Stand Up Tragedy have lined up four shows in London for 2015, plus we’ll be taking the tragedy back up to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. Sprinklings of tragic seasoning will spice up the performance calendar, with Tragic Winter, Tragic Spring, Tragic Summer and Tragic Autumn each exploring a different theme. Three acts of tragedy, one of which will be guest-curated by a favourite performer, culminate in a series of tasty shows that feed your appetite for the terrible and the sublime.
Tragic Spring will sprout on the 25th of April at the Hackney Attic. Spring is a time of change and transition: for new shoots to grow, old shoots must die! We’ll start the night with an act of Tragic Beginnings featuring BBC Poetry Slam Champion, Sophia Walker. Next we’ll have an act of Tragic Bodies, guest hosted by comedian, writer and journalist, Mathilda Gregory. And the night will end (as many nights do) with an act of Tragic Sex: stories about clitoris cults, phone sex and more, featuring award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, Cameryn Moore, who’s stopping off in London as part of her UK tour. At the show’s 10:30pm conclusion, everyone’s invited to join in a cathartic sing-a-long or show off their tragic dancing into the early hours of the morning.
WHERE: Hackney Attic, Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare St, London E8 1HE
WHEN: 7:30pm-late, Saturday 25th April
HOW MUCH: £5 in advance, £7 on the door
Call for Submissions:
Earlier this year we relaunched the SUT blog with an updated look and a new focus. Like its raucous live counterpart, the Stand Up Tragedy blog will be a place find the humour of hurt, the tickle of tragedy and mirth of misfortune. Selected work will posted each Friday beginning 1st August and promoted via the Stand Up Tragedy London monthly events, the podcast and at the Edinburgh Fringe.
What: short stories (fiction and non-fiction), flash fiction, poetry, and experimental form (that can be digitally distributed) that fits with the theme of tragedy. Or tragicomedy. Or comitragedy. Ideal length is 250-1000 words, though shorter pieces, and longer work that can be serialised, will be considered. Editorial support or feedback can be offered to those who request it.
Format: Word doc or docx – double spaced—name and title on every page and paginated, please.
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “SUT Submission” in the subject line.
In the press:
“Laugh? I Nearly Died: The Rise of Stand-Up Tragedy” (Independent, July 2012)
“Stand-Up Tragedy” (London Word, January 2013)
One of the Guardian’s “Ten Great Storytelling Nights” (March 2014)
“Stand-up comedy with Sophocles and Justin Bieber during World Cup football” (John Fleming, June 2014)