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“Colourful, characterful and community spirited, The Caxton Arms is one of the friendliest pubs in Brighton. Neatly tucked away on a quiet street in a central location, it’s one of the city’s best-kept secrets.”

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I want to see…

…  an hour of stand-up tackling life’s most important issues: sex, dogs and music. Then see Sex & Pugs and Rock and LOLs

… an acclaimed local comic. Then see Dan Fardell: Joke Furniture Land

… some sketch comedy. Then see Your Mighty Cousin

… pun-filled comedy storytelling with breaks for bad poetry. Then see The Fall of Byron Montrose: Poet, Gentleman, Lover

… comedy from a Brighton Fringe first-timer about being gay and fat and totally fine as well. Then see Big Fat Gay

… a show challenging stereotypes of older women, motherhood and widowhood and in particular female body images. Then see Karen Blott… Pick ‘N Mix

… a comedy show about how one man’s misery can be another man’s joy. Then see Wratten & Robson: Juxtaposition

… a  fast-paced, character-based sketch show. Then see Mother

…  a stand-up comedy show about mess, junk and baggage – the stuff we accumulate, and the reasons why. Then see Reuben Hunter: The Hoard

… a comedy  debut hour, as the performer desperately attempts to boost his social circle, whether dressed as the lonely front half of a pantomime camel or a lousy flat-earther. Then see Ben Carter: How to Approach People and Make Friends



Co Writer and Host Andrew Harland talks about  The DredgeLand Podcast Spectacular

What’s the theme of your show?

Lunatic comedy double act John Dredge and Andy Harland present a manic hour of radio comedy weirdness, to be broadcast in simulcast with local radio titans Hove FM 95.3.

What’s new or unique about the show?

Every show is unique. Not only that, but each show is broadcast live on HoveFM 95.3.
The show blends a live radio experience with improvised madness, incomprehensible quiz features and loads of audience interaction.

How did the show come into being?

It originated from hosting a weekly radio show on wandsworthradio.com

Describe one of your rehearsals.: Sandwiches, tea and toast. Split milk and tears. Organised chaos and the generation of new ideas way above our station(HoveFM).

How is the show developing?

The show develops each and every week. We currently broadcast weekly on Wandsworth Radio and use the hour’s broadcast to develop new material and have fun with character concepts, ideas and new interactions.

How has the writer been involved?

We are a writing and performing duo. We are both involved in many ways.

How have you experimented?

Legally speaking and illegally whispering, we have developed this fringe show over a year with various live performances. We have taken the best parts from each show to combine into a full fringe hour, developed at Battersea Arts Centre and across venues around the UK.

Where do your ideas come from?

From being in the moment. Ideas develop from each and every weekly radio show and each rehearsal. We are consistently developing new ideas or concepts with the live show in mind.

How do your challenge yourself or yourselves?

By combining the radio show with improvised comedy, audience interaction and ensuring that each live show is unique.

What are your future plans for the show ?

We would like to develop the show to tour UK Fringe’s and essentially deliver a show for a full fringe run.

What are your favourite shows, and why?

The Mighty Boosh
Iain Lee – The Rabbit Hole
The Goon Show
The Young Ones
Why?  We enjoy anarchic and nonsensical humour.

Show dates, times and booking info:
The Caxton Arms
June 1st, 2nd ,3rd

Book here

Company web site: http://dredgeland.com


Comedian Lucy Bee talks about Lifestyle-ISH

What’s the theme of your show?

A characterfully comedic ‘wellbeing event’ for those who care, and for those who don’t.

What’s new or unique about the show?

It’s a solo character comedy show, in which I will present a tongue-in-cheek ‘wellbeing event’ through three different characters, music and video. There’s a little bit of darkness, some physical comedy, and some downright silliness. There are also a couple of invitations for audience participation. There will also be quinoa…

How did the show come into being?

I fell into comedy three years ago, and started out with observational stand-up. Since then, I’ve found that my true comedic loves lie in musical and character comedy.
Having increasingly turned towards these forms of comedy in gigs, and watched the shows of other acts, in both Edinburgh and Brighton, I finally decided to bite the bullet, and be brave enough to write my debut show. I had already written, and been performing, two of the characters and realised that they’re both wellbeing related and that, with one more character, and some continuity bits, I could have a whole show about wellbeing…

Describe one of your rehearsals.

One of my rehearsals is mostly just me, messing around with costumes, voices and accents, in my lounge. Recently, I’ve also included some (for me) muscle-defying dance moves!

How is the show developing?

I previewed my show for the first time, recently, and learned a lot about how I want to tweak it. I’m developing the multi-media element of it, for the next preview, and ready for the Fringe, and am… brushing up on my Beyoncé!

How have you experimented?

I love play and being creative, so the whole show has been about testing material, and characters. I have tried and tested some of the material at gigs, over the past year or so.
I have also experimented with physical comedy, in this show, which is very new for me. I test jokes and accents on family and friends, and I film myself at gigs, and testing material, to see if it works.
My characters will develop in each show, I’m sure! I’m also enjoying ad-libbing, whilst staying in character.

Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas come from people I meet, things I read, and the desire to be silly and creative. For example, my yoga instructor character was inspired by various yoga classes I have been to, as well as by friends who are yogis.
Ultimately, I want the show to be fun for the audience, and for me, and I bear that in mind, when writing and coming up with ideas for the show.

How do your challenge yourself or yourselves?

I constantly push myself to try new things and go beyond my comfort zone. It’s the best way for me to build confidence in my comedy… and in life! Just writing and performing this show is a huge challenge for me, and one that I thoroughly relish it!

What are your future plans for the show ?

If the show goes well, at the Brighton Fringe, I will continue to develop and perform it, with a view to performing it at Edinburgh Fringe, in 2019.

What are your favourite shows, and why?

I have a lot of extremely talented comedian friends who have shows in this year’s Fringe, and I’m looking forward to spending lots of time going round and watching them.
I couldn’t possibly single out any favourites, yet!

I would just like to say that I hold fellow character comedian, Jane Postlethwaite partly responsible for my debut show, though! She suggested to me, last year, that I could do a three character show at Brighton Fringe. I then went to one of her character comedy writing workshops, and the rest is history! Her show, ‘Last Night at the Circus’ is on at The Warren.

Show dates, times and booking info: Lifestyle-ISH at The Caxton Arms

Sunday 27th May at 12.30pm
Tuesday 29th May at 10.30pm
Saturday 2nd June at 12.30pm

Free entry/ donations

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