Culture

8 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Eleanor Tiernan

My Favourite Comedian is Minnesota’s Maria Bamford. She’s a stand up comic whom I love for her uniquely philosophical style of comedy which she performs using her extensive range of ...
7 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Jamie Loftus

I did think about writing this whole essay about “my husband who is two inches taller than me who repeats every joke I made at the table slightly louder than ...

7 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Alasdair Beckett-King

Flaming redhead ALASDAIR BECKETT KING is acclaimed for his madcap, whimsical nerdery. At this year’s fringe he’ll be espousing silly yet subtle commentary on our dire times in his show ...

6 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Tamsyn Kelly

"The first time I remember seeing Kathy Burke was in Kevin and Perry Go Large. My parents had strictly forbidden me from watching it so I wanted nothing more than ...

6 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Patrick Monahan

The hardest thing in comedy isn't doing comedy. The hardest thing in comedy is just choosing one great influential comedian. Also the hardest thing about doing stand up comedy is ...

5 July 2019

Ed Coleman reveals the inspiration for his new show Leave A Message

Comedian and actor ED COLEMAN (as seen in Steptoe & Son, and SPY) is taking a true story theatre piece to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. LEAVE A MESSAGE is ...

5 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Harriet Baine

I can’t choose between my two favourite comedians called Adam. The same thing would happen if this was about the Spice Girls, as I couldn’t possibly choose between the Mels. ...

4 July 2019

Tatiana Pavela reveals the inspiration for her new show Brandi Alexander

Seattle-based performer TATIANA PAVELA is bringing her intimate and brutal one-woman show BRANDI ALEXANDER to Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is a primal scream of a show about rape: Howlingly funny and agonisingly uncomfortable. ...

4 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Joe Jacobs

As a rule, Canadians are all great, but Norm raises the bar. It’s really hard to put into words what makes this man so genius. Simply put, Norm Macdonald is ...

3 July 2019

Diana Dinerman reveals the inspiration for her new show Detour: A Show About Changing Your Mind

Ahead of bringing her autobiographical feminist comedy, ‘Detour: A Show About Changing Your Mind’, to the Edinburgh Fringe, LA-based writer, comedian and actor Diana Dinerman tells Female First what inspired ...

3 July 2019

My favourite comedian by Travis Jay

My favourite comedian is Dave Chappelle - in my eyes this man can do no wrong. I feel like if somebody slapped the back of my head and I turned ...

2 July 2019

AJ Holmes shares the inspiration for his new show Yeah, But Not Right Now

AJ Holmes has spent the last few years travelling the world as Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon and now, ahead of bringing his heartfelt and hilarious coming of age ...

2 July 2019

All you need is love by Tania Edwards

I still remember my friend opening one eye as I lit my breakfast, groaning, ‘shit, I’m going to be here when I’m 30, aren’t I?’ I finished my cigarette deep ...

1 July 2019

Alex Hughes shares his inspiration for his new show The De Nova Super

ALEX HUGHES is a film, television and theatre actor and veteran of Secret Cinema. Alongside fellow theatre, clown, film and movement aficionado Will Palmer he has crafted THE DE NOVA ...

1 July 2019

Laura Lexx discusses her favourite comedian

Narrowing down a favourite comedian is hard, because who do you choose…? The first love? The current flame? The technical wizard? The one you’ve seen the most of? The one ...

14 June 2019

Top five NEW must-see stage musicals

Anyone who knows anything about musicals knows all about the classics. The spectacular emotion of Les Miserables, the captivating aura of Phantom of the Opera, the feel-good sing-a-long of Mamma ...

15 May 2019

The House on Cold Hill review, Opera House Manchester

Peter James is an incredibly accomplished crime and horror writer, with 14 books in his Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, as well as his novel The House on Cold Hill and ...

25 April 2019

Equus review, The Lowry, Salford

I've heard a lot about Peter Shaffer's psychological thriller, Equus, but had never had the chance to check out the show for myself. Only knowing small tidbits of information about the story, ...

24 April 2019

Dirty Dancing review, Palace Theatre Manchester

There are plenty of classic stories from the 1980s, but standing above all of them is 1987 release, Dirty Dancing. With the record-breaking national tour making its Manchester stop this ...
10 April 2019

Hair the Musical review, Palace Theatre Manchester

Despite Hair the Musical currently touring to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it's a show that has evaded me throughout my years of going to the theatre! Fortunately, I got the opportunity ...

3 April 2019

American Idiot review, Palace Theatre Manchester

In a time when political discourse in the UK is at a high, the theatre is often a wonderful opportunity to escape. Seeing three marijuana-toking youngsters from a working class ...

2 April 2019

The Girl on the Train review, The Lowry Theatre Manchester

When Paula Hawkins' best-selling novel The Girl on the Train was turned into a movie, it was a little disappointing to see the story uprooted and moved to America. So, ...

26 March 2019

Glengarry Glen Ross review, Opera House Manchester

Glengarry Glen Ross is unlike any show I've ever seen. The play tells the story of a group of real estate salesman in New York City who are all down ...

7 February 2019

Annie review, Opera House Manchester

Annie often seems to be a story that splits audiences right down the middle. It's the marmite of musicals; you either love or hate it. There's something utterly heartwarming about ...