Edinburgh Preview: Don’t Be Terrible at Pleasance Courtyard

Don't Be Terrible at Pleasance Courtyard
Don't Be Terrible at Pleasance Courtyard

Don’t be Terrible
Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker One)
31st July – 25th August (not 12th)
23:00 (60 mins)
Book Tickets

Can stand-up save your love life? Self-confessed nice guy Steve thinks so. That’s why he’s asked Alice, an up-and-coming stand-up, how to make people laugh. It’s his last-ditch attempt to distract his girlfriend from the funny guy at work. Unfortunately, misanthrope Alice believes in comedy much more than she believes in love. She is not the guru he was expecting. A comedy about comedy that asks whether nice is ever funny and whether sexy is ever nice.

Don’t be Terrible is a pitch black comedy play written and directed by Ellen Waddell and Oliver Milburn. Following a packed out run on the free fringe in 2018 for which the show received 4 and 5 star reviews, Don’t Be Terrible makes a triumphant return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer – this time at the prestigious Pleasance Courtyard.

Don’t Be Terrible stars Elly Condron (credits include Some Girls (Park Theatre), Macbeth (Rift Theatre, site-specific), Years & Years (BBC1) and named Best Actress at Filmout San Diego for Philippe Audi-Dor’s feature film Wasp) and Daniel Cech-Lucas (credits include Sherlock Holmes – The Final Curtain, David Blair’s feature film Mission of Honor and award winning web series Darren Has a Breakdown)

Ellen Waddell is a writer and comedian who spent most of her twenties being a “rock star” in indie pop band Los Campesinos! Ellen has written and performed two acclaimed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe (It’s Better to Lie Than to Tell The Truth and End up Alone in a Ditch Crying & Jean-Luc Picard & Me) and hosts comedy fan fiction night Dear Harry/Spock. She is a member of the 2018/2019 BAFTA x crew and her short Stages is being streamed on Comedy Central. Ellen’s first feature The Photographic Memory Recalls the Highlights of the Year was supported by The Wellcome Trust Development Awards and last year she wrote the screenplay and accompanying novella for Phillipp Humm’s The Last Faust.

Oliver Milburn is a writer and director in film and theatre. He made a micro-budget feature film aged 23, and has since worked on everything from children’s animation to music videos and commercials. This summer he is shooting his first major feature film as writer/director, School’s Out. In television, Oliver has worked extensively as a 2nd Unit Director and Visual Effects supervisor on shows such as Patrick Melrose, Crazyhead, Beecham House and War of the Worlds.

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