KOMEDIA LAUNCHES MAY 2018 FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
Following many hours of research at 2017’s Edinburgh Fringe, Komedia have launched their own programme for Brighton Fringe.
There’s over 80 performances on offer this year. Alongside regular, year-round favourites, such as Krater Comedy Club, Bent Double and Comic Boom, the diverse list of events features comedy, theatre, music, spoken word, dance and children’s shows.
Comedy highlights include; Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee 2017 Spencer Jones with The Audition, an absurdist mash up of music/sound looping, props and character, and Murdered By Murder, where all the eccentric characters are performed by comedy duo and Leicester Square Theatre Sketch-Off 2017 Finalists, LoveHard.
This year’s programme also features several shows which push genre boundaries. These include; Rob Kemp’s The Elvis Dead – a one man show which reinterprets cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 through the songs of Elvis Presley, Elf Lyons’ Swan – a one woman (plus puppets) production of Swan Lake as if it were performed by a kid with the keys to the dressing-up box, or you can take part in an interactive, film noir murder mystery with Butt Kapinski, winner of Fringeworld’s Best Comedy award in 2017.
Spoken word is always a key feature in Komedia’s programme and the Fringe is no exception. Canadian rapper, science communicator, and award-winning hip-hop playwright, Baba Brinkman, brings two shows to the festival – Rap Guide to Climate Chaos – character‐driven song chapters on the subject of climate change and The Canterbury Tales Remixed – a gritty re-telling of Chaucer’s classic tales.
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Children’s shows on offer include the Edinburgh favourite, ThisEgg’s Me & My Bee – a family comedy show for children and adults about the plight of bees, and Sourpuss – the story of a very grumpy, ginger cat who gets shut out of his house and discovers nature, featuring puppetry, original music and stunning design. In-house puppetry show Oskar’s Amazing Adventure returns for a fourth time – an original, heartwarming play for young children and their families following Oskar the puppy’s adventures in the Swiss Alps and Komedia regular, and Britain’s Got Talent favourite, Nutty Noah, is back with Nutty Noah: You Might Die! – inspired by Noah’s son’s battle with cancer, in which he invites you to join him at poking your tongue out to death.
The small, but perfectly formed, theatre programme includes Isobel Rogers’ Elsa – part-gig, part-theatre, part-satire, following the life of half-hearted waitress Elsa who eavesdrops on overly- earnest coffee chats, regretful memories of the night before, and exhausting tales of the rat race, as she struggles to make sense of a world that doesn’t feel like her own, and Fringe staple Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre are back for their tenth brand new show.
Live music features too with We Stood Like Kings performing their new music project entitled USA 1982, an alternative soundtrack for the cult movie Koyaanisqatsi, and cult cabaret legend Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen in her show Hard Rain.
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THE TREASON SHOW & BRIGHTON PALACE PIER REVIVE THE END OF THE PIER SHOW.
Two of Brighton’s best-loved institutions are coming together, putting twist on a seaside staple which has delighted generations. Brighton Palace Pier and The Treason show are reviving the ‘End Of the Pier’ Show. On Fri 23 – Sat 24 March at the freshly-restored Horatio’s Bar, this timeless tradition will be brought bang up to date with laughs a minute and wry social commentary.
Brighton’s legendary comedy show has been running for almost 20 years, unleashing quick-fire, topical sketches to audiences across the city. Around 40 writing staff feed The Treason show’s relentless hunger for fresh material. Almost none are safe from their lightning fast skits, hilarious songs and satirical sketches. If you’re in the public eye, and doing something daft, then you risk catching their attentions.
The 1760-foot Brighton Place Pier opened in May 1899., over the years hosting a theatre, illuminations and winter garden. The most visited tourist attraction outside London, attracting an estimated 4,650,000 people per year, it’s now seeing it’s myriad of attractions being restored and replaced.
Tickets for this special End Of The Pier Show are priced from £10-15, and for just an extra £10 you can enjoy a meal with the show.
The Treason Show also takes up residence on Brighton Palace Pier, for what will be another hugely popular Fringe season, on Thurs 10 – Sat 12 May.