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botallack o'clock

by eddie elks



time out  critics' choice ★★★★★

"surprising, profound and very very funny"


the stage ★★★★

“A mournfully funny, evocatively dream-like production”


whatsonstage ★★★★

“compulsive, crazy and clever... an atmospheric, engrossing  production”


exeunt magazine: editor's pick ★★★★

“Botallack O'Clock is a powerful success."


plays to see ★★★★★

"This piece is incredibly strong; meticulously brought

to life on every level by a talented team, and equally

funny and thoughtful throughout."


edfringe review: editor's pick ★★★★★

“A fantastic offering from Third Man Theatre.""


"Bonkers... in a good way!" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


Everyone else is asleep. Not me. Not you. Not yet...No, not yet.”  


Botallack O'Clock  is a funny, moving and thought-­provoking journey into the creative mind of one of the most unique voices in post­war British art, Roger Hilton CBE.


Having premiered at the Half Moon, Herne Hill in 2011, Botallack O'Clock transferred to the Edinburgh Festival 2012 and then on to the 59E59 Theaters, New York as part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival 2013. Botallack O'Clock returned to London by popular demand in 2016 for a sell-out 4 week run at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington.




"Dazzlingly eloquent yet always just beyond sense... Botallack O'Clock  is a stunning miniature; surprising, profound and very very funny...

a phenomenal and uncompromising performance by Dan Frost”.   Matt Trueman, Time Out




“A mournfully funny, evocatively dream-like production”



“Compulsive, clever, funny... an atmospheric, engrossing production. This is acting of the highest order: detailed, unsentimental but completely engaging.”



"This piece is incredibly strong; meticulously brought to life on every level by a talented team, and equally funny and thoughtful throughout."


Everything Theatre ★★★★

"Eddie Elks' brilliant play has succeeded in devising a theatrical experience that doesn’t just showcase the material, but actually creates the universe."


LondonTheatre1 ★★★★

"Dan Frost is captivating... almost impossible to look away."


EdFringe Review: EDITOR'S PICK ★★★★★

“A fantastic offering from Third Man Theatre: ­comic, insightful and unmissable!”


Exeunt Magazine:  EDITOR'S PICK ★★★★

“Botallack O’Clock  is a powerful success.”


One4Review ★★★★


Broadway Baby ★★★★


In 1965, having just represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, Roger Hilton moved with his family to the Cornish coastal village of Botallack, where his  working routine began to break down, mainly as a result of his increasing addiction to alcohol. For the last two years of his life, Hilton took permanently to his bed, where he continued to work, painting over the side of his bed on sheets of paper laid on the floor. A small down­stairs room in his cottage became his bedroom, living space and studio, where Hilton would work through the night with only his thoughts, his imaginings and a temperamental radio for company.


Botallack O’Clock  is a suspended hour of the night where Roger’s past and present combine with  his vivid imagination and his tenacious personality, giving a humorous and intriguing insight into the mind of a true artist.


The award­-winning Third Man Theatre return to The Old Red Lion following their highly acclaimed run of  Mugs' Arrows by Eddie Elks.


“Eddie Elks is one of the most distinctive voices around.”   Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage


Produced by Tom Hackney and Third Man Theatre





Dan Frost

George Haynes / Rhys King / Mark Knightley  




Writer/ Director Eddie Elks

Producer Tom Hackney

Assistant Director Jessica Burrage

Lighting Design Chistopher Nairne

Set Design Ken McClymont

Sound Design Liam Welton

Stage Manager Edwina Allen


Previous Shows



12th Jan - 6th Feb Old Red Lion Theatre, London



20th May - 8th June 59E59 Theaters, New York

28th March Factory 7, Shoreditch

23rd - 24th Feb Advanced Graphics, London



17th Sept - 6th Oct Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

15th Sept St. Ives Arts Club, Cornwall

1st - 27th Aug Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Festival

16th - 17th July Theatre 503, London



11th - 15th Oct Co-Exist, Bristol

13th - 14th Sept St. Ives Arts Club, Cornwall

11th - 27th Aug Half Moon Theatre, London 

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