News: Herald Angel Award For Sarah Keyworth

Sarah Keyworth has been awarded a Herald Angel Award for her debut show Dark Horse.

The Nottingham-born rising star’s new show at the Pleasance is a semi-autobiographical tale about discovering her own sexuality and gender identity. Exploring how young girls are raised and the expectations placed on them, the show is an hour of honest hilarity and social interrogation.

In her five star review of Sarah Keyworth’s show Dark Horse for The Herald, Gayle Anderson wrote: "her debut hour, Dark Horse is a beautifully-crafted and exciting thing. All angst and angles, she hunches over the mic in the style of an asthmatic 1970's social club MC. The material is fresh, razor-sharp and wonderfully off-kilter."

Sarah Keyworth says: "I'm so proud and excited to have written a show about something I truly care about and it's such a joy to have won a Herald Angel for that."

Director of Pleasance, Anthony Alderson added: "We’re over the moon that, not one, but two Pleasance shows have been acknowledged in this morning’s Herald Angel Awards. Teatr Biuro Podróży were awarded a Herald Archangel Award. And Sarah Keyworth has been awarded a Herald Angel for her new show Dark Horse. This poignant show talks about what it means to be a girl. This morning she spoke beautifully about the support network involved in the show and how much this means to her. Huge congratulations from everyone at Pleasance to this very worthy recipient."

Since their inception in 1996, The Herald Angel Awards have been an integral part of the Edinburgh Festival scene, celebrating and rewarding the diverse range of talent from the various festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Jazz & Blues Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Sarah Keyworth has been a semi-finalist in both the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year and Amused Moose Laugh Off, a finalist in the Comedy Knights Fresh Comedian of the Year awards, first runner-up at the Funny Women Awards in 2015 and has appeared in the BBC New Comedy Awards. She was also one of the two winners of the 99 Club Female Comedians' Bursary alongside Catherine Bohart. Last year's 99 Club Bursary winner Lauren Pattison also went on to receive a Herald Angel - and then a subsequent Edinburgh Best Newcomer nomination.

he has gone on to be the tour support for Kerry Godliman, Dane Baptiste, Tez Ilyas and Stewart Francis. She was also chosen to be a part of the CKP’s Lunchtime Special, showcasing some of the best upcoming comedians on the circuit. Sarah has also recorded The Big Questions and A Pie and a Pint for Comedy Central and can be heard on the new Helen Lederer BBC podcast Knock Knock.

Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse is at Bunker Two, Pleasance Courtyard until Sunday 26 August at 17:30. Tickets here.

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