Is This
Thing On?

By Zoë Coombs Marr
Directors Kit Brookman & Zoë Coombs Marr

  • Venue Downstairs Theatre
  • Dates 2 Oct – 2 Nov 2014

    Brianna is a stand-up comedian. This is her life: an unfortunate name, a boring childhood, slow self-realisation, a late coming-out. Drink. Standing in smelly rooms with strange men who all tell the same jokes. Vomiting on stage. Carrying on anyway. Is there a reason? Probably not. Just a way of coping with your own mediocrity. Whose life is this anyway?

    Zoë Coombs Marr’s brilliant new play is a portrait of a life in a comedy routine. Well, five overlapping comedy routines, from five Briannas at different ages, performed by five foolhardy actresses. It is funny. And it is not funny. It is about being funny when funny is all you have.

    Is This Thing On? is a kind of Don Quixote for the female comic – a magnificent and stupid quest for one shining moment of specialness which may have already happened.


    By Zoë Coombs Marr
    Directors Kit Brookman & Zoë Coombs Marr
    Set & Costume Designer Ralph Myers
    Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
    Composer & Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
    Stage Manager Mel Dyer


    Madeleine Benson
    Genevieve Giuffre
    Fiona Press
    Susan Prior
    Nat Randall


    Production images by Brett Boardman
    Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman

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