Oh! Suburbia – Bob Karper at Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Oh! Suburbia! is a one-man avant-garde theatrical review by multi-award winning Bob Karper, mixing film, songs, experimental dance and painfully true stories about unjust childhood punishments, playground heroism, meticulously planned escapes, tragedy and comedy, life and death and everything in between. You’ll love it! Come and see! Bob is not a dancer!

Where are the suburbs of our consciousness? What are the suburbs of ourselves? Multi-award winning raconteur/performance artist/musician Bob Karper has made a brand new, inidividually idiosyncratic show about growing up in the suburban American Midwest*.

When he was a boy, Bob’s world turned upside down. His buttoned-up anti-social plumber father joined the Palos Village Players amateur dramatics company, just as they were workshopping the 1970s phenomenon, Oh! Calcutta!  According to Wikipedia: ‘The 1970s phenomenon, Oh! Calcutta! was an avant-garde theatrical revue filled with sketches on sex-related topics and featuring extended scenes of total nudity, both male and female.’ Nine-year-old Bob Jr’s** sheltered suburban life was never the same again…

Oh! Suburbia! presents funny, intriguing, surprising tales of life in our residential outlying districts in the form of an avant-garde theatrical revue, a one-man avant-garde theatrical review, mixing film, songs, experimental dance*** and live musical stories about unjust childhood punishments, playground heroism, meticulously planned escapes, tragedy and comedy, life and death and everything in between. You’ll love it. Come and see.

*In Palos Heights, a southwest suburb of Chicago. **Bob’s father is also called Bob.  ***Bob is not a dancer.

Bob Karper is a performer, filmmaker and composer whose solo work features true stories mixed with film, song, projected images and a variety of instruments. Work he’s created has won the Herald Angel, Anti-Fest Best of the Best, Live Theatre New Writing and Empty Space Bursary Awards.

 

“Like Tom Waits soundtracking The Waltons, Karper is part performance artist, part one-man cabaret.” Neil Cooper, Glasgow Herald

“An unsentimental storyteller with an idiosyncratic and beguiling style” Maddy Costa, Guardian

“His musical talent is immense, his gift for expression impressive… Spare no effort, watch him work” John Lydon, FEST

“A profoundly interesting storyteller” Scotsman

“Karper is a Maestro” Mark Shenton, Stage

 

See Oh! Suburbia by Bob Karper at Harris Museum, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP  on Saturday May 18, at 8.15pm.

 

Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show. No tickets required. Just turn up!

www.enjoyshow.co.uk
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Twitter:  @BobKarper

Instagrma: bub_k

Goth Diary – Karina Azlanova at Lancashire Fringe Festival

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Goth Diary – Karina Azlanova

Karina Azlanova will perform Goth Diary at Lancashire Fringe Festival.

The Armenian-Ukrainian comic, performance artist and cosplayer developed her observational stand-up o the comedy circuit in the Czech Republic.

Now living in North-west England, Karina brings her acclaimed performance to the Harris Museum on Saturday, May 18.

She  will read excerpts from her gothic teenage diary with humorous insights into the many gothic misadventures immortalised in her writings.

With raw wit and a healthy dose of burning shame, Karina openly discusses such goth plights as existence, love, constipation and seaside holidays with the aim of educating a new generation.

See Goth Diary by Karina Azlanova at Harris Museum, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP on Saturday, May 18 at 7.55pm.

Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show. No tickets required. Just turn up!

www.enjoyshow.co.uk
#lancsfringeInstagram:  @azlanova

Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras – Kate Fox at Lancashire Fringe Festival

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The wonderful Kate Fox will perform her hit show Where There’s Muck There’s Bras at Lancashire Fringe Festival.

The stand-up poet has performed her poetry on BBC1 and BBC2 as well as numerous radio shows. For Radio 4 she has made two comedy series The Price of Happiness.  She has been Poet in Residence for the Great North Run, Glastonbury Festival and Radio 4’s Saturday Live

Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras is a hilarious and thought-provoking show which sees Kate and actor Joanna Holden explore the Northern women you’ve heard of (and the ones you haven’t).

This performance lecture uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protestors, musicians and other heroines who make up a far more diverse North than we usually see.

In 2018 Kate completed a PhD at the University of Leeds about class, gender, Northern Englishness and stand-up and has published several academic papers and book chapters on comedy and performance. Her poetry collections have been published by Burning Eye Books, Smokestack and Valley Press.

She is a headline act in her own right who has also supported acts such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Hollie McNish, John Cooper Clarke and John Hegley.

Where There’s Muck, There’s Bras, on at the Harris Museum at 7.30pm on Weds, May 22, was commissioned by Great Exhibition of the North 2018.

Reviews
“Funny and endearing with a cynicism that cuts through the whimsy” Sunday Telegraph

“A wonderful storyteller” Three Weeks

“Reminds us of Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett and Willy Russell” Whatsonstage.com

“The wordplay was linked by jokes and hilarious recollections” Fringe Guru

“She really is a true original” Cuckoo Review

“Captivating, funny and warm. Humble without being self-effacing” The F Word

“Carefully crafted hilarious chaos…Kate definitely gone on my must see again list” York Mix

‘Kate Fox is funny, quirky and a wonderful writer’ Sarah Millican

See Where’s There’s Muck There’s Bras by Kate Fox at the Harris Museum, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP on Wednesday, May 22 at 7.30pm.

Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show. No tickets required. Just turn up!

www.enjoyshow.co.uk
#lancsfringe

Website https://wheretheresmucktheresbras.com/
Twitter: @katefoxwriter

Nannas With Banners come to Harris Museum for Lancashire Fringe Festival

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The nannas are coming!!!!!
 
A play about the passion and empowerment of a group of women who standing against the fracking industry will be performed at the Harris Museum as part of Lancashire Fringe Festival.
 
Written by Kirkham-based Jo Catlow-Morris, Nannas with Banners has been inspired by the words and testimonies of a group of extraordinary protesters who have become famous world-wide for their opposition to the development of a fracking site – the exploration and the drilling of shale gas in Lancashire – on Preston New Road near Blackpool.
 
The play has been developed with the anti-fracking nannas and several of them take part in the passionate, funny, empowering and engaging performance.
 
Nannas with Banners is Jo’s first full scale theatre project. Over the last 12 months she has worked with the nannas to write, develop and produce the show. It was performed for the first time at Blackpool Grand Theatre last autumn.
 
The nannas decided to take a stand against fracking in because of the environmental risks associated with the process.
 
They took on the mantle of the Lancashire matriarch in a bid to dispel the misplaced belief that they were professional activists. In fact, they are mothers and grandmothers and working women – artists, barbers, teachers, bakers and healthcare professionals.
 
The Nannas are passionate in their stance for the environment and a safe and clean future for all our children and grandchildren.
 
The play has taken testimonies of the nannas and woven them into a tapestry of wonderful words, music and expression.
 
See Nannas With Banners at the Harris Museum, Market Square, Preston PR1 2PP on Wednesday, May 22 at 7pm.
 
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