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The Unfortunate Bisexual

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Tonight Cerys Bradley and I are taking a brand new work in progress show to the Harrison in Kings Cross.

We’ll be trying out new ideas in what is hopefully going to be a barnstorming Edinburgh show once we’ve tried it out a few times and knocked all the edges off the thing.

What does it mean to be bisexual? No, actually, what does it mean? Are we doing it right? How can you tell?

Join comedians Rachel Wheeley and Cerys Bradley for a night of comedy as confusing as coming out and as ridiculous as trying to explain the in’s and out’s of attraction to everyone you meet. They will each tell you their remarkably different experiences of being bisexual in this work in progress show that definitely wasn’t conceived in a desperate bid to validate either of their sexualities. There will be jokes, there will be tangents, there will be graphs, and more, because why have one thing when you can have many?

If you wanted tickets to this but missed out, check out our second work in progress show at Angel comedy in January.

‘The Evolution of Truth’ at the Royal Institution

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I chaired a couple of talks at the Royal Institution at the beginning of the month, with Evan Davis and Richard Byrne.

Here is a somewhat upside-down action shot taken from the balcony, of the three of us during the Q&A at the end of the session.

Both talks were a fascinating insight into deception. First of all Richard Byrne spoke about primates and whether they have any understanding of the deception they sometimes practice, and then Evan spoke about bullshit, what it is, and why it’s suddenly an important force in global politics.

There was a lively Q&A afterwards with lots of people interested to know what we can do about the post-truth reality we now seem to live in.

History Showoff at Fulham Palace

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I hosted a couple of History Showoff gigs at Fulham Palace last week. This was a really lovely event in an historic palace which reminded me of the architecture of Eton, where I grew up.

We had a couple of speakers per show, talking about Tudor superstitions, a Victorian forgery of a Tudor merchant’s diary and an Anne Boleyn tattoo, amongst other things. And then we retired to the bar to get hammered on mead. It was fab.

Thanks to Peter Hose for the photo and Steve Cross for the gig.

Gigs in October/November

Hosting a couple of History Show-off shows on Friday 26th October: http://www.fulhampalace.org/events/museums-night-tudor-treasure-hunt/

History of science show, Dead Talks, will be in Brighton on the 27th.
http://www.brightonscience.com/events/dead-talks

November 1st I’ll be at the Freedom Fridge in Kentish Town

November 3rd at the glorious Angel Comedy in Islington

Chairing ‘The Evolution of Truth’ at the RI on Nov 8th with Evan Davis and Richard Byrne:
http://www.rigb.org/whats-on/events-2018/november/patrons-present-the-evolution-of-truth

November 15th is the second show back with Nicola Houghton at the Wheatsheaf in Tooting Bec. Jason Patterson, Saskia Preston and William Stone. Tickets here.

November 28th I’m taking a work in progress version of my new show ‘The unfortunate bisexual*‘ to the Harrison in Kings Cross with the fantastically funny Cerys Bradley.

November 29th I’ll be doing a show called London vs Home where I’ll be explaining why and how Eton is different from South London.

Do come and say hi.

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New School

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Shout out to all the Mums and Dads who’ve just dropped the kids off after a long summer break.

We made it.

This was my first summer holiday as a full time Mum. It was hard work. I survived due to a week off in Edinburgh and brandy the super human abilities of Him Indoors, a real life grown up.

The kids have started a new school and as you can see they’re not entirely engaging with this.

But the gargantuan task of sewing a billion name labels on items of uniform has at least been completed.

Now I get to turn my attention to a brand new show, gigs, and what to make for after school tea. Please send me anything more creative than fish fingers.

Edinburgh show: Meet in the Middle

Show posterIn three days time, Nicola Houghton and I will be heading up to the Edinburgh festival to perform our brand new show, Nicola Houghton & Rachel Wheeley: Meet in the Middle.

The Edinburgh fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. Last year there were over 50,000 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues all over the city and this year there will be even more.

This year, one of those 3,000 shows will be ours!

Nicola and I are neighbours with three kids each, but we’re from very different backgrounds. Nicola grew up in a working-class household on the gravy-soaked cobbles of The North, surviving thanks to raffle prizes, knitted underwear and treasures found in skips. Meanwhile I was growing up at Eton College, entirely failing to get off with Prince William and mixing with teenagers who had never seen an onion. I didn’t go to school there, because they don’t accept women. This is the story of how that panned out.

If you’re going to be in Edinburgh between the 4th and the 11th, drop into Bar Bados on Cowgate at 6pm to see what we’ve been working on! We’re hugely indebted to Steve Cross and Andrew Smith for photography and poster design respectively. Thanks to everyone who came to see our London previews. I’ll let you know how it went when I get back!

BBC New Comedy Award 2018

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I was lucky enough to be shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award this year. My heat was at Up the Creek in Greenwich, hosted by Dane Baptiste and judged by BBC comedy producer Victoria Lloyd, Steve Bennett from Chortle and Holly Walsh.

I was excited to be in a heat with Benji Waterstones and Thanyia Moore, and met half a dozen other fantastic acts, many of whom I’ll be booking at Comedy at the Wheatsheaf before too long.

It was a really fun evening. The radio show of the heat can be found here!