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Letters To Morrissey, produced by Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre Company, coming to HOME Manchester 12-16 September 2017

Letters to Morrissey
Letters to Morrissey

Letters to Morrissey

Award-winning actor and playwright Gary McNair makes his second appearance at HOME on Tue 12 – Sat 16 September 2017 with touching new show Letters To Morrissey, produced by Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre Company.

Directed by Gareth Nicholls, the theatre’s associate director, Letters To Morrissey follows up McNair’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe First hit A Gambler’s Guide to Dying, which featured in HOME’s Orbit festival in 2016.

McNair’s affectionate one-man show is the final part of a trilogy of often darkly comic works drawing on the joys and struggles of growing up in working class Scotland, explored through letters written to The Smiths’ front-man Morrissey at the turn of the millennium by a conflicted teenager from the outskirts of Glasgow.

It’s 1997. You’re 11. You’re sad, lonely, and scared of doing anything that could get you singled out by the hopeless, angry people in your home town. One day you see a man on telly. He’s mumbling, yet electrifying. He sings: “I am human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does.” This guy gets it. You become obsessed with him. Later, when you need someone, you write to him. A lot.

Fast-forward to today, 20 years on. You find those letters and ask yourself: “Has the world changed, or have I changed?” Letters To Morrissey is about confronting the worst thing you’ve done – and hoping that you can still be good person.

Coming to HOME direct from this year’s Edinburgh Festival, where it world premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Letters To Morrissey considers our human desire to be understood, and about finding potentially false kinship in an icon you don’t actually know.

@home_mcr #LettersToMorrissey

 

Lost instruments throw Otto & Astrid’s Edinburgh Fringe run into chaos

Otto & Astrid – Eurosmash! blue smoke – credit Andrew Wuttke

German band Die Roten Punkte have been left stranded on the opening night of their Edinburgh Festival Fringe run after British Airways lost all their musical equipment in Canada.

The duo, consisting of brother and sister Otto and Astrid Rot, travelled with the airline from Winnipeg to Edinburgh on July 30but discovered on arrival that their set of custom-made drums and electric guitars had not made it onto their connecting flight from Toronto.

Drummer Astrid Rot contacted Toronto Airport’s duty manager Andy Joseph, who found the instruments and supervised them being put on a plane to London, but British Airways have now told her they do not know whether they arrived at Heathrow Airport.

She said: “He (Joseph) personally went with his little legs and found our instrument and put them on the plane to London. But now we’ve heard nothing for another 36 hours.

“Why can’t they get here from London? I could have walked there and got back with them by now. How can I rock out and make noises with no drums?”

The pair are now scrambling to find alternative instruments in time for the opening night of their show Otto and Astrid: Eurosmash! which is on at the Underbelly Cowgate from August 3-27.

Otto said that they are using equipment that had been gifted or lent to them in order to get ready for opening night on Thursday, but their instruments have been custom-made for their performance.

“We are determined for the show to go on”, he added.

They have posted a video on their Facebook page pleading with anyone at Heathrow Airport to search for their lost equipment.

Yesterday BA suffered a systems crash that affected check-in and luggage systems at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports, although a spokesman said the issue was now “resolved”.

It comes after an earlier IT glitch in May, which BA admitted was responsible for a “significant” number of passengers left without luggage.

This is the third time Die Roten Punkte have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, after being nominated for the Time Out and Soho Theatre’s ‘Best Cabaret’ award for their last run in 2013.

They first played at the Fringe in 2009, where they were nominated for a Total Theatre award and The List proclaimed them “set to be bigger than Jesus.”

Die Roten Punkte have supported Amanda Palmer on tour and have built up a cult following during their years performing together since they were children.

The Edinburgh Fringe celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and runs at venues across the Scottish capital from August 4-28.

Die Roten Punkte

  • Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots) are “Berlin’s prince and princess of art rock and Europop”, Otto and Astrid Rot.
  • They return to Edinburgh with their first full show in four years with songs from their new album Eurosmash! This is their fourth full studio album, having released critically acclaimed albums in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
  • Their 2009 Fringe debut Super Musikant (Super Musician) was nominated for the Total Theatre award, while their 2013 show Kunst Rock (Art Rock) was nominated for Best Cabaret at the TO&ST – Time Out & Soho Theatre Award.
  • “Hilarious, outrageous. Set to be bigger than Jesus” (The List), “A beautifully grotesque, glam-rock punk-pop riot of a gig” (Fest mag), “The perfect musical comedy act and there is something there for everyone – it should not be missed” (Broadway Baby).

 

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Edinburgh Fringe, Tago Korean Drum, Interview: “Our music is very sexy, intense, and sophisticated!”

TAGO Korean Drum II live
TAGO Korean Drum II live

TAGO Korean Drum II live

TAGO return to The Fringe 2017 with a new show which follows their enormously popular and successful Fringe debut last year.

‘FYI’ TAGO means ‘lighting up the world by beating drums’ and this young ensemble achieves it with a spectacular mixture of Korean traditional instruments – from gigantic drums to small percussion instruments – spiced up with extravagant martial arts movement.  TAGO’s performances are a masterful display of thrilling percussion and precisely choreographed movement that has wide audience appeal.

TAGO Korean Drum II live shot 4 players

TAGO Korean Drum II live shot 4 players

TAGO – KOREAN DRUM II is one of a collection of Korean shows at the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe supported by Korean Arts Management Service (KAMS), an affiliate of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea. The collection, which consists of MEDEA on media, Behind the Mirror, TAGO: Korean Drum, Mind Goblin and SNAP is part of Korea/UK 2017-18 presented by the Korean Cultural Centre UK, a year-long cultural exchange in partnership with leading British cultural institutions, set to bring the best of Korean art to the UK.

I thought it would be nice to talk to TAGO master drummer Kim Si-Won. I was right. It was quite nice.

Here is what happened.

Hi! Can you describe TAGO KOREAN DRUM?
TAGO master drummer Kim Si-Won:  Our music is very sexy, intense, and sophisticated!  Korean drums play an important part in traditional Korean music; it’s an art that has been passed from generation to generation for hundreds of years.  In TAGO we harness our traditional music with a more modern touch combining traditional Korean instruments – from gigantic drums to small percussion – with some exciting martial arts moves!  And we wanted to break the assumption that all drums are round so we’ve built a square drum and put strings and a wooden keyboard on it so it takes four of us to play it!

Performers are always busy rehearsing, preparing or performing; how do you relax?
That’s a good question Mr Carl!  We actually practise for 3-4 hours a day because you have to constantly develop strength and technique to play the drums…but we love to find new places to eat, drink and relax.  Edinburgh has some great bars and we’re looking forward to trying out some malt whiskies.

You recently took part in the London Korean Festival. How did audiences respond?
It was absolutely amazing!  We performed a 30 minute set against a colourful backdrop and the audience were dancing and cheering.  The Kensington Olympia venue is gigantic and the sound of our drums was perfect for the big acoustics.  They also had lots of Korean food stands so we felt right at home.  We signed lots of autographs too and did many selfies with audience members.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Performing abroad, definitely!

How would you like this show to be remembered?
As a big, exciting and sexy show!  Also we would like people to enjoy the sounds of the different drums and percussion instruments, some of which you can only see if you come to Korea.

What do you like most about the city of Edinburgh?
The people are so friendly and the beer is great!  When we performed for the first time in 2016, we didn’t realise there were so many shows on – some of our Korean friends are here with their own shows – magic, illusion, dance, music – and we’re hoping to go and support some of them.  Last year we had to buy umbrellas…

TAGO Ho-goon Hyun on the big drum photo by Young Kyong

With the costs of putting on a show – what would be your advice for other international companies that want to bring work to Edinburgh Festival Fringe?
Don’t pack too much!  We send our biggest drums in advance and we take the smaller items on the plane with our luggage.  We could easily bring more then end up not playing them all – so, rather than have a big choice of instruments, we perform a specially designed international show that we know we can deliver.  If you try to pack everything, you can easily run out of money.

What is the Korean Arts scene like?
Really vibrant and diverse. The art of drumming has been around for centuries and you have to be very dedicated to train for many years before you can perform professionally.  Drummers usually started training intensely from the age of 10.  The K-Pop scene is huge now – Korean pop music – and young audiences are moving away from traditional art forms which is why our show is a combination of old and new.  Also the phenomenon of magic and illusion shows is very new to Korea and very popular and the Korean National Ballet (since 1993) is also very cool with people who like ballet.

What do you think audiences enjoy most about your work?
I think people really dig the huge sound of the drums – the sound really fills any performance space and it’s exciting to experience.  I think they also like our combination of drumming and martial arts moves – it’s a really hard thing to learn but very satisfying when you hear the audience cheering!

Are there any shows you are looking forward to seeing?
We are hoping to check out some comedy shows – we didn’t have chance last year – so we’re going to try and see Kwame Asante who we hear is a doctor as well as a comedian and our friends in the Korean magic show Snap which is also very funny.

 What is the most rewarding part of being a performer?
Being up there onstage with my friends is the best – we all met at university and set up Tago nearly 15 years ago.

Curious Directive announce full casting for Frogman

Traverse Theatre

Full casting has been announced on curious directive’s Frogman which opens at the Traverse Theatre, Codebase, as part of the Edinburgh Festival.  A hugely ambitious, coming-of-age thriller, Frogman is told through live theatre and 360 film in Virtual Reality.

The show will open in Edinburgh before embarking on an 8-date UK tour to Brighton, Plymouth, Cambridge, Oxford, Bath, Warwick, Norwich, and Hull with further dates to be announced.

Tessa Parr plays Meera and will be performing live on stage.  The cast also includes voice work from Sarah Woodward as DCI Fiona Webb, Johnny Flynn as Douglas Clarke, Anna Procter as Cathy Selbourne, Kate Shenton as Jen Philips and Russell Woodhead as Ryan Willis.

The VR cast features four non-professional young actors from schools in Brisbane, Australia.  They are Ava Ryan (aged 11) as Young Meera, Indiah Morris (11) as Lily McCullen, Sol Castanho (11) as Shaun Jacobs and Milla Webb (13) as Ashleigh Richardson.

The Great Barrier Reef, 1995.

Meera is eleven. It’s her first sleepover. Strawberry Dunkaroos, Sega Mega Drive and coral fragment analysis descends into torch-lit storytelling from sleeping bags.

Lights off. In the corner, Meera’s aquarium is beginning to glow. Outside over the reef, the Frogman hovers looking for the traces of a missing child.  The annual coral bloom is due, creating an underwater snowstorm. Time is running out.

Frogman is a multi-sensory show which submerges the audience deep into the Great Barrier Reef and carefree summers of long ago.  Blending youthful nostalgia with a dark sense of haunting unease, the show captures that yearning to return to purer days, real or imagined and the pain at the realisation that those days are gone forever. Nothing can ever be the same again.

Fusing live theatre with 360 film, Frogman blurs the lines between reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.  It will be performed to an audience of 30, who will each be given a VR headset to experience new ways into storytelling in a theatre environment.

Directed by Artistic Director and Founder Jack Lowe, the show has been three years in the making and Lowe has worked alongside specialists in marine biology from Hull’s Deep Aquarium, coral reef scientist Jamie Craggs (Horniman Museum), Sebastian Hennige (Heriot-Watt) and Creative Technologist Ed Greig (Deloitte Digital)

Jack has assembled an exceptional team including Linbury Prize winning designer Camilla Clarke and Tony award-winning sound designer Peter Malkin (The Encounter).

The creation of Frogman has included underwater film shoots in Australia and Indonesia and was made in close collaboration with schools from Hull and Backbone Youth Arts, Brisbane, a leading Australian experimental youth theatre. Together they have created the show exploring themes of childhood, parenthood and the impending coral reef bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.

Founded in 2008, a Norwich-based company, curious directive is widely recognised for risk taking and genre-pushing theatre.  The company are double Fringe First winners and their previous work includes PioneerThe Kindness of StrangersAfter the RainfallOlfactoryBinaryExoplanets and Your Last Breath.

LISTING INFORMATION

 4 to 27th August 2017

Traverse Theatre (CodeBase) Edinburgh

Tickets: 0131 228 1404

Online: www.traverse.co.uk

5 to 9 September 2017

The Old Market Brighton

Tickets: 01273 201 801

Online: www.theoldmarket.com

19 to 23 September 2017

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Tickets: 01752 267222

Online: www.theatreroyal.com

27 to 29 September 2017

Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
Tickets: 01223 511 511

Online: www.junction.co.uk

2 to 6 October 207

Oxford Playhouse

Tickets: 01865 305305

Online: www.oxfordplayhouse.com

7 to 11 October 2017

The Egg, Bath

Tickets: 01225 823409

www.theatreroyal.org.uk

16 to 19 October 2017

Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

Tickets: 024 7652 4524

Online: www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

22 to 29 October 2017

Norwich Arts Centre

Tickets: 01603 6603352

Online: www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

1 to 11 November 2017

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 – venue to be announced

Online: www.hull2017.co.uk

Further dates to be announced

 

The Truman Capote Talk Show come to Assembly, Edinburgh from 3-27 August

Truman Capote
Truman Capote

Truman Capote

Bob Kingdom’s portrayal of Truman Capote, the brilliant and tortured, adorable and wicked writer of Breakfast At Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood has spellbound audiences all over the world enjoying a sell-out season in London’s West End and Off-Broadway.

Capote – social butterfly, gossipmonger and faded novelist – is brought back from the dead in Bob Kingdom’s award-winning one-man show, dropping names until those names drop him. Never lapsing into biography or lecture, this piece brings the later middle of the twentieth century into sharp focus through Capote’s slightly jaded eyes.

Elvis, Camus, Frost, Marilyn, Thurber, Gore Vidal; all bit parts in the world Truman Capote moved through. The slightly seedy glamour of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the intelligence of its author shine through the script, bringing out the tragedy threaded through Capote’s humour.

Capturing the man and his times despite the Capote estate forbidding any direct quotation is no easy task, but Kingdom succeeds with ease. His performance is scarily accurate; the wardrobe, the mannerisms, the camp, acerbic humour is precise. But this is so much more than impersonation, bringing a man who faded from view, from the fame he craved, as the world lost interest, back into the spotlight he deserved – or at least needed.

‘I knew Truman and I can only tell you the impersonation is hair-raising… by re-creating the style, elegance and poetic tragedy of Truman Capote, Mr Kingdom, in one of the crowning achievements of the acting profession, has created new poetry of his own.’- New York Observer

For the actor, the occasion is a tour de force; for the audience, much to savour and to reflect upon’ – The New York Times

Venue:                        Assembly (Drawing Room), Mound Place, EH1 2LU

Dates and Times:      3 – 27 August at 11.05am  

Running Time:          65 mins

Tickets:                      £6 on 3 & 4 Aug

£11 (£10) on 5, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24 Aug

£12 (£11) on 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 Aug

Box Office:                www.assembly.com

 

 

 

 

The World premiere of Education, Education, Education comes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August

Education Education Education

Education Education Education

Education Education Education


Award-winning theatre company The Wardrobe Ensemble has announced that Education, Education, Education will receive a World Premiere at Pleasance Queen Dome as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A co-production between The Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and Shoreditch Town Hall, Education, Education, Education will run from 2 – 27 August at 5.20pm with a press day on 7 August.

Rehearsed and developed at Royal & Derngate, the production will tour the UK in Autumn 2017 following its run in Edinburgh and will visit: Northcott Theatre Exeter, North Wall Oxford, Royal & Derngate, The Point in Eastleigh and Bristol Old Vic.

Tickets are now on sale from: www.tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/education-education-education

Following their exploration of sex, relationships and intimacy in 1972: The Future of Sex, The Wardrobe Ensemble will dissect education and responsibility at the dawn of Blair’s Britain in 1997 in Education, Education, Education. Recent winners of The Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice for theatre, The Wardrobe Ensemble use irreverent humour and inventive theatricality to confront issues that are most pertinent to the twenty-first century experience.

It’s May 1997. Tony Blair has won the election and Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision. Channel 5 is a month old. No one knows who Harry Potter is.

At the local secondary school it’s a different story. Miss Belltop-Doyle can’t control her year 9s, Mr Pashley has been put in charge of a confiscated tamagotchi and for some unknown reason Princess Anne is attending the Year 11 leavers assembly. Tobias, the German language assistant, watches on. Things can only get better.

The cast of Education, Education, Education will include: Tom Brennan (Paul McIntyre), Ben Vardy (Tim Pashley), Kerry Lovell (Louise Turner), Jesse Meadows (Susan Belltop-Doyle), Emily Greenslade (Sophie Smith), James Newton (Tobias) and Tom England (Huw Mills). Education, Education, Education has been devised by The Wardrobe Ensemble and directed by Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton.

The Wardrobe Ensemble’s show for children The Star Seekers will play at Pleasance Ten Dome during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (10 – 27 August). A Wardrobe Ensemble and Wardrobe Theatre co-production, The Star Seekers is for children over three and is a wide-eyed and enthusiastic journey through space. 

Education, Education, Education is a co-production between The Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, and Shoreditch Town Hall, supported by Kevin Space Foundation and Arts Council England.

LISTINGS

A Wardrobe Ensemble, Royal & Derngate and Shoreditch Town Hall co-production:
Education, Education, Education

Directed by Jesse Jones and Helena Middleton
Written by The Wardrobe Ensemble
Design: Lucy Sierra
Lighting Design: Katharine Grant
Sound Design: Ben Grant
Dramaturg: Bea Roberts

Pleasance QueenDome, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27 August – 5.20pm

www.tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/education-education-education

OPEN TO PRESS FROM 7 AUGUST

AUTUMN UK TOUR

Exeter Northcott Theatre
27-29 September
www.exeternorthcott.co.uk
Box Office: 01392 726363

North Wall, Oxford
5-6 October
www.thenorthwall.com
Box Office: 01865 319 450
ON SALE SOON

Royal & Derngate, Northampton
10-14 October
www.royalandderngate.co.uk
Box Office: 01604 624 811
PRESS NIGHT: 10 October, 7.45pm

The Point, Eastleigh
18 October
www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk
Box Office: 023 8065 2333
ON SALE SOON

Bristol Old Vic
2-4 November
www.bristololdvic.org.uk
Box Office: 0117 987 7877

LISTINGS FOR THE STAR SEEKERS

Pleasance Ten Dome
10 – 27 August – 10.40am

10 Aug: £6
11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 Aug: £9/£8.50
14, 21, 22 Aug: £7/£6
16, 17, 23, 24 Aug: £8.50/7.50

Cardboard Citizens and Shelter Scotland forge new relationship to tackle homelessness


Fringe audiences urged to take action as Cardboard Citizens join forces with Shelter Scotland in an effort to make theatre truly life-changing

  • Shelter Scotland supports homeless theatre company Cardboard Citizens whose Fringe debut Cathy is inspired by Ken Loach’s seminal film Cathy Come Home
  • The two organisations come together with a shared mission to help end homelessness
  • Joint promotional activity announced to widen access and participation to ensure those who have experienced homelessness have an opportunity to see Cathy, including the allocation of a proportion of tickets for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe run for those with experience of homelessness at £1

World acclaimed homeless theatre company Cardboard Citizens today announced they have forged a relationship with Shelter Scotland which will see them work together to address homelessness and help those who have experienced it, using theatre as one of the key platforms.

Efforts will be centred on raising awareness, access opportunities and participation in Cardboard Citizens’ critically acclaimed production Cathy, which will make its Edinburgh Fringe debut next month following a sell-out UK tour. The production is a modern reimagining of Ken Loach and Jeremy Sandford’s seminal film Cathy Come Home, which first screened in 1966, causing national public outrage. The film inspired the Housing Act and the creation of Shelter later that year.

Directed by Adrian Jackson, the new play continues Cardboard Citizens’ exploration of the state of housing and homelessness and looks how life might be for a Cathy today. Cathy was researched in partnership with Shelter and is based on true stories, providing a timely reflection of the social and personal impact of spiralling housing costs, gentrification and the challenges of a lack of truly affordable housing.  In Scotland, there are currently, over 10,500 homeless households in temporary accommodation, 142,500 on council waiting lists for a home and a homelessness application was made every 19 minutes in Scotland last year.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe audiences will be encouraged to take action after each performance with a short Legislative Theatre section in which audiences will be given a chance to voice their opinion, take action, express their views and contribute to the proposal of new housing laws. The format follows the high-profile performance ofCathy at the House of Lords earlier this year when the company presented to MPs the top five housing laws suggested by audiences on the UK tour. Shelter Scotland will provide guidance and advice to the company following the collation of audience contributions in order to influence and effect change in Scotland.

As with all Cardboard Citizens productions, a proportion of tickets for Cathy’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe run will be made available to people with experience of homelessness at £1, with Shelter Scotland working alongside the theatre company to allocate these tickets to local organisations working with homeless, ex-homeless and vulnerable people.

Shelter Scotland will help raise awareness of Cathy and encourage and support as many people as possible to see the show, have their say and take action.

The relationship comes at pivotal time for both organisations as Cardboard Citizens marks its 25th anniversary and Shelter Scotland continues with its hard-hitting national campaign Homelessness: Far From Fixed. Both organisations are using the relationship as an opportunity to further enforce their shared mission to end homelessness as the UK faces an arguably more dire housing crisis than was originally depicted in Loach’s original screening.

Adrian Jackson, Founder, Director and Chief Executive of Cardboard Citizens said: “Cardboard Citizens is pleased to be working with Shelter Scotland as we make our Edinburgh Fringe debut. During our 25th anniversary year, Cathy Come Home has been prevalent throughout our work – first with a theatrical community staging of the play at the Barbican supported by Ken Loach and latterly with our modern reinterpretation, Ali Taylor’s exceptional Cathy – and so it is fitting to join forces with the charity that was formed as a result of this still powerful film and had a hand in determining the story Cathy tells. We are excited to bring this powerful and compelling story to Edinburgh audiences this summer.”

Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Cardboard Citizens’ run during this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe – especially as they are presenting their acclaimed Cathy production.

“For Shelter Scotland the original Cathy Come Home depicts all too clearly the human tragedy and suffering caused by bad housing and homelessness that was  – and still is  – being faced by thousands of people in Scotland.”

Graeme Brown added: “Great progress has been made in terms of legislation, support services and the quality of housing since Cathy Come Home was first screened, but the stark reality is that we still have a long way to go, with many of the failings of the housing system that led to Shelter Scotland being formed in 1968 still existing today.

“Cardboard Citizens’ production of Cathy is a stark reminder of the tragedy of homelessness and that, as the impact of low wages, the high cost of housing and harsh welfare reforms hit the poorest and most vulnerable in our society today, we should not be complacent about what still needs to be done to ensure everyone in Scotland has access to a safe, secure and affordable home.”

Cathy by Cardboard Citizens will run from 2nd – 26th August (not 9th, 14th 21st) at the Pleasance King Dome, 3.30pm

Tickets available at www.pleasance.co.uk

To find out more about £1 tickets, email [email protected]

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The Establishment: Eton Mess – Assembly George Square Theatre, Omnitorium

The Establishment
The Establishment

The Establishment

After a critically-acclaimed 2016 run of The Establishment at Edinburgh, Brighton and Prague Fringes, comedians Dan Lees and Neil Frost are bringing their new show The Establishment: Eton Mess to the Ed Fringe 2017 as part of the Assembly Festival.

The show combines the best of clowning, quick wit and British stiffed lipped eccentricity to bring two ultra-privileged British gents from a bygone era to the stage. Struggling to hold on to their values, wealth and power in the modern world, their whimsical world of cricket, tea and secret arms deals is under threat and they’re not giving up that easily.

The Establishment: Eton Mess is an extremely fun, high-spirited show which touches on many of the important issues that face us as a nation today.

The Establishment: Eton Mess is produced by Honky Bonk, a theatre company specialising in physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance. The Establishment were finalists in the highly regarded New Act of The Year (NATY) Top of the Bill Showcase 2017 at London’s Leicester Square Theatre.

Dan Lees (www.danleescomedy.com) studied at Ecole Phillipe Gaulier in Paris and has toured his one man show Brainchild all over the world including Berlin, Prague, Adelaide, London & Edinburgh, it was directed by Complicite Theatre’s Mick Barnfather and received the Judges’ Award for Theatre at the London Mimetic Festival in 2014. Dan performed with Phil Burgers, Edinburgh Comedy Winner in Bewhatthefuck at Edinburgh Festival 2014 and featured in Living With Monkey a pilot for TV by Nina Conti. Dan is also co-founder of the London Clown Festival.

Neil Frost (www.neilfrostcomedy.com) studied at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. In 2015 he was nominated for the Prague Fringe Inspiration Award for his one-man show Everything’s Possible, Nothing’s Available. Neil has worked with pioneering immersive theatre company Shunt on their show The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face.

Both Neil and Dan tour regularly with Clowns Without Borders UK (www.clownswithoutborders.org.uk) a charity that aims to relieve suffering through laughter and play, of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and other situations of adversity. They have performed in India, Greece and in February this year they will be touring Refugee Camps in Serbia.

Another much-needed chapter in our national legacy of lampooning the powers that be, building on Peter Cook, the Pythons and The Fast Show…You can imagine this going down very well indeed at the Palladium or the BBC.” ★★★★Stage

“Very cleverly observed.”  ★★★★½ Reviews Hub

“Enjoy the charming chutzpah of Dan Lees and Neil Frost…They don’t miss a beat.” ★★★★Skinny

“One of the best shows I’ve seen…top class” ★★★★★ Mumble Comedy

Web: establishmentcomedy.co.uk Web: assemblyfestival.com

Twitter: @estabcomedy Facebook: /estabcomedy Instagram: estabcomedy

 

LISTING INFORMATION

Venue:  Assembly George Square Theatre, Omnitorium, EH8 9JZ

Time:  17:00 Running Time: 60mins

Dates:  02 – 28 August. Previews 2 – 4 August. No show Sun 6th and Mon 14th August

Tickets: Previews £6; 7 & 8 August 2-4-1 tickets £10.50; 5, 9-10, 15-17, 21-24 & 28 August £8; 11-13, 18-20, 25-27 August £10.50

Bookings: assemblyfestival.com, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square, Assembly Checkpoint and Assembly Rooms