The Stand - Fringe 07

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4th-26th August
(Not 13th)
START TIME - 17:15
2nd August (19:35)
3rd August (17:00)
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Hotfooting it to The Stand after sell-out performances on Broadway, New York, a much-loved appearance on the Frank Skinner Show and starring alongside Ricky Gervais and Kate Winslet in Extras, Francesca Martinez returns to Edinburgh five years after her last sell-out Fringe-run with a comeback show that's straight from the heart...

After a whirlwind few years of showcasing her multitude of talents everywhere from Trafalgar Square to Dublin Castle, with regular Channel 4 and BBC TV and Radio appearances to boot, Francesca hit burn-out and was forced to sleep. Deeply. Having so much time on her hands, she began to think. Deeply. With no energy left (apart from that required to watch 24 on DVD) she began to appreciate just what a brilliant thing energy is and what a privilege it is to do stand-up. So when her energy returned, she just had to make the most of it and write a show full of everything in this world that she was passionate about. And this is it.

So Martinez jumps in deep and talks about confidence, self-image, designer babies, politics, religion, media, happiness and just what she ended up realising after all that time with herself.

This is chit-chat free comedy for the heart and the head from the woman The Daily Mail dubs 'the perfect stand-up'. There's no banter-based padding here. This Fringe, Francesca presents a brand new hour of taboo-busting comedy. Addressing the world as she sees it, she'll be turning her impish, razor sharp wit on the personal and the political. She certainly feels we are close to achieving true equality in society... 'Well, it's great to finally see some disabled people getting into positions of power- like George W. Bush...'

Francesca is the first disabled performer in the UK to have become one of the top comedians of her generation. Catch her in her most universal, challenging and funny show yet.

Press Quotes

'An electrifying act. Stand-up with extra bite'

'Exceptional wit. Her star quality is breathtaking'
Daily Telegraph

'A challenging and hilarious act. She is intelligent, insightful, immensely likeable and charmingly dangerous'
Sunday Herald



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