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Pleasance Theatre - Spring 2013

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE PLEASANCE Theatre has announced its programme for Spring 2013 and it includes ‘an assortment of inspired collaborations, new writing, a glitzy sketch comedy extravaganza, a bizarre and enduring charity gig, as well as fresh work-in-progress shows from new and established comics alike’.

Presenting work-in-progress shows are the ingenious Adam Hills (March 16 and 17); critically acclaimed Tom Craine (March 25); and newcomer Adam Drake with No One Man, No Cry (A one man comedy) (February 11).

Reliving successes of their sell-out 2012 Edinburgh shows are Jim Campbell with Nine-Year-Old Man; and Jay Foreman’s Mixtape (both February 20 and 21).

Pleasance London is launching a new monthly residency, Adam Kay and Enemies hosted by Amateur Transplants front man Adam Kay (“this made me very, very happy” – Stephen Fry), complete with uniquely depraved pop music re-imaginings and special guests.

The Pleasance is also welcoming skit-heavy spectacular The Joy of Sketch (February 12) which includes British Comedy Award-winners and two time Broadcast Award-winners 2013, Cardinal Burns, notorious improv duo The Pajama Men, plus from BBC Three’s Live at the Electric, sketch favourites Jigsaw.

To mark the 25th Anniversary of Red Nose Day, The Pleasance will be supporting Mark Watson as he attempts another legendary endurance show: Mark Watson’s 25 Hour Interactive Comedy Fundraising Extravaganza for Red Nose Day (February 28) – one hour dedicated to each of Red Nose Day’s 25 years.

Fellow comedians and celebrity guests are expected to drop in with the bulk being improvised by Watson, who will only leave the stage for toilet breaks. 100% of the money raised by tickets and fundraising during the event will go to Comic Relief.

An exciting array of new writing at Pleasance London begins with debut performance of Don’t You Know Who I am? (February 13 to 17) written and performed by broadcaster Yasmeen Khan (Radio 4) and lead-singer of chart-topping band The Hoosiers, Irwin Sparkes. This unique collaboration draws on their collective experiences to pose the question: in the fame game who really has the power, the star or the fans?

Following their hugely successful November show, Little Bear are back reviving farcical theatre in the ‘achingly funny’ scratch night, Laugh Your Farce Off (February 17) hosted by irrepressible comedy duo Robin & Partridge.

Comedy satire Coalition (February 19 to March 10) also returns to Pleasance London after a successful run last August at Pleasance Edinburgh. Written by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, Coalition boasts myriad talent including Thom Tuck (Fosters Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award Nominee 2011), Phill Jupitus (Never Mind the Buzzcocks) and Jo Caulfield (Have I Got News For You).

Edinburgh 2013 preparations have begun for inspired theatre company Les Enfants Terrible with the 2013 Les Enfants Terribles Award (February 15). The evening sees ten emerging companies showcase their work in a bid to gain a prime slot at Pleasance Edinburgh at this year’s fringe festival.

Heavily anticipated is Philip Ridley’s shocking play Vincent River (February 26 to March 24). Produced by Restock Theatre company, this candid look at self-deception’s power to destroy is sure to provoke audiences.

For more information visit www.pleasance.co.uk/islington.