Penny Gaff? Scattered amonst the genteel Music Halls of Victorian London were their bawdy, low-life cousins, the "Penny Gaffs"- rough-house variety shows bringing colourful entertainment to the great unwashed. Which is what we're doing...
Rob Auton - The Hair Show
Award-winning stand-up comedian and poet Rob Auton (Dave’s Funniest Joke Of The Fringe award-winner, Glastonbury’s Poet In Residence) returns with another heart-felt and offbeat comedy/theatre/spoken word show that explores hair and hairs.
Rob casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show for the final time. Join Rob as he explores the importance of appearance and how people react to someone who looks like he has checked out.
For the past six years Rob has used his command of words and distinctive unconventional humour to explore seemingly mundane subjects: sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow. These shows have given rise to a cult status at the Edinburgh Fringe. His unique world view has been acknowledged through being shortlisted for the prestigious Spoken Word Award by the Arts Foundation, receiving a Best Short Film nomination for the The Peamaster, which he co-wrote and starred in, at the Milan Film Festival.
An economic refugee from the Home Counties, stand-up poet, sit-up storyteller and give-up musician Jonny Fluffypunk has been dragging his art around the poetry, comedy and alternative cabaret circuits for over 10 years. A multiple slam champion who hates competition in the arts and an outspoken voice for anarchy, peace and bicycles, Jonny 'does' poetry that deafly fuses bittersweet autobiography, political disillusionment and surreal whimsy in an act which has established him as a firm favourite at festivals, arts centres and housing benefit offices up and down the country.
His slim volume The Sustainable Nihilists' Handbook is published by Burning Eye Books and he has recently premiered his solo show 'Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk- One Man's Struggle with Late-Onset Responsibility' which he intends to tour around the garden sheds, allotments and summer houses of Britain in a blatant championing of homespun DIY culture.
As well as performing, Jonny runs poetry and performance workshops, putting shapes and colours into the minds of the young, and is co-host of the West Country's pop-up poetry gig Hip Yak Poetry Shack.