Wednesday 19 June
Faced with the grim reality of a life of seclusion in the genteel English countryside, Alex’s youthful dreams of urban living seem light-years away. When a nefarious village plot is revealed there seems no chance of escape! A comedic concerto, a sort of Hot Fuzz meets Hamilton, this critically acclaimed, funk-fuelled, hip-hopera rap musical follows Alex as he rhymes his way out of his rural life and shoots for the stars. This show contains strong language.
Thursday 20 June
Watson & Malone have lost everything. The glory of the 1994 Winter Olympics has been ripped from their grasp by popular bouffants Torvill & Dean (who only came third due to a number of illegal lifts). Can the duo overcome their differences to reunite for one last victory and perform their infamous lost routine at Doncaster Dome? Join this documentary following their tumultuous reunion to discover if friendship - on ice! - can truly conquer all.
Friday 21 June
Ever had an annoying friend that just won’t go away? Queenie has. Penelope and Queenie are an out-of-sync, over-sharing double-act. Her Ps and Qs marks a silly romp through their unexpected relationship in all its glory and flaws. Join us for a two-woman rampage through self-disgust and misguided people-pleasing. With more terms for ‘vagina’ than you ever thought possible, and itching with humour.
Saturday 22 June
In chic Saint-Tropez, a failed cat-burglar and a struggling gigolo form an unlikely pair and take aim at the top of St-Trop! Among jostling jet-setters and glamorous glitterati, they plan a daring jewel heist; complete with wild chases, fleeting but passionate affairs and a persistent addiction to macarons. Award-winning comedy duo Nathan & Ida return to Offbeat with a new screwball adventure about love, friendship and fulfilling dreams on the Riviera. C’est si bon, indeed!
Award-winning comedian Juliette is full of contradictions: pessimistic optimist? Introverted extrovert? Successful failure? Masculine or feminine? Happy or sad? Mentally ill or healthy? Must we choose one or the other? After a year of huge change, Juliette had to redefine her life, labels and herself. Everything she thought was steadfast has vanished. Can she be everything at once? Must we choose how we are defined?
Friday 28 June
Following their award winning show Enter The Dragons, A&E Comedy return with a surreal and darkly hilarious brouhaha, directed by Cal McCrystal. These coven-ready weird sisters will be brewing a cautionary tale for our time as they ask who really holds the power in a world where the witches are hunting and predators have become the prey.
Join "charming storyteller" (Chortle.co.uk) Richard Soames as he takes inspiration from his childhood home videos, some questionable film-making techniques and a state of the art handycam from 2003 to make an actual movie. In one hour.
★★★★ “A thoroughly imaginative show.” - Fringe Guru
★★★★ “An original show that kept us laughing throughout and a little astounded at the end.” - Voicemag
Saturday 29 June
Ash is the ultimate one-man band: guitarist, pianist, drummer... and dad. But it’s hard to reach stardom when you're constantly walking on Lego.
New musical comedy heartbreaker from Richard Marsh, Fringe First Winner (Dirty Great Love Story) and BBC Audio Drama Award Best Scripted Comedy winner (Love & Sweets) and gold disc-getter Jessica Sharman. Directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson; starring Andy Gallo.
What do you do when Beyoncé tells you one thing and the Office of National Statistics tells you another? It’s hard celebrating being an independent woman when you don’t earn enough to pay the rent. With game shows, spoken word, and their best Beyoncé dance moves, Nat and Vic will help you explore the stark economics of gender inequality – from pay gap to pink tax. Who runs the world? People with money.
Tired of simply “entertaining” people, Blowfish Theatre have finally made a proper piece of art. Alright, let’s not be modest. It’s “a masterpiece about the greatest playwright who ever lived.” (Kyle Williams, the director, writer & scholar) The True History of Mr William Shakespeare is: “A work of startling originality and insight.” (K. Williams); “Breath taking” (K. Williams); “60 minutes long” (Rotherham Gazette)
What will YOU fight for? Watch multi-cultural comedy from this multi-award winning comedian/writer/activist. Trump, terrorists and everything between. It’s time to call out the bulls**t! Are you ready? Do you want to make a difference? Good! Get booking, bring your people. Sajeela’s in town for one night only!
Join Oxford University academics for a night of extracurricular entertainment as they explore life’s big questions. Linguists, philosophers, ethnographers and psychologists will present four acts of song, drama and stand-up comedy, tackling topics from Nietzsche to neuroscience.
“A Comedian going places”* Join the 2017 BBC New Comedy Award finalist and wheelchair enthusiast as he tells you about how his first paid gig led to him performing on BBC2 a year later, and what happens when you are being trolled online for not being disabled enough. Aaron is far better at stand-up than standing up and his unique perspective on life - usually of people's belly buttons - gives him a distinctive edge in his performances as well as a sore neck.
*Places with wheelchair access.
Sophie Duker is your Venus, she's your fire, at your desire. Or is she? Silly, sexy and savage stand-up about race, sex and (definitely not) being a goddess. From the host of the Wacky Racists Comedy Club. Star of Channel 4's Riot Girls, as seen on Comedy Central and BBC Three.