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Monday, 4 June 2018

NEWS: Edinburgh Fringe Previews at Newcastle Alphabetti Theatre


The Before Fringe Festival!

Edinburgh Fringe Previews
Newcastle Alphabetti Theatre
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th July 2018


If you can’t get to up to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, fear not! Alphabetti presents a weekend of Fringe Previews.

Join Alphabetti Theatre as they present Newcastle’s very own fringe festival on the 27th – 29th of July, just before everyone trots up to wee bonny Scotland for the big event! They will be presenting wonderful EdFringe previews across the whole venue; in the bar, theatre and rehearsal room (renamed The Comedy Room) so there'll be plenty of theatre, comedy and more to stumble across.

All 18 events are Pay What You Feel so there's even more reason to catch as many as you can!


Here are the shows:

NUTS presents ‘Big Trouble in Little Monkey’s Daycare’
Genre: Theatre
When: Friday 27th July
Start: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Tickets: Pay What You Feel

Tommy is a hard-boiled private investigator on the mean streets of Little Monkey’s Daycare. He’s four and a quarter years old, with an eye for trouble and a taste for candy sticks. Together, with his strong and mostly silent partner Bobby, he sets out to uncover and foil a plot that seems to go right to the top of the playground, which admittedly is not very high at all.

Beach Hunks presents ‘BEACH HUNKS: Leg Day’
Genre: Sketch Comedy
When: Friday 27th July
Start: 20:45pm – 21:45pm
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Toned. Honed. Hunked. Chipper sketch lads Beach Hunks stride leggily to Edinburgh with a fast-paced hour of daft sketch carnage. Roll out the bunting and pray for rain as the Hunks celebrate the most special day of the year with a ceaseless parade of reprehensible characters and whip-smart gags. Limber up. Lunge forth. Whatever you do, don’t skip Leg Day.
‘High energy physicality... had me in hysterics’ **** (Serena Bhandari).
'Bold and unusual' ****,
Top 10 Shows of the Fringe 2016 (WestEndWilma.com)

* Please note this show is taking in a room upstairs and is therefore not accessible – a thousand apologies.

Alphabetti Theatre presents ‘Showaoke in the Bar’
Genre: Karaoke
When: Friday 27th July
Start: 22:00 – 00:00
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Copy: Karaoke but accompanied by a baby grande piano instead of a tinny backing track

Spontaneous Wrecks presents ‘Spontaneous Wrecks Kids show’
Genre: Improvised Comedy
When: Saturday 28th July
Start: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Spontaneous Wrecks bring their family-friendly improvised comedy show 'Picture This!' back to the Fringe after its debut in 2017. Children in the audience draw us pictures of things they'd like to see in a story – and then we perform that story, made up on the spot! 
* Please note this show is taking in a room upstairs and is therefore not accessible – a thousand apologies.

Neil Harris and Julie Grady Thomas presents ‘A Comedy Brunch 2’
Genre: Stand-Up Comedy
When: Saturday 28th July
Start: 12:15 – 13:15
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Breakfast of champions? Brunch of runner-ups. Neil Harris and Julie Grady Thomas return with a new set of jokes, stories and observations. Cerebral and articulate with elegant punchlines, Neil is a computer programmer turned stand-up who finished runner-up in Hilarity Bites New Comedian 2017. With cool, crafted and captivating anecdotes, Julie, an American comedian and writer, has been featured in Elle UK.

Jack Evans presents ‘WORK’
Genre: Stand- Up Comedy
When: Saturday 28th July
Start: 13:30 – 14:30
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Jack Evans, lizard prince of Manchester's alternative circuit, presents a punchy, out-there hour about work: its history, its present and a future without it. Jack’s last show 'Melancholy Poontang' was one of i-D's best shows at the Fringe.
'An alternative tour de force' **** (EdFestMag.com).
* Please note this show is taking in a room upstairs and is therefore not accessible – a thousand apologies.

Fearless Players presents ‘Armour’
Genre: Theatre
When: Saturday 28th July
Start: 14:45 – 15:45
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
What do the widow and mistress of Scotland's famous bard discuss over tea? After the death of Robert Burns, his wife Jean Armour and mistress Nancy Maclehose finally meet. Female-led theatre company Fearless Players bring an all-female production dedicated to the women behind Scotland’s history.

Harriet Dyer presents ‘Soo’s a Prick’
Genre: Stand-Up Comedy
When: Saturday 28th July
Start: 16:00 – 17:00
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Ever wondered why Sooty never doth speaketh? Thought so. It's time you knew the truth, the oh so sinister truth. Expect usual Harriet Dyer (as seen on ITV1, 2 and Be, BBC3 and as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Ouch) tomfoolery but in a musical with puppets, dance numbers and emotional turmoil. The larks you'll feel will be different.
‘A bundle of whimsical hilarity… a breath of fresh air... will have you in stitches’ - Broadway Baby
* Please note this show is taking in a room upstairs and is therefore not accessible – a thousand apologies.

Lee Kyle presents ‘Kicking Potatoes into The Sea’
Genre: Stand-Up Comedy
When: Saturday 28th July
Start: 17:15 – 18:15
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
Have you ever kicked a potato into the sea? Lee Kyle has. It's great but it's not the answer to your problems or anything. Unless your problem is that your sea doesn't have enough potatoes in, which it almost certainly isn't.
‘Top up-and-coming comedy performer’ – BBC

Richard Brown presents ‘You Are Not My Audience’
Genre: Stand-Up Comedy
When: Saturday 27th July
Start: 18:30 – 19:30
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
A show for anyone who feels they can’t relate to anything, this joyfully miserable comedian shines a ray of light into the dark corners of ‘edgy’ comedy.
★★★★ – Scotsman
★★★★ - Ed Fest Mag
* Please note this show is taking in a room upstairs and is therefore not accessible – a thousand apologies.

Nouveau Riche presents ‘Queens of Sheba’
Genre: Theatre
When: Saturday 28th July
Start: 19:45 – 20:45
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
To reserve tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/512474
Queens of Sheba tells the stories of four black women who have been turned away from a night club for 'being too black' (based on the Dstrkt night spot incident of 2015). The drama focuses on the rise of Misogynoir (misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play roles in bias). Queens of Sheba is a journey that travels through some of the harsh realities of our time. Untapped Award winner 2018.

Ross Brierley presents ‘Accumulator’
Genre: Stand-Up Comedy
When: Saturday 28th July
Start: 21:00 – 22:00
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
To reserve tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/512475
What would you do if you had a bet on the horses and won a year's wages in a day? Quit your job and become a professional gambler? Sure, why not. Award-winning comedian Ross Brierley takes you on a surreal journey into the highs and lows of trying to predict the future to pay the bills. An hour of big, daft ideas and little plastic pens from the host of The Not So Late Show with Ross and Josh.

Martha Pailing presents ‘Background People’
Genre:Theatre                                                    
Sunday 29th July                              
Start: 13:30 – 14:30                           
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
To reserve tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/512476
Background People is a series of four short absurdist stories exploring the line between commitment and obligation through spoken word, theatre and live art. This new solo show focuses on routine, relationships and place (and the 107 decisions crammed in between).

Gavin Webster presents ‘I Am Stand Up Comedy’
Genre: Stand-up Comedy
When: Sunday 29th July
Start: 14:45 – 15:45
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
To reserve tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/512478


* Please note this show is taking in a room upstairs and is therefore not accessible – a thousand apologies.

YESYESNONO presents ‘5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist’
Genre: Theatre
When: Sunday 29th July
Start: 16:00 – 17:00
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
To reserve tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/512479
Sam wants to tell you about five encounters he had on a site called Craigslist. Sam is anxious about the way he gets to know people. About the way he self-sabotages his attempts to communicate and reach out to those around him. Sam wants this to be a chance for you to get to know him. Desperately hilarious and achingly bleak, 5 Encounters… is an intricate and tender question mark around our attempts to encounter each other in this technologized world.
★★★★★ visionary, purposive and unpretentious. Three Weeks

Katherine Tanney presents ‘Composter Syndrome’
Genre: Stand-up Comedy
When: Sunday 29th July
Start: 17:15 – 18:15
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
To reserve tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/512480
A self-indulgent, rambling and ill-prepared insight into the mind of an enormous human cliche, who desperately tries to fit in, whilst desperately trying to stand out. Please love me. Composter Syndrome - a work in the earliest stages of progress.
‘Hotly tipped’ - The Northern Echo
‘Solid material and striking delivery’ – Gigglebeats

Spontaneous Wrecks presents ‘Improvised Edinburgh’
Genre: Improvised Comedy
When: Sunday 29th July
Start: 18:30 – 19:30
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
To reserve tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/512481
Newcastle-based improv group Spontaneous Wrecks prepare to return to the Fringe for the third year running! Performing scenes and playing games made up on the spot, everything we do is inspired by your suggestions, which means every show is completely different – and anything can happen!

Hal Branson presents ‘MBOLO’
Genre: Stand-up Comedy
When: Sunday 29th July
Start: 19:45 – 20:45
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
To reserve tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/512482
Most people go to Africa to do charity work to find themselves and get some purpose and meaning in their lives. Fifteen years ago, Hal went for these reasons too but also to try and stop smoking weed and get over a self-induced nervous breakdown. Instead he came back having built a fifth of a school and learned the Ugandan words for both sets of genitals.
'Effortlessly watchable' – NARC

Seymour Mace presents ‘Seymour Mace Gets Sucked Off By God’
Genre: Stand-up Comedy
When: Sunday 29th July
Start: 21:00 – 22:00
Tickets: Pay What You Feel
To reserve tickets: http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/512483
Mister Tuesday, potatoes versus knives, 80s, music, future wizard, noise, monkeys, lords, frauds, the saddest pictures in the world, animal band, ways to live, ways to die. Sucked off by God. If that sounds like your kind of thing then come and meet me in my imagination. Unless you're a little kid, then f*ck off!
'For Seymour Mace the rules of conventional stand-up are irrelevant' **** (Scotsman).

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