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The Texas Tax Man


Theatre. 8th – 12th Feb, 21:00, £9.
Matinee 11th Feb, 16:15

1875. Two cowboys miss the tax return deadline and all hell breaks loose. A new comedy from Luke Courtier (‘Textbook timing, impressive musicality’ The Sunday Times) about violence and fiscal responsibility in the Wild West.

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Following the sell out run of LUNCH at VAULT 2016 and Underbelly, Edinburgh 2016 Luke Courtier presents The Texas Tax Man.

31st January 1875. Buck Highhorn and James Peter Jameston are just any other hooch drinking perudo playing cowboys on the prairie. But when they crucially miss the self assessment tax return deadline all hell breaks loose. Run out of town and pursued by scalp hungry bounty hunters, Buck and James go all out to find the mythical Texas Tax Man; the only accountant in the wild west with the basic numeracy and administrative skills needed to save them from a colourfully violent death.

Will Buck and James make it out of this alive and, more importantly, fiscally accountable?

Why is a nineteenth century frontier society so mercilessly harsh on its freelancers?

Can you really expense every bullet you shoot or only some?

‘Fact is I went and put all my receipts in a big pile under my horse and went and darn forgot about ‘em. One day a big prairie wind comes out of the east and blows them all away.’

‘You better pay attention, lest the rapid-fire jokes fly over your head … there’s impressive musicality, textbook timing and the deadest of deadpan deliveries in a show that’s smartly scripted and well directed. Go see Luke Courtier. The Sunday Times


Huffington Post Picks of the Fringe 2016

New Current Magazines Top 10 Picks of Edinburgh 2016.

★★★★ The Good Review ‘a hilarious hour’
★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★ Hellou

‘One of the most exciting musical comedy acts this year’ The Skinny

‘Quite unexpectedly touching and original’ The New Current

Written by Luke Courtier
Directed by Sarah Meadows

Hugo Bolton
Kat Bond
Will Close
Luke Courtier

Lighting: Jai Morjaria
SM: Jonny Emery
Kentucky Consultant: Dan Gaba
Additional Music: Ben Maier

About the Company

Luke Courtier
Luke is a comedian, actor and writer. He trained at RADA. He has just finished a run of his hour show LUNCH at the Underbelly in Edinburgh which had its debut at VAULT Festival 2016.

He has gigged as a musical comedian in London and further afield, most recently as the feature of a series of talks by the Architecture Foundation at Hoxton Hall. Others have included Century Club, The Hospital Club, Wilderness Festival, The Big Noise Festival, Bloomsbury Theatre, Angel Comedy, Paines Plough Roundabout and more.

He was a finalist in the Musical Comedy Awards 2015 and the Amused Moose Laugh Off 2015. He has been a regular guest presenter on Fubar Radio and his online videos have jointly reached over half a million views. He also wrote the music for and appeared in Lily Bevan’s Pheasant Plucker at the Bush Theatre’s RADAR Festival.

Theatre credits have included: 24 Hour Plays at the Old Vic, Henry IV at Theatre Royal Bath, As You Like It as the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Billy Budd at Southwark Playhouse.


Kat Bond
Kat Bond is an actress, writer and comedian.  She studied Acting at Bretton Hall, before continuing her bohemian dream at Philippe Gaulier, where she studied clown. She subsequently formed critically acclaimed comedy duo That Pair with Lorna Shaw, enjoying multiple sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival and Soho Theatre. She is currently developing a solo show called ‘Loo Roll‘ – (Performance @ VAULT Festival 2nd and 3rd of March 9.30pm)

TV credits include Sky’s The Greatest of All Time, BBC’s Call the Midwife, The Agency and Comedy Feeds The Kerry Howard Show,  and for Channel 4 Doctor Brown’s Blaps. She has also featured on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama and was part of the cast for recent Radio 4 sitcom Expenses Only.

Will Close
Will trained at The University of Illinois, USA, and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London. Recent credits include both the Young Vic run and international tour of Golem (director: Suzanne Andrade) by 1927, Telemachus in Teatro Vivo’s promenade production of The Odyssey (director: Sophie Austin) at The Albany, and Stevie in the European premiere of Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire (director: Michael Howcroft) at The English Theatre, Frankfurt. Will is a writer/performer in the award-winning sketch comedy quartet Mixed Doubles, who have performed at both the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals, as well as appearing on Sketchorama (BBC Radio 4), Sketchorama Extra (BBC Radio 4 Extra) and featuring on the BBC Radio 4 Pick of The Week program. —

Hugo Bolton
Training: Drama Centre London

Theatre credits include: Love Me Do (Watford Palace Theatre), Travesti (Winner: Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014), Then Silence (Platform Theatre and Tristan Bates Theatre), Billy Budd (Southwark Playhouse).

Hugo is currently training with the Blue Man Group, New York to join the cast in early 2018.

Film/TV: Marcella (ITV), Wasp (Raindance Film Festival 2015; Film Fest San Diego 2015)

Sarah Meadows
Sarah is an award-winning Theatre Director and Co-Artistic Director of Longsight Theatre and has worked across the UK, Europe and the USA. Sarah was nominated recently for an Off West End Award for Best Director for Screwed by Kathryn O’Reilly at Theatre 503.

Current projects include: Pig by Tim Luscombe, The Vaults, Waterloo, Tour 2018; Home Is… by Tolu Agbelusi & Apples and Snakes, UK Tour, 2016; The Very Perry Show (comedy), San Francisco International Arts Festival & Derry Playhouse, 2016; Mr Incredible by Camilla Whitehill, VAULT Festival 2016 & Edinburgh Festival 2016 (winner of the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work 2016); Screwed by Kathryn O’Reilly, Theatre 503, 2016 (nominated for Best Director, Off West End Awards); Where Do Little Birds Go? By Camilla Whitehill, UK tour, VAULT Festival & Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival 2015, The Old Red Lion, 2016 (winner of The People’s Choice Award, Vault Festival 2015, two nominations; Off West End Awards). You by Mark Wilson, Brighton Fringe 2015 (winner of The Argus Angel Award, Brighton Fringe

Award For Theatre & The Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award). In development and staged readings: Nadya, by Chris Dury (cast including; Michelle Terry, Stephen Tomkinson, Phyllis Logan) The Park Theatre, 2016; On The Crest Of A Wave, by Camilla Whitehill.

“Sarah brings great clarity of purpose, intensity and emotional truth to whatever she directs” (John Burgess, co-founder of The Studio, The National Theatre

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