Online Archive Season

They Built It. No One Came.

Fledgling Theatre Co.
Available to view from midday Friday 5 February to 10pm Sunday 14 February

A tragicomedy with original live music inspired by a true story.

“Neither of us were very charismatic… that was a problem.”

Eight years ago Tobias and Alexander came together to form a spiritualist commune based on their shared visions of a peaceful and harmonious community…they are still awaiting their first member.

They Built It. No One Came was inspired by a true story originally published in the New York Times under the same name by Penelope Green in 2015. It was shortlisted for the Charlie Hartill Award in early 2016. It subsequently went on to preview at the New Diorama Theatre in July in London before going on to a successful run at the Pleasance for the duration of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2016.

Recommended age 12+
Duration : Approximately 60 minutes
Theatre Smart
The New Current
The Edinburgh Reporter

We thank Fledgling Theatre Co for their generosity in stating that that they would like all donations raised from the screening of this show to come to The Swallow Theatre.

We don’t want anyone to be excluded on the basis of cost from watching this recording, and so we are offering this show for a pay-what-you-can donation rather than a fixed price.

We are suggesting a donation of £5 per household viewing where possible, but it is free to watch for those who are struggling in these tough times.

They Built It. No One Came.



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About the recording

We are making available an archive recording of a performance in front of a live audience at The Swallow Theatre.

The recording was not made with the intention of being shared or broadcast: it was made purely for archive purposes. However, in these strange times in which theatres across the UK are closed to audiences, we would like share it with you.

The theatre company has kindly given their permission for us to do this.

The recording was made using a single fixed camera that captures a full view of the stage. It gives a slightly elevated view, similar to sitting at the rear of our auditorium. As there are no cuts between cameras, you get to choose what to look at, as you would at a live performance.

The picture and sound quality of the recording have been optimised to give the best viewing experience.

If you experience any issues, however, please do let us know.

How long is the recording available for?

The recording will be available for viewing between the dates as shown above.

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