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Wednesday, August 16, 2023

‘You need an element of crowd control’: the Edinburgh comics also doing kids’ shows by Ella Braidwood

They might be ‘edgy, queer’ comics by night – but by day Shelf are children’s entertainers, and they’re not the only fringe act with a sideline in making kids laugh When the comedy…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07AM
Monday, March 6, 2023

‘This show is a warning’ the musical telling the forgotten story of disabled people in Nazi Germany by Ella Braidwood

Set in 1933, Waldo’s Circus of Magic & Terror features a cast relishing the chance to shine a light on the kind of heroes often airbrushed from history Actor Abbie Purvis is sitting in…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:00AM
Friday, February 3, 2023

Wave of protest plays staged as UK theatres face closures and staff shortages by Ella Braidwood

In several new productions, playwrights explore the cost of living crisis as their industry reels from funding cuts, cancellations and low wages ‘What galvanises me to get up in the mornin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Friday, December 2, 2022

‘We bring something fresh’: the theatre companies exploding myths about disability by Ella Braidwood

Not Your Circus Dog’s new show is a riotous upending of audiences’ preconceptions of disability and neurodivergence. It joins a swelling movement of similar collectives rewriting the sta…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Friday, October 14, 2022

‘Fame, greed, redemption – the story is biblical’: behind the scenes of Tammy Faye by Ella Braidwood

With songs by Elton John and Jake Shears and a script by James Graham, this new musical about the televangelist has a lot of talent behind it. The creative team explain how they brought her …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:49AM
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Sarah Keyworth on grief and doing comedy ‘when you’re not feeling particularly funny’ by Ella Braidwood

The standup’s new Edinburgh fringe show, Lost Boy, is about rediscovering silliness after difficult life events “When bad things happen, there is a lot of comedy if you look in the right…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:48AM
Monday, April 25, 2022

Comedian Chloe Petts: ‘I thought I’d resolved all of this stuff about masculinity’ by Ella Braidwood

The standup talks about touring with Ed Gamble, how comics enjoy the life of a retiree and the importance of exploring gender and its presentation “I’m a radical feminist and queer,” s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:07AM
Thursday, March 24, 2022

Divina De Campo: ‘For a queer or trans kid, it’s a seminal moment to see yourself reflected on stage’ by Ella Braidwood

The Drag Race runner-up takes centre stage in a revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock’n’roll tale of identity and acceptance she describes as a ‘really, really gay Rocky Horror …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:33PM
Thursday, February 3, 2022

The inspirational rise of drag kings: ‘We are smashing down doors left, right and centre!’ by Ella Braidwood

Drag queens enjoy mainstream success, yet their masculine-dress allies remain an exciting subculture. With so many artists now making waves, that may be about to change In an east London pub…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:33AM
Monday, December 6, 2021

Happy queer Christmas! Drag kings and queens on their festive spectaculars by Ella Braidwood

LGBTQ+ performers are making sure that queerness isn’t ‘swept under the carpet’ this Christmas – and providing community, fun and celebration for audiences Drag king Mark Anthony lov…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Friday, April 2, 2021

April Fools Gay: witty pranksters of comedy run riot by Ella Braidwood

Simon David plays the frenzied host for a jolly hour of frivolity as an array of comics showcase the joys of mischief For this April Fools’ Day, comedian Simon David has become the April F…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The great big get-out: theatres plot open-air comeback for summer by Ella Braidwood

From a derelict urban site to the depths of the woods, theatre-makers are planning new stages for outdoor shows when lockdown is lifted On 15 March last year, the Arcola in east London was o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Enter stadium right: Squad Goals, the play staged at a football ground by Ella Braidwood

When Covid put Michelle Payne’s drama about women footballers on hold, she turned it into an outdoor immersive drama and local club Dagenham & Redbridge pitched in At Dagenham & Re…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Friday, June 12, 2020

A Kind of Magic review – Magical Bones casts a spell during dazzling hour of Zoom tricks by Ella Braidwood

Available onlineDeception is rife and amazement is constant in this uplifting night of gripping tricks, full of audience interaction Magical Bones has got me ripping up playing cards in my l…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:06AM
Monday, March 2, 2020

Sadie Clark on dating, swipe culture and creating a 'bisexual Bridget Jones' by Ella Braidwood

Algorithms, Clark’s hilarious one-woman show, triumphed at the Edinburgh fringe. Is a hit TV series on the way? Sadie Clark is one of theatre’s most exciting rising stars but back in 201…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Sequins, spoofs and salaciousness: meet drag king and queen improv duo Dragprov by Ella Braidwood

From Eaton Messe’s cutting jokes to Christian Adore’s excellent singing, Dragprov are bringing glamour to improvised comedy In a small room at London’s Vault festival, drag king Christ…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06PM
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Masculinity is back! The lesbian comics rediscovering their butch side by Ella Braidwood

Hannah Gadsby made butchness cool again. Now a crop of queer comics are getting back to boots, quiffs and taches Sarah Keyworth has, she says, a “weird kind of relationship with masculinit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36PM
Friday, December 13, 2019

Pecsmas review – celebrate Christmas with John Travulva by Ella Braidwood

The Yard, LondonA seasonal revue from the drag king collective Pecs is filthy, funny, full of festive hits and wrapped in shiny hotpants Below a shimmering disco ball, four drag kings circle…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12PM
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Ever been misgendered by a barista? The LOL Word is transforming comedy by Ella Braidwood

This queer collective proves there’s a place for comedy that isn’t straight or male with a heart-rendingly hilarious Edinburgh show Jodie Mitchell is slowly moving around the stage, blow…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:18AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards