BRIGHTON FRINGE 2022: COMEDY Charmian Hughes: She! The Immortal Horror Queen’s Guide To Life
The Secret Comedy Club at The Artista Café
11th 7 21st May, 2nd June @ 7.30pm
In 1965, as Feminism ‘s second wave lapped at the shores of a fading British Empire, eight-year-old Charmian Hughes (British Comedian of The Year finalist) saw the iconic Hammer Horror film ‘She’, starring Bond Girl Ursula Andress.
The story of a mysterious and murderous queen who has endless beauty, power and immortality but wastes them on some English bloke who could be the reincarnation of her long-lost lover, filled young Charmian with horror. Is that what being any kind of successful woman looked like?
But by the time Charmian was 17, idolising her older glamorous dollybird sister, and desperate for a boyfriend, she was trying those deadly womanly wiles herself. But what makes you a great girlfriend in 1000 years BC makes you a terrible girlfriend in 1973.
Now, all these years later, for Charmian, happily married and a comedian, running into that old boyfriend again unleashes old obsessions, resentments, and jealousies.
As we get older and our future contracts, does the immensity of the past hold answers?
Can an encounter with a Colossal Squid save Charmian from herself?
‘I LOVE Charmian Hughes.’
‘Pick of my fringe.’
Charmian Hughes has been performing stand-up comedy for over three decades, in venues as varied as the Comedy Store, the Glastonbury Festival, the Houses of Parliament and HMP Wormwood Scrubs.
She has taken her comedy to the Dublin Comedy Festival, Scilly Laughs Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and the New Zealand Fringe- where she got stuck in their lockdown in 2020!
Charmian also runs comedy workshops, and this year assisted comedian Angie Belcher in her daring new NHS backed Comedy On Referral project, where comedy is used as therapy. As his former comedy teacher, Charmian also appeared in Micky Flanagan’s TV show Peeping Behind The Curtain.
Charmian has also acted in plays at the Edinburgh Fringe for Comedians Theatre Company and Kazzum Theatre.
Charmian was a finalist in British Comedian of The Year, nominated twice for Buxton Fringe Festival’s Best Comedy Show – including last year with this show. This is her tenth solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe and is directed by Amanda Baker.
‘Irresistible combination of delightful lady comic and legendary, merciless temptress tops my list for Fringe.’
Kate Copstick, Scotsman
‘Best gags of night.’
‘Mad Aunt on Acid.’
New Zealand Herald
‘Funny and Profound.’
New Zealand ‘NZ Stuff’
‘A class above other stand ups not to be missed.’
‘A ferocious superpower lights up show.’
‘Clown Princess lights up show.’
Title: Charmian Hughes: She! Immortal Horror Queen’s Guide To Life
Venue: Secret Comedy Club, Artista Cafe
Dates: 11th May 21st May 2nd June
Duration: 60 minutes