“We like to tell stories in odd and unusual ways, and so we experiment with sound and movement a lot in our shows.”
WHO: Rhys Bevan, Writer and Performer
WHAT: “Laughing Stock is a character-based and narrative-driven sketch comedy foursome. Sketches are interwoven within a rich tapestry of music, dance, mime and song in order to tell detailed and intricate tales of irreverence and irregularity. Expect reality to rub shoulders with absurdity and for everyday observations to be stretched to breaking point.”
WHERE: Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61)
WHEN: 16:20 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
As a company Laughing Stock have been up to the Fringe twice before. A couple of us did come up years ago with university plays but it’s a very different festival when you’re a student.
We love the Fringe and its relentless, serotonin-sapping, waistline-defeating, alcoholism-inducing bonkers-ness. But now that we’ve been a few times and it is, to an extent, our ‘job,’ we do have to look after ourselves a little better than we used to.
Tell us about your show.
Our show is sketch comedy with big laughs and a lot of heart. We’re all trained actors who grew up watching Smack the Pony, The Fast Show, League of Gentlemen etc and we try to bring a level of authenticity to our live shows, to commit to observed characters and situations.
It’s written by all of us, devised and directed by us, and produced and marketed by us. Self-made comedy for the crowdfunded generation!
We all met doing the Post-Grad course at the Oxford School of Drama. The show has had a first preview at the New Diorama Theatre and will probably return to London in the Autumn. After that, who knows!
We also love a song and a dance and there’s plenty of that. We like to tell stories in odd and unusual ways, and so we experiment with sound and movement a lot in our shows.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
So so much. Shelf, Loren O’Brien, Rory O’Keeffe, Colin Hoult, Police Cops in Space, Jon Pointing, Red Bastard, Spencer Jones, Marny Godden, Kat Bond, Sleeping Trees, Joseph Morpurgo, Emma Sidi… Blah blah. We’re very excited. To be more succinct, here are three newcomers on the sketch scene to look out for: Dirty White Boys, Muriel and Cloak & Dagger Club. Three bright young things of sketch, mark our words.
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