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Greetings, intrepid explorer of the podcast - and welcome to the official webpage for Hector Vs The Future! 

Yes, it's another one of those "podcast sitcoms" you've heard so much about.

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The show

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The world’s largest museum of obsolete technology is threatened with closure unless Hector - its cantankerous, turnkey-operated clockwork curator - can match the popularity of the cutting-edge Uptodateum across the road. Only George - the mild mannered in-house caretaker with the mysterious past - steps up to help him.                       

Does nobody care about history? Will anyone ever get to ride the NHScalator? How will postboxes, leeches and face-to-face conversation be remembered if the Obsoleteum closes its doors forever?      

Meanwhile, the Uptodateum has its own problems to deal with, as harried curator Biz and her guileless half-hologram, half-robot assistant Phil struggle to keep their enormous glass-and-touchscreen tower constantly up to date. If only they could work out what to do with their ever- increasing mountain of outdated exhibits...        

Each episode of Hector Vs The Future was recorded in front of a live audience at the dinky little Etcetera Theatre in Camden, London. 

 
 

Characters

(Well, the main ones anyway.)

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Hector

The cantankerous curator of the Obsoleteum, Hector distrusts modern technology to the point where he even chose to have a clockwork pacemaker instead of an electric one: he has to keep winding himself up manually using the turnkey sticking out of his chest. Passionate about old technology to the point of narrow-mindedness, Hector’s stubbornness is both his greatest asset and his greatest weakness. The Uptodateum across the street represents everything he hates and everything he’s frightened of - for him, the old ways aren’t just the best way, they’re the only way. His motto is “If it ain’t broke - DON’T BRING OUT A NEW ONE, THE OLD ONE WAS FINE!”

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George

The world-weary in-house caretaker of the Obsoleteum, George often bears the brunt of Hector’s relentless barrage of half-baked museum-saving ideas. Always on hand with the pragmatic solution to any problem - only to then have that solution batted away - George soon discovers he’s mysteriously proficient at a number of highly skilled practices, including sea navigation and medical surgery. How did he learn these skills? And why can’t he remember anything from before he turned thirty?

 

 
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Biz

Curator of the Uptodateum, Biz moves at a hundred miles an hour -  as part of a generation who completely lack patience, waiting for longer than three seconds for anything is not her forte. Tall and thin with short, frazzled hair and twitchy features, she’s always one energy drink away from a breakdown. A millennial with a touch of mad scientist, Biz embraces technology and reckons it’s the solution to any and every problem. In fact, she’s completely reliant on smart-tech to the point where anything more practical usually flummoxes her. Hector might not be able to work a computer, but Biz probably couldn’t find her way to the local store for a pint of milk without GPS, or instagramming a retro milk bottle so everyone can laugh at how antiquated it is.

 
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Phil

Half robot, half hologram Uptodateum assistant Phil has a naive, child-like view of the world around him, believing the best in everyone - think Kenneth from 30 Rock meets C3PO. Being half robot and half hologram is, of course, completely impractical: he’s adorably useless. This makes him a rare thing: an AI that Biz keeps around due to personal attachment rather than technological advantage. It’s incredibly easy to pity Phil, because he’s incredibly easy to disappoint. He has a limited range of emotions, but they work in extremes: he can veer from extremely hopeful and optimistic to completely dejected in seconds - imagine the way kids express themselves via emojis, but made terrifyingly real.

 

Illustrations by Tom Crowley

 

WHo MADE THIS?

You might be thinking: who put all this together? Who's responsible for all this futuristic bumf?

Well, we'll tell you. We'll tell you riiiight here. 

 
 
Show Creator, Series Co-Writer, Co-Director (5-7), Associate Producer

Show Creator, Series Co-Writer, Co-Director (5-7), Associate Producer

James Hamilton

James Hamilton is a triple award-winning comedy writer, producer and sketch comedian. As creative lead of sketch group Casual Violence, his material has been commissioned by BBC Radio 4, nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award, and has seen sell-out shows at high profile live venues including the Lowry, the Pleasance Courtyard, and multiple runs at the Soho Theatre. He works as a regular staff writer on Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball and has also written for One Animation’s The Oddbods Show. He's the co-creator of upcoming horror-comedy anthology series The Truncated Nightmare Hour.  His seven part debut web sketch series, A Taste of Casual Violence, is available on YouTube. His follow up web series, Violent Night, launches at the end of 2016.


JAMES HUNTRODS

James Huntrods is the winner of The Sitcom Mission 2015, runner up for the BAFTA Rocliffe 2014 and was a finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Competition in 2013 and 2015.  He's a writer on Cartoon Network's The Amazing World of Gumball and One Animation's Oddbods. His sitcom Blue Sky Thinking is in development with Hat Trick Productions and he regularly writes for theatre with shows appearing at the Arcola, Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse, The Bush and the New Diorama. He’s had three critically acclaimed plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and his work has also been performed internationally in New York, Dubai and Austria.

 

Series Co-Writer

Series Co-Writer


Series Producer & Series Director, Sound Designer, Editor

Series Producer & Series Director, Sound Designer, Editor

ANDY GODDARD

Andy Goddard is a radio / podcast / comedy producer and writer who works at Hat Trick Productions. Credits include popular podcast sitcom Wooden Overcoats,  Citizen Khan and Boomers (BBC), Podmore's Greatest Test, Sisters, Rob Newman's Perfectly Accurate History of Evolution (BBC Radio 4) and Horrible Science (CITV). He writes his own comic plays, produces audiobooks for the RNIB and is a regular performer with The Night Players for Crowley and Co. Productions.

 


Composer & Sound Designer

Composer & Sound Designer

Óðinn Örn Hilmarsson

ÓÐINN ÖRN HILMARSSON is an Icelandic composer and sound designer based in London. Since graduating with an MA in Digital Film Production from the University of York in 2012, Odinn has been producing music and video content. Recently he has worked on 'Stone Face' at the Finborough Theatre, ‘Piece of Silk’ at the Hope Theatre and ‘Radioman’ at the Old Red Lion Theatre.


Production Pixie, Grams

Production Pixie, Grams

molly beth morossa

Molly Beth Morossa is an award winning performer, writer, self-produced theatre maker, cabaret artist and goth. A regular at fringe festivals, her most recent show Greywing House completed a UK tour in 2015, with a residency at The Old Red Lion Theatre. Writer on Wooden Overcoats, Co-Creator and Writer on upcoming podcast The Truncated Nightmare Hour and Creative Producer at Third Mind Productions (Goblin King's Masquerade Ball).


Matt Boudreau

Matthew J Boudreau is a producer, writer, director and sound designer from Buffalo, NY. He has worked with Aural Stage Studios, FinalRune Productions and several other production companies as a voice actor, sound designer, director and consultant. Additionally, Matthew donates his time as a line editor for the anthology audio drama podcast, Radio Drama Revival. His production credits include the audio dramas Vultures Over Low Doves, Dialed In, Intensive Care, A Prophets Guide and 1918; the films The Big Bad, 25¢ for Love, and Spiraling; and the Audible Drama production of Joe Hill’s Locke & Key.

Technical Support, Post production wizardry

Technical Support, Post production wizardry

WHO'S IN THIS?

You might be wondering who those voices between your ears belong to. We can't answer that question for you, sadly.

But we can tell you who's in the show.


David Arrondelle - Hector David regularly performs for stage, screen and the radio as a core member of triple award winning sketch troupe Casual Violence - he’s been performing as Hector with the group since 2012! With Casual Violence, David has starred on BBC Radio 4 and performed award winning, sell-out run shows at the Soho Theatre, the Lowry, the Leicester Square Theatre, the Vault Festival, and the Edinburgh / Brighton Fringes.

David Arrondelle - Hector

David regularly performs for stage, screen and the radio as a core member of triple award winning sketch troupe Casual Violence - he’s been performing as Hector with the group since 2012! With Casual Violence, David has starred on BBC Radio 4 and performed award winning, sell-out run shows at the Soho Theatre, the Lowry, the Leicester Square Theatre, the Vault Festival, and the Edinburgh / Brighton Fringes.

 
Danielle Winter - Biz Danielle graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2013, and has since worked on shows across the UK, including Before The Fire Burns Out with The Cheltenham Everyman, Civil Rogues with The Pleasance, and Miniaturists at The Arcola Theatre. She has worked with Pentabus in Shropshire on their Young Writers’ Festival, recently played the role of Megan in Red Sky at Night with Pentabus at Latitude, and toured a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol around East Anglia with Spinning Wheel Theatre. She also trained in Krav Maga, so don't cross her.

Danielle Winter - Biz
Danielle graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2013, and has since worked on shows across the UK, including Before The Fire Burns Out with The Cheltenham Everyman, Civil Rogues with The Pleasance, and Miniaturists at The Arcola Theatre. She has worked with Pentabus in Shropshire on their Young Writers’ Festival, recently played the role of Megan in Red Sky at Night with Pentabus at Latitude, and toured a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol around East Anglia with Spinning Wheel Theatre. She also trained in Krav Maga, so don't cross her.

 
 
Richard Soames - George Richard Soames is an actor, writer, comedian and improviser. He is one quarter of Chortle-Award nominated sketch group The Beta Males and in 2015 took his debut solo show to The Edinburgh Festival, where  he also co-wrote and performed in The Foster’s Best Newcomer Award Nominated show The Story Beast. Richard improvises regularly with Monkey Toast UK and has guested with Grand Theft Impro and Austentatious. He is currently developing new solo material and projects for radio and television.

Richard Soames - George

Richard Soames is an actor, writer, comedian and improviser. He is one quarter of Chortle-Award nominated sketch group The Beta Males and in 2015 took his debut solo show to The Edinburgh Festival, where  he also co-wrote and performed in The Foster’s Best Newcomer Award Nominated show The Story Beast. Richard improvises regularly with Monkey Toast UK and has guested with Grand Theft Impro and Austentatious. He is currently developing new solo material and projects for radio and television.

 
Charles Booth - Phil After a stint with the Oxford Revue and two years studying improv and sketch comedy at The Second City in Toronto, Charles Booth started doing character comedy in 2013, being tipped by Time Out as "One To Watch".  Last year he filmed a scene opposite Charlotte Rampling in the Oscar-nominated film 45 Years... but it got cut. #actorshavefeelingstoo  

Charles Booth - Phil

After a stint with the Oxford Revue and two years studying improv and sketch comedy at The Second City in Toronto, Charles Booth started doing character comedy in 2013, being tipped by Time Out as "One To Watch".  Last year he filmed a scene opposite Charlotte Rampling in the Oscar-nominated film 45 Years... but it got cut. #actorshavefeelingstoo

 

 
Max Olesker - Richard Snark Max Olesker writes and performs around the world as one half of comedy duo Max & Ivan as well as appearing in BBC comedy shows such as W1A. He is a co-founder of improv school The Free Association, and his writing can be found in magazines for the remaining six months print media continues to exist.

Max Olesker - Richard Snark

Max Olesker writes and performs around the world as one half of comedy duo Max & Ivan as well as appearing in BBC comedy shows such as W1A. He is a co-founder of improv school The Free Association, and his writing can be found in magazines for the remaining six months print media continues to exist.

Beth Eyre - Mayor Pinch Beth trained at Drama Studio London. She is best known as the voice of Antigone Funn in Wooden Overcoats. She also regularly lends voices to Wireless Theatre audio productions as well as the odd one for Audible and BBC Radio 4. Recent credits include The Alchemist - Rose Bankside and The Awkward Ghost - Vault Festival.

Beth Eyre - Mayor Pinch

Beth trained at Drama Studio London. She is best known as the voice of Antigone Funn in Wooden Overcoats. She also regularly lends voices to Wireless Theatre audio productions as well as the odd one for Audible and BBC Radio 4. Recent credits include The Alchemist - Rose Bankside and The Awkward Ghost - Vault Festival.

James Hamilton - Various James plays a few cameo roles in every episode of the series, like a shit version of Alfred Hitchcock (Alfred Shitchcock?). As he’s a regular performer for stage, screen and radio with Casual Violence, just read Dave's bio again but swap the names. James also toured his sell-out debut solo show “James Hamilton Is So Lonely” in 2015 & 2016. 

James Hamilton - Various

James plays a few cameo roles in every episode of the series, like a shit version of Alfred Hitchcock (Alfred Shitchcock?). As he’s a regular performer for stage, screen and radio with Casual Violence, just read Dave's bio again but swap the names. James also toured his sell-out debut solo show “James Hamilton Is So Lonely” in 2015 & 2016. 

Photography by Lars Thornhill