Edinburgh Fringe Preview Comes to Kenton

This year the Kenton Theatre will be hosting an Edinburgh Fringe Festival Preview programme between 13-28 July with three nights of comedy plus an insane magic show and a circus and acrobatic show.

The programme starts on 13 July with two top comedians Simon Brodkin and Chloe Petts. Famed for creating quirky characters, Simon is one of the UK’s most popular stand-up comedians. Born in London, he studied medicine at the University of Manchester but ended up a doctor-turned-comic following the success of his debut show at 2006’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Chloe is fresh from supporting Ed Gamble on his UK Tour, she uses her trademark cerebral “laddishness” to examine her desperate attempts at living in the moment, the darts and her (strictly non-romantic) love for men.

Luke Kempner and Rob Auton are up next on 20 July. Luke Kempner has quickly established himself as the UK’s hottest new impressionist for the millennial comedy generation, amassing over 3 million views online, through his viral sketch videos. Luke is part of the new Spitting Image cast, which can be seen now on BritBox. Rob has been given five star rated Edinburgh fringe shows, The Yellow Show, The Sky Show, The Face Show, The Water Show, The Sleep Show, The Hair Show, The Talk Show (the second best reviewed show at the Edinburgh Festival 2018) and The Time Show, which was one of the best reviewed shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2019 and 2022.

An Evening of Insane Magic on 22 July is a thrilling and mind-bending new magic show that will leave you on the edge of your seats.  Witness some of the most incredible and unbelievable acts of magic as 3 of the best magicians in the country (Cameron Gibson, Elliot Bibby & Luke Osey) push the limits of what’s possible.

The last night of comedy on 27 July will see comedians Matt Forde & Bella Hull perform. Matt’s ‘The Political Party’ enjoyed a sold-out monthly residency at Westminster’s The Other Palace for nearly six years, and now has a fortnightly residency at The Duchess Theatre in London’s West End. The podcast has amassed over 6 million downloads, and nominations for Best Comedy Podcast from the British Podcast Awards and the Internet Award at the Chortle Awards.  Bella regularly plays to sell-out crowds across the UK and recently made her television debut on the BBC’s Stand Up for Live Comedy.

The last night of the Kenton Fringe Preview will A Bee Story on 28 July which is a uniquely Australian physical theatre show for children and families incorporating a kaleidoscope of circus, acrobatics, dance and live music. It tells the story of Queen Bee and Worker Bee who must work together to rebuild their hive after being destroyed by a bushfire. But things never quite go to plan…

Kenton Programme Director, Ron McAllister who travels to Edinburgh Festival each year on behalf of the Kenton Theatre said, “The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the world – and as such it can be quite overwhelming in the huge range of opportunities it offers artists, companies, agents, producers, entrepreneurs and venue programmers alike. However, if you can cut through the mayhem and the plethora of student productions (of variable quality) there is a wonderful array of emerging (and established) talent to explore from all over the world.  It is precisely this spirit which I have tried to capture in putting together the EdFest preview season at the Kenton Theatre.

“One of the most exciting young magicians that I saw at last years’ EdFest has teamed up with 2 other emerging magicians to bring us an evening of Insane magic. Also last year, the most creative and hilarious Australian circus theatre that I have seen at the festival for years is coming to town – don’t miss A Bee Story! And to cap it all we have three Thursday nights of fabulous comedy talent previewing with us.”

Kenton Theatre Manager, Lottie Pheasant added, I am very proud of our EdFest preview season.  Don’t forget – you saw it here first!

To book tickets go to https://kentontheatre.co.uk/#programme



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