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KATHARINE FERNS IS IN STITCHES

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Venue:Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 247 4704
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Long Room
AUG 3-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-27 at 13:30 (60 min)
 
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Brutally funny storytelling show from Canadian comedian Katharine Ferns (MTV, ichannel) is a comedic journey about learning to laugh at the visible and invisible scars of surviving mental illness, domestic violence, drug addiction plus some feminism for comic relief. Obviously, the story begins on April 21st, 2016 the day Prince passed away and Katharine ends up in stitches (literally). Come to the show and you’ll end up in stitches too (figuratively).

After the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the show will be part of the Mainstage at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in September. A cross-country Canadian tour of the show is in the works, including performing her show in the small town where the events from her show actually happened.

"The most incredible comedy performance I've ever seen." Phil J.

“Sad, uplifting, courageous, funny, horrific, mind blowing! Unforgettable brilliance!” – Corin J.

“The most important and needed comedy show I've ever seen. Brilliant, hilarious, brave, poignant. I was in stitches the whole time -- crying at times from laughter and at times from the gut wrenching honesty of her confessional storytelling. It was a treat. Not to be missed.” Tara P.

“An incredible story that will make you laugh when you probably want to cry! This woman is amazing!” – Mariana D.

“I was expecting normal stand-up comedy not a deep thought provoking, funny, sad story of courage” Jason S.

“Compelling hour of honest, gutsy and funny stand-up” Andy K.

"Observant and witty, Katharine Ferns is a modern, 21st century woman, who throws herself into life and consequently her jokes." - * * * * The Wee Review

"Salty-sweet, savagely honest, brutally funny." - The Scene Magazine 


2014 Finalist Laughing Horse New Act Competition
2012 Finalist Just for Laughs, Toronto’s Funniest Comedian



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July 14, 2017  North West End
Four Stars - North West End
One of the hardest things in comedy must be to play to an audience that numbers less than a dozen. Sadly, tonight at 53Two Katharine Ferns did just that as she brought he latest show “In Stitches” to the Greater Manchester Fringe. It seems 7pm on a Friday night isn’t the most popular time of the week for comedy, however those who did turn up were treated to one of the most moving, witty and sincere performances of this year’s Fringe.

Ferns describes her show as “a comedic storytelling journey about domestic violence, mental illness with some feminism for comic relief.” The show was changed from its original path on the 21st April 2016 when one of her idols Prince passed away in Carver County, Minneapolis and it now revolves around the domestic abuse she suffered during a relationship and the effects that time has had on her life since then.

Make no mistake, this is a very powerful and emotional story told by Ferns which had me transfixed from the moment she walked on stage, for me the fact the audience was so small seemed to make this all the more personal. Countless women everyday are subjected to abuse in relationships and with many staying silent out of fear and ‘love’ for their partners it is rare to hear first-hand recollections of such despicable acts.

The ability to turn moments of absolute fear and subsequent pain into comedy gains my total respect and Ferns does this superbly. Brutally honest from the start this show just goes to prove you can make comedy out of tragedy. There are some wonderful one-line jokes throughout this 1 hour performance, many when you’d least expect them, and there is a small section on kittens to lighten the evening’s proceedings.

Ferns is a mistress of her art and someone I will be making a point of seeing again when she next returns to Manchester. At the end of the show you just want to approach her in the bar and give her a big hug such is the impact she has with her story telling. I urge anyone in town on Sunday to catch this show as it is repeated at 53Two at 7pm.

Reviewer: Paul Downham

Reviewed: 14th July 2017

North West End Rating: ★★★★ Click Here

February 11, 2017 ULTRA_FOX
Katharine Ferns - In Stitches - at the Regent Club, Leicester
But while we had been warned in advance not to expect an hour of bland unthreatening one-liners, Katharine Ferns delivers an extraordinary, challenging performance which is well received both by her devoted fan base and those previously unfamiliar with her work.

Currently based in the Chorlton district of Manchester - a former haunt and dwelling-place of Morrissey - this engaging, gregarious and surprisingly cheerful Canadian has the gift of conjuring humour from the bleakest and unlikeliest of scenarios. Such a talent, of course, is not unlike that exhibited by the Smiths themselves in their prime a generation ago.

Although - as some of us know only too well - Ferns is by no means the first person on the planet to suffer poor health from embarking upon unsuitable relationships, she possesses immense fortitude in being able to relate the most intimate (and sometimes harrowing) details to a predominantly male group of strangers.

Her capacity to endure, and survive, such physical, mental and emotional onslaughts - which sadly, as she reminds us, is a journey too many women in Canada, the UK and elsewhere are unable to complete - represents a triumph of the human spirit which deserves to be honoured and celebrated.

Given the global acclaim afforded to the aforementioned St Claudio for his exploits in the past year, it is therefore entirely fitting that Ferns should have chosen Leicester as a venue to tell her tale.

The least that the community can do in return is to ensure that it - and indeed, Ferns herself, - is heard by as wide an audience as possible. Click Here

February 11, 2017 ULTRA_FOX
Katharine Ferns - In Stitches - at the Regent Club, Leicester
But while we had been warned in advance not to expect an hour of bland unthreatening one-liners, Katharine Ferns delivers an extraordinary, challenging performance which is well received both by her devoted fan base and those previously unfamiliar with her work.

Currently based in the Chorlton district of Manchester - a former haunt and dwelling-place of Morrissey - this engaging, gregarious and surprisingly cheerful Canadian has the gift of conjuring humour from the bleakest and unlikeliest of scenarios. Such a talent, of course, is not unlike that exhibited by the Smiths themselves in their prime a generation ago.

Although - as some of us know only too well - Ferns is by no means the first person on the planet to suffer poor health from embarking upon unsuitable relationships, she possesses immense fortitude in being able to relate the most intimate (and sometimes harrowing) details to a predominantly male group of strangers.

Her capacity to endure, and survive, such physical, mental and emotional onslaughts - which sadly, as she reminds us, is a journey too many women in Canada, the UK and elsewhere are unable to complete - represents a triumph of the human spirit which deserves to be honoured and celebrated.

Given the global acclaim afforded to the aforementioned St Claudio for his exploits in the past year, it is therefore entirely fitting that Ferns should have chosen Leicester as a venue to tell her tale.

The least that the community can do in return is to ensure that it - and indeed, Ferns herself, - is heard by as wide an audience as possible. Click Here

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