compromise our ideals in order to get others to share them.” - The Scotsman
"An intriguing and psychologically complex piece conveying a fascinating tale." – The Stage