Sleeping Trees
Writers / Performers



Sleeping Trees are the multi-award-winning trio of comedy writer-performers James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua George Smith and John Woodburn. This year they are taking their trilogy of original stage-comedies Mafia?, Western? and Sci-Fi? to the Edinburgh Fringe 2017 as Sleeping Trees at the Movies. Performing one a day at the Pleasance Dome, each is accompanied by an original live score! Most recently the trio had a hugely successful winter season at the 503 Theatre in Battersea where they performed their third Christmas show running (after sellout runs in both 2014 and 2015) over November, December and January: Scrooge & the Seven Dwarves.

Nick Turner Management Ltd represents Sleeping Trees for their television and film work as writer-performers; the trio is developing a number of original comedy projects for both television and radio, working on adapting their existing shows for the screen as well as developing new works for the stage.


Comedy / Theatre:
Sci-Fi SCI-FI? is the latest original stage comedy from Sleeping Trees; the show follows the intergalactic journey of the unlikeliest of heroes Charlie Sprogg who must save the universe from total destruction. Accompanied by an original live score, the show played to sellout audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016- and won the Arts Award Voice and was shortlisted for the Amused Moose Comedy Award!
Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves SCROOGE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES is their most recent original Christmas comedy show with performances from November to January 2017 at the 503 Theatre in Battersea – the third Christmas residency for Sleeping Trees following their hugely successful 2014 and 2015 sellout shows! They offer a deliciously festive and hilarious alternative pantomime, mashing up the characters and stories of classic festive tales of A Christmas Carol and Snow White… and many more!
Western WESTERN? is the hilarious live comedy stage show from Sleeping Trees from the sandy depths of the Wild West…With another rip roaring live score, this is another fast, physical and very funny take on one of the most well loved film genres of all time. Played to audiences at The Pleasance Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and touring theatres nationwide.
Mafia MAFIA? is an innovative, loving deconstruction of the gangster genre, the show is backed by a live band; The Physics House Band. The show is effectively a live comedy gangster film complete with an unrelenting live score, soundscape-fuelled shootouts and lashings of hair cream. The show won the IdeasTap Ideas Fund and enjoyed a sellout run at Brighton Fringe 2014 and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.
Cinderella and the Beanstalk CINDERELLA AND THE BEANSTALK is the hugely popular Christmas stage comedy from Sleeping Trees, which played to sellout audiences at the 503 Theatre Battersea in both 2014 and 2015! The show launched to critical acclaim and hugely popular audiences… and the Sleeping Trees Christmas show has become an unmissable tradition ever since!
The Odyssey THE ODYSSEY is the final part of ‘The Treelogy’ and is an affectionate disemboweling of Homer’s Odyssey. The show sees beloved author Homer somehow held hostage by the Lord of the Underworld, Hades, and his junior co-worker. Homer tells them the story of self-obsessed Greek idol, Odysseus, as he tries to battle his way back from Troy encountering vengeful Gods, a lamb-hungry Cyclops and over forty other less important characters. The show earned the company the FMN Award at the Brighton Fringe 2013 for Ones To Watch.
Treasure Island TREASURE ISLAND is the second installment of the ‘The Treelogy’. This distorted version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel tracks the conflicting expeditions of Billy Bones and Long John Silver – two thieving veterans of the sea – as well as young cabin boy, Jim, who tries to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a pirate. Unfortunately, Jim somehow ends up in a world filled with mermen, various talking sea creatures and pirates with severe personality disorders apparently incapable of pronouncing the word ‘treasure’ correctly. The show enjoyed rave reviews during the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe and earned Sleeping Trees a nomination in the Emerging Artists category of the Total Theatre Awards.
The Magic Faraway Tree THE MAGIC FARAWAY TREE is the first part of ‘The Treelogy’, originally devised in 2008. The show tracks the journey of an unfortunate young hero, Dick, and his quest to save his ill-stricken mother with medicine he must obtain from the clutches of a homicidal maniac who rules the land. The three performers play a whole host of characters, props and sets in a world where every soldier, saucepan and sardine is brought to life in a particularly inaccurate rendition of Enid Blyton’s beloved novel.