Spoken word: Poet Marvin Cheeseman and Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Marvin Cheeseman is comedy performance poet. He is very funny.

He has appeared at many comedy venues across the UK including the Edinburgh Festival and the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. His work is described as ‘a celebration of the mundane’ and ‘a report from the launderette of life’.

In 2014 he was named Hull Comedian of the Year. His work has been featured on BBC radio and BBC TV poetry series Whine Gums.  He has published three collections – Full Metal Jacket Potato, Making Prawn Sandwiches for Roy Keane and We Hate It When Our Ex-lodgers Become Successful.

Known as “The Doyen of the Deadpan” (Cheltenham Festival of Literature), Marvin is working on a fourth collection entitled “Moston Tea Party.”

To give you an idea of what he’s about, here’s one of his poems:

Dear Bono,
Having a lovely time.
The weather’s nice, but I still haven’t found
what I’m looking for
All the best,
The Edge.

Marvin Cheeseman is from Manchester. @MarvinCheeseman

He will be appearing at Lancashire Fringe Festival on Fri, July 15 at about 7.50pm.

Claire Doyle exhibition: Modify My Vagina!

This festival is not just about amazing performers. It also has art. Great art. Art with heart.

And as far as conceptual art goes – and believe me it goes far – there is no greater artist than Claire Doyle.

When I first experienced her work, looking on as she encouraged a pensioner to graffiti vaginas on to wooden furniture, I knew I was in the company of an  artist like no other.

I hardly feel qualified to comment on Doyle’s body of work, steeped as it is in conceptual thinking and social commentary. Her breastfeeding series (Breastfeeding Re-enactments), a series of breastfeeding photographic portraits emulating classic portraits to encourage communication about breastfeeding and how it is depicted today, are as visually stunning as they are provocative. But so is her other stuff.

She has produced amazing work on:

menstruation cycles through an open-call photographic project;
in support of El Salvadoran women (Pending);
hairy body confidence through (Habitual Body Monitoring: The Costume).

And that list is not including the research and development projects, often using her own body in performance art pieces.

But for Lancashire Fringe Festival Doyle is exhibiting her stunning project Modify My Vagina!

Created to inspire women and men to consider the stigma and taboos surrounding genitalia, through a series of casts made by the artist herself, inspired by stories of female genital mutilation.

Doyle said: “My journey with this particular exhibit began after watching Channel 4 documentary, The Cruel Cut. I had never heard of the horrors of female genital mutilation before and was overwhelmed with emotion at how such a current and disgraceful issue was not being addressed enough.

“Modify My Vagina has been the perfect opportunity to spread vital facts about FGM, what the audience can do to help, and even simply discuss the audience’s opinion on the subject matter.”

Claire Doyle is from Wigan. She can be found here: @clairedoyleart www.clairedoyleart.com

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Photography by Rosie Burrows

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Photography by Rosie Burrows

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Juliette Burton’s Decision Time comes to Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Lancashire Fringe Festival welcomes a performer who has had five-star reviews clinging to her for the past few years.

On Saturday July 16, Juliette Burton – who had a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year with her multi-award-winning show ‘Look At Me’ – will preview her brand new show ‘Decision Time’ which she is taking to Scotland this summer.

Part performance, part documentary, ‘Decision Time’ is a critical self-examination of the decisions which Burton has made, and has yet to make, in her own life. Juliette’s performances have been described as “entertainment with real social purpose“ (Broadway Baby) and “smart, perceptive and genuinely moving” (The List).

Burton, a double winner of the Brighton Fringe Argus Angel Award, has won several five star ratings over the years. Reviewers hailed Look At Me as “powerful stuff” (Sunday Express), while the Daily Mirror declared that “Burton’s got huge talent and then some!”

Decision Time will be on at Ham & Jam Coffee Shop in Preston July 16 at approx 7.50pm. REMEMBER: the show is FREE to attend.

Juliette Burton at Edinburgh Fringe: Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14) 4.30pm, August 3 to 14 & 16 to 28. Buy tickets here.

@JulietteBurton Website: www.julietteburton.co.uk

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More about Julliette:

Juliette Burton is a multi award-winning actress, writer, performer, presenter and ex-BBC broadcast journalist. She has gone on to work with TV & radio production companies on projects, some of which are currently in development.
She continues to tour the UK and worldwide whilst also developing future shows in the Dreamer Series

Her website information is here.

First part of the PRESS RELEASE for Lancashire Fringe Festival

Press release

New fringe festival launches in Preston
June 29, 2016

A new performance arts festival showcasing the country’s best live acts will launch in Preston over two days on July 15 and 16.

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

The free festival, organised by Garry Cook, sees several hit performers from the Edinburgh Fringe festival coming to Preston.

Festival creator Cook said: “The idea is to bring some of the best entertainment and comedy acts in the country to Lancashire – so people can see great performances and comedy on their doorsteps.

“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.”

Lancashire Fringe Festival takes place over two nights on July 15 and 16 at Ham & Jam Coffee Shop on Lancaster Road, Preston.

One of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe biggest hit shows will be headlining the festival.

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