Creating Autobiographical Performance Work

Creating Autobiographical Performance Work

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11 July at 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

£5.00 | 18+

Join performance artist Krishna Istha for a workshop that explores how artists and performers can craft autobiographical, genre-pushing works. Participants will delve into idea-generating exercises, examining the use of personal experiences to shape stories, experimenting with form and structure, and will be encouraged to create their own material. Presented by Queer Amusements as part of The Old Electric’s Power Plays festival and Showtown’s The Blackpool Laughter Festival. Queer Amusements is commissioned by Marlborough Productions, as part of their New Queers on the Block programme, Aunty Social and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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About Krishna Istha

Krishna Istha is a London-based performance artist, comedian, theatre maker and screenwriter. They create socially conscious, form-pushing works about taboo or underrepresented experiences of gender, race and sexual politics. 

They were a Barbican Centre Open Lab artist (2021-22) and an Arts Admin Bursary Artist (2020-21). They were one of two shortlisted writers for the SKY Arts & Royal Society of Literature Writers Awards under screenwriting (2022), and came Runner-Up on Screenshot (2021) — a competition for comedy writer-performers hosted by Sister Pictures and South of the River Pictures.

Most recently, they wrote on Netflix’s Sex Education (Season 4, Episode 3), is a Netflix Documentary Talent Fund recipient, and one of the comedians featured on the Netflix Special Hannah Gadsby’s Gender Agenda

What are you laughing at?

What are you laughing at?

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13 July at 1:00 pm 1:45 pm

£3.00 | 14+

Q&A with comedians

Want to start a career in comedy? Do you need some help writing a comedy set? Or are you a comic wanting to know how to go to the next level? Or maybe would you just like to know how the magic happens? These questions and less will be answered by a panel of professional comedians. Featuring international award winning comic Allyson June Smith and Edinburgh Festival Award winner Sian Davies. Hosted by non award winning duo Black Liver…though we did get nominated a few times…

Come hear comedians talk about their creative practice, how to write award winning shows and carve a career out in their crazy comedy world. 

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What are you laughing at?
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An Evening Of Swearing and Shouting with Gavin Webster

An Evening Of Swearing and Shouting with Gavin Webster

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13 July at 5:00 pm 6:00 pm

£5.00 | 14+

Content warning: Swearing

Gavin Webster, a stand up comedian of over 30 years is on tour to share his jokes, routines and set pieces, his one liners, dark observations, sardonic ukulele comedy songs and verbal crash bang wallops. He’s done gigs over the last three decades literally all round the world. He’s done dozens of radio programmes, television stand up showcases, panel shows, he’s even starred in films that have won international awards as well as international comedy festivals. It has involved swearing though, lots of it and shouting as well, it wouldn’t be Gavin Webster without lots of swearing and shouting. Expect to be entertained with swears and shouts.

Like a cross between Bill Hicks and Geoff from Byker Grove
– Ross Noble

Funny, clever and as brilliantly observed as you’ll find
– The Scotsman

His daftness is little short of surreal genius
– The Stage

Like a comedy street fighter, he’ll use anything at hand to land a blow…one of the greats
– Chortle

Tough talking, no nonsense Geordie wit
– The Times

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Silky: Wallflower

Silky: Wallflower

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14 July at 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

£5.00 | 16+

Blackpool Comedy Festival Debut.

It’s a weird feeling, having your own eyes follow you round the room. 

A message from a friend asking if he knows he’s staring out from a pub wall: what if your face was used, without your knowledge? 

Finding out your self-image is an oil painting, and you’re wearing a ruff, you need answers…

As seen on BBC1/C4/Paramount

It’s difficult to explain why Silky is such an important comedian. All I can do is point you in the direction of his shows…
– Phill Jupitus

Not just a very funny comedian but someone who understands comedy and encourages other performers too. Lovely man!
Rory Bremner 

Voted “Legend” at the 2022 Yorkshire Comedy Awards
Voted “Best Promoter” 2023 Yorkshire Comedy Awards
Nominated for Best MC and Best Independent Venue
Stand Comedy Club ‘Good Egg’ of the Year
Musical Comedy Awards Finalist
Double Liverpool Echo Arts & Entertainment Award Nominee
BBC New Comedy Awards Finalist (admittedly in 1995)

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Wild Writing
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A Complete Idiot’s Guide to New Zealand

A Complete Idiot’s Guide to New Zealand

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14 July at 4:30 pm 5:30 pm

£5.00 | 16+

Content warning: Mild swearing

In this insider’s guide to his eccentric homeland, award-winning Kiwi comedian Sully O’Sullivan answers all the questions about New Zealand you didn’t know to ask in the first place….

Like why did we almost change our national flag to a drawing of a bird with lasers for eyes?

Are Kiwi Fruit really just Chinese Gooseberries in witness protection?  

Is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu honestly the longest place-name in the world? Or did my cat walk across my keyboard?

And where actually is New Zealand?…. Given we keep getting left off some seriously important maps.

Find out the answers to these questions and more, all wrapped in an hour of ‘Quintessentially Kiwi comedy’ (NZ Herald).

Outrageously funny ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
– One4Review

A huge comedic talent ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
– Edfringe Reviews 

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Amy Webber: no previous experience

Amy Webber: no previous experience

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14 July at 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

£5.00 | 12+

Amy is an award winning comedian as heard on BBC Radio 4. Armed with her mini keyboard and an opera degree that’s never been useful, she’s on the hunt for a new job.

You may pity her, you may love her but you will definitely want to employ her. 

Winner of ‘Best Comedy’ at Manchester Fringe (2023), winner of ‘Audience Choice Award’ at the Musical Comedy Awards (2020), shortlisted for ‘Best Newcomer’ at Brighton Fringe (2023) and featured on the Telegraph’s ’35 of the funniest shows at the Fringe’ list (2023). Amy has been recognised for being “joyful” (Telegraph) and “a clear hit” (Chortle) and 2023 saw her sell out her first Edinburgh Fringe run.

Expect banging pop songs, live networking and a world class singing voice. 

Joyful… golden-voiced musical comic
– The Telegraph

Playful & charismatic… Webber’s knack for crowd work cannot be ignored
-Chortle

Energetic and quick witted… laugh-a-minute
– North West End

One of the best comedy shows I have ever seen
– Voice Mag 

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Sian Davies: Watch Me (WIP)

Sian Davies: Watch Me (WIP)

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13 July at 3:30 pm 4:30 pm

£5.00 | 14+

Brand new thoughts, ideas, stories and jokes from award winning, working class, queer comedian, Sian Davies.

As seen on Comedy Central Live and Next Up. Nominated for Next Up Biggest Prize in Comedy at Edinburgh Fringe 2023.
Winner of Edinburgh Comedy Awards Panel Prize 2022 for Best in Class. Winner Best Debut Show Leicester Comedy Festival 2020.
Runner up Funny Women Stage Award 2019.
Winner Hilarity Bites best new act 2018.

And she doesn’t regret a thing. Or does she?

Life affirming and celebratory, ★★★★
The wee review

Compelling and distinctive
The Scotsman

A very funny observational stand-up… Imagine a queer Peter Kay with more emotional literacy and a quiff like Young Morrissey.
The Evening Standard

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Allyson June Smith is Little Smith Sunshine

Allyson June Smith is Little Smith Sunshine

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13 July at 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

£5.00 | 14+

A self-confessed “over sharer” this show will inevitably serve up a potent observational cocktail of wit, bite and shame. So come let this “People Pleaser” please you, and meet your new best friend Allyson June Smith

Originally from Canada but now settled in Manchester, it’s time for us to reap the rewards of Allyson June Smith’s ever-inventive comedic ascent.

“Simply one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever worked with.” praised Jason Manford, following a string of support dates. 

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