Brexit returned to The King’s Head in Islington from 11 June to 6 July 2019.


David Benson as Adam Masters

David Benson is an English character actor, writer and comedian, most famous for his one-man show titled Think No Evil of Us: My Life with Kenneth Williams about the life and career of the late actor, for which he won the Scotsman’s Fringe First award in 1996, and for his television role as Noël Coward in the BBC comedy series Goodnight Sweetheart. He can also be seen in the recent movie Bladerunner 2049. His theatrical repertoire includes a wide range of Coward’s best known songs, performed in-character as Coward. When not touring in the theatre he can be found on BBC radio, playing all the character parts in the science fiction comedy series The Scarifyers.

Adam Astill as Paul Connell

Adam graduated from Hertfordshire Theatre School with ‘The Most Promising Student of the Year’ award, which he finds odd as he doesn’t remember promising anyone anything.

Theatre work includes: The History of Tom Jones; Maurice; The Picture of Dorian Gray; What the Butler Saw; The Secret Life of Humpty Dumpty; Scam; and Amadeus.

Television includes: Coupling; Beast; Silent Witness; The Savages; Black Books; Believe Nothing; My Family; The Last Detective; Hollyoaks; All About Me; Hotel Babylon; The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard; Roman Mysteries; Casualty; Harley Street; Doctors; Monday Monday; The BillMistresses, Secret Diary of a Call Girl; Holby City; Crime Stories; Father Brown; Law and Order UK; Toast of London; Birds of a Feather; New Tricks; Our Girl; Coronation Street; World’s End; Humans; Unforgotten; Guilt; Hetty Feather; Andy’s Safari Adventures and EastEnders.

Film includes: Julie and the Cadillacs; Last Chance Harvey; Holy Water; Abroad; Bypass; JFK: Seven Days That Made a President; All the Money in the World; Rupert, Rupert & Rupert and Kill Ben Lyk.

He’s thrilled to be working with such a talented bunch and hopes to deliver a smooth and satisfying Brexit for all.

Margaret Cabourn-Smith as Helena Brandt

Theatre includes: Dick Whittington, The Half, John Finnemore’s Flying Visit, Di and Viv and Rose, Angus, Thongs and More Snogging, An Evening Of Telly – Live!, Psister Psycho.

Radio includes: Sick (Kat), The Missing Hancocks, The Penny Dreadfuls – Don Quixote, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme, The Missing Hancocks, The Pin.

Film and TV includes: The Hustle, Holby City, Bucket, The Agency, Motherland, Catastrophe, Evermoor, The IT Crowd.

Margaret is a team captain on comedy panel show podcast Do The Right Thing (Fuzz Productions) which recently won a Sony Bronze Award.  She was also named as one of the top 50 Funniest Female Tweeters in the UK by The Huffington Post.

Jessica Fostekew as Diana Purdy

Jessica Fostekew is an actor, comedian and writer. She starred in Motherland, Cuckoo and Three Girls most recently on BBC. She’s also in forthcoming feature films Official Secrets from Gavin Hood and Greed from Michael Winterbottom, as well as two more major TV dramas due out later this year which have to be a secret for now. She’s recently appeared on BBC R4’s Museum of Curiosity and new panel show from Sarah Millican: Elephant in the Room. She hosts her own podcast Hoovering all about scoffing food up and she’s a regular co-host of behemoth podcast The Guilty Feminist. In 2018 she did her debut stand up tour of her show The Silence of The Nans which, very happily, was a sell-out. She’s taking her new show Hench to the Edinburgh Festival this year and she’ll be touring it in early 2020. “Wears her smarts on her sleeve. Great stuff.” The Guardian

Thom Tuck as Simon Cavendish

Thom Tuck is an actor comedian known for being one third of comedy troupe The Penny Dreadfuls. As a stand-up comedian he was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

His radio work includes The Penny Dreadfuls Present… alongside David Reed and Humphrey Ker, and the BBC Radio 4 series Thom Tuck Goes Straight-to-DVD. With The Penny Dreadfuls, Thom has created five full-length stage shows, two radio series and two one-off radio plays. On television he has appeared in Comedy Shuffle, The Wrong Door, The Supersizers…, Dick and Dom’s Funny Business and Mongrels.

He runs two comedy nights: tom:foolery, which is an occasional stand-up night where all the performers are called Tom, Thom or Thomas and The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society which he books and co-hosts with John-Luke Roberts at the New Red Lion Theatre in Islington.

Creative team

Nicholas Holdridge: Lighting
Theatre includes: Pilgrims (Theatr Clwyd/High Tide/The Yard), Skylight, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Theatr Clwyd), The Hotel Plays (Grange Hotel Holborn), The Firebird (English National Ballet, London Coliseum), Scott Mills The Musical (Pleasance), Xerxes (Iford Arts), Uncle Vanya (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Promise (Mercury), The Immodest Tease Show (KOKO Camden), The Yeoman of the Guard (Opera Della Luna, Buxton Opera House), Deathwatch, House of Bones, The Criminals, Till Death Do Us Part (Drama Centre London, Platform Theatre), The Go! Go! Go! Show (Empire Leicester Square), The Mikado, Beowulf the Pantomime, La bohème, The Pirates of Penzance, The Three Musketeers (Charles Court Opera/King’s Head/ tour), A Single Act, Yellow Card (Step Out Arts, Pavillion Dance).

Robert Khan: Writer

Jonathan Monkhouse: Graphic Design
Jonathan is an improviser, technician and designer with a decade of Fringes under his belt. He’s not coming this year, but in 2018 there are seven of his poster designs keeping his grip on the city. See if you can spot them all.

Jamie Robertson: Music and Sound
This will be Jamie’s fifth time working with The Spontaneity Shop, having worked on the previous shows Coalition, Making News, Kingmaker and Impossible. Away from theatre, he is an in-demand composer in the world of audio drama for Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, The Prisoner, Warhammer and more. He has composed music for commercials and documentaries such as Warmatters and Kettling of the Voices, as well as TV drama including ITV2’s All About the McKenzies and The Device due out in 2019.

Tom Salinsky: Writer/Director

Jason Smith: Producer
Jason is an entrepreneur and producer who has supported several Edinburgh productions and their subsequent transfers to London. He has produced all the previous plays written by Salinsky and Khan.

Ally Southern: Stage Management