Some lovely things reviewers have said about Alasdair in week 1 (and other hilarious things)

Alasdair Trembley-Birchall is currently winning the Don't Be Lonely prize for most ridiculous show. As well as performing his dry, charmingly awkward fully crafted Edinburgh debut stand-up show Success Arms he also lists things for one hour every day in Alasdair Lists Everything. This fully improvised show is simple in concept, and in less capable hands would be impossible to execute. But he's doing it. And gathering crowds of loyal followers. As well as generating a hilariously confusing review: 

★ "Rather than listing, he states and states random items...Alasdair never shouted, as he does on the poster, but was laconic, almost shy-seeming, and sometimes paused, as though thinking of an ending for his phrase. No intro or talking to the audience as audience, and he just walked off, smiling."  - Scotsgay

There is now a review of the review on Fringe Pig. The charm of the show seems lost on Tony Challis but the twitter followers (#allister) are loving the lists. 

Now as promised in the title of this post here are some lovely things reviewers have said about Success Arms this week. 

"Our host is a very funny man" - ThreeWeeks

"Trembley-Birchall certainly has a way with words, painting quirky images in your mind's eye and drawing you along with the joke until you can't help but laugh" - BroadwayBaby 

Read more about the man behind the jokes in The New Current! here.

Photo by Evan Munro-Smith

Photo by Evan Munro-Smith

Some lovely things reviewers have said about Before Us in week 1 (and other exciting news!)

First let's reveal the exciting news, hey? Sound like a plan? Good. So here it is: Before Us has been nominated for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellent. See, exciting, isn't it?! 

As well as this lovely nomination, other lovely things have happened in week 1 for low-fi, whimsical musical tale of extinction Before UsHere are some of the thoughts put down on paper (screen) by reviewers this week. 

★★★★★   "Bowden has his heart on the outside and weaves his tales with a lo-fi brilliance that...I always sit back in utter amazement" - The New Current! 

★★★★★ "There is always one show each festival that takes your breath away. This is it: an experience so bizarre, hilarious and melancholy that it will not only engage but elevate you" - The Public Reviews 

★★★★ "...a thoroughly brilliant piece of humourous theatre delivered by an equally magnificent actor." - TV Bomb

★★★★ "...a tight one man show that will delight and entertain."  - ThreeWeeks

 

Some lovely things reviewers have said about Kraken in week 1

The delightful, beautiful, silly Trygve Wakenshaw of Kraken has been wowing critics and audiences during the first week of Edinburgh Fringe. Kraken has been selling out nearly every night. Seriously, get in quick and book now to avoid disappointment and instead allow yourself to swept up in the joyful world of Kraken. Here's a brief look at what the reviewers have said about Kraken this week. 

★★★★★ "Wakenshaw's physicality is flawless...Kraken is a blissfully funny hour of stream-of-consciousness and a joyous excuse to embrace your childish side"  TimeOut London 

★★★★★ "ingenious theatre" One4Review

★★★★ "Kraken delivers lightness and dark, without the pace or laughter every slackening" The List

 

Photo by Fraser Cameron

Photo by Fraser Cameron




Edinburgh Fringe beginnings

DON'T BE LONELY have arrived in Edinburgh!

KRAKEN (Trygve Wakenshaw), Before Us (Stuart Bowden) and Success Arms (Alaisdair Tremblay-Birchall) all previewed last night. Alaisdair Tremblay-Birchall's idiosyncratic Alasidar Lists Everything starts today with La Favorita Freestival. Here he goes listing a few things, but you'll have to come along everyday for the next month if you want to hear him list everything. It truly is a noble quest. 

 

 

 

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In this email, I am very proud to announce the DON'T BE LONELY line-up at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, PLUS shows in London at the prestigious Soho Theatre starting this week! It's our biggest year yet! See below for more tour news.

If you are in the UK, or have friends in the UK, we would love you to spread the word about these shows. Tickets are on sale right now for both Edinburgh and London. See below for more information about the artists we are collaborating with and the shows we are producing this year. As always, you can keep up to date with special offers and exciting news on twitter (follow @dbl_present) and facebook.


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WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: We are very excited to welcome the excellent Kate Hancock to the D.B.L team for this festival season, who will be assisting across publicity and production. We are thrilled to have her onboard!

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LONDON: STUART BOWDEN: SHE WAS PROBABLY NOT A ROBOT


Stuart's lo-fi sci-fi comedy about the end of the world took last year's Edinburgh Fringe by storm, sold out at the Perth Fringe and has garnered critical acclaim around the world. This is your last chance to see this hit show before Stuart launches his exciting new show Before Us in Edinburgh.

LONDON: Wed 2 – Sat 5 Jul, 8.45pm
Soho Theatre, 21 DEAN STREET LONDON W1D 3NE

BOOK NOW: RUSHTIX available from today here! To relieve a 40% discount use the exclusive D.B.L subscribers password 'robot' at checkout.

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EDINBURGH: STUART BOWDEN: BEFORE US


We are very excited to announce that Stuart will be debuting a brand new show, Before Us, at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. Following the success of She Was Probably Not A Robot, Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and his Singing Tiger: The Kids' Show and The Lounge Room Confabulators, it promises to be another "phenomenal one-man wonder show" (Edinburgh Guide) from the master storyteller.

EDINBURGH: Thu 31 Jul - Sun 24 Aug (not 11th or 18th), 8.10pm 
Underbelly Cowgate, 56 COWGATE, EDINBURGH EH1 1EG
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EDINBURGH: TRYGVE WAKENSHAW: KRAKEN


Trygve's acclaimed stream-of- consciousness physical comedy this year won the Edinburgh Underbelly Award, the Fred Award at the New Zealand Comedy Festival and was nominated for both the Barry Award and the Golden Gibbo award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. It has collected 5 star reviews around the globe and finally arrives in Edinburgh. From the maker of international smash hit SQUIDBOY.

EDINBURGH: Thu 31st Jul - Sun 24 Aug (not 11th), 8:40pm
Underbelly Cowgate, 56 COWGATE, EDINBURGH EH1 1EG
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LONDON & EDINBURGH: ALASDAIR TREMBLAY-BIRCHALL: SUCCESS ARMS


Alasdair, one of Australia's most exciting stand-ups, arrives in the UK for the first time to launch his killer hour of “delightfully quirky stand-up” (Chortle) on unsuspecting audiences at Soho Theatre in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe

LONDON: Fri 18 - Sat 19 Jul, 8.30pm
Soho Theatre, 21 DEAN STREET LONDON W1D 3NE
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EDINBURGH: Thu 31 Jul - Sun 24 Aug (not 11th), 8.00pm
Underbelly Cowgate, 56 COWGATE, EDINBURGH EH1 1EG
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LONDON & EDINBURGH: TRYGVE WAKENSHAW: SQUIDBOY


Trygve's sell-out smash hit from last year's Edinburgh Fringe arrives in London and returns to Edinburgh for ten shows only. Your last chance to see this critically acclaimed, Total Theatre Award-nominated cult physical comedy.

LONDON: Tue 22nd - Sat 26th Jul, 8.30pm
Soho Theatre, 21 DEAN STREET LONDON W1D 3NE
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EDINBURGH: Sat 16 - Mon 25th Aug, 3.25pm
Underbelly Bristo Square, EH8 9AL
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EDINBURGH: ALASDAIR LISTS EVERYTHING


Alasdair lists everything. For an hour. Every day. For a month. Like this.

Rebecca. Open sourced software. 64 dollars. Crem brûlée flavoured gum. Jasmine scented candles. Plebeians. Bleeding from the mouth. People called Cameron. Bread. Ladies of the night. Zilch. Sweaty Palms. Bad air. Remembering Santa.

EDINBURGH: Fri 1 - Sun 24 Aug (not 11th), 2.30pm
Freestival St Mary's, 19 - 21 St Mary's Street, EH1 1TA

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Steph here, hope this finds you happy and well!

Myself and the DON'T BE LONELY team have just returned to Melbourne after a big tour to Perth, Adelaide and Sydney. We had an amazing time and are now preparing for the gigantic Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which opens this coming Wednesday, the 26th of March!

Tickets are on sale right now, and you can book through the Comedy Festival Website.  See below for more information about the artists we are collaborating with and the shows we are producing this year. As always, you can keep up to date with special offers and exciting news on twitter (follow @dbl_present) and facebook.


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Trygve Wakenshaw: KRAKEN

We are very excited to announce that Trygve Wakenshaw's new physical comedy KRAKEN was awarded the Edinburgh Underbelly Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival! This award offers £7,000 pounds of support to take the show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
It has been a successful tour for Trygve, with SQUIDBOY selling out in Perth and receiving a nomination for an Artrage Theatre Award.
You can book to see KRAKEN at the Tuxedo Cat in Melbourne here.

8.30pm (no Wednesdays), Tuxedo Cat.
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Stuart Bowden: She Was Probably Not A Robot

Stuart Bowden's shows have a reputation for being heartbreakers that make you laugh, and She Was Probably Not A Robot is no exception. Stuart sold out in Perth and Sydney, having to add shows to meet demand. She Was Probably Not A Robot was also the winner of an Adelaide Fringe Weekly Theatre award. Book for his Melbourne season here - hurry, though, ten shows only!

7.15pm, 26th Mar - 6th Apr (no Wednesdays) Tuxedo Cat. 
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100SBFM

This is unrelated to festival news, but Steph is currently Artist In Residence with social enterprise 100 Story Building in Footscray. She is working on creating a podcast called 100SBFM with the kids, staff and volunteers at the centre. This residency is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts' Early Career Residency Grant.

See more at: 
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Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall's Success Arms 

Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall, a writer for Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell and Channel 10's The Project, has been announced as one of the winners of the ABC's Fresh Blood initiative! Opening this Thursday, Alasdair is debuting Success Arms: his brand new hour of “warm, confident and occasionally absurd stand-up" (The Age) at the beautiful Forum Theatre. You can get $15 preview tickets and book for the rest of the season here
And you can see Alasdair List Everything here.

9.45pm (no Mondays) The Forum - Ladies Lounge.
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Pat Burtscher's Overwhelmed

Pat Burtscher got a great review in Perth that described him as "part philosopher, part conspiracy-theorist" (The Music) and then suggested he run for office. Whatever this says about the state of politics in Western Australia, there is no doubt that fans of left-of-centre thinking will enjoy this cult Canadian stand-up's blistering, smart, ramshackle style. Book here for his Melbourne run.

9:45pm Tuxedo Cat (no Wednesdays).
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Soul Bank

Soul Bank is a FREE showcase/shit fight/slapdash comedy party co-hosted by sketch and stand-up legends Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall and Pat Burtscher. No two nights are the same!

Featuring an excellent line-up of the Comedy Festival's weirdest comedians, clowns and characters doing some of the stupidest things they can think of, this is A-grade alternative variety. We have confirmed Steve Sheehan, Laura Davis, Dr Professor Neal Portenza, Demi Lardner, Isabel and Rachel and a host of awesome acts, with many more to be announced. Keep your eye on Soul Bank on twitter and facebook for nightly line-ups.

12.30am Tuxedo Cat, Fridays and Saturdays of the Comedy Festival.
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Slow Clap Productions is expanding and is now DON'T BE LONELY!
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Steph here, hope this finds you happy and well!

You are receiving this newsletter because you're a valued supporter of Slow Clap. Thanks again for making everything possible and worth doing. This is a newsletter full of tour dates and pictures of idiots. But first an exciting announcement from me:

This year I have been lucky enough to be on the NEIS program, which has allowed me to do something that I've been wanting to do for yonks: expand Slow Clap Productions - the production arm of Slow Clap - into something that can serve more independent artists, reach more audiences and help more people turn their great ideas into great things.

After a year of dreaming, turning the dreams into colour-coded spreadsheets, travelling around the world, talking to people, seeing shows, taking dance breaks and working really hard, I am very proud to launch my new production company: DON'T BE LONELY.

For more information, please check out the website and follow us on twitterfacebook and instagram.

Slow Clap Productions is now DON'T BE LONELY.


Slow Clap's Vachel is currently doing heaps of exciting stuff off the Fringe circuit - you'll see his face on the TV soon! Check him out in This Is Littleton launching on Thursday 20th of February on ABC2!

Meanwhile, Steph and the DON'T BE LONELY team are working around the world with several very exciting independent artists including Trygve Wakenshaw, Stuart Bowden, Pat Burtscher and Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall as well as presenting a number of variety shows and one-offs at festivals around the globe. Tours this year include Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Auckland, Wellington, Regional UK, Oslo, London and Edinburgh. Keep an eye on social media for news of upcoming performances in your city as well as special offers and giveaways. You can book tickets to upcoming shows using the links below.

I'm very excited about this new venture and thank you for your support over the last several years. I look forward to seeing you at a show soon!

Lots of love from Steph
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Current Projects:


Stuart Bowden

She Was Probably Not A Robot
(Theatre)


★★★★★ “Bowden has created a piece that can both crush and lift you in the blink of an eye.”
- Edinburgh Guide


Perth
11 - 15 Feb

Adelaide 
20 Feb - 2 Mar

Melbourne
26 Mar - 6 Apr


Pat Burtscher

Overwhelmed
(Stand-Up)


★★★★
"This guy is funny, and, seemingly, effortlessly so."  
- The List


Perth
12 - 16 Feb

Adelaide
27 Feb - 15 Mar

Melbourne 
26 Mar - 20 Apr


Trygve Wakenshaw

SQUIDBOY
(Theatre)


★★★★★ “Impossible not to love”
- Soundpond


Perth
10 - 22 Feb

Adelaide
7 - 9 Mar

Auckland
13 - 17 Mar

KRAKEN
(Theatre)


Adelaide
27 Feb - 15 Mar

Melbourne 
26 Mar - 19 April


Wellington
6 - 10 May


Auckland 
13 - 17 May

 


Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall

Success Arms
(Stand-Up)


★★★★ 
“Seth Rogen meets Woody Allen.” 
- Herald Sun


Melbourne
27 Mar - 20 Apr
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