Shake off the tension of modern life with some well-pitched comedy this month as That Sketch Show returns to Chorlton’s The Edge Theatre.

It’s a superb satirical showcase drawn from the best open submissions, and because each sketch is created by a different writer—from right across the country and all stages of creative journeys—it incorporates comedy in every shape and form: from one-liners to full-on musical turns.

The brief is “topical”, and frankly there’s no shortage of news to go at right now. In many ways, that goes right to the heart of satirical comedy’s raison d’etre; the form has always provided a unique way to ruminate the roughest of headline news with a wry smile.

If The Edge isn’t on your radar yet, this is a great show to start that relationship off with. A registered charity, its whole purpose is to lift others up—working with vulnerable adults and young people, and using high-quality theatre and arts to transform lives.

That Sketch Show is part of a pretty packed March for the venue. You can catch the return of actor Caroline Burns Cooke in the third part of her stage show about sitcom star Yootha Joyce, Testament of Yootha (Thu 10 Mar, 7.30pm, £13-£15, 12+), and on Fri Mar 11 there are two gigs to choose from: Katie Mulgrew returns with her Mum’s The Word Comedy Club for mums and babies (1pm, £10-£12, under 18-months free) and Paper Mug Theatre presents its play about the challenges of modern coupling, A Partnership (7.30pm, £13-£15 16+).

Manchester Active Youth Theatre have a three-night run of The Tempest (24-26 Mar, 7:30pm + Sat matinee 2pm, £10-£12, 12+), and then actor/comedian John Thomson rounds off the month as guest presenter at a fundraising Celebrity Pop Quiz (Thu 31 Mar £15, 7pm, 16+).

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Thu 17 Mar - Sat 19 Mar, The Edge Theatre,
Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9JG
Sarah Walters
Published on:
Tue 1 Mar 2022