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Clutching at Straws and Fitchew & Friends

Fri 10 Jul 2009

Out of character

Two Edinburgh Fringe comedians will be giving audiences a sneak preview of their shows at the cornerHOUSE in July.

Sian Hutchinson and fellow comedian Chris Fitchew will be giving an audience at the arts centre in Douglas Road, Tolworth, a taste of what others can expect at the world renowned festival in August.

Sian, who has regularly appeared on stage at cH either in its annual pantomime, or in other shows since the arts centre opened in the early 1990s, both wrote and performs in Clutching at Straws. It is a comedy about a young American woman’s hilarious observations on her British counterparts at work and play – thoughts and reactions which also naturally reflect upon her ludicrous self.

This quick-fire, one-woman show, which sees Sian slipping effortlessly from one accent into another, and one character into another, received rave reviews at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden when it was performed there late last year.

The graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, who has performed at the Old Vic, the Young Vic and Hampstead theatre, to name but a few, said: “It’s a comedy sketch show with boobs as well as balls!

“This is a fundraiser to help us go to the Edinburgh Festival. It is a very exciting but expensive experience and we both would appreciate your support. There will also be a raffle where great prizes can be won.”

Appearing with Sian on the same bill is Chris Fitchew, who will be giving the audience a taster of his one-man show Fitchew & Friends in which he plays a number of characters who appear in his show about different comic disciplines from sitcom, stand-up, a play, sketches and a comedy song.

The evening is not suitable for under 12s as there is strong language.

Sian will be appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe at Bannermans at 212 Cowgate from August 8-18 at 3pm, and Chris will be appearing at the same venue from August 19-29 also at 3pm.