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Rachel Parris - Keynote

Rachel has been invited to be a guest speaker at her old school, but what kind of a role model is she really?

Through stand-up, character and musical comedy, she explores what messed up message she can possibly offer to impressionable young minds. Rachel is an award-winning musical comic and founder member of smash hit improv show Austentatious.

WHY? ‘Frank and funny... tears of laughter’ The Guardian

Studio
£14 (Supporters £12)

@rachelparris
@nordenfarm

Rachel Parris's website

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Craig Campbell: Easy Tiger

The majestic mountain moose in a tiger striped onesie brings his thrilling new show to Maidenhead.

Find yourself a comfy lap and settle in for an evening of hilarity with Canada's furriest friend. He disgorges all your favourite spittle impregnated cultural furballs (such as why the hell do your coffee shops close at 6pm!!!?? You don't even like coffee!? This isn't your call to make!!) onto your favourite comfy tea-sipping slippers.

Expect a raucous evening of post-scratchin' and kickin' litter aboot the hoose while Campbell tickles chins. No rabbits, mice or children and please be kind to our neighbours by not crapping in their gardens on the way home!

WHY? ‘A fantastic yarn weaver, with charming tales of his travels and hugely funny observations’ Time Out

Studio
£14

Craig Campbell website

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Sophie Willan: Branded

Fresh from a total sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, this multi award winning break out star is heading out on tour!

Sophie Willan has had a lifetime of being branded by others. Now she tells us why with brutal honesty. Expect a raucous hour like no other from this unapologetic young powerhouse. As seen on Dave’s As Yet Untitled and as heard on BBC Radio 4.

WHY? ‘Entertaining and inspiring… perfectly structured with a rare sensitivity and intelligence’ ★★★★ The Times

£12 (£10 conc)

Commissioned by Contact.

@sophiewillan
@nordenfarm

Sophie's website

Read more about Sophie's show in this Guardian article.

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Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Zoe is a regular on BBC2's Mock The Week and BBC1's Live at the Apollo. She is also all over BBC Radio 4, with stints on The News Quiz, Just a Minute and The Now Show.

All this makes it sound like Zoe Lyons has some sort of idea what she's doing in life. But does she? Or is she the perfect example of an Entry Level Human?

WHY? 'Confident and razor sharp' The Observer

Courtyard Theatre
£15

'A hugely enjoyable mix of brutal putdowns and richly funny stories, Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd' The Guardian

'Zoe Lyons really cuts the mustard' Scotsman

Zoe Lyons's Website

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Hundred Watt Club

A ravishing, ridiculous evening of vintage inspired burlesque entertainment.

Showcasing bump ’n’ grind queen Velvet Jones, kaleidoscopic drag artist Meth, neo-vaudevillian Lena Mae, madcap circus star Robin Boon Dale and satirical showgirl Bonnie Knockers. All held together by your hostess, statuesque and anarchic songbird Sadie Sinner!

Over 18s only.

WHY? Dressing up to the nines is very much encouraged!

Courtyard Theatre
£16

@100WattClub
@nordenfarm

Hundred Watt Club's website

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Alun Cochrane - Alunish Cochranish

Grumpy-joyful, silly-serious stand up.

Jokes, ideas and (possibly) movement will all be deployed for your amusement during this show. As seen on blah blah and blah, and heard on various funny radio shows.

WHY? ‘A master storyteller, holding the audience before dropping an exploding but simple punchline’ Metro

Courtyard Theatre
£14

Alun Cochrane's website

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Ahir Shah and Lou Sanders

An Avalon Edinburgh Festival Preview.

Ahir Shah's sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up features a blend of philosophical inquiry, political vigour, and sweet gags.

‘Fiendishly clever and furious’ ★★★★ The Times

Lou Sanders has appeared on BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, E4’s Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Radio 4’s The Unbelievable Truth.

‘Destined for hugeness’ Time Out

WHY? Ahir is an internationally-acclaimed performer and Lou has written for Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and BBC2’s Mock the Week

Studio
£10

@AhirShah
@LouSanders
@nordenfarm

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The War of the Worlds

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's.

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny yet faithful adaptation. Musical instruments, puppetry and, um, enthusiasm recreate deadly heat-rays, squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale. The chances of success? A million to one.

WHY? ‘Part alternative rock band, part thespian. Wholly charming’ The Times

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£14 (£12 conc)

@ThePantaloons
@nordenfarm

The Pantaloons website

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Flo & Joan and Glenn Moore

An Avalon Edinburgh Festival Preview.

Musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan present an hour of dark, witty songs. Their viral hit song The 2016 Song received over 50 million views.

‘Intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers’ ★★★★ The Telegraph

Glenn Moore has been seen on BBC2’s Mock the Week and heard on Absolute Radio’s The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show and BBC Radio 4.

‘Relentlessly silly and gag-laden’ ★★★★ The List

WHY? Flo & Joan are known for the Nationwide adverts and Glenn is one half of sketch duo Thünderbards

Studio
£10

@FloandJoan
@TheNewsAtGlenn
@nordenfarm

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