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The Needle and the Damage Done

Grab a drink, a bite to eat then make your selection from the menu of hilarious international comedies.  On offer is a feast of ‘laugh-out-loud funny’ (Three Weeks) plays performed around you as you dine. 

 

After an interactive comedy warm-up by the performers, the audience can vote for a total of five ‘Bite-Size plays’, from the show menu (a total of eight plays to choose from).  With each play only 8–15 minutes long, there’s no chance you’ll get bored with the plot-lines!

 

This exciting new entertaining way of dining and socialising with friends is the joint brain-child of Australian based Interactive Theatre International (the people behind “Faulty Towers The Dining Experience” – ‘a fringe legend’ The Skinny, Edinburgh), and the award-winning ‘Bite-Size Plays’ team (presenters of “The Big Bite-Size Breakfast” – ‘a fringe institution’

Fringe Guru, Brighton) from the UK.

 

P.S.:  This is not sketch or stand-up comedy, these are comedy plays …

P.P.S.:  Some plays contain swearing and sexual references …

 

And here's what the reviewers say ...

 

ADELAIDE FRINGE 2014

 

Top Thirty Recommended Shows, no.3

‘Highly recommended’

‘…the perfect picking platter… nothing short of mesmerising, compelling and memorable plays brought to life by an assortment of talented actors.’  (FringeReview)

 

‘a very good cast’ (The Advertiser)

 

Six of the best from Fringe feast - no. 1 - a combustible evening of digestible international theatre’

(Sunday Mail)

 

FRINGEWORLD 2014

 

‘A fine example of degustation theatre. If you weren't enjoying the current play it didn't matter because there was another served in ten minutes.’  (The West Australian)

 

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2013

 

'A sure-fire pick-me-up' (★★★★★ Whatsonstage)

 

'One of the most important shows you’ll see at the Fringe.' (★★★★★ Daily Record UK)

 

'It is rare to see a show that has an almost universal appeal' (★★★★★ Latest Magazine)

 

‘Everything well paced, brilliantly acted, and timed for maximum impact in 600 seconds or less’

(★★★★ Edinburgh Guide)

 

‘Go see this show, it’s amazing!’  (★★★★★ FringeReview)

 

‘Funny and satisfying’ (★★★★★ Love Fringe)


The Plays and Playwrights ...  
   

The Needle and the Damage Done by Angus Brown

A ‘good’ husband has a burning passion – that he must keep hidden from his devoted wife.

 

Angus Brown

…as an actor Angus Brown has been performing in and around Melbourne’s theatres for over a decade now. He was also the host of the live to air music show 1700 on the Channel 31 network for two years.  Aside from his acting and presenting work Angus is also an accomplished stand-up comic. Appearing in clubs all around Australia alongside the country’s top talent. In addition to this he also has two one hour shows under his belt. As a writer Angus has produced work for both stage and screen.

   

Hitched by Lindsay Williams

A wedding night to be treasured, notwithstanding the amount of alcohol consumed. Passion is hitting the 10-mark until something gets in the way and the bride’s overly helpful parents get involved...

 

Lindsay Williams

…is a BAFTA nominated UK television and theatre writer. She has written over eighty episodes of prime time UK television. Her television credits include Emmerdale and East Enders. She has also written for radio and her first Afternoon Drama ‘A Little bit of Latitude’ was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2012. She also writes regularly for the stage and is a big fan of the short format. She is part of JB Shorts Theatre Company who produce an award winning short play festival in Manchester twice yearly and has written short plays about diverse subjects ranging from earthquakes, to Iranian nuclear politics, to Lady Gaga, and of course wedding dresses. Lindsay is delighted to be part of Bite Size Comedies and love what they’ve done with the play.

   

Radio Foreplay by Lucy Kaufman

A patient BBC Radio 4 producer tries to maintain the artistic integrity of a writer’s work, while wrestling to sanitise some of the language for his traditional audience, with some hilarious side effects. 

 

Lucy Kaufman

…studied Film & Literature at the University of Warwick. In the last few years, 15 of her short plays have been performed in 22 venues around the UK and Australia. In 2012 her four 1940s-inspired plays formed one of the Big Bite-Size Breakfast menus at the Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh. Her first short story 'Pianoforte' recently won a national short story competition and was published in 'Toast', an anthology of contemporary writing. Lucy's debut full-length play 'Chasing Rainbows' is currently in development in London.

   

InSex by Jeffrey Neuman

A stickly couple's post-coital pleasure is soon punctured when the poor old male discovers what comes next.

 

Jeffrey Neuman

…is a Denver-based playwright whose work has appeared at theaters and festivals across the United States and United Kingdom. His award-winning plays have been recognized by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Emerging Artists Theatre Company and the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, among others. His first publication, Modern Goddesses: Two Short Plays of Mythic Proportions, is available for licensing through JAC Publishing and Promotions. Information about all his writing and professional activities can be found at www.theaterbyjeff.com.

   

VD by Pete Malicki

Sophie has spent 10 years alone on Valentine’s Day – until this year. A mysterious stranger now promises to liberate her from her cats, sofa and ice cream.

 

Pete Malicki

… is an author, award-winning playwright, arts administrator, editor, publisher and writing teacher. He's had over 150 productions of 40 different plays in a dozen countries! Eight of his plays have won a total of 14 awards between them at nationwide/international events. His first published novel, Eyes and Knives, was named “Book Of The Week” upon its release in a major Sydney bookstore. Pete has had six print publications and is currently in discussions with a play publisher for a book of monologues geared towards high school drama students.

   

Transactions by Scott McAteer

A client hires a prostitute for ten minutes for a most unusual fantasy.

 

Scott Mcateer

…studied Performing Arts at the University of Tasmania and continued his writing studies at Swinburne and VUT.  His plays have been performed in Launceston, Brighton (England), Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart; and touch upon such issues as depression, schizophrenia, family, gender roles, social isolation, masculine identity, terrorism, and turtles.  Scott appeared in Melbourne International Comedy Festival as part of the Baby Seals in 2009 and 2010; and currently performs improvised comedy with The Big HOO-HAA! And The Improv Conspiracy.

   

The Interpreter by Jonathan Kaufman

Missiles fly when a heavyweight Luketian ambassador meets a younger US ambassador on his first assignment in office.

 

Jonathan Kaufman

…is a UK playwright, director, producer and actor. Trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College, he was previously Artistic Director of the Colour House Theatre, Colliers Wood and Associate Director of the Brockley Jack. He founded Spontaneous Productions, a Sydenham-based theatre company dedicated to creating innovative theatre in unexpected places. In 2008 Jonathan was appointed as Director of Sydenham Arts Festival. He has to date 66 professional fringe theatre productions to his credit. He has directed and co-written 17 original children's musicals, as well as several shows for grown-ups. Between them the Brothers Kaufman, and sister Lucy Kaufman, have written more than 400 short plays, many of which have been performed by Bite-Size.

   

Tell Someone Who Cares by Sara Browne

Two office girls meet for coffee with inner voices in tow – it’s sooo much better just being superficial!

 

Sara Browne

…has lived in Sydney and worked as an actor, singer, songwriter, fairy, train driver, drama teacher and retail sales assistant. In 1999 she played the lead role in the independent hit feature film ‘Occasional Coarse Language’ and has appeared in numerous theatrical productions on many of Sydney’s favourite stages.  She has toured both Australia and overseas with theatre in education companies, dabbled in standup comedy and is an established songwriter having performed countless solo vocal/guitar gigs.


The Actors ...  
   

Annie Jackson - Actor

Annie graduated in 2010 and since then has worked extensively in both theatre and film.  Her theatre credits include 33% festival at Oval House, 'The quest' with New Vic Productions, 'The New World Order' for Hydrocracker and the lead role of Rose in a live radio production of 'Brighton Rock'.  Her production and stage management credits include 'Lean' at the Tristan Bates Theatre and 'Cranford' at The Old Market for which she was nominated and shortlisted for a National Stage Managers Award.  She is experienced in teaching drama to children and young people and has also used drama to work with young offenders.  She recently travelled to Ecuador to build and establish a brand new theatre for the community of a small town called Baños.

Annie Jackson
   

Bill Knowelden - Actor

Bill's love of theatre and comedy was recognised at a young age when he was awarded the prestigious 'Camp Comedian' prize by his local Scout troupe.  He honed his craft at the drama societies of both Cambridge and Sussex Universities, tackling some of the greats along the way - such as the part of Roma in Bertolt Brecht's 'The Resistable Rise of Artruro Ui', Garcin in 'Huis Clos' by Jean Paul Sartre and the title role in The Scottish Play.  Since then he has received critical acclaim in his home town of Brighton where his Othello (which he performed and co-directed) was nominated for a new-comers' award in the Fringe Festival 2006 and he directed a sell-out run of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane in 2007.  He has also written for the stage and had his work performed on several occasions.

   

Rebecca Norris - Actor

Rebecca trained at the Academy of Creative Training.  Previous roles have included Mary in 'Cranford' (Old Market), The principle in 'Baby With The Bath Water' (Jermyn Street Theatre, London) and Mary in a radio adaptation of 'Caught in the Net'. Since graduating in July 2012 Rebecca has joined the cast of the satirical comedy sketch show 'The Treason Show', debuting in November 2012.
   

David Tremaine - Actor

David studied Drama, Film and Theatre Studies at Roehampton Institute London and later trained at the Academy of Creative Training in Brighton.  His previous credits include Rosencrantz in the 2007 Argus Angel Award winning production of 'Hamlet', Lenny in Harold Pinter's 'The Homecoming', Trofimov in 'The Cherry Orchard', the title role of Patrick Marber's 'Don Juan In Soho', as well as recent work for Bite-Size Plays at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon.  He also appeared in the highly successful British feature film 'White Collar Hooligan', released in 2012.  David is also a regular cast member of long-running satirical sketch show 'The Treason Show', including a sell-out run of 'Hanover the Musical' for the 2012 and 2013 Brighton Fringe Festivals.

 

   

Nick Brice - Director

Founder of ‘Bite-Size Plays’ and since 2004 creating short radio plays, sketches and immersive theatre experiences - for entertainment and as part of innovative interactive training programmes in brand/customer experience, change management, leadership and personal effectiveness.

 

Nick’s work as a director has seen him create a range of 5 star, sell-out, press acclaimed, award nominated/winning work from 2006 through to today at Brighton, Edinburgh, London’s West End, Adelaide and Pori in Finland – including 'The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show' (Latest Magazine Award for Best Theatre Performance 2013, shortlisting for ‘Best of Edinburgh Award’), 'The Bite-Size Lunch Hour' (Brighton Festival Angel for Artistic Excellence, 'The Bite-Size Banquet', 'The Bite-Size Matinee', 'Funny as a Crutch and...' (a show performed by and focussing on the issues for people living with physical/mental challenges), 'Here Comes The Bride' – an immersive musical theatre comedy about a wedding set...in a wedding (Fringe Guru Editor’s Award, Fringe Review ‘Outstanding Theatre’ award, Brighton Festival Angel), 'Family Creatures' and a series of 'Bite-Size Plays' for national UK satellite TV.

Nick Brice - Director


'A tried and tested recipe; breakfast is rarely this exciting.'

★★★★★

EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013

 

Directed by Nick Brice

 

 

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Available to tour

July - September 2014


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