Uniquely funny comedy at Embrace Arts

Posted by pt91 at Feb 14, 2013 12:50 PM |
University's arts centre presents exceptional comedy created and performed by leading artists with disabilities

Issued by Embrace Arts on 8 February 2013

Embrace Arts is hosting a programme of comedy from a unique perspective this February as part of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival.  The University of Leicester’s inclusive arts centre, Embrace Arts is delighted to present exceptional comedy created and performed by leading artists with disabilities.  

Abnormally Funny People features a group of gifted stand-up comedians and all but one have disabilities.  Some sit down and stand-up, others stand on chairs and stand-up, others simply stand up and stand-up.  Don Biswas draws on his Aspergers and Asian background while MC Liz Carr, star of BBC’s Silent Witness, talks frankly with inherent comedy about life as a disabled person.  Abnormally Funny People is at Embrace Arts on Saturday 9 February at 8pm.  Tickets cost £8, £12 or £5 for NUS extra card holders.  The show is suitable for ages sixteen plus.

In The Short and the Long of It newlyweds Kiruna Stamell and Gareth Berliner take us on a raucous romp of rudeness and hilarity that challenges assumptions we all make.  Gareth is a stand-up comedian and Kiruna is a comedy actress best known for roles in programmes such as Life’s Too Short and a recent unforgettable audition on Sky’s Got to Dance 4. This new romantic comedy gives hope in an age of body fascism, where myths and Hollywood lead us to believe love is only for the traditionally beautiful.  The Short and Long of It is at Embrace Arts on Saturday 16 February at 8.30pm.  Tickets cost £8, £10 or £5 for NUS extra card holders.  The show is suitable for ages 16 plus.

Laurence Clark returns to Embrace Arts with his show Inspired, a show first brought to the venue as a work in progress last June which has since received rave-reviews and awards. In this show Laurence Clark turns the concept of what it means to be ‘inspirational’ on its head, focusing on achievements and accomplishments to reclaim the word ‘inspiring’. Expect absurd logic, death-defying stunts and more, covering topics from mountain climbing to bungee jumping, via the man with the world's longest ear-hair.  Runner-up in the Amused Moose Comedy Awards for best show, Inspired can now be enjoyed at Embrace Arts in its post-Edinburgh Fringe glory. Inspired is at Embrace Arts on Sunday 24 February at 8pm.  Tickets cost £7, £9 or £5 for NUS extra card holders.  The show is suitable for ages 14 plus.

Embrace Arts is proud to host a free discussion seminar exploring what disability awareness means for the comedy industry.  Funny Bones will take place on Sunday 10 February at 2pm, a discussion around the huge increase in the profile of disability and the experiences and aspirations of comedians and audiences.  

There are shows for everyone at Embrace Arts during Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, with a line-up which also includes a range of comedy with a difference as well as family friendly fun. 

For more information and to book, please visit www.embracearts.co.uk, call 0116 252 2455 or email arts-centre@le.ac.uk.  For regular updates find Embrace Arts on Facebook and Twitter.  Embrace Arts is located at the Richard Attenborough centre on Lancaster Road near the fire station (LE1 7HA).

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For more press information please call Francesca Wright on 07926 359546 or email francescawright1@gmail.com.

Notes to Editors:

Embrace Arts

As the University of Leicester’s arts centre, Embrace Arts offers opportunities to everyone to participate without barriers in ways that challenge and inspire. Its welcoming 120-seater performance area, dance and art studios, gallery and bright foyer space enable people to engage with the arts as audiences, performers and learners. 

Purpose-built to provide inclusive access to all, Embrace Arts provides a focal point for cultural life on campus and in the wider community. It is currently fundraising to match a £900,000 capital grant from Arts Council England to extend its existing gallery space for the display and interpretation of contemporary visual art and increase access for disabled people.

More information is available at www.embracearts.co.uk

Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA. Box office: 0116 252 2455; e-mail: arts-centre@le.ac.uk.

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