Enjoy the Show’s Autumn season in Preston

Tuesday, Sept 3, 8pm
Skank by Clementine Bogg-Hargroves
Girls just wanna have a clean bill of health. Kate could be a successful writer, if she could just concentrate. Instead, her head is filled with recycling concerns, genius ways to ensnare Sexy Gary, and the persistent fear that her internal organs are against her.
“skank is laugh-out-loud funny, and Bogg-Hargroves reveals a talent for both comedy writing and performance” Hannah Kate, She-Wolf
“Wickedly funny, yet touching, Skank is a play that is a magnificent debut, brilliantly constructed and impeccably performed by Clementine Bogg-Hargroves” Nicola Brierly, The Play’s The Thing
“A constantly funny play” David Cunningham, British Theatre Guide
The Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road
Tickets £8 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479586

NOTE: This show is also in Blackpool at Bootleg Social on Weds, Sept 4 – tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479587

 

Tuesday, October 1, 8pm
Welcome to Paradise by A Ship of Fools
A playful, hilarious and anarchic comedy explores traditional images of Christmas, greed and consumerism.

★★★★★ Northern Soul
★★★★ Broadway Baby
“Master’s of their craft” Porl Cooper – Slung Low
“The cleverest, darkest funniest comedy I think I’ve ever seen” Jonny Unknown
“This shocking and energetic piece of theatre shows bravery and talent.” **** WhatsOnStage 

The Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road
Tickets £9 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479588

 

Wednesday, October 2, 8pm
My Jerusalem by Avital Raz
A solo performance combining live music with storytelling and projected images. A politically-charged tale of a drunken one-night stand, infused with stories of growing up in the turmoil of 1980s Israel.
“Nothing short of astonishing” Exposed Magazine

The Continental, South Meadow Lane
Tickets £9 (concession £6) http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479645

 

Tuesday, Oct 8, 8pm
The F**k It Button by Ali Kahn
What makes you press yours? Comedy actor and writer Ali Kahn reveals her f**k it list; how she lost herself in weed and w*nking until she found her spiritual erection. She’ll make you want to f**k it in a whole new way.
Winner – Best Comedy Greater Manchester Fringe
“F**king wonderful show….Kahn lays herself bare…she’s brutally and hilariously honest..” ★★★★★ North West End

The Continental, South Meadow Lane
Tickets £9 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479649

 

Tuesday October 15, 8pm
Essex Girl by Maria Ferguson
Kirsty is a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in 00s Brentwood. She also has a secret to tell you. One she can’t tell anyone else. Follow Kirsty’s as she tells you what it’s really like to be an Essex Girl ★★★★ ‘a valuable addition to the current feminist dialogue’ Spy in the Stalls ‘A hilarious nostalgia fest!’ The Play’s The Thing. Show of the Week at Vault 2019.

The Stanley Arms, Lancaster Road
Tickets £9 http://www.wegottickets.com/event/479589

 

Why you need to go to an event

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I’m writing this from the perspective as a fan of the arts. By arts I mean exhibitions, performances and theatre, but not the theatre of big shows and musicals – they leave me feeling a bit empty inside.

This short article is about events – and how important it is to go to them. And when I use the word ‘events’, I mean art and photography exhibitions, live-art performances, contemporary theatre, stand-up comedy, processions and festivals. And I also mean kids play groups, bonfire nights, Christmas festivals, street theatre days or anything you can take your family to, except those god-damn awful fun days in pub car parks where parents get slowly p*ss*d and subconsciously show their kids that alcohol is an acceptable form of addiction.

Why am I writing this? And why do I feel the need to say this?

Most of our lives shuttle along at 100mph without any time to stop and think. If you’re a parent that speed will regularly hit 120mph, or until you’re engine overheats and you have a nervous breakdown (this is similar to doing a phd but you don’t get a job with a university once you’ve recovered). What this means in real terms is that we all have our daily and weekly structures in terms of the things we do, the things we have to do and the things we enjoy doing. And often this does not include going to events like the theatre (adult or children’s) or similar events. For some people, a free festival in a nearby town or a weird little performance in the back of a pub is just not on the radar.

I know this because that was me. I went a dozen years without seeing any type of theatre performance, save for the occasional panto with my kids. Live-art performance festivals, fringe festivals, comedy festivals – it’s not that they weren’t on my radar, I didn’t even know they existed. I was doing other stuff. Like watching television. And drinking.

But here’s the thing. Live events, like those described above, offer something to us as humans mentally that we don’t quite understand. Academics sometimes refer to the effect of art and culture on people as wellbeing. But that does not do justice to the experiences involved.

The best way I can describe it, which most people get, is comparing watching a football match on TV compared to being at an actual stadium. At Old Trafford or Anfield or Holker Street, Barrow (delete as appropriate), there is the extra, intangible ingredient of atmosphere and sense of thrill that can only be experienced in a crowd, as part of a crowd. It’s this feeling that comes from watching events in person that I am talking about.

And it’s this feeling – along with other invisible benefits like nourishment for the soul, mental stimulation, feeling good – which makes going to events of any type hugely important to our wellbeing.

If we’re talking about theatre, there’s two main obstacles here (I could actually come up with six but it gets too complicated talking about social issues and the inaccessibility of some subject matters to a non-traditional theatre audience). The two obstacles are: people thinking theatre is too posh for them; and people (who do go out a lot) preferring to spend their time binge drinking. I can accept that drinking is an experience – and quite a fun one – but when you sit there scratching your blotchy red alcohol-soaked skin, looking back over those nights on the lash stretched across three decades, all those memories merge blur into one. It’s the extraordinary nights which stand out.

And extraordinary nights usually mean seeing Maxine Peake at the Royal Exchange, experiencing the anarchy of spoof magic show Peter and Bambi Heaven at Edinburgh Fringe, learning about social protests at a Mark Thomas gig or spending two hours laughing at Daniel Kitson (he’s the best stand-up comedian in Britain by a mile but does go on the telly so you might not have heard of him. I’d recommend you get seek him out, get on his mailing list and see him live).

But live experience does not end there. There’s also a myriad of processions, dances and performances at festivals up and down the country which can trigger feelings of joy some of you reading this did not even know existed.

The effect of art and culture on the mind is immeasurable. And believe me, I’ve read some reports which have tried to measure it. It’s immeasurable because you can’t measure how someone feels. But what you can do is ask people about their experiences and question your own – and the answer is always the same: art and culture makes us feel good. And that’s why experiencing stuff like this so crucial, especially to those of us a bit worn down by life. The effect could be as quick as the flick of a lightbulb, or it could be a more gentle, slower provocation of thought and feeling. But it will always be good and always be worth it.

There is actually of lot of theatre and performance out there – and a huge amount of it is totally free (both indoor and outdoor events). I’ve seen my fair share of weird sh*t – and you could too. So do yourself a favour, give yourself some memories. Go and see some theatre, or enjoy some live art where, for example, a naked man cellotapes his cock up his backside. Yes, you too could have memories like mine.

There will be some amazing experiences at Lancashire Fringe Festival in Preston, between May 15 and 24. Some of the shows, in my opinion, are by the absolute best performers currently working in Britain today. Can’t quite believe they will be in Preston. And you know what? I’ve organised it all so that it is free to attend. This is your wake-up call – it’s time for you to make some changes in your life.

#lancsfringe

 

Lancashire Evening Post on Lancashire Fringe Festival

The Lancashire Evening Post also wrote about us. This is the link to their online article.

Or, this is what they said:

A NEW performance arts festival, showcasing some of the country’s best live acts, is to launch in Preston next weekend.

Lancashire Fringe Festival is a unique event for stand-up comedians, improvisation acts and spoken word performers.

Several hit performers from the Edinburgh Fringe are booked in to entertain over Friday and Saturday nights (July 15 and 16) at the Ham and Jam Coffee Shop in Lancaster Road.

Organiser Garry Cook said: “The idea is to bring some of the greatest entertainment and comedy acts in the country to Lancashire, so people can see great performances and comedy on their doorstep. I’ve invited some of the best acts from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival to perform, plus several others who are expected to be huge hits this year.”

Liverpool-based performer Joanne Tremarco is bringing her brilliant and controversial improvised show to the city on the Friday.

On Saturday Juliette Burton , who had a sell-out run in Edinburgh last year, will perform her brand new show Decision Time which she is taking to Scotland later in the summer.

COMEDY: John Porter to perform at Lancashire Fringe Festival

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John Porter (Chorley) explores what it is like to be a 26-year-old normal, disabled man.

The Chorley-based comedian’s Edinburgh Fringe-bound show Lunatic (of the) Fringe covers topics ranging from Eastern Europe and from Paloma Faith.

Reviews have hailed Porter as having ‘timing beyond his years’ Combining his ‘well observed, dark and sweetly menacing humour with a charm that may very well hide a loveable lunatic’.

This gig is something of a homecoming for Porter. See him at approx 10.15pm on Fri July 15.

John Porter at Edinburgh Fringe: August 8 to August 12

@JP49er80 https://www.facebook.com/JPorterComedy

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Comedy duo Larknado set for Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Born out of the ashes of Northern AR Souls is comedy due Neil P Shawcross and Dan Barnes performing at Lancashire Fringe Festival as Larknado.

The two north-west comedians have joined forces to deliver a new show first devised at Liverpool Comedy Festival in 2015.

Their series of sketches and costume changes offers traditional comedy with a terrifically Northern slant.

@LarknadoDBNS http://www.facebook.com/Larknado

Larknado will perform at Lancashire Fringe Festival at approx 9.10pm on Sat July 16.