The tangled net of trawler fishing

When you don’t live by the sea, it’s easy to think that the issues faced by fishermen don’t affect you.

To see the bigger picture, we caught up with Smoking Apples Theatre, whose new show 'In Our Hands' explores life from the perspective of a Cornish trawlerman as he struggles with crippling legislation, quota distribution and big corporations which leave him with rising debts. Their award-winning performance, coming soon to the Cutty Sark Theatre, shows us how the fisherman's story affects us all. 

Dan Antopolski and Mae Martin

Dan Antopolski: Return of the Dan Antopolski (Work in Progress)

The prodigal triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee returns with a new hour of stand-up of change, pain and gain. Oh, and ‘dozens and dozens of well-honed jokes’ (Guardian). 


Mae Martin: Dope (Work in Progress)

The star of BBC Radio 4’s Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality, and as seen on BBC3’s Live at the BBC and Russell Howard’s Good News, examines a life-time of obsessions, fandom and addiction.

★★★★ ‘Effortlessly amusing, highly watchable charm’ (Times)

Samantha Baines and Alice Marshall

Samantha Baines: One Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) is back after a smash-hit sell out debut show to explore the lost women of science. Expect facts, puns and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle. It’s science meets funny.

‘One of the ones to watch’ (The Evening Standard)

‘One of the punniest comedians in the land’ (The Metro)


SOLD OUT Tom Allen and Phil Jerrod

Tom Allen: Absolutely

As seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4’s Just a Minute. In the last year Tom has supported Sarah Millican around the world, sold out his Edinburgh and London runs and even passed his driving test!

★★★★ ‘Riotous stuff, perfectly delivered’ (Scotsman)

★★★★ ‘Vicious, feisty, and absolutely hilarious’ (Grump Gay Critic)

Catriona Knox and Russell Layton

Catriona Knox: Adorable Deplorable (Work in Progress)

Some men have brought us to the brink of apocalypse. Now meet their wives. For too long they’ve been kept in the shadows. For too long they’ve been just a piece of lean meat on the arm of a sociopath. Well not any more, Edinburgh. For one hour only, open your earholes and hear them speak!

★★★★★ ‘Every hour should be this much fun’ (ThreeWeeks)

★★★★ ‘A formidable comic powerhouse’ (Chortle)

‘The next Joyce Grenfell’ (Spectator)


John Robins and Chris Stokes

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins

Guilt! Shame! Regret! Stand-up comedian, Vibe-Magnet and "London's Saddest DJ" yells into a well for fifty five minutes.

The Elis James and John Robins show on Radio X has gained cult status for their beta male badinage, unproduceable riffing and willingness to discuss mental health (AKA The Darkness) with an upbeat, lyrical voice. Robins is one of the most exiting comic voices at the fringe. In The Darkness of Robins he reflects on love, loss, and laments the injustice that you can't break up with yourself. 

Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Daniel Cook

Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Appropriate Adult (Work in Progress)

Chortle Award nominated Kiri thinks the world revolves around her, but she didn't let that stop her wishing to mentor vulnerable kids. Consequently, she’s going to be extremely careful what she wishes for in future. An immoral comedian’s morality tale about other people’s lack of morals.

★★★★ ‘Passionate, smart and yes, bloody funny, there’s a raw depth of feeling here that you won’t find in many shows’ (Scotsman)

‘Raucous and good-humoured without stinting on the protest’ (Guardian)

Jan Ravens and Ken Cheng

Jan Ravens

Jan Ravens is the star of BBC's Dead Ringers; best-known for her impersonations of The Queen, Kirsty Wark, Fiona Bruce and Theresa May, among many others. 

She has been seen in Hebburn, Skins, Lovesoup and Midsomer Murders, with recent stage work including The Intervention at the Edinburgh Festival. Theatre credits include The Children’s Hour, and Jan is also a frequent guest of Newsnight,Question Time, Mock the Week and was a popular contestant on Strictly come Dancing.



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