The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at 42

Sunday 8th May 2020
British Library
, London

On 8th March 2020 Stand Up for Towel Day joined a stellar line-up of guests to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the first radio broadcast of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

In a special 45 minute gig, we took to the stage alongside the likes of Dirk Maggs, John Lloyd, Jon Culshaw, Sandra Dickinson, and David Learner at this specially curated event at the British Library.

Set List

Rachel Wheeley

Kicking off the proceedings, as always, was MC extraordinaire and Stand Up for Towel Day founder, Rachel Wheeley.

Steve Cross

Steve brought back his original piece of Hitchhiker’s Investigative Journalism asking the question ‘ When did the world end?’ or ‘Was Douglas Adams a lazy hack who couldn’t be bothered to do research?’

Cerys Bradley

Representing their position as Stand Up for Towel Day poet laureate, Cerys performed some of their Hitchhiker’s inspired poetry.

The Underground Clown Club

Stand Up for Towel Day regular Katie Overstall was joined by her writing and performing partner, Andrew Skipper. Together they are The Underground Clown Club, a theatre company who specialise in new writing and spoken word. They performed a selection of comedic poems based on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, including a welcome by the maître d’s of the restaurant at the end of the universe, Milliway’s and a sonnet by Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Declan Kennedy & Jonathan Hearn

Declan and Jonathan returned as Ford Prefect and Arthur Dent in another specially written scene:

The British Library is where Ford and Arthur are seeking answers – not that
finding answers has done the universe much good so far. Will answers be forthcoming? No more so than Ford’s next offer to buy a round. As the mystery deepens, Ford and Arthur ponder if there’ll ever be an end, or will it be like the Zack Snyder cut – quite a long way off with no readily apparent toilet breaks? And will anyone except the Guide remember that it’s International Women’s Day?

The Story Beast

The Story Beast delivered a very touching eulogy for the late, not so great Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings, the universe’s worst poet.

Production Team

Rachel Wheeley & Nell Thomas

Stage Manager & Technical
Nell Thomas

Production Photos
Kevin Jon Davies
Tim Drury

Event MC
Toby Longworth

Event Consultant Producer
Kevin Jon Davies

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