Stand Up Tragedy is returning to the Free Fringe with a mini festival celebrating the sadder things in life:
‘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
a ‘wildly diverse show’ – John Fleming
Like a Russian doll filled with laughter and tears, the Stand Up Tragedy team is creating a festival within a festival within a festival: inside the Edinburgh Fringe is the PBH Free Fringe, and inside the PBH Free Fringe is Stand Up Tragedy’s Edinburgh line-up. Building on two years of bringing quality tragedy to the fringe and four years of showcasing tragedy across London, we are expanding what we do to include even more diversity and emotions.
As well as putting on 12 hours of tragic variety, we are opening up the stage to include guest hosts and special collaborations. Added to this, we are producing host Dave Pickering’s first solo show and three public interviews with some of our tragic collaborators.
Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh until they cry and cry until they laugh. We invite performers from all parts of the arts to stand up and tell tragedy. 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 too seriously.
Our August 2015 line-ups include Tiernan Douieb, Shazia Mirza, Rob Auton, Adrienne Truscott, Christian Talbot and BBC Poetry Slam Winner Sophia Walker. Every show offers a completely new combination of tragic flavours.
Stand Up Tragedy is more than a live show; it’s also a podcast, and during the festival, our podcast feed will become a tragic channel, putting out the amazing array of tragedy recorded on our stages.
The aim of Stand Up Tragedy is to create safe spaces to talk about unsafe things.