Bufo bufo

A dismembered corpse. Questions but no answers. An ancient and mysterious book. Patterns. Whispers from the shadows. Ciphers. Riddles. Short sentences. Too many? Possibly.

Bufo bufo.

Chicago, 1927, and something smells wrong. Freelance journalist Brad Donovan is determined to follow the whiff of conspiracy, but when he pulls up the city's floorboards, it turns out to be more rotten than he could have imagined. Faced with the unholy relics of strange aeons, aided by his bookish ally Professor Paxton, Brad sets out to scoop his biggest story yet – and possibly his last. Who really runs this city? What is the pattern to the obscene murders? And what does 'Narkle' mean?

Bufo bufo.

After three narrative sketch shows – The Voyage of The Narwhal, Racketeers and The Bastard King – The Awkward Silence return with another multi-character comedy set in a strange and captivating world. 

This produciton is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund.


The Awkward Silence (Ralph Jones and Vyvyan Almond) are a double act who write and perform sketch comedy. For their writing, which has been script-edited by Brass Eye writer David Quantick, they have been shortlisted for a BBC Writer's Prize and nominated for a Writers Guild Award. Alongside their live work they are currently developing a podcast sitcom entitled Mea Culpa, set in a confessional.

www.theawkwardsilence.co.uk / @The_Awkward_S 

Nick Davies writes and performs comedy, most recently as part of the sketch group Big Brass. As a director, he has worked with The Awkward Silence for their shows The Voyage of The Narwhal, Racketeers, and The Bastard King.


“The performance is faultless” Chortle

★★★★★ “One of this year's best sketch comedy shows” The New Current

★★★★ “Wonderfully absurd” Broadway Baby

★★★★ “An impressive array of characters realised brilliantly” Oxford Theatre Review

“Go see The Awkward Silence or die in regret” The Pajama Men