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#EdFringe18

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest arts festival, transforming Scotland's capital every August. Thousands of talented performers take to hundreds of stages, all over the city, to present shows for every taste possible. The Fringe is proud to include in their programme anyone with a story to tell, and a venue willing to host them.

Guests are able to see theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, children's shows, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. It's truly a magnet for creative producers, the industry, and the media, making it the biggest and most dynamic international arts market in the world.

Gag Reflex have been working hard all year, hand picking a roster of incredible shows, for your viewing pleasure. We are as proud as punch to be producing our biggest, boldest and most extensive roster of Fringe shows. You name it, we’ve got it!

This time last year, Award-winning cabaret star Mat Ricardo bet the world he could learn ANY trick. The results: A one man variety show. Comedy, juggling, magic, escapology, knife throwing.. and the only good trick that exists with a fidget spinner

Join energetic string quartet Bowjangles on their perilous quest to find the ancient relic Excalibow! This group sing, dance and act, all whilst they play & without ever missing a beat.

Britain’s Got Talent runner up comedian Robert White dons his signature tank top to perform more of the fun you saw on the telly, with lots of extra naughty bits

Scottish Comedian of the Year 2016 Rosco McClelland, often compared to comedy legend Billy Connolly, is one not to miss. Earn your bragging rights with some guaranteed brilliance from one of Scottish Comedy’s rising stars.

Ankle biters & adults alike looking for some family fun? Check out The Noise Next Door’s Really Really, Good Afternoon Show At Sea! The Ten-time sell out sensation returns to the Fringe with sublime and chaotic comedy improv. They also have a late night raucous Comedy Lock-In with different special guests every night.

Winner of Britain’s Got Talent Lost Voice Guy is now totally sold out, but watch this space for extra shows to catch this incredible talent who can't talk, but isn't silent. His comedy will leave you speechless.

If you like your comedy with a dash of kindness, Juliette Burton is the woman for you. Total sell out show, 2015, 2016 & 2017. You’d be silly to miss out on this thought provoking, inspiring docu-comedy.

Award winning & wonderfully cheeky Laurence Clark performs a hilarious and poignant show about TV fame, being a father with cerebral palsy, and inevitable internet trolls

Can’t decide what to see? Bombarded with choice? Sample some comedy tapas at Chortle's Fast Fringe. 12 different acts on every manic show to taste, always something for everyone.

Seeing is believing when it comes to magician and master of sleight of hand Ben Hart. You will be left utterly dumbfounded and questioning your own reality. Seriously.

Real life Sherlock Holmes Colin Cloud returns to Edinburgh after sells outs in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. If you love being amazed, enthralled and slightly scared, then you’ll love this. Promising to be more mind-blowing than ever before.

Award-winning TV writer, Sunday Times best-selling author, and comedian, Adam Kay, shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in his ‘electrifying’ (Guardian) hour of stand-up and music. Adam returns for three shows at Edinburgh largest Fringe venue, the EICC, his show 'This Going to Hurt' has limited tickets left

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News story posted on 27-07-2018 17:00

Transworld wins Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley's first book

Publisher 'Transworld' has won "a highly competitive" auction to publish stand-up comedian and "Britain’s Got Talent" winner Lee Ridley, aka Lost Voice Guy.

Ridley, who has cerebral palsy and uses a communication device to speak, says he been asked countless stupid questions about his disability over the years, from 'What’s it like to be disabled?' to 'Can you really not speak?' In his book, titled I’m Only In It For the Parking, he will use the best of these questions as a jumping off point to tell stories about his life and shine a light on disability.

As well as winning the 12th series of "Britain's Got Talent" in June, Ridley is a stand-up comedian with a sold-out Edinburgh Fringe show and forthcoming UK tour. He is a BBC New Comedy Award winner and the co-author of the Radio 4 sitcom "Ability", too, and in Transworld's words "perfectly placed to both entertain and challenge readers as he takes them on a funny (sometimes painfully funny) voyage of discovery around disability".

Ridley said: "I’m very excited to be writing my first book. It’s something I’ve wanted to do most of my life, so I’m delighted to be getting the opportunity, especially working with such a great team of people. I’m looking forward to telling everyone a lot more about me and life as a disabled bloke."

Transworld editorial director Andrea Henry said: "If you think you know exactly how to treat disabled people, and that this book is only for society’s idiots, then prepare to have your perceptions skewered. This is a book for you, too. For us at Transworld, I’m Only In It For the Parking feels like the right book at the right time – an enlightening and hilarious exploration of disability, with Lee’s brilliant storytelling at its heart. We’re really excited to be working with him."

UK and Commonwealth rights in I’m Only In It For the Parking were acquired from Diana Beaumont at Marjacq Scripts on behalf of Andrew Roach Talent. It will be published in hardback on 18th April 2019.

Transworld wins Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley's first book Transworld wins Britain’s Got Talent winner Lee Ridley's first book

News story posted on 27-07-2018 16:00

BBC Two set to create adaptation of Adam Kay's bestselling novel

BBC Two has announced an adaptation of bestseller This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

Adam Kay, former junior doctor and best-selling author of literary phenomenon 'This Is Going to Hurt' is set to adapt his personal account of life on the wards in a major new eight-part comedy-drama produced by Sister Pictures and commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two.

Kay’s diaries were scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, and tell the unvarnished truth of life as a junior doctor: the 97-hour weeks, the life and death decisions, the constant tsunami of bodily fluids and the fact the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

'This is Going to Hur't is a blisteringly funny, politically enraging and frequently heart-breaking wake-up call to anyone who values the NHS, and a frank and moving love letter to the 1.4 million people working on the front line every day. Set on the labour ward with all its hilarity and heart-lifting highs, but also its gut-wrenching lows, the show delivers a brutally honest depiction of life as a junior doctor on the wards, and the toll the job can take back home.

Adam Kay’s book is the current Sunday Times number one bestseller, a position it has held for over two months. Since publication in September, it has been translated into twenty languages and won numerous awards including Sunday Times Humour Book of the Year. Alongside universal press acclaim, it has been described as ‘Painfully funny’ by Stephen Fry and ‘Heartbreaking and hilarious’ by Charlie Brooker.

Produced by Sister Pictures for BBC Two, the 8x45’ series is adapted by Kay himself.

Creator and Writer Adam Kay says: “Junior doctors tend to have a rather quiet voice compared to the politicians, which is understandable - you don’t have much spare time if you’re working 100 hour weeks. It’s been a huge privilege to have my diaries reach so many readers and it’s been absolutely humbling to see their reaction. I’m beyond delighted to now be able to share my story with a far wider audience and make the viewers of BBC Two laugh, cry and vomit.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, says: “The anarchic, laugh out loud tone of Adam’s memoir masks a frank, insightful and often visceral portrait of a committed young professional struggling to do the job of his dreams. It is a deeply personal but definitive account of the 21st Century NHS and we are thrilled that Adam and the team at Hootenanny and Sister have chosen BBC Two as the place to bring it to screen.”

Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, says: “Adam is an extraordinary talent with a unique story to tell. His memoir This is Going to Hurt leaps off the page with its candour, coruscating wit, intelligence and timeliness. This new series promises scintillating writing about a subject that is at the centre of national life. I am so delighted Adam and Sister Pictures have brought this to BBC Two.

Executive Producer, Naomi de Pear, says: “Hospitals are remarkable places where human beings are seen in all of their glory - where people are their bravest, kindest and sometimes silliest. And the world is envious of our hospitals for a reason, because they represent a system built on the humane belief that people deserve to be treated equally whatever their financial situation, especially in their hour of need. We want this show to be a call to arms.

This Is Going To Hurt is created, written and Executive Produced by Adam Kay of Terrible Productions, and Executive Produced by Naomi De Pear (Flowers, The Bisexual, River) for Sister Pictures and Mona Qureshi for BBC Two. 

Adam has been touring a theatre version of the book nationwide, and performs two shows at the is years Edinburgh Festival Fringe - tickets

BBC Two set to create adaptation of Adam Kay's bestselling novel BBC Two set to create adaptation of Adam Kay's bestselling novel

News story posted on 06-07-2018 12:00

Lost Voice Guy ON TOUR

The Winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s brand new comedy series, Ability, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) is proud to announce his highly anticipated debut UK tour.

“CONSISTENTLY HILARIOUS” Broadway Baby

He may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say, and his comedy will leave you speechless.

SAVAGELY FUNNY…HE’S A BLOODY GOOD COMEDIAN.The Wee Review

Lee is the first stand-up comedian to use a communication aid. He made his first stand-up performance in February 2012 and now gigs all over the country. In 2013 Lee took his first ever solo show to the Edinburgh Fringe and has performed a show there every year since. He has also performed at the Brighton Fringe, Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival, Nottingham Comedy Festival and Liverpool Comedy Festival.

As well as winning Britain’s Got Talent 2018, Lee won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014 and his broadcast credits have included The One Show (BBC One), This Morning, Lorraine (both ITV), Voice Of The People (BBC Three) and BBC At The Edinburgh Festivals (BBC iPlayer).

Lee has performed for a range of charities and organisations including Barclays, Scope and The Royal College of Nurses. He is also a patron of Smile For Life, Find A Voice, Communication Matters and The Sequal Trust.

He has also supported Patrick Kielty and Ross Noble on tour and his Radio 4 sitcom, Ability (starring Lee, and written by Lee and Katherine Jakeways) has just been recommissioned for a second series following the success of the first series which was transmitted earlier this year.

BGT star and Comedian, Jonny Awsum, will support Lee on tour and cannot wait to tour the UK bringing his brand of upbeat musical comedy.

Sign up to Lee's mailing list for exclusive pre-sale access on Monday 2nd July

General onsale is 3rd July

Dates and venues available here

Lost Voice Guy ON TOUR