Comedians Converge on Grahamstown to Bring Laughter on the Fringe

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Comedians Converge on Grahamstown to Bring Laughter on the Fringe


BYLINE: ARTS WRITER

COMEDY hasn't been forgotten in the busy National Arts Festival Fringe programme from July 2-11, and Grahamstown stages will host 57 comedy features.

Annie Robinson and Paul Spence will meander down from KZN with whodunnit dinner theatre. The duo will tell of Murder Most Foul in the Randlord's mansion and try to unravel The Strange Case of Hester Cilliers.

Also conjuring mysteries with the audience's help are Slick 'n Sleeve. After sell-out performances last year with Butlers & Brandy, their sequel production, Butlers & Botox, is hell-bent on causing tears of laughter.

David Newton will bring Laugh and Politically Incorrect, Stuart Taylor will teach men to be men in Learner Husband, and Ava Vidal - a UK comedienne and former prison guard who took Edinburgh by storm last year - will stage Remember, Remember the 4th of November.

Brent Palmer's Credit Crunch will examine our tough economic times, Gaetan Schmidt returns with Rumpsteak, and ventriloquist Conrad Koch will present his handful of deranged dummies as co-stars in Koch Up!

In Mysterious Ways, Ran'D Shine's magic will be interspersed with sharp comic interludes, while Sleight of Mind will see Stuart Lightbody and Bryan Miles combine magic, misdirection and psychological illusion

Theatresports also asks for audience interplay with quick thinking, quick acting and quick laughter.

Mark Sampson's inflatable dice and giant snakes and ladders game dances through the helter-skelter kaleidoscope of this funny man's life in Feeling Funny. …

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