Tragic Summer: come and fly too close to the sun

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.



The tragic sun will be putting on its hat by the 6th of June when Tragic Summer comes to the Hackney Attic. An evening dedicated to summertimes when the living isn’t easy; when summer lovin’ ends in death; when there’s poison in the last of the summer wine. In the first act, Sajeela Kershi (who recently won the Arts and Culture Award at Asian Women of Achievement 2015), the amazing spoken word artist Bridget Minamore, and the hilarious stand-up comedian Joz Norris share some summer holidays you’re glad not to be going on. Then for Act 2, science writer Alice Bell will guest-host some performers she’s gathered together to talk about climate change. And the final activity of the night will be Tragic Leisure, featuring an unrelaxing mix of true storytelling, comedy and poetry. At 10:30pm, everyone’s invited to join in a cathartic sing-a-long, and if people want to stay, there’ll be tragic dancing into the early hours of the morning.

‘takes in everything from music to comedy and is characterised by an emphasis on truth’ –The Independent

‘an entertaining bunch of melancholic oddballs’ –The London Word

WHAT: Stand Up Tragedy: Tragic Spring

WHERE: Hackney Attic, Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare St, London E8 1HE

WHEN: 7:30pm-late, Saturday 6th June

HOW MUCH: £5 in advance, £7 on the door

Stand Up Tragedy aims to make audiences laugh until they cry and cry until they laugh. It’s a regular live show and podcast where people stand up and tell tragedy. We make you sad; we make you think; we make you smile. Expect music, comedy, fiction, spoken word, true stories and more, all playing up to the tragic form but not always taking it too seriously. The night ends, not with a whimper, not with a bang, but with a cathartic sing-a-long.

At Stand Up Tragedy, we combine established performers like Stewart Lee, Robin Ince, Josie Long, Grace Petrie, Sara Pacoe, Rob Auton and Andy Zaltzman with new and upcoming acts to create long-form evenings of tragic variety. Performers often write new material especially for our nights and relish the opportunity to put a tragic spin on what they do. The nights are recorded and put out as a podcast.

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)

Hear our origin story here:

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