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Derry-Londonderry, N.Ireland

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[Alternative Bedtime Stories is] unlike anything I have witnessed before. Mammoth topics such as domestic abuse, rape culture and gender roles were addressed with such bewildering sensitivity and honesty that when I got home, I wondered how I could have laughed hysterically throughout the whole show. Gemma and Sorcha may, indeed, be witches, having created that rarest of things: thought-provoking comedy without a sententious bone in its body. Wonderful.

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Theatre Premier, Waterside Theatre

Absolutely fantastic performance. This show is super funny and brilliantly delivered. Strong and important messages simmering beneath a frothy side-aching comedy, not to mention the acting. I'm super proud to share the city with you and I look forward to seeing you on national tv soon. I loved it!!!!

Audience member

Theatre premier, Waterside Theatre

...bawdy, challenging, funny offering a wry tongue in cheek perspective on the "happily ever after" ideal. 

 

I was reminded of Angela Carters work in that the Makey Uppers have a modern twist on old tales and bring out themes that are so relevant for today. Though it most certainly is not suitable for very young children for a nice cosy goodnight tale; for older children and adults it’s a joyful opportunity to hear tales that lead the audience into a very different sort of quirky magical world.

 

As a storyteller that loves tales that both entertain and teach I came away smiling and delighted I had the good sense to see this production.  The performance was wonderful.

Eamonn keenan, Storyteller

Belfast Comedy Festival 2016

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Hilarious, engaging, empowering, and so much fun; we wanted to jump on stage with you - "fuck the patriarchy!"

Audience member

Edinburgh Fringe, 2017

Both performers gave excellent comedic performances and both also had a real stage presence. They also wrote this clever and darkly humorous show. What talents and so much potential too! 
I thought I would find the Bedtime Stories funny and engaging, which I most certainly did. However, I was surprised at how thought provoking this show was too, dealing with issues such as sexism, gender roles and domestic abuse. Even with that, my face was sore at the end from giggling and belly laughing throughout. You don’t often get to see a show like that, with sometimes silly humour but also a very important message. I look forward to more from this talented pair.
F**K the patriarchy indeed!!!

Audience member

Edinburgh Fringe, 2017

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