On succeeding dates Wed 29 Mar – Fr 31 Mar, writer/performer Rob Cohen will be presenting his three one-man shows, under the umbrella title Men Without Friends. The event will take place at the Sweet Dukebox Theatre on Waterloo Street, as part of the Hove Grown Festival 2017.

The three shows feature an unpopular protagonist. Kicking off the trio is High Vis, the tragic, comical tale of Quint, and the unwelcome attentions of an airgun-toting stalker. The show has evoked comparisons with the work Peter Sellers, Steve Coogan, Leonard Rossiter and Ricky Gervais.

Night 2 will see an abrupt change of location and tone, taking us from the unnamed seaside town of High Vis to the deadly world of Shakespearean Elsinore. In Something Rotten, we’re invited to relive and reassess the events of Hamlet through the eyes of the Prince’s murderous yet undeniably hard-working uncle, AKA the new King of Denmark.

The third night brings us back up to date. The Trials of Harvey Matusow is the strange-but-true tale of a man who, at the height of America’s Cold War paranoia, spent four years as a professional witness – for HUAC, for the Justice Department, for Joe McCarthy’s committee and for various others. Then confessed to having made up most of his testimony.

The 3 performances have been described as “Superb” by The Stage, “Terrific Stuff” by the Daily Mail, and “The best one-hander I have seen this year” by Plays International. Cohen also had an Argus Angel-winning run at last year’s Brighton Fringe.

All shows are at 9pm. Tickets for each show are priced at £6, £10 for two shows and £12 for all the shows. For more information visit Rob Cohen Online.