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Catch your bit of Edinburgh Festival magic at Tacchi-Morris

17 August 2016

Missed the world’s biggest arts festival – the mighty  Edinburgh Festival? Fear not you don’t have to be up in Scotland to catch some of the UK’s finest performance artists. This season Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre hosts some of the Fringe’s finest offerings: from comedy to magic, acclaimed drama to cutting-edge puppetry. Here we round up some of the first festival reviews and tell you what you absolutely cannot afford to miss.

If comedy is your thing, we’ve got a boat-load of some of the UK’s funniest. The sensational Pete Firman returns to TMAC and if you missed him the first time please don’t make the same mistake twice.

Star of BBC1’s The Magicians, and billed as “the UK's leading comedy magician” (Time Out), “The new poster-boy for British comedy magic” (Telegraph) and as offering "The best magic tricks in the Universe" (The Independent) Pete Firman hits the road in 2016 with his new show, Trix – fresh from his 10th year at the Edinburgh Festival where he is busy collecting a host of 4 and 5 star reviews. Expect Pete's trademark blend of crowd-pleasing comedy and jaw-dropping magic. Pete comes to TMAC on Saturday 24 September.

Misguided opinions and wild conjecture abound as Ed Gamble, of Peacock and Gamble podcast fame, kicks off his UK tour in Taunton on Friday 16 September. Ed brings his brand new stand-up show: Stampede. The Guardian neatly reviewed Ed’s talents as the “ability to open his mouth and spontaneously say something hilarious”.

Double Sony Award Winner Gary Delaney comes back to TMAC with his new show There’s Something About Gary. A master of one-liners, wit and charm, Gary is currently taking Edinburgh by storm adding more dates to his sold out run. His last tour was extended four times and took in over 200 venues, he’s the premier gagsmith of his generation and, through Twitter, he’s become one of the most followed and quoted comedians in the country. Need we say more? See him at Tacchi-Morris on Saturday 1 October.

And as if that were not enough… The mighty Mark Steel is coming to town! Revolutionary, riotous, revered: Mark is a comedian, broadcaster, newspaper columnist and author. Known for his left-wing beliefs, Mark has made many appearances on radio and television shows as a guest panellist, and has written regular columns in The Guardian and The Independent. He is perhaps best known for presenting The Mark Steel Lectures, The Mark Steel Revolution, The Mark Steel Solution and Mark Steel's in Town. Mark’s new show Who I think I Am comes to Tacchi-Morris on Friday 2nd December.

If you are looking for cutting edge drama then look no further than Smoking Apples, a Cornwall and London based theatre company, who are currently enjoying great success at Edinburgh. Smoking Apples bring their production In Our Hands to Taunton on Tuesday 1 November. Highly acclaimed at the fringe, Smoking Apples blend innovative puppetry, a striking set and an original score to follow the story of Alf, a trawler-fisherman,  as he journeys from the depths of despair to rise again and rescue the life he loves. Smoking Apples are an award winning puppetry and visual theatre company.

Also on the autumn bill is Paines Plough and Pentabus’ celebrated production Every Brilliant Thing. A play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love, based on true and untrue stories. A stand out production at last year’s Edinburgh festival, Jonny Donahoe who plays the lead in this one-man masterpiece was also nominated for Outstanding Solo Performance, New York City's Drama Desk Awards. Fresh from an acclaimed worldwide tour, Every Brilliant Thing stops in Taunton for one night only on Monday 19 September.

As an added incentive to get booking both of these productions – In Our Hands and Every Brilliant Thing – fall under the centre’s new Pay What You Decide Scheme meaning you can book to see the show without handing over a penny – after the production you simply pay what you feel the evening was worth. Tickets are limited – book early to avoid disappointment.