What is standup Tragedy?

It "takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth" The Independent

An "entertaining bunch of melancholic oddballs" The London Word

Stand Up Tragedy is a live show and podcast where people get up on stage and do some tragedy: part cabaret, part variety show. We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more, all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.

Past SUT acts have included Josie Long, Stewart Lee, Sara Pascoe, Grace Petrie, Eddie Pepitone, Robin Ince and Andy Zaltzman.

In 2015 we are doing four London shows in addition to taking the tragedy back up to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. We’ll be sprinkling tragic seasoning all over the place with Tragic Winter, Tragic Spring, Tragic Summer and Tragic Autumn. Each show will contain three acts of tragedy, each with a different theme. Act 2 will be guest curated by one of our favourite performers from 2014.

Our next show: Tragic Spring 25th April

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