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Simon Jablonski: Love

Simon Jablonski: Love
12:45am @ The Free Sisters (Venue 272) Aug 2-13, 15-26th
Free Fringe Laughing Horse

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blunt and deadpan from the off, Simon Jablonski controls the room well with strong material and lots of energy. Different sections of the show have a different feel and pace to them which only serves to strengthen the overall performance as the pace changes suit the subject matter brilliantly. It shows an entirely different level of skill in the presentation of the show and that’s what good comedy is all about. The theme of love is explored in every conceivable way all the while completely subverting expectations with the clever writing and well structured, well thought out show.

Jablonski demonstrated all the way through that he is quick witted and someone who can roll with the punches.
The observations an anecdotes eave you with no choice but to sit back and enjoy while vivid, images are painted for you with great timing and sharp witted language.

Go and see this show. Yes, it may be on a little later but it’s well worth it. You’ll be glad you did. We were.

Will Seaward Goes To El Dorado – Review

Will Seaward Goes To El Dorado –  3:30pm Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313)  Aug 15, 17-27

Bunbury Magazine: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bunbury Award: Best Laugh of the Fringe 🏆

Will Seaward Goes To El Dorado is engaging from the off, bouncy, buoyant and packed to the back teeth with wise advice such as,
Do not put toothpaste on molten lead.
Will is a marvellous story-teller easily capturing the audience imagination with tales of derring-do and intrigue, supported by a wealth of evidence which in itself is presented in a bold, well thought out way and is masterfully executed, never once losing the attention audience. It is also one of the very few shows I’ve seen where audience members of all ages laugh consistently in all of the right places even when the language is a little colourful, but we all know editor Keri loves a good swear! He also used the word ‘Rouse’ which is one of the finest words in the English language, finest and underused.
This beautifully written, beautifully performed show captures what I believe the fringe to be about. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen before and definitely earns its place in th running for Bunbury’s ‘Best of The Fringe’.
While watching this show i found myself thinking over and over that I wish he had been my history teacher. I would probably have been a historian instead.
Inspiring belly laughs that leave you in the best of moods and enthralling to the last this is a must see show. You’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t.

Want to join will on an actual, real life quest to find the actual real life El Dorado? Then you’ll have to pop along to find out more won’t you?


Matt Price – Poltroon

Rating – ☆☆☆☆☆

‘Try reviewing this one’ Matt said at one point incredulously, so, we did.

Superb. Just superb. Excellent observational humor, Matt Price works the room expertly and is a marvelous story teller who is exceptionally easy to listen to.
There are some fantastically shocking punchlines which mix seamlessly  with the elements of brash honesty he brings to the performance.

The show was wonderfully intelligent, edgy in parts and extremely well crafted and his powers of recall followed the contours of the show very well indeed.

The banter with audience members is pinpoint and spot on, a rare talent one doesn’t see that often anymore. With such a feeling of warmth and positive atmosphere in the room, this for us was one of, if not the best show of the fringe.
Matt Price is here to remind all of us what good, beautifully crafted comedy is all about.
Seek him out, go watch him work.



Do The Write Thing Halloween edition.

Rain tore down the well built defences of waterproof jackets and umbrellas while a welcoming, warm light burned in Bar Ten.  A large bowl of sweets sat invitingly on a table and a pumpkin glowed on stage, a raven carved into its face.
20151027_203924The evening started with open mic slots, the first of which took the form of a dialogue written and performed by Alan Rick with Fiona Nuttall taking the second roll. It is the first time we have had a more theatrical piece and it was great to see something different.

Next up was Michael Bainbridge who has a short, sweet and wonderfully penned offering and you know how much 20151027_204355we love seeing a new face.

Another new face performing but regular audience member Helen Bainbridge gave us a heartfelt and emotive pieces to enjoy.







After the first lot of open mic performers we had the first of our headliners for the evening, Dr. Sam Illingworth.
Dr Mr Sam is a physicist who lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also a poet. He delighted us with poe20151027_204927ms on birds, fish, the void and many other topics. Sam writes about and researches the crossover poetry and science, to put it in a nutshell and if you get the opportunity, go see him. You will not be disappointed.


After the break we had our second headliner, Mr Chris Bainbridge who is always a pleasure to have at our evenings. His pieces are inspirational at some points, thought provoking at others and downright hilarious too. He truly is a gifted poet and again, if you get a chance to 20151027_214746see him, do so.


The second, smaller duo of open mic performers started with a comedic piece from Matt Panesh who portrayed a character by the name of Roger Cumsnatch who is just as jaw-dr20151027_215919opping as the name implies. It was very refreshing to have another first at Do The Write Thing.

The second slot saw the return of the highly talented Fiona Nuttall who is always a pleasure to hear and has previously been a headliner. Fiona has a style all ofWP_20151027_024 her own and captivates the audience with ease and a great degree of skill.

Finally, we saw the début headliner performance of Lorraine Beckett-Murray, who delivers great impact from page to performance. We were treated to tales of cannibalism and long lost loves spanning centuries. A regular at our writing group, Do The Write Thing and landlady of Bar Ten, it is wonderful to see someone so passionate really take the reins.

At the end of the night, Keri presented the headliners with her own canvases. The pictures of which, are below. We hope you’ve enjoyed this write up and urge you to come to the next event. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates about the next event.

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Cormac Friel: Breakfast Epiphanies

Bunbury Magazine:★★★★★

This man couldn’t be more full of life and it’s probably biting sarcasm that’s keeping him to vitally energetic.
He seamlessly recounts a tale that at one moment has the room listening intently and at the next, gripping their sides. He’s cheeky but so meltingly charming that he gets away with everything he throws at his audience.

He has a way of dealing of latecomers in a superb way. The bell of shame! He stands and repeats “Shame” until everyone is sat and then, as though nothing has happened, returns to the exact point of his set, not losing pace and not going over old ground.

It is a pleasure to watch someone with such mastery, craft an excellent show. He is unafraid and brimming with confidence with absolutely no hint of arrogance.

Breakfast Epiphanies is very well put together and flows so smoothly which mimics the performer as he presents himself as articulate and well polished, which, he is.

The show has a very sweet message and everyone should experience it and don’t forget, October.

Cormac Friel – Breakfast Epiphanies – 19:40, Just The Tonic at The Caves – Runs until the 28th Aug

Daphna Baram: Something To Declare

Bunbury Magazine: ★★★★★
This Alternative look at British life and Britishness from the outside and a look into the performer’s culture is superbly refreshing and in parts, biting. With questions on Britishness relating to such heady topics as what to do if you spill someone’s pint and what bird is usually eaten on Christmas Day, audience members are encouraged to shout out the answers. Daphna Baram had no problem whatsoever in getting a response, as her command of the room was masterful.

The introspective regarding life in the country she was brought up in was approached in a way that could only have been acceptable if done by her. Her fantastic way with words and bone dry humour has the room in fits of laughter and as the characters and scenarios are built up, the show becomes nothing short of enveloping. The bi-lingual element adds depth, texture and vibrancy to an already excellent piece.

This is a fine example of the audience being spoken to as if they were all firm old friends and Baram is so bubbly, even the edgiest of topic is covered seamlessly and comfortably.

Listening to this performance really does bring a few home truths to mind but it’s a more than comfortable journey.

Daphna Baram: Something To Declare – Just The Tonic at the Caves – 14:50 Duration

Dan Nicholas: Reverb

Bunbury  Magazine: ★★★★

This is a show which uses the negative spaces in language.
The narrative is so involved and must be paid attention to if the full experience of ‘Reverb is to be appreciated.

Right the way throughout, Nicholas proves himself as a great communicator with exceptional skills when it comes to working the room. He has an endearing presence that sucks the awkwardness audiences feel when asked to participate in anything right out of the room. There is no place for shyness here.

The show is surreal to say the least but has a different kind of momentum to others and is definitely worth seeing. Characters are brought to life and the multimedia aspect adds layer upon layer of enjoyment to anyone with an ear for a good tale.

Explore the love story of Terrance The Crocodile and Julia The Mannequin like never… before?
This is a very talented man who can craft a story with ease and grace.

Reverb – 15:40 – The Mash House – Duration

Mel Moon: Sick Girl

Bunbury Magazine: ★★★★★

Who Cares if it’s the middle of August? Happy New You!

This wonderful heart-stopping display of honesty and side cracking comedy, all shot though with a slice of dark humour is a once in a life time opportunity. It feels like you’re talking to an old friend and when you meet Mel, you realise, she’s an old friend you haven’t made yet.

The first thing this bold as brass lady asked Bunbury Magazine upon talking to her before the show was ‘Can I come to your wedding’? That sums her up. She’s a lady who has an indeterminate amount of time left and she’s taking it all as a chance to experience everything she wants to.

Mel Moon is determined to take her audience on a journey they’ll remember and that’s exactly what she does. The show is presented with such an awareness and urgency while also being delicate and tender. The performance is exceptionally well put together and masterfully written and evokes strong emotions. It is a humbling experience.
The show is also very well researched, open, very candid and breaks taboos.
If you see one thing this fringe, see this and take the time to speak to Mel afterwards because she is an incredible woman.

It’s impossible not to take away a feeling of empowerment because for all of us, there is no gift shop at this exit.

Mel Moon: Sick Girl, 12:05 The Attic in The Counting House

(Yes Mel, You can come to the Wedding 🙂 x )

Beth Vyse: As Funny As Cancer

Bunbury Magazine: ★★★★★

Surreal is an understatement. The beginning of the performance emanates warmth and is apparently bombastic but the ‘dream sequence’ folds in so seamlessly into the narrative.
She is a powerhouse of high energy and emotion from start to finish.

There is a fabulous level of audience interaction with onlookers wearing as well as using props. Here improvisational skills are absolutely second to none and it impossible not to be gripped by every part possible.
The pride with which she speaks about her family and the inclusion of little quirks and mannerisms brings the story she tells to life.

I’m sure we’ve all heard shows described ‘you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it’ll change your life’ well, this is one of these rear occasions where it is completely true. The show is a perfect balance of sombre and hilarious and there are beautiful moments where the entire audience is rolling in the isles and the next second, you could hear a pin drop. This is all down to the pure emotion shot through this incredibly brave piece.

This performance appears to be exceptionally cathartic for both performer and audience.
It was a privilege to be part of it.

‘As Funny As Cancer’ – 1620, Heroes @ The Hive, 19th to 30th