“Chemo Barbie” Edinburgh Fringe 2018!

Chemo Barbie
Chemo Barbie

Chemo Barbie

Heather Keller shares the remarkable, heartbreaking and even comical story of her journey through breast cancer in an award-winning solo show with new material! 
LOS ANGELES  In 2016, Heather Kellers world was rocked by a breast cancer diagnosis. Overnight, she went from being a healthy, vegan runner to a cancer patient and since then her life has been and continues to be an inspiring journey of growth filled with love, friendships, disappointments, betrayals and yes, even some humor. 
Keller shares this experience in her solo show Chemo Barbie: My Lady Bits Journey Through Breast Cancer, which made its world premiere last June as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. 
Chemo Barbie is an inspiring story told with painful honesty, comedic charm and tear-jerking dignity that takes you into the mind of a cancer patient from diagnosis to treatment. Keller shows what a patient goes through from doctor meetings, testing, treatments and peoples reactions around them. It shows the strength and support that develops with some friends and family while others shy away or leave altogether. Crafted from Heathers hand written journals, videos, texts, emails, storytelling and an online chronicling of her experience, Chemo Barbie is a show spoken and performed from the heart that tells the gritty, funny, heartbreaking and uplifting journey of a young woman conquering cancer while living life as normal as possible. 
When I was diagnosed, I had insane decisions to make, difficult things to choose, Keller said. I survived and I’m trying to do something positive from a negative. 
Since its debut, which earned a Fringe Encore Award, Keller has added some new material, including a section on her most recent scare with possible metastatic breast cancer and serving as foster parents with her husband. Offering perspective and inspiring others is ultimately Kellers goal with the show. The idea for a solo show came from the journals she kept during her treatment and a private online journal she shared with family and friends. Keller also recorded video of certain key moments in the process and posted it on the YouTube channel Keep Abreast with Heather.”  
A sketch writer for Upright Citizens Brigade and the Groundlings as well as an accomplished actress, Keller later performed a couple monologues from her experience at WeSpark Cancer Support Centre, as well as other places. Soon, others were asking to hear more of her experience. Working with her director Jessica Lynn Johnson, Keller started to experience a catharsis in putting a show together based on her experience and a joy in the knowledge that it could help others. 
I’m so proud and excited to have been invited to Edinburgh and into the largest arts festival in the World. Keller said. It’s because of so much love and support from family and friends that Chemo Barbie has been so wonderfully successful! I love being around positive, supportive, productive, talented folks. 
Chemo Barbie 
Written and performed by Heather Keller 
Directed by: Jessica Lynn Johnson 
Chemo Barbie is an inspiring story told with painful honesty, comedic charm and tear-jerking dignity that takes you into the mind of a cancer patient from diagnosis to treatment. Artist Heather Keller shows what a patient goes through from doctor meetings, testing, treatments and peoples reactions around them. It shows the strength and support that develops with some friends and family while others shy away or leave altogether. Crafted from Heathers hand written journals, videos, texts, emails, storytelling and an online chronicling of her experience, Chemo Barbie is a show spoken and performed from the heart that tells the gritty, funny, heartbreaking and uplifting journey of a young woman conquering cancer while living life as normal as possible. 
Teviot Square
1-27 ( not 19) August 2018 at 1.30pm
Twitter  @ChemoBarbieShow

Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka by Sophie Winter to run as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka
Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka

Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka

Devised and performed by Sophie Winter

‘**** The Scotsman Top Rated Show Edinburgh Fringe 2016

**** ‘It’s truthful, it’s moving and, like Anneka, it never loses its resilient, funny and upbeat perspective….A delight’  Broadway Baby

**** ‘I implore you to go and see it. It will open your eyes.’ Arts Award Voice

**** ‘a real joy to experience.’ Edinburgh 49

The show runs as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival; it will also be performed at The Bunker, London from 29th May – 9th June 19:00 (excl. Mondays; Matinee on Saturday and Sundays at 15:00)

Inspired by real-life stories, deviser and performer Sophie Winter dons a luminescent shell suit, bum bag and sparkly positive attitude to channel the spirit of the woman for whom no challenge is too big in a continuing effort to overcome her own challenge: the anxiety she has lived with for fifteen years. This one-woman show, made with input from Anneka Rice, the creator and star of the hit 90s TV series Challenge Anneka, presents a frank, funny and open exploration of a topic that often remains taboo. Theatre company on the button have been working with Anxiety UK and #itaffectsme to raise awareness about the mental health disorder that affects 1 in 6 people every year.

As well as using her own experiences, Sophie has drawn inspiration from interviews with other people with anxiety.

Challenge Anneka was a BBC series aired between 1989 and 1995 that saw presenter Anneka Rice travelling around the country in a signature blue truck completing charitable tasks, such as building a children’s play area, within a set number of days, persuading people to donate time and resources for free to succeed.

After a full run at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, on the button toured the show to secondary schools, running workshops exploring mental health for students in Year 8 and above.

Sophie said, “Anxiety affects me in different ways, but in particular taking public transport can be a nightmare; it can lead to epic, exhausting treks that then add to my anxiety. I’ve had anxiety for the past 15 years, which still seems like quite a big thing to say. It’s amazing how many people I’ve spoken to have said ‘Wow! I had no idea!’ And I guess that’s the point about making the show: partly to encourage people to talk more about their anxiety and partly to help people understand it better. I wanted to make sure that the show was fun and accessible for everyone, and I suddenly thought of Challenge Anneka; I absolutely loved the programme when I was a kid, and I thought that Anneka was incredible at staying calm in situations that were super stressful. So as well as making the show more fun, channelling Anneka makes it easier to talk about my anxiety.”

on the button make theatre that moves. They are drawn to stories that go unheard: people who are ignored, voices of dissent, perspectives which are new to them. Their show No Place Like appeared at ZOO at the Fringe and won Best Ensemble at The Mimetic Festival 2013, and The Overcoat was nominated for best new play at the Buxton Fringe in 2012.

Performer-deviser Sophie Winter is a London based theatre maker and musician who graduated from the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in 2011. Her credits include working with Red Handed Theatre Company, Upstart Theatre, Ice and Fire Theatre Company and Forest Forge Theatre. As a director she has worked with Longborough Festival Opera and Yellow Earth Theatre. Sophie also works closely with Some Voices, an 800 strong choir, who she conducts and sings with professionally.

Director-deviser Ben Hadley is a theatre-maker – director, performer, writer – and co-artistic director of on the button with Sophie. He trained at the Lecoq School. He recently worked as a performer for Potential Difference and Concert Theatre. His recent work includes movement direction and dramaturgy for experimental choir Musarc, and as well as solo projects Camberwell Palace and iou1.

on the button have been working with #itaffectsme, an initiative to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health which has reached 3.5 million people worldwide. As well as using her own experiences, deviser and performer Sophie Winter has drawn inspiration from interviews with other people with anxiety.

For more information on #itaffectsme, visit

‎@on_thebutton |

Running Time: 60 minutes | Suitable for ages 12+

Company Information

Devised and performed by Sophie Winter

Directed and co-devised by Ben Hadley

Lighting design by Jamie Platt

Sound design by Jon McLeod

Film- maker Matt Stacey

Developed with researchers from University College London


The Unknown Soldier returns for 5 performances only at the Assembly Rooms

The Unknown Soldier - Ross Ericson
The Unknown Soldier - Ross Ericson

The Unknown Soldier – Ross Ericson

A thought provoking, moving, and even humorous solo piece that brings to life this little known period at the end of World War One – looking at the conflict through the eyes of a man who has stayed on after the guns fell silent to help clear the battlefields and build the great cemeteries.

In the Centenary year of the end of the First World War the hit 2016 Edfringe sell-out show The Unknown Soldier returns for 5 performances only at the Assembly Rooms.

‘Do I need to see another World War One play?’ one critic asked writer and performer Ross Ericson. ‘I know what he meant,’ Ericson said, ‘I very nearly shelved the idea.  If it wasn’t for that idiot Gove going on about how we should celebrate the First World War as a great victory the play might not have seen the light of day.  But I am glad it did for I believe this is a fresh approach from a very different perspective, which tells a story you might not have heard before.’ And what did the doubtful critic think of it in the end?  Well we think he liked it – he gave it five stars.

The Unknown Soldier has received much acclaim, from critics and audiences alike, and after its success at Edinburgh Festival Fringe it has gone on to tour nationally and internationally, and has been published by Bloomsbury.

If you don’t ever want to see another WW1 play, then you want to see *this* WW1 play. Superb! 

★★★★★ Fringe Guru

Unmissable… [this play] has so much relevance in today’s society

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festival Magazine

 Powered by a magnificent solo performance from Ross Ericson

★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

 An exemplary piece of solo theatre. It can certainly hold its head up among the best of war stories★★★★★ TVBomb

 An original perspective… poignant and thought-provoking

 ★★★★The Independent

 “It’s not about glory or futility, it’s about the loyalty forged between friends.”

 ★★★★The Scotsman

 “You won’t be disappointed”


Provocative, funny, confronting – Soho Theatre’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme 2018

Underground Railroad Game. Photo by Ben Arons
Natalie Palamides: NATE. Photo by Nick Rasmussen

Natalie Palamides: NATE. Photo by Nick Rasmussen

‘Soho Theatre is back at the world’s biggest arts festival with unheard voices from across the globe. Class, gender and identity pulses through the heart of the work with these entertaining and truly live artists from around the world. From Cork to New York, we have it covered from the newest of angles.’ Steve Marmion, Artistic Director

Underground Railroad Game. Photo by Ben Arons

Underground Railroad Game. Photo by Ben Arons

From the most provocative new theatre to cabaret that confronts and comedy that takes home the Festival’s biggest prize, Soho Theatre’s Edinburgh Fringe has always been an exceptional offering of some of the most talked about talent from within and beyond UK’s borders. This year will be no different as we present a programme of 15 new shows by award winners and nominees alongside exciting festival debutantes from around the world.

OBIE Award Winner for Best New American Theatre Work, Underground Railroad Game, is a no holds barred look at race, sex and power politics in America. A poignant yet explosive exploration of one of the most toxic of American legacies; a playful teaching exercise which throws off its disguise to become a theatrical firecracker.First produced in New York by the award-winning theatre Ars Nova, the play will have its UK premiere at the Traverse immediately followed by a run at Soho Theatre’s Dean Street home.

Le Gateau Chocolat: ICONS. Photo by Eli Schmidt

Le Gateau Chocolat: ICONS. Photo by Eli Schmidt

Shortlisted for Soho Theatre’s biennial Verity Bargate Award, award-winning writer and performer Karen Cogan’s Drip Feed is a fast new, infectiously dark comedy about the messiness of being young, female and queer in Ireland. Though set in the 90s this is a story marked by issues demanding consideration in Ireland 2018: sexuality, intimacy, addiction and mental health.

An arresting first production from writer Ed Edwards, inspired by his own experience, The Political History of Smack and Crack is an angry, funny love-song to a lost generation annihilated by the heroin epidemic of Thatcher’s years, leaping from the 1981 riots to present day survival on the streets of Manchester.

Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer and MICF Barry Award nominee Natalie Palamides wants to know what it means to be a man. Natalie doesn’t have a clue, but NATE does. Natalie is NATE. Co-devised and directed by Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Doctor Brown, join NATE on his struggle to find self-expression and true love, all while still upholding society’s pressures ‘to be a man’.  

 International debuts include award-winning Ivan Aristeguieta (Winner Best Newcomer 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival, Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe 2017) who emigrated to Australia from Venezuela only to become one of the hottest comics Down Under; Journalist, Bollywood Film Writer and India’s Most Intelligent Comedian (New York Times) Anuvab Pal who has a colonial hangover in ‘New India’ in his show Empire, and; New York’s cosmic comedian Myq  Kaplan, who wants to take audiences (and himself, and the universe) on a journey of kindness in All Killing Aside, a comedy show about truth, love, and not murdering.

From the UK, last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee Ahir Shah returns to Cabaret Voltaire with Duffer, another high-intensity stand-up show full of political vigour, philosophical inquiry and sweet gags. Best Newcomer nominee Lauren Pattison is looking forward to delivering some new home truths with her wicked, warm and authentic brand of humour, following her whirlwind year of awards, nominations and sold-out shows. And Jessie Cave brings her acute blend of confessional comedy and DIY Performance Art in Sunrise, over-sharing as she does best about heartbreak, motherhood and keeping up the Instagram Illuminati.

After three years away, opera and lycra loving cabaret sensation, Le Gateau Chocolat returns to the Fringe to debut his captivating international smash-hit, Icons. Seamlessly weaving through pop, opera and rock, from Whitney to Pavarotti, Gateau investigates his own objects of worship through the songs and music of his personal icons.

Following their sell-out global-stadium-Pop-tour that came to an earth-shattering finale in Edinburgh last year –DENIM broke up. Humanity has been in mourning. The five queens will reunite for one night only. All month.And, as if that’s not enough, for the first two weeks of the festival Denim are doubling up to present the perfect place for young’uns to scream, dream and become a queen in The Denim Juniors, their first drag pop concert for kids.

Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee 2016 Jayde Adams is going full diva this Fringe with glorious gowns, acerbic charm and show-stopping music by Olivier Award winning composer Richard Thomas. And Drag Superstar Jonny Woo and Richard Thomas bring Jonny Woo’s All Star Brexit Cabaret, a sequin-spangled musical ripped straight from the headlines.


Soho Theatre presents the Ars Nova Production of


Created and performed by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard

With Lightning Rod Special

Directed by Taibi Magar

Edinburgh Fringe. Traverse 1. UK Premiere. 18+. Duration 75 mins.

Sun 5 – Sun 26 August (not 3, 6, 13, 20, 25). Previews Thu 2 Aug, 7pm & Sat 4 Aug, 5.30pm.

Press night Sun 5 Aug, 9.15pm

Times and dates: 9, 16, 22 Aug, 10am / 23, 26 Aug, 1pm / 10, 17, 24 Aug, 4pm / 4 Aug, 5.30pm / 2, 11, 14, 18 Aug, 7pm /

5 Aug (press), 9.15pm / 7, 8, 12, 15, 19, 21 Aug, 10pm. Tickets £21.50 (£16.50 / £15.00). (£15 / £9 previews).


Soho Theatre. Tue 4 – Sat 29 Sep, 7.15pm. Captioned performance Tue 18 Sep, 7.15pm. Tickets from £8 @sohotheatre @arsnova #URGTour

Soho Theatre presents


By Karen Cogan

Directed by Oona Murphy. Performed by Karen Cogan.

Assembly George Square, The Bubble.

Wed 1 Aug to Sun 26 Aug, 2.30pm (not 14). 60mins. From £12 (£8 previews). @sohotheatre @KarenMCogan

Most Wanted, Offstage Theatre, Soho Theatre, W14 Productions and Alastair Michael present


Directed by Cressida Brown

Paines Plough’s Roundabout, Summerhall.

Fri 3 – Sun 26 Aug, 5.30pm (not 7, 14 & 21). 60 mins. From £10 (£9 previews). @sohotheatre @Summerhallery #RoundaboutPP

Soho Theatre in association with Avalon presents


Directed by Adam Brace

Free Fringe. Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire.

Thu 2 – Sat 26 August, 2.15pm. 60 mins @sohotheatre @ahirshah

Jessie Cave with Soho Theatre c/o Curtis Brown Ltd


Directed by Adam Brace

The Stand 3 & 4.

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug, 2.25pm (not 13). 60 mins. From £10. @sohotheatre @jessiecave

Soho Theatre and United Agents present


Directed by Steve Marmion

Assembly George Square, Piccolo

Fri 3 to Sat 19 Aug, 4.30pm (not 13). 60mins. From £9 (£5 previews). @sohotheatre @Denim_uk

Soho Theatre presents


Directed by Doctor Brown

Pleasance Courtyard, Beside

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug, 6pm (not 13). 60 mins. From £10 (£7 previews). @sohotheatre @natdogkatdog #NATE

David Johnson, Jon Mackay and Reuben Cook in association with Soho Theatre present


Assembly George Square Gardens

Thu 2 – Mon 27 Aug, 6pm (not 13 & 20). 60mins. From £13 (£8 previews). @sohotheatre @JonnyWooUK

Soho Theatre in association with Mick Perrin Worldwide Management present


Pleasance Courtyard, That

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug, 7pm (not 13). 60 mins. From £10 (£7 previews). @sohotheatre @AnuvabPal

Soho Theatre in association with United Agents present


Pleasance Courtyard, Attic

Wed 1 – Sun 26 Aug, 7pm (not 13). 60mins. From £11 (£6.50 previews). @sohotheatre @laurenpattison

Soho Theatre in association with Laughing Stock Productions present


Edinburgh Fringe

Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker One

Wed 1 to Sat 26 Aug (not 13). 7.15pm. 60 mins. From £10 (£7 previews). @sohotheatre @IvanComedy

Soho Theatre Downstairs

Tue 28 Aug – Sat 1 Sept, 7.30pm. 60 mins. From £11 @sohotheatre @IvanComedy

Soho Theatre presents


Assembly George Square, Piccolo

Thu 2 to Sat 26 Aug, 7.30pm (not 13 & 20). 70mins. From £13 (£8 previews). @sohotheatre @LeGateauChoc

Soho Theatre presents


Underbelly Bristo Square, Fresian

Wed 1 – Sat 26 Aug (not 13), 9.15pm. 60mins. From £11 (£7 previews). @sohotheatre @MyqKaplan

Johnson, Mackay, Soho Theatre and United Agents present


Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance Two.

Wed 1 – Mon 27 Aug, 9.30pm. 60mins. From £12 (£7.50 previews). @sohotheatre @jaydeadams

Soho Theatre and United Agents present


Directed by Steve Marmion

Assembly George Square Gardens, Piccolo

Thu 2 to Sat 26 Aug (not 13), 10.30pm. 60mins. From £12 (£7 previews). @sohotheatre @Denim_uk


Planet Caramel: Rotations in Flavour Space – Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Planet Caramel: Rotations in Flavour Space - Edinburgh Fringe 2018
Planet Caramel: Rotations in Flavour Space - Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Planet Caramel: Rotations in Flavour Space – Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Planet Caramel are a high concept, high octane sketch trio from Edinburgh, whose brand of comedy – like the caramel wafer you’ll get for free just for coming to see them – is short and sweet.

Planet Caramel are Alex HarwoodDavid Blair and Richard Duffy, three left-field offshoots from The Edinburgh Revue. Having been involved in the writing, performing and directing of every single one of the Revue’s Fringe shows since 2011, they formed Planet Caramel in 2014.

This is their fourth year at the Edinburgh Fringe following on from the success of Wafer Biscuit in 2015, A Taste of Planet Caramel in 2016 and Hot, Sexy, Kind and Desperate in 2017. Rotations in Flavour Space promises to be a light-speed sketch comedy experience like no other, showcasing the very best this group has to offer.

This year the trio have found success having some of their work showcased as part of BBC Alba’s new sketch show FUNC as well as providing material for Measuring Humanity, an international research project in conjunction with The University of Edinburgh.

Planet Caramel are currently Scotland’s only regularly gigging sketch group, becoming regulars at The Stand andMonkey Barrel comedy clubs as well as taking on Glasgow Comedy Festival and Brighton Fringe each year.

In previous years they hosted Edinburgh’s only sketch and character comedy night, Planet Caramel’s Hot Bedperforming alongside the likes of Norris and Parker and Twins.

Founded on the maxim ‘no sketches over a minute’, their style has since grown to encompass bigger characters, musical numbers and dance routines. While sketches and characters flow into each other, brief bursts of daftness, surprise and fun are still the bread and butter of this trio.

Come and see one of the best new up and coming sketch acts on the Fringe.

What the press has said about Planet Caramel:

Bright and witty… fast-paced, energetic and wonderfully silly.” ★★★★★ Ed Fringe Review

One of the most memorable comedy routines I’ve seen.” The Skinny

Glimmers of comedy genius… genuinely new and presciently funny.” ThreeWeeks

Truly impressive.” TV Bomb

At times terrifying… predominantly brilliant.” The Student


Latest gig list and videos at

Facebook: /planetcaramel

Twitter: @Planet_Caramel

40 sketches on YouTube and counting…


Listings information:

Date: 2nd – 26th August 2018 (not 13th)

Show: Planet Caramel: Rotations in Flavour Space

Venue: Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, The Little Kirk (venue 27)

Address: 86 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QA

Time: 11.20pm (1 hour)

Price: Reserve a ticket for £5 or Pay What You Want at the venue

Box Office: /

Free Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer for every audience member.



Selke Award Winner FALKLAND makes UK Premiere Performances at Brighton Fringe



36 years ago, on April 2, 1982, Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands in an attempt to establish the sovereignty it claimed over them. On April 5th, three days later, Britain responded and the ensuing 74-day conflict claimed 904 lives, including 3 civilians, as well as wounded thousands more. Now, 36 years later, Tasty Monster Productions and acclaimed playwright Heather Bagnall present the award-winning production FALKLAND as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, the East to Edinburgh Festival NYC, and Edinburgh Fringe 2018 to commemorate the memory of the people whose lives were irreversibly changed by those fateful ten and a half weeks. This production shines a much needed light on the idea that history can and does repeat itself and in the current political climate how power can corrupt the lives of everyone it touches.

From the team who brought you the quirky antics of SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL, the poignant yet uplifting family drama Ferdinand, and the darkly comic Everybody’s Crazy…or Maybe It’s Just Me (which will also have three performances at the Brighton Fringe), as well as the out-of-this-world family musical The Space Pirate Puppy Musical!, comes a fifth original show – a hard-hitting new drama with the Falklands War as it’s backdrop – FALKLAND.

Written by Heather Bagnall and featuring Luke TudballFALKLAND saw its world-premiere performances in Florida in May 2017 at Tampa International Fringe and Orlando International Fringe Festival where the production was selected as ‘Best of Fest’ by the Orlando Sentinel. This year FALKLAND also won the Selke Award for Best Show of the Fringe at Pittsburgh International Fringe Festival and recently has been added to the long list for the Brighton Fringe Newcomer Award by Voice Magazine UK. 

Tasty Monster Productions will present six performances at the Rialto Theatre, Brighton opening on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and running until Sunday, June 3, 2018 with performances in July in New York City before returning to Edinburgh in August.

Under the starry blanket of night two unlikely friends, an idealistic young soldier and a reluctant farmer turned Captain, find a new camaraderie as the big show plays out in the theatre of war surrounding them. Bitter conflict, questionable politics, and moral debate engage us in a traumatic, but necessary, journey through the lives of the two men, their families, and the many twists and turns they encounter on the road to redemption.

LUKE TUDBALL is an actor, producer, mentor and director who has worked all over Europe and the United States. He trained at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London, the University of East Anglia, Norwich, the Russian School of Acting, The Actors Centre, London, The Actors Center, Washington DC, and TVI Actors Studio, New York. With his partner in life and art, Heather Bagnall, he is Co-Founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Tasty Monster Productions. His many other credits include work in theatre, voiceover, radio, film and television. As a performer he has worked with, amongst others, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (Washington DC), the Studio Theatre (DC), Theatre East (NY), Mind The Gap (NY), Vital Theatre Company (NY), The Colonial Players (MD), and 1st Stage Theatre (VA). His recent directing credits, amongst others, include ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ (Stratford-Upon-Duncan), ‘Mrs. Jansen Isn’t Here Now’ (Ego Actus), ‘SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL’ (Tasty Monster Productions), ‘Fish Tacos’ (Strangebird Productions), ‘Swing’ (Strangebird Productions), ‘Miss Frances and the Bamboo Garden’ (Tasty Monster Productions), ‘Just Deserts’ (Tasty Monster Productions), ‘Personals’ (Talking Horse Productions), and ‘A Man of No Importance’ (Talking Horse Productions) -which is about to be re-staged by popular demand. Luke is a member of British Actors Equity, the American Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, The Off-Broadway Alliance, the MAC, and The Spotlight. Please visit:

HEATHER BAGNALL is an actress, dancer, model, choreographer, director, playwright, arts educator and Co-Founding Artistic Director of Tasty Monster Productions which has produced original and additional works since 2011. She studied with the Everyman Theatre, Baltimore Theatre Alliance, The Actor’s Center, Washington, DC, In-Flight Aerial Theatre, The Trapeze School of New York in DC and The Second City in Chicago. Heather has performed extensively across the United States and throughout Europe and has been touring her original work SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL, voted a top ten solo show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, since 2011. Additionally, Heather is an educator and arts consultant working with non-profit arts organizations in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and New York. Heather performs regularly with the 29th Street Playwrights Collective in New York and is a Founding Member and Associate Director of Stratford-Upon-Duncan. She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Tasty Monster Productions, founded in 2011 by Heather Bagnall and Luke Tudball, is a vibrant and exciting enterprise which brings together some of the best new talent in the United States and the United Kingdom. Through innovative theatre, cabarets, small ensemble shows and lesser known musicals, Tasty Monster brings engaging new and re-envisioned works to a broad audience while expanding the use of technology and multi-media as a tool for storytelling.

 VENUE: Rialto Theatre – 11 Dyke Road, Brighton, UK BN1 3FE

 PERFORMANCES (60 min): Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – 5:15 pm; Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – 5:15 pm; Thursday, May 31, 2018 – 5:15 pm; Friday, June 1, 2018 – 5:15 pm; Saturday, June 2, 2018 – 5:15 pm; Sunday, June 3, 2018 – 5:15 pm

TICKETS: £10 (£8 Concessions, £6 Students). Group tickets available upon request –


Elizabethan – New Musical at Edinburgh Fringe 2018

David William Hughes
David William Hughes

David William Hughes

Tobias Bacon died of Love in 1618.

Join him on the 400th anniversary of his death as he finds out how.

Tobias Bacon ~ drinker, smoker, tights-wearer, and lover ~ recounts his life story in this historical musical comedy based on genuine Renaissance songs.  How exactly is it possible to die of Love?  Why did Tobias not make it to heaven like his father?  And what, exactly, is to be made of this new-fangled fashion of smoking tobacco?

This brand new solo show is unique in its combination of comedy and authentic performances of Renaissance music.  With the help of the audience, David William Hughes plays Tobias, and several of his lovers, all whilst singing and playing the lute in a one-man musical featuring Elizabethan songs of sadness, satire, and seduction.  This show highlights the wit and myriad perspectives that can be found in Renaissance music, and brings this wonderful music to a wider audience, with a deft comic and theatrical touch.

David William Hughes is a highly accomplished singer, actor, and writer, whose work combines comedy, early music, and historical research to create unique and exciting performances.  He has appeared as a soloist throughout the USA and the UK, with ensembles such as the Landmarks Orchestra (Boston, MA) and Floating Tower (Brooklyn, NY).  He has previously appeared at the Fringe with the Oxford Imps (‘Devastatingly funny’ ***** ~ Edfringe Review) and in Racing Minds’ And Now For Something Completely Wireless(‘Damned funny chaps’ **** ~ ThreeWeeks). Elizabethan is his first solo Fringe show.

‘Hughes was perfect’ ~ Times of Israel

‘Viscerally satisfying’ ~ Boston Musical Intelligencer

Listings Information

Venue:  theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Dates & times:  3-11 August12:05pm (50 mins), 13-15 August1:05pm (50 mins)

Ticket prices:  £9 full / £7 concessions

Venue box office:  0131 510 2384 / [email protected]com

Fringe box office:  0131 226 0000 /

Suitable for ages 14+


‘Tilda Swinton’ hit play parody comes to Edinburgh Fringe

Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton

A hit with critics and audiences, and following sold out runs in Los Angeles and New York, TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST makes its eagerly-awaited International Premiere at Edinburgh Fringe, starring actor and Instagram sensation Tom Lenk (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Rock of Ages on Broadway) as Tilda Swinton.
In TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST, a gay man’s life implodes when actress Tilda Swinton (Tom Lenk) answers his “roommate wanted” ad on Craigslist and insists on studying and dissecting his life to research her next big movie role.
“Fame and Celebrity is brilliantly explored” -Broadway World New York
“Delightful, hilarious, and moving!” -Angela Kinsey (The Office)
“Hysterical… played to perfection by Tom Lenk.” -Broadway World LA
“Run to the theatre.” -Edge Media Network
“Hysterically and surprisingly cathartic.” –
“Hilarious… unforgettable, delightful experience.”
“Damn funny… drunk on laughter… masterful at comedy.” -LavenderAfterDark
“Tilda de force… hysterically absurd… grinning ear to ear.”
Written by Byron Lane (Last Will & Testicle). Directed by Tom DeTrinis (Bright Colors and Bold patterns). Starring: Tom Lenk (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Rock of Ages on Broadway), Byron Lane (Last Will & Testicle), Jayne Entwistle (Feud: Bette and Joan), Mark Jude Sullivan (Pan Am).
TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST was originally directed by Tom DeTrinis and presented at Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles in 2017 produced by Jay Marcus, Nathan Frizzell, Tom Lenk, and Tom DeTrinis.
Assembly George Square, The Bubble    Aug 1-26    21:20    60 mins      [email protected]    0131 623 3050

Paines Plough announces full programme for Roundabout at Summerhall 2018

Paines Plough
  • Three world premieres by Georgia Christou, Simon Longman and Vinay Patel in co-production with Theatr Clwyd
  • Paines Plough will also welcome eight visiting companies including Middle Child, Boundless Theatre, Dirty Protest and Sherman Theatre
  • Roundabout’S later programme will feature comedians, musicians and performers to be announced in the run up to The Fringe
  • Closed captioning across all Paines Plough performances in Edinburgh and on Tour
  • Tickets Are On Sale Today HERE

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough James Grieve and George Perrin today revealed the full programme for ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL, kicking off at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before a UK tour in Autumn 2018.

Paines Plough in co-production with Theatr Clwyd will stage three World Premieres from Simon Longman, Vinay Patel and Georgia Christou.All three productions will be performed in rep by Charlotte O’Leary, Katherine Pearce and Jack Wilkinson, directed by former Paines Plough Associate Director, and nabokov Artistic Director, Stef O’Driscoll.

Joining the three world premieres will be Middle Child’s late night search for intimacy, ONE LIFE STAND, a brand-new play by Eve Nicol;BLACKTHORN by 2018 Paines Plough Fellow Charley Miles was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2017 and is presented by InSite Performance in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse; THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK, a chronicle of the fallout of the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism by Ed Edwards, a Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre; A Francesca Moody production, a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violenceSQUARE GO by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair; one man-musical comedy, DRIP, By Tom Wells presented by Boundless Theatre and Script Club; TREMOR, a new play by Brad Birch produced by Sherman Theatre, The Stage’s Regional Theatre of the Year 2018 and recent Olivier Award recipient.

Dirty Protest’s Sugar Baby penned by Alan Harris and Luke Barnes’ ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING will also return to Roundabout, following acclaim in 2017.

James Grieve and George Perrin said today:

“We’re proud to present our ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL line-up for 2018, packed with outstanding new plays from around the UK.

Our Roundabout rep features three world premieres:  Vinay Patel’s razor-sharp satire STICKS AND STONES, Simon Longman’s beautiful, elegiac ISLAND TOWN and Georgia Christou’s rip-roaring adventure through space HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN.

We’re also welcoming some of the UK’s most innovative and exciting new writing companies and playwrights to Roundabout. Our Associate Company Middle Child return with an all new theatre gig ONE LIFE STAND by Eve Nicol, Boundless Theatre present musical comedy DRIP by Tom Wells, Olivier Award winning Sherman Theatre present Brad Birch’s new play TREMOR. Ed Edwards’ THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic of the 80s with great anger and wit, and we’re thrilled that Fringe First winners Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair will join forces for SQUARE GO, a raucous story of playground violence deconstructing myths of masculinity.

Also in our programme we’re thrilled to welcome our newly announced Playwright Fellow for 2018 Charley Miles with her Susan Smith Blackburn nominated debut play BLACKTHORN. Written on attachment with West Yorkshire Playhouse, BLACKTHORN is a touching exploration of growing up in a North Yorkshire village.

We’ll be welcoming back old friends Dirty Protest as Alan Harris’ SUGAR BABY returns with tales of Cardiff drug dealer Marc and Billy the Seal. After last year’s sell-out run and numerous awards Middle Child’s ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Luke Barnes returns for one week only.

Our LATER programme returns with an eclectic mix of electric new work from the very best companies, comedians, musicians and more throughout the Fringe so keep an eye on our social channels for announcements.”

Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd present 
ISLAND TOWN by Simon Longman – World Premiere.
STICKS AND STONES by Vinay Patel – World Premiere.
HOW TO SPOT AN ALIEN by Georgia Christou – World Premiere.

Roundabout 2018 Visiting Companies
ONE LIFE STAND by Eve Nicol. A Middle Child production.
BLACKTHORN by Charley Miles. An InSite Theatre production in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse.
THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK AND CRACK by Ed Edwards. A Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre
SQUARE GO by Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair. A Francesca Moody production.
TREMOR by Brad Birch. A Sherman Theatre production.
DRIP by Tom Wells. A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production.
SUGAR BABY by Alan Harris. A Dirty Protest production.
ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING by Luke Barnes. A Middle Child and Hull 2017 production.

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
by Simon Longman

Direction by Stef O’Driscoll

Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them.

And they’re going to break away anyway. Someone’s about to get a car. And all roads go somewhere else. Right?

ISLAND TOWN is bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape. 

Written by Simon Longman, recipient of the 2018 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (GUNDOG; Royal Court, MILKED; Pentabus Theatre Company).

Time: 11:30-12:40 / 14:30-15:40
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26
Ticket prices: £9-17
Press performances: 6 August

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
by Vinay Patel
Direction by Stef O’Driscoll

“So we’re clear
You know, right?
You know I’m not that kind of person.”

Sometimes we can’t find the right words. Sometimes the wrong word just slips out. Sometimes the right words become the wrong words. Sometimes that ruins everything.

When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey looking for answers. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other?

A razor sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA nominated Vinay Patel.

Time: 11:30-12:40 / 14:30-15:40
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25
Ticket prices: £9-17
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

A Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd production
by Georgia Christou
Direction by Stef O’Driscoll

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? 12 year old Jelly and her brother Jonjo have their suspicions.

She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic.

Join Jelly and JonJo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers.

Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship.

For space cadets age 5 and up.

Time: 11:30-12:20
Age Suitability: 5+
Dates: Aug 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £7.50-10
Press performance: 5 August

A Middle Child production
By Eve Nicol
Music by James Frewer and Honeyblood

Direction by Paul Smith

When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover her lifelong dream? One Life Stand is a late-night search for intimacy across a hyperconnected, hypersexual city, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships, where expectations of love and lust are ever-changing. Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is brand-new gig theatre from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

Time: 21:45-22:55
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-15
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

An InSite Performance in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse 
By Charley Miles
Direction by Jacqui Honess-Martin

‘What you think’s a completely different plant on ‘surface – it’s all from the same roots.’

The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them. Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play explores the changes and choices that pull us from the places and people we love. Blackthorn was a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize in 2017 and is presented as an InSite production in association with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Time: 13:05-14:05
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-15
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

A Most Wanted and Offstage Theatre production in association with W14 Productions and Alastair Michael, co-commissioned by Soho Theatre
By Ed Edwards
Direction by Cressida Brown

‘The history of England jumps off its axis. 2am, 8th July, 1981, 20 cities across England burn.’
The night of the Manchester uprising. That night should change everything. Drawing on his own personal experience, Ed Edwards’ script crackles with anger, humour and authenticity as he chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism. Shot through with home truths about the road to recovery this is an epic love song to a lost generation.

Time: 17:30-18:30
Age Suitability: 12+
Dates: Aug 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-15
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

A Francesca Moody production 
By Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair 
Direction by Finn den Hertog

Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first Square Go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. This is an unmissable collaboration between Fringe First-winning writers Kieran Hurley (Heads Up) and Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying) is a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the decision to step up or run.

Time: 20:20-21:20
Age Suitability: 12+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-17
Press performance: 6 August

A Sherman Theatre production

By Brad Birch 
Direction by David Mercatali

Once our lives are touched by tragedy, can we ever truly move on? Sophie and Tom’s relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years on and as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt.

Tremor is the world premiere production from the Olivier Award-winning Regional Theatre of the Year. This thrilling new play by Brad Birch (Black Mountain, Roundabout 2017) explores how society chooses to live in a time riddled with tension, anxiety and division.

Time: 16:05-17:05
Age Suitability: 16+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £9-16
Press performances: 5 + 6 August

A Boundless Theatre and Script Club production 
Words by Tom Wells 
Music by Matthew Robins 
Direction by Jane Fallowfield

A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music) fresh from a sell-out tour. Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help. There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim. ‘Matthew Robins’ music and Wells’ lyrics feel like Victoria Wood for a new generation.’ (Stage).

Time: 18:55-19:55
Age Suitability: 12+
Dates: Aug 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £12-15

A Dirty Protest production
By Alan Harris
Direction by Catherine Paskell

Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy. When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier. Oggy wants Lisa. Lisa wants Marc. Marc wants to survive the day. Critically acclaimed one-man comedy from award-winning Welsh company Dirty Protest. ‘The packed audience loves it’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Theatrical tour de force’ **** (Times).

Time: 18:55-19:55
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Ticket prices: £9-15

A Middle Child production
By Luke Barnes
Music by James Frewer
Direction by Paul Smith

Meet Leah and Chris: raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as special as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this is multi award-winning gig theatre that mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes. 2017 Broadway Baby Bobby Award; 2017 The Stage Excellence Award; 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell-out show. ‘Superb gig theatre’ (Lyn Gardner, Guardian).

Time: 23:3000:45
Age Suitability: 14+
Dates: Aug 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Ticket prices: £13-16


David Leddy’s 2017 hit show CORIOLANUS VANISHES  is re-staged in Edinburgh, this time performed by a woman

Coriolanus Vanishes
Coriolanus Vanishes

Coriolanus Vanishes

Coriolanus Vanishes is a tense, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller, written by renowned theatre-maker and Artistic Director of Fire Exit, David Leddy, who performed the piece in 2017, marking his return to the stage for the first time in twelve years. This time the same solo work is performed, word-for-word, by a woman, Irene Allan.  Contrasting bold theatricality, haunting music and razor-sharp slashes of light across a stark stage, the work charts Chris’s complex descent through passion, shame, devastation and the many, many forms of madness.

David Leddy said of the re-staging:

 I wrote this role knowing I’d be the first person to perform it, but also knowing from the start that later on I would recast Chris as a woman. As I wrote the piece, I always imagined Irene Allan being that woman, so I’m thrilled that she said yes to taking on such a demanding role. I was very strict with myself while I wrote the script that I would not change a single word when played by a woman. I wanted to write a character who talks about very gendered ideas (parenthood, fidelity, empathy, aggression) but for that person to theoretically be genderless. This character is in a messy, horrible, agonizing world of their own that’s far beyond the conventions of how women and men have been socialised to behave. Even so, it’s interesting that our observations about their behaviour will likely change depending on whether they’re played by a woman or a man.”

 Previous successes from Fire Exit include: The Last Bordello (2017), International Waters (2016), Long Live The Little Knife, (2013) Sub Rosa (2009 – Herald Angel Award) White Tea (2009 – Scotsman Fringe First Award, Herald Angel Award, Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize), Susurrus (2007 – Winner, Outstanding Special Event, San Diego Critics Circle Awards).

 Fire Exit Presents, in co-production with Tron Theatre:


 Written by David Leddy
Performed by Irene Allan

Design realised by Becky Minto

Sound design by Danny Krass

Lighting design by Nich Smith


3 – 26 AUGUST 2017