Tim and Andy: AN ADVENTURE

BATS Theatre, Wellington

07/05/2008 - 10/05/2008

NZ International Comedy Festival 2007-09, 2013

Production Details

Tim and Andy: An Adventure is a devised comedy that takes you inside the emotional and trivial world of two social outcasts. There is no doorknob on the outside of their Newtown flat, aspiring actor Tim uses this as an excuse to avoid auditions and stay at home all day watching TV, waiting for his flatmate Andy to come home so he can let him in. Whereas Tim is oafish and self-absorbed, Andy is a diligent and generous soul who enjoys toiling away at the local Subway to pay the rent, hoping one day to don the maroon managerial cap of success.

The fragile ecosystem within which these misfits live is shattered when Andy lands a role in a Subway commercial, catapulting him into quasi-stardom and Tim into a jealous rage that could end their life-long friendship. Along with live music, live TV, and live wig use, Tim and Andy: An Adventure attempts to answer some of life’s big questions: What are friends really for? Why are doorknobs so expensive in this modern age? How do you break up with someone in a wheelchair for reasons purely to do with personality while keeping within the boundaries of political correctness? "Tim and Andy" shows us that life truly is full of adventures, you can have them without even leaving the house.

Tim and Andy: An Adventure is devised and performed by Nic Sampson and Joseph Moore. Nic and Joseph met at primary school and have performing together on stage ever since Nic finally acknowledged that Joseph existed. They had mild success together as the mildly funny comedy band Guns N Moses until their dramatic breakup in 2006. They’ve also done stuff on their own.

Nic was nominated for a Chapman Tripp award for his performance in Ken Duncum’s Picture Perfect at the Circa Theatre in 2006. On screen he starred in the Disney’s Power Rangers Mystic Force as the Yellow one. Next year he’ll be seen in the fantasy-western – Laundry Warrior, also starring Geoffry Rush.

Joseph played the oft ridiculed Bastabus in Danny Mulheron and Tom Scott’s TV Series, Seven Periods with Mr. Gormsby. This year he will be seen during the first two minutes of Disney’s epic and expensive Prince Caspian as the dastardly bully.

Tim and Andy: AN ADVENTURE plays:

Dates: Wed 7 – Sat 10 May, 6.30pm
Venue: BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace
Booking: BATS 04 802 4175, book@bats.co.nz
Tickets: Adult $16 / Conc. $13 / Groups 10+ $13 (service fees may apply)
Show Duration: 1 hour  

1hr, no interval

Unpretentious, convoluted, charming

Review by Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] 11th May 2008

Tim & Andy: an adventure, is an amiable comedy about an odd couple, who are not Neil Simon-like grumpy middle-aged men but a couple of twenty year-olds sharing a flat in Wellington. Tim is a would-be actor; he would be one if he could get off the couch in front of the TV.  Andy, who works at Subway, is bossed about by Tim until he lands a job as the front man for a Subway TV campaign with national, even international fame and fortune beckoning.

Part of the fun of the comedy is that the television excerpts are played out on a TV screen at the back of the set in which Michael Trigg plays assorted characters including a duck while Joseph Moore’s Andy gives his all, which is not very much, for Subway and Nic Sampson’s Tim seethes with jealousy.

It’s an unpretentious comedy with a convoluted plot (hallucinatory sequences/TV series and ads) about friendship performed with a rough and ready charm and it creates laughter which is what the festival is all about.


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Real to surreal with comic truth and timing

Review by John Smythe 08th May 2008

The opening visual gag, which subverts our reflex ‘oh no – groan’ expectations, alerts us that Tim & Andy may just be something more than a standard, seen-it-all-before comedy about slacker flatmates. And it is.  

Tim (Nic Sampson) is the deeply flawed, own-worst enemy, wannabe actor and freeloading flatmate from Hell. Andy (Joseph Moore) holds the lease courtesy of a mum he’s trying to break free from, works at subway and seems to have some sense that the time has come to make something of his life. Michael Trigg plays assorted incidental characters and animals.

All three actors are clearly talented, extracting comedy by staying true to their characters, touching truthful emotional nerve-ends, demanding empathy from an audience they are clearly in tune with, and exhibiting a sure sense of timing.  

For quite some time I feared we were getting a shopping list of fairly amusing but relatively random attitudes and events – a missing doorknob used by Tim as an excuse to stay at home; a TV soap called Passion Peak; a false moustache; Andy’s secret home-based radio station and his dilemma with a wheelchair-bound wannabe girlfriend; much ado about Subway and its national ad campaign … While there is much to laugh and smile at on the way, as the styles of delivery range from real to surreal, I fear nothing much is accumulating.

But I’m wrong. As their hour enters its final quarter, there are lots of pay-offs from what they’ve set up. On the way we are treated to some quite inspired verbal outpourings, mostly from the mouth of Tim (e.g. "See how the Prince scrapes crumbs from his beard for the peasants to fornicate in") and throwaway gags ("The elderly? Are they still around?"). And there’s a great dub song: ‘Get your foot-long on’ (promoting a Subway sandwich).

The ending, which doesn’t really work for me, brings them back to the slacker status quo. But the fact that I believe enough to care is a plus. I look forward to more work from this team, hopefully exploring a more interesting theme.


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