& DRAG KING
Queer, hairy, and "uses humour as a feminist weapon" [Sunday Times]. Stage & screen writer Francesca Forristal by day, award-winning drag king Christian Adore by night! Forristal’s screen work ranges from Netflix's Blood, Sex, and Royalty, '22 ('fresh, vivid, energetic, funny - like Blackadder in a minor key,' 4 stars! Guardian), feminist horror-features ('The Bunker Game’ - Eagle Pictures, Canal Plus), and queer Victorian animation series (in development with Legendary TV for Amazon Prime). They currently have shows in development with Disney Plus, SeeSaw, and Erebus; they're a BAFTA Connect member '22; and their stage play Oddball was a finalist in the Edinburgh TV Festival 2020 New Voice Awards (supported by Netflix). Meanwhile, their drag has featured on the BBC and BBC Bitesize, improvising ‘Sequins, Spoofs, and Salaciousness!’ [Guardian] - one of the 'top names in the capital' [Guardian].
For all things screen, get in touch with my agent Jethro Thompson at Curtis Brown.
For Musical Theatre shenanigans, contact Helen Clarkson and Alastair Lindsey-Renton.
Nominated for The Stage Award 2022 Best Book/Lyrics/Score writing, Forristal and musical co-writer Jordan Clarke's latest "original and edgy" [The Guardian] musical, PUBLIC DOMAIN, was The Times' Pick of the Week [The Times Hotlist] at the Southwark Playhouse, and has a West End transfer to The Vaudeville Theatre. Their other musical, P.S. I'm a Terrible Person - made the Styles and Drewe Mentorship Award shortlist 2021, and the Pleasance Theatre's 'Charlie Hartill Reserve Fund' Award 2019. It is currently in development. Forristal and Clarke received a merit award from LA New Voices Project 2021, supported by Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. For more info about Forristal and Clarke Musicals, check out their website here.
REVIEW: 'Blood, Sex & Royalty review – a terrific peek at Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s sexiest bits' - 4 Stars!
"Intelligent, vivid, energetic, funny, full-blooded and good-hearted [...] Boleyn is fresh, hilarious and credible - enabled and supported by a script that, like Blackadder in a minor key, manages to modernise and distil the essence of people, politics and plot in a way that snaps you awake and makes you see the old story anew. “King of France, patron of the arts,” she says wryly, looking over at Francis I disporting himself in a manner unbecoming. “And banging my sister.” The options on offer for women are swiftly encapsulated. “Everywhere I looked women were getting screwed. By cheating husbands, controlling husbands, gambling husbands. Or you could be a mistress. Screwed with no husband.”
Who cannot love Anne’s description of the two people who were to become her greatest obstacles? Particularly given the succinctness with which they capture the essence of the individuals and why they became such enemies to her success. There’s Cardinal Wolsey as “King Henry’s work wife”, and Anne’s thumbnail sketch of Catherine of Aragon: “Commanded an entire army on horseback, while pregnant. Respect.” Masterpieces of compression, both. And funny.' The Guardian
at the Vaudeville Theatre, 2021
P.S. I'M A TERRIBLE PERSON
P.S. I’m A Terrible Person is a dark comedy musical about addiction inspired by true events, currently in development. This show is the high before a caffeine-crash. It's twisted, and funny, and addictive. Provoking frank, much-needed conversations about disordered eating with all the high-octane headiness of a modern musical.
The cast for the Sept, 2021 workshop included Nicole Raquel Dennis (Dear Even Hansen), Piers Bate (Waitress), Charlotte Vaughan (The Phantom of the Opera), Lewis Cornay (The Book of Mormon), Lottie Johnson (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Francesca Forristal as Martha Weiss.
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THE BUNKER GAME
Horror feature, out on Shudder now.