Free Fringe shows in Birmingham

The Birmingham Comedy Festival will feature two shows from the Free Fringe in 2014…

…At Roughly Nine Years And Two Jokes Per Minute Incorporating The Hundred Years War As A Football Match And Of Course Scottish Independence Performed By Paul B. Edwards


An hour of highbrow political comedy.
ThreeWeek’s Editor’s Choice 2013 Award-winner and writer for Have I Got News For You and BBC3 BAFTA-winning series The Revolution Will Be Televised, Kate is an increasingly familiar face after appearing on Question Time in January.
Her new show, as you’d expect, is highbrow, left-wing, feminist, atheist and awesome.
‘The verve with which she articulates her view on our land is monumental … when it comes to political comedy The News At Kate really is the cream of the crop’ –
‘An important and inclusive narrative on our society’ – ScotsGay.
’Comedy that cuts through the crap’ – ThreeWeeks


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Hello and welcome to the website for PBH’s award-winning Free Fringe. Many of your favourite shows from FF2014 are now touring as are many of the fabulous acts who were a part of it. If you’re already thinking about the possibility of being part of the Free Fringe in 2015 then watch this space [also keep developing your show] – we expect to open the application system in early November.


Free Fringe Benefit with Stewart Lee – Bloomsbury Theatre

“Like the forests, the national parks, the NHS, further education and the BBC, the Fringe is a valuable national resource and access to it shouldn’t be entirely dependent on wealth and connections” Stewart Lee
There aren’t many comedians on the circuit who haven’t appeared on a Free Fringe stage at some point. So it comes as no surprise that when the Free Fringe puts on a benefit, they have the cream of the comedy circuit lining up to help out.
Friday 13th June may be unlucky for some but for those with a ticket to the Bloomsbury Theatre it should be quite a night. Stars including Stewart Lee, Pippa Evans and Richard Herring are joining forces to raise funds for the Free Fringe.
They’ll be joined by acts that have made their names at the Fringe including Amused Moose Comedy Award 2012 winner Marcel Lucont, Edinburgh Comedy Awards panel prize winner 2009 Peter Buckley Hill and Three Weeks Editors’ Choice winner 2013 Kate Smurthwaite as well as circuit favourites Addy Van Der Borgh, Alistair Barrie and Nick Doody.
The Free Fringe has been around since 1996 when Buckley Hill protested against extortionate prices being charged to performers with a single free show, in a single venue. Last year it involved hundreds of shows in dozens of venues across a range of genres but all with the same ethos – free to performers to participate and free to audiences to attend. The funds raised from the benefit go to the running costs of the Free Fringe (i.e. chairs, microphones and the cost of publishing the Free Fringe Guide – widely known as the “Wee Blue Book”, invaluable for Fringe-goers).
“Loved the Free Fringe last year – three weeks of playing to discerning (obviously) punters without losing thousands of pounds for the privilege. If this was Trip Advisor I’d frame it and put it on the wall.” Alistair Barrie