Performances from Edinburgh Festival Fringe broadcast in Basingstoke’s Odeon

The Hibrow Comedy Hour

The Hibrow Comedy Hour

First published in Leisure News

PERFORMANCES from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe are being broadcast in Basingstoke’s Odeon.

Hibrow Hour, supported by Arts Council England, is a series of daily performances at Edinburgh’s fêted Summerhall venue, throughout this year’s Fringe.

Eight of these new shows, spanning theatre, comedy, opera and visual art, have been specially designed to be transmitted via satellite to selected ODEON cinemas across the country, including the Basingstoke branch in the leisure park.

The final three broadcasts will take place on August 18, 20 and 21.

Each 90 minute programme will also include exclusive coverage of the Festival at large in a specially produced featurette.

On Monday, August 18, Sleight & Hand, the debut full-length play written by award winning playwright Chris Bush and directed by Marieke Audsley, tells the tale of an illusionist and a pickpocket who form an unlikely crime-fighting duo in Victorian London.

Audsley studied at the University of Cambridge before training as a director at Birkbeck College and then assistant directing at The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Crucible.

This will be followed on Wednesday, August 20, by the final Hibrow Comedy Hour performance which sees winner of the Spirit of the Fringe and Three Weeks Editor Awards, Sarah-Louise Young, returning for an evening of brilliant character comedy and glittering original songs. 

She'll introduce desperate divas from around the globe, from tortured French chanteuse La Poule Plombée to washed up lounge crooner Bernie St Clair.

Finally, in a spectacular finale on Thursday, August 21, Hibrow will present an outrageous operatic satire from the wickedly funny imagination of renowned artist and film-maker Alison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain.

These screenings offer the first opportunity to combine the thrill of artistic discovery that only the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can offer with the unparalleled pleasure of a trip to the cinema.

Broadcasts start at 6.30pm. Full details are online at odeon.co.uk or call 0871 2244007.

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