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


Lancashire Fringe Festival 2019 (Preston May 15-24)

lff flyer 2019 digitalIt’s taken a while to get this far – and the worst bit has been having to turn down some of my favourite people and performers because I couldn’t find them a venue. I was working had on this until last night. But some other brilliant shows have squeezed their way into the festival, not least because of the help of some amazing people like Catherine Mugonyi (Harris Museum), and Kelly Graves & Chris Gilligan (Derelict).

One thing I’ve learned through all this is that if you sit at your desk all day and bang your head on the keyboard enough times, nothing changes.

I think I’ve got some of the best performers in the country appearing at this festival. I think that, because I have.

There’s still a lot of work to do and this next month I will be promoting the hell out of this festival. My aim is to get people who don’t see much live stuff to come along, enjoy themselves and experience something wonderful. If you think you know someone like that – or if you think that might be you – get in touch, speak to me, take a leap of faith and come along to the festival.

These events don’t work unless people come to them. And Preston won’t develop into the arts and cultural hub it wants to be unless you – the people – turn up.

Possibly the most important thing to say is that all the events in this festival are FREE. No charge to you.

I’m using a Pay What You Decide model, which means can put some money in a bucket after the show, should you wish. (It may be that some shows have a ticket system with a nominal refundable fee – but that will only be so we can manage venues with a strict capacity).

I’m now going to do my best not to fall out with tortured poets and diva performers. Wish me luck and see you on Wednesday, May 15.


Blackpool, What a Sh!t Place To Die theatre show comes to Preston


Meet Billy Costello. He’s a young, gay, depressed, autistic actor with a drink and drug problem.

After being outed in Aldi’s fruit and veg aisle, Billy’s family turn against him and he goes on a disastrous drink and drugs bender. With going home no longer an option, Billy jumps on the first train out of town – to Blackpool.

In a heartwarming and heartbreaking lost weekend, Billy looks back on his life and sees no hope. He walks out into the Irish Sea with no intention of ever coming out. But all is not lost. Friendship and love come calling to remind him of who he is and can be again.

This fabulous one-man show is performed by actor Mark Newsome – and is based on his own life story.

The show, written by Phil Pearson, comes to the Stanley Arms (upstairs) in Preston on Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019 at 8pm (doors open at 7pm). Tickets available on the door or from WeGotTickets here.

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House of Misery Presents… kick off second night of Lancashire Fringe Festival

house of misery, lancashire fringe festival

The House of Misery are another Lancashire-based performance group which Lancashire Fringe Festival is very proud to support.

HoM are theatre quartet with a difference, already producing engaging and humourous work to audiences in the region.

For the festival they inverse the popular pub quiz format and produce a performance show with a difference. So, if your usual night out is a pub quiz, then you’ll love HoM’s Comedy Sketch Quiz.

It’s a clever take on the traditional pub quiz, but with live theatre – and who doesn’t love a good quiz?

The comedy sketch quiz series focuses on the amalgamation of the traditional pub quiz with participatory theatre and music – through comedy.

The performance encourages the audience to consider their own Lancashire identity and knowledge of their own heritage, through the familiar scenario of the ‘pub’ quiz.

House of Misery are an innovative theatre company based in Preston, Lancashire. They are a collaboration of local, professional, writers, artists, musicians and actors, who seek to bring art, in a relatable form, to unexpected public locations, such as cafes, pubs and streets.


House Of Misery Presents Comedy Sketch Quiz will open the second night of Lancashire Fringe Festival – Sat July 16 – at 7pm.