Eight years ago, James and Sarah’s best friend Tom was diagnosed with heart cancer and given three months to live. His last wish was to be given a full viking burial. This is the remarkable, hilarious, heart-lifting story of how James and Sarah tried to give their best mate the send-off he wanted. A life affirming story about death, the things we’ll do for the people we love and above all, friendship from one of the UK’s most acclaimed storytellers.
‘As accomplished storytelling as you could hope to see. To call it a comedy about friendship, mourning and terminal illness – which on one level it is – would in no way convey what a joyous thing it is.’ ★★★★★ The Stage
‘Whatever the facts, there’s truth in Team Viking: real grief, still raw; real heart, still healing; and a reminder that life really is for the living… beautifully calibrated.’ ★★★★ Fest Magazine
‘Brilliant storytelling… among the most intimate and emotional in this year’s Festival. Beautifully written and superbly performed. ★★★★ EdFestMag
James Rowland studied at The Drama Centre London. Recent credits include: Songs of Friendship – Team Viking (Vault Festival Origins Award), A Hundred Different Words for Love (Vault Festival Best Show), Revelations (Three Weeks Editors Award), Every Brilliant Thing (UK, Ireland and Antipodean tour 2017). Other credits include: You once said yes (Fringe First Award, Edfringe, international touring), Fuente Ovejuna & The Dragon (Southwark Playhouse). He also co-wrote Working Christmas with Johnny Donahoe for the Old Fire Station in Oxford in 2017.
Daniel Goldman is a director, translator, dramaturg and playwright and artistic director of Tangram Theatre Company. Directing credits include Thebes Land (Off West End Award Best Production 2016), You’re not like the Other Girls Chrissy (Stage Award for Best Solo 2010 & Olivier Award Nomination 2011), Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Songs of Friendship with James Rowland and The Scientrilogy with John Hinton.
Writer/performer: James Rowland
Director/dramaturg: Daniel Goldman