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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Isma Almas

Isma Almas - About a Buoy; Adventures in Adoption

About a Buoy; Adventures in Adoption

At The Turret, Gilded Balloon Teviot

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Wed July 31st to Mon August 26th at 2.45pm

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Isma Almas - About a Buoy; Adventures in Adoption

at The Turret, Gilded Balloon Teviot

Wed July 31st to Mon August 26th at 2.45pm

Isma is British multi-culturalism at its best. In 'About a Buoy - Adventures in Adoption’, her preconception-shattering, down to earth and engaging style, explores transracial adoption, gender, religion, sexuality, race, one homophobic Muslim mother and Freddie Mercury.

"A natural at teasing out the underlying humour from real-life stories” – Chortle

 

"One of the most original and charming circuit comedians” – Broadway Baby

 

"A one-woman antidote to Islamophobia” – Leeds Guide

 

"An engaging character that’s mumsy and mischievous at the same time” – The Skinny

 

As well as regular circuit gigs at comedy clubs across the UK, Isma has performed solo shows previously at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, at London’s Barbican Centre for Stonewall, at Bradford’s Literature Festival and on a raucous luxury gay cruise around the Med.

With an academic background in Social Sciences and Social Work, Isma’s career outside of comedy has included working in a forensic unit for those with significant mental health problems, as well as managing independent fostering agencies. Isma has three children of her own, the youngest of whom is adopted.

Prior to taking time out to adopt and raise her son, Isma won The First Laugh at Sheffield Comedy Festival, was a semi-finalist in So You Think You’re Funny, and was a Funny Women finalist.

Isma also co-presented the mid-morning show on BBC Radio Leeds for two years, where she interviewed famous (and some now-infamous) names.

A much-needed voice in comedy today, audiences love Isma’s friendly, Bradford-infused, preconception-shattering style.

"delights in defying expectations.. harsh, funny and rude.. So cheering it should be socially prescribed and available on the NHS" – Culture Vulture
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“wonderfully balanced show of wry reflection, passionate conviction and emotional wallop.. a masterclass in conveying a deeply personal tale with wider social import, while yet retaining an impressive and endearing lightness of touch.. incredibly moving.. Exceptional storytelling” – ★★★★ Fest
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“About A Buoy was compelling, telling, and original.. heartbreakingly beautiful” – ★★★★ Voice Mag
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“Almas is a powerful and empathetic teller of her own truth” – ★★★★ Chortle
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“About a Buoy is an emotional story about the boy that kept her afloat” – Funny Women

 

Isma Almas - About a Buoy; Adventures in Adoption
Isma Almas - About a Buoy; Adventures in Adoption

See the show at:

31 July to 26 August 2019 (no show 12th)
The Turret, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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