Louise Reay: It’s Only Words – A comedy show in Chinese for people who don’t speak any Chinese at all!
Nowhere Man Cafe
Fri 22nd- Sun 24th May 2015
It’s Only Words is a first for the Brighton Fringe – a comedy show in Chinese for people who don’t speak any Chinese at all!
This unique debut from documentary maker and comedian Louise Reay is based on the idea that only 7% of communication is verbal. It’s Only Words experiments with the remaining 93%. You’ll understand it, but you won’t know why.
Described by Reay as “my first ever show where the audience will literally have no idea what I’m talking about”, It’s Only Words plays with the audience’s preconceptions about humanity and communication through a mix of clowning and stand up. Reay will range over some very familiar territory – family, sex and relationships – in a very unfamiliar language.
“It might sound strange” says Reay, “but people have been performing comedy in this way for centuries. This work is a nod to the medieval tradition of ‘grammelot’ where travelling performers used an expressive physical language to communicate.
Louise Reay has been performing stand-up since age 16 and trained with Jill Edwards (Brighton Komedia) before moving into more physical comedy. She recently worked with Phil Burgers (Doctor Brown), Eric Davis (Red Bastard) and with Gerry Flanagan (who directs It’s Only Words).
Louise read Modern & Classical Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London before working as a documentary maker for the BBC and Channel 4, making programs with Chinese copper cowboys in Africa and illegal Chinese immigrants in the UK. Other credits include the BBC1 Panorama special Don’t Cap My Benefits, the C4 series on immigration, Do You Speak English? And BBC2’s study of inequality, The Super-Rich and Us.
‘Such a natural clown.’ Phil Burgers (aka Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Doctor Brown)
‘A beautiful, Chinese nutty professor’ Entrepreneur and clown, Adam Taffler
Buy tickets here – boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/comedy/9193/louise-reay-it-s-only-words