Rhum+Clay

Hardboiled

The Fall of Sam Shadow

★★★★★
“Pulled off triumphantly... every transition is fluid and purposeful, with smart lighting and sound design adding real depth to a creative, characterful production”
TIME OUT
★★★★
“A joyful and absorbing show, as easy to get lost in as a murky alleway on the wrong side of town”
THE STAGE
Rhum+Clay

Co-produced by The Watermill Theatre

Supported by New Diorama’s Emerging Companies Fund


Los Angeles, 1947. Scene 1, take 1.

Sam Shadow sits in his office waiting for his next client. He's no ordinary private investigator: he's the scourge of the underworld, a man with ice where his heart used to be, the last bastion of morality in LA. Or so he'd like to think.

When the stunning  Scarlett Addison walks in, Sam is thrown headlong into a shadowy world of murder, corruption and double crosses. A man's gone missing, electricity blackouts are more frequent than a loser at a blackjack table and the city’s in chaos. From LA’s dark streets to decadent hillside mansions, the deeper Sam digs the dirtier his hands get, until he discovers the true meaning of being a good guy in a bad world.

Inspired by classic films noir like The Big Sleep and Chinatown, HARDBOILED is a slick and witty journey through a celluloid world of crooked cops, private eyes and femmes fatales. Sit down and grab the popcorn, because Sam's fall is coming and it's going to hurt like hell.

★★★★★
“Pulled off triumphantly... every transition is fluid and purposeful, with smart lighting and sound design adding real depth to a creative, characterful production”
TIME OUT
★★★★
“A joyful and absorbing show, as easy to get lost in as a murky alleway on the wrong side of town”
THE STAGE

Cast & Creatives

Created & devised by Rhum + Clay and Beth Flintoff

Director: Beth Flintoff
Designer: David Harris
Lighting Designer: Nick Flintoff
Sound Designer: Neil Starke

Cast: Christopher Harrisson, Jess Mabel Jones, Julian Spooner, Matt Wells

Photography: The Other Richard

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Jun - Jul 2014: The Watermill Theatre & Rural UK Tour 

Feb 2016: New Diorama Theatre, London

Hardboiled
Hardboiled