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Don’t Be Terrible – A Black Comedy by Ellen Waddell & Oliver Milburn: A Review

Bunbury Magazine – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In the beginning, there was Alice, a dark, rumbling force of comedy with no time for fools, and Alice was good. She takes to the stage at a comedy club and storms a stand-up routine to rapturous applause. Such is the ferocity of her performance that Steve, a well-meaning, kind-hearted audience member, asks her for lessons in how to be a stand-up.

What follows from this point engrossing on every level – the beautiful writing brought to life by first-class performances by Holly Aston and Daniel Cech-Lucas, as Alice and Steve respectively. We see the development of their relationship together, the trails and tribulations of their own relationships and Steve’s journey into the world of comedy as a way to recapture his girlfriend’s love. There is an obvious and immediate chemistry between Holly and Daniel which helps the dialogue ad structure radiate over the audience.

This is not a traditional play. This is a play that, right from it’s innovative opening, has a lot to say about relationships – how they form and end and every moment in between; the desperation that can be felt; the heartbreak. It is also a sharply-observed glimpse behind the curtain of what it takes to actually be funny and how to write comedy that will make people laugh. The ‘stand-up’ sections have a wonderful rhythm and flow to them, reminiscent of the best poetry you could imagine.

The narrative of the play never wavers from its course and is wonderfully balanced from its state-of-imperfection opening through to the climax and ending, which is a superbly far away from a Disney happily-ever-after as you can imagine. It is a genuine emotional roller-coaster and a thrill to ride it – dark, funny, expressive and intelligent.

The forms and conventions of plays and stand-up are toyed with, flipped and laid bare in Don’t Be Terrible to an exquisite level. For a play which can give you everything you need from entertainment, and more, this should not be missed.

Written by Christopher Moriarty

Don’t be Terrible: A Black Comedy by Ellen Waddell & Oliver Milburn

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 1500

Until 26th August

Anthony Jeannot – Life Coach (Age 14)

Life Coach (Age 14)
22:15 @ The Free Sisters – The Wee Room (Venue 272) Aug 2nd-14th
Free Fringe Laughing Horse

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

From the very start the room is at ease with this show which is conversational in tone packed with very sharp and relatable anecdotal humour. The audience is highly immersed from the off because of the skillful story telling. Anthony Jeannot is a passionate performer who really takes clear pleasure in what he does and that also serve to draw the audience in. The timing and poise is just fantastic with wonderful descriptions which paint vivid pictures in the mind making this a warm an accessible show. it is a show about growing, changing and reflection.

A great watch. Make the time to see this show as it is so well performed and presented. It’s really hard not to adore Jeannot.

Chella Quint: Adventures in Menstruating

Bunbury Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chella Quint’s ‘Adventures in Menstruating’ is a brave and ambitious venture into the taboo that is menstruation, and how we stop the destructive influence its having on women and girls alike.

The show draws on Quint’s experiences as a teacher. Alarmed by the lack of menstrual education in schools, she embarked upon research into where the miseducation has come from that has left adolescents so clueless about periods – thus, ‘Adventures in Menstruating’ was born.

From the off, she knows how to break boundaries. She uses audience interaction to break down barriers and draw people out of their comfort zones, before getting into the gory details. It’s a daring but effective move – even the handful of men looking unsure of what they’ve got themselves into are in stitches in minutes. Though approaching an uncomfortable topic, Quint’s the tendency towards sharp pun or timely punchline is impeccable.

The show is a manifestation of Quint’s mission to normalise periods, and it achieves just that. As a performer, she is instantly charming, shameless, sometimes silly and always warm and affable.

’Adventures in Menstruating’ explores some of the misconceptions around the monthly affliction, and explores the sources of the contrived shame surrounding period that Quint seeks to dismantle. Her research pays off; even the most seasoned menstruated will more than likely take something from this informative presentation. Never a dull moment, the show is a unexpected and refreshing experience.

‘Adventures in Menstruating’ will be running at 22:10 on Friday 10th August at The Banshee Labyrinth and Saturday 11th August at 15:00 in Central Library.

Alex Farrow: Allow It

Alex Farrow: Allow It
12:00 @ Moriarty’s (Venue 332) Aug 2nd – 26th
Free Festival Laughing Horse

Bunbury Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show has a warm, welcoming and gentle feel right from the start with strong but comfortable audience participation. It is a very cleverly written show which has been well researched and brilliantly put together. Wonderfully informative, Farrow’s teaching background is evident and used to great effect.
The audience is made to feel relaxed and at ease while a wide range of topics are covered in this seemingly effortless performance. It is honest and interesting and really, very, very funny indeed.

It really is one of those shows that feels like it’s over too soon because it’s so funny and genuinely enjoyable.

It’s well worth going to. Alex Farrow gets top marks from us…  I know, I know. I’m sorry. I’ll leave the funnies to Alex.

Tales From The Elsewhere, Love Hard

Tales From The Elsewhere, Love Hard
20:45 @ Espionage (Venue 185) Aug 2-26th
Free Festival Laughing Horse

Bunbury Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is fantastic. It’s well written, intense and brilliantly performed. Energetic from the start, the audience has no choice but to be completely hooked as they take in a performance of superb character work, excellent improvisation and a simple but highly enjoyable plot.
The show is a parody of 80’s thriller Sci-Fi with flavours of Stranger Things with subtle undertones of Stephen King’s IT amongst others.
The entire audience was completely on board from the start and didn’t stop laughing for the duration.

For us, this show is one of the rarer beasts that is, in our opinion, as close to perfection as you’re going to get. if you want lively, bold escapism, go and see this show.

This is definitely in the running for Bunbury Best Show of The Fringe and you need to see why for yourselves.

To miss this would be sheer idiocy and we know you’re all smart cookies.

Sam Kissajukian: Alcohol is Good for You

Sam Kissajukian: Alcohol is Good for You
5:15 @ Espionage (Venue 185) Aug 2-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-26
Free Festival Laughing Horse

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Let’s start by stating the obvious, Sam Kissajukian has a fantastic stage presence. Blunt and very quick witted, this performance is conversational tonally with a completely laid back feel. Kissajukian is highly charismatic and his humour is very honest. Very well written and in our opinion, expertly constructed, this show is an absolute pleasure to watch and not only has beautiful, vivid language but is also completely emersive.
With superb command of the room, Kissajukian makes his experiences which, at times, are highly surreal, accessible and engaging to audience members of all ages, although at this point, we should point out that this would not be suitable for children.

This is a must see show. Take the time to go and see this extremely talented individual. It’s so worth it.

Brian O’Toole & Padraig Williams – No Star Review


Brian O’Toole & Padraig Williams: No Star Reviews – 15:00 @ Bar Bados (Venue 32) Aug 4-26th
PBH’s Free Fringe

Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brian O’Toole,
From the off, this was a warm and inclusive show of two halves. The first Comedian, Brian O’Toole, worked the room well, dealing with the very strange heckles with skill and efficiency. O’Toole demonstrates excellent timing and confidence with an intimate crowd. The stories he tells are not only funny but slightly haunting in parts leaving the audience wondering where the show will go next. With some very tongue in cheek descriptions and a wonderful way of putting even the most shy people to get involved and interact while making them feel comfortable, O’Toole really plays to his clear strengths.

Padraig Williams
There is a definite change in pace and style when Williams takes the stage. The tone is more conversational honest and very immersive in nature. A true story teller, Williams paints a completely relatable picture. Brilliantly satirical in parts and deep, biting and sarcastic in others, again, Williams has no problem working the room and overcoming an exceptionally strange heckle (from the same guy may I add) about geese. I also feel compelled to point out that, although many topics are covered, geese has nothing to do with the show at all… In either parts. Not on mention of the word ‘geese’ until this weird heckle. As I said before, it was dealt with beautifully.
Parts of Williams’ section are pretty edgy on occasion but it’s all rounded off and presented well.

Captain ‘The Butcher’ Reality – Bunbury Review

Captain ‘The Butcher’ Reality – 15:00 @ The 3 Broomsticks – (Venue 398) Aug 4-13, 15-25th
PBH’s Free Fringe

 Bunbury Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This show is explosive from the start, bursting with energy and full of good natured fun. it is an entirely emersive show with excellent audience participation which not only adds to the show in general but puts all at ease. Packed with charm, it really is very cleverly written, capturing the room early on and holding the onlookers, captivated. Occasionally flirting with slightly naughty humour, the fabulous, bold writing paired with the character of ‘Captain  The Butcher’ Reality truly shows the talent on offer here.
It certainly is one of the most unique ways of presenting poetry we at Bunbury Magazine have seen.
This playful show hits that magic midway point where both the kids and adults are laughing at the same joke but at different things. Did we mention? This show, in our opinion is definitely appropriate for kids of about 7 upwards. It’s one of the many excellent

There is a reason  this charmingly cheeky  show has 5 stars off Bunbury and you have to go see it to find out why. If you don’t you’ll be doing yourself a disservice.

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?

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Lucy Frederick – Positively Livid

Rating – ☆☆☆☆☆

This performance is one of the most interesting shows of the fringe.  It’s sensitive, hard hitting and honest that grabs you and takes you down avenues you don’t expect. It explores inter family relationships and what happens when you lose the people in those relationships.

Far from being miserable or depressing however, it really is a comedy that commands laughter.  It’s heartwarming and so relatable on many levels.

Lucy Frederick works the room excellently, with bags of confidence and warmth. It is truly a pleasure to see such superbly written show.
Definitely a must see.