Whether they’re busting taboos, breaking down awkward barriers around discussing disability or here to offer up unbridled talent – there is a remarkable roster of disabled-led and disability-focused talent landing at EdFringe next month. Take a look at our line up of performers offering up new, intriguing and exciting perspectives on disabled experiences – everything from body image cabaret to identity politics satire.
Identity Politics Satirised – It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure
We first sat down to chat with FlawBored, the company behind hysterical 5-star satire It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure, ahead of their run at VAULT Festival in London earlier this year. Having originated from the idea “What if two blind people started an Onlyfans account?”. the show’s premise now asks “What if disabled people were out to make as much money as possible from the guilt of non-disabled, anxious people (like you)?”. With rave reviews from its’ London run, we’re endlessly excited to see how Flawbored do on a Fringe stage.
Binge Fringe is looking forward to… red hot wit and smart absurdity.
It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure – Underbelly Bristo Square (Friesian), Aug 2-13, 15-20 & 22-27 (14:20). Tickets are available through the EdFringe Box Office.
Family Secrets Unravel Blistering Truth – Self-Raising
Jenny Sealey has spent her career platforming the stories of Deaf and disabled artists, and now takes to the stage with the backing of Theatr Iolo and Soho Theatre to tell her own tale. Discovering the truth about her family a few years ago, Jenny was sent into tailspin as she realised her life, and those of her siblings, could have been so very different. The secret? Well, it’s being tightly kept. A reflective, funny and intriguing look into family life which promises to “break your heart and put it back together again”.
Binge Fringe is looking forward to… heartfelt storytelling with intrigue.
Self-Raising – Pleasance Dome – Queen Dome. Aug 2-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 (12:30). Tickets available through the EdFringe Box Office.
Body Image, Heavy Metal, and Cake – Lizzie Lenco: Full Frontal Lobe
An honest look at coming to terms with disability, Self-proclaimed Visually Impaired Goth Lizzy Lenco arrives with a cabaret-style performance combining comedy, music and audience participation in handling topics like body image and disability, as well as (of course) heavy metal and cake. Lizzy’s ethos is to poke fun at the way people react to those with disabilities while recognising that nobody has the perfect body.
Binge Fringe is looking forward to… ‘mosh pit energy’.
Lizzy Lenco: Full Frontal Lobe – Laughing Horse @ Eastside – The Karaoke Room, Aug 20-27 (15:45). Tickets available through the EdFringe Box Office.
Explore the Disability-Queerness Intersection – Fat, Femme and Crippled
Comedian Alex Gibbon explores what it is like to be a non-verbal, physically impaired queer person in Fat, Femme and Crippled. Exploring the intersection between disability and queerness, Alex promises to ‘drive their mobility scooter’ right across it. They aim to captivate and titillate in showing that disabled people are just as filthy and capable of making the same bad life choices as everyone else.
Binge Fringe is looking forward to... unique perspective and salacious life stories.
Fat, Femme and Crippled – Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, Aug 10-15 (15:00). Tickets available through the EdFringe Box Office.
Understand an Invisible Disability – Awake and Narcoleptic
Host of podcast ‘Sleeping with Sarah’ Sarah Albritton arrives at EdFringe to offer up her “raw, funny and poignant” journey of self-discovery, covering everything from hypnagogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and falling asleep at the worst moments. Sarah aims to shed a light on the challenges of living with a misunderstood disorder which is an invisible disability. As she puts it, “Don’t sleep on this!”.
Binge Fringe is looking forward to… new perspectives on a much misunderstood disability.
Awake and Narcoleptic with Sarah Albritton – TheSpace @ Niddry St (Studio), Aug 4-12 (14:05), TheSpace on The Mile, Aug 14-19 (22:15), & TheSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Haldane Theatre), Aug 21-26 (21:40). Tickets available through the EdFringe Box Office.