News: Alice Marshall To Play Titania McGrath

News: Alice Marshall To Play Titania McGrath

Comedy actress and character comedian, Alice Marshall has been cast to play woke icon Titania McGrath in the forthcoming Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Titania McGrath: Mxnifesto at the Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance Above) between 31 July – 25 August at 9pm.

Alice appeared alongside Ciaran Dowd in the acclaimed 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show Don Rodolfo. Prior to this, Alice’s debut solo show Alice Marshall: Vicious played to sold out houses at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe and received four and five star reviews across the board. Her follow up show, Blood, won the Best Comedy Award at the 2017 Brighton Fringe. 

Alice was recently cast as Atalanta in Mindy Kaling’s forthcoming Hulu TV adaptation of Richard Curtis’ Four Weddings and a Funeral.  

Titania McGrath is a world-renowned millennial icon and radical intersectionalist poet committed to feminism, social justice and armed peaceful protest, and she’s coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to show you – yes, YOU – why you are wrong about everything!

MXINFESTO takes the form of a confrontational lecture in which Titania guides her audience through the, often bewildering, array of terminology and concepts that constitute 21stcentury “wokeness”. New words such as “manterrupting”, “microaggressions” and “heteronormativity” often leave the general public bemused, particularly if they don’t read The Guardian.

Having conquered the world of social media, Titania is now generously bestowing her wisdom onto a live audience. Her step-by-step guide will enable her audience to become the woke people they need to be in an increasingly progressive world. In a non-patronising manner, Titania will explain where exactly they are going wrong and how to be more like her.  

Alice Marshall is an award-winning comedy actress and character comedian. Her debut solo show Alice Marshall: Vicious premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe to sold out houses and four and five star reviews across the board. Her follow up show Blood won the Best Comedy Award at the 2017 Brighton Fringe. In 2018, Alice appeared alongside Ciaran Dowd in the acclaimed 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show Don Rodolfo. Earlier this year, she was cast as Atalanta in Mindy Kaling’s forthcoming Hulu TV adaptation of Richard Curtis’ Four Weddings and a Funeral. 

Her particular brand of absurdist character comedy has been praised for it's ‘perfect mix of beauty and grotesque’ (Funny Women) and of her titular role in the Leicester Square Theatre's Adult Panto Sleeping Booty, The Spectator said: ‘She manages to be erotic and extremely funny at the same time without being effortful or cheesy about it. A natural in other words. Her performance screams 'put me on TV' so forcefully that a producer is bound to get the message soon.’

Shortlisted for the 2015 BBC New Comedy Award, she also appeared on the BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals 2017 stage with Jan Ravens as part of her showcase of the festival’s best character comics.

Other credits include various sketches for BBC 3 Quickies and Comedy Central UK. She also appears in the upcoming feature film Winterlong alongside Smack The Pony’s Doon Mackichan, and in BBC 2’s Theresa Vs Boris: How May Became PM. Further credits include the award winning critically acclaimed web series Darren Has A Breakdown.  

Titania McGrath is the satirical alter-ego of writer and comedian Andrew Doyle. She has been active on Twitter for only a year, but in that time has amassed over 300,000 followers. Her first book, WOKE: A GUIDE TO SOCIAL JUSTICE, was published in March of this year to great acclaim.

Up until January 2019, Andrew Doyle was the co-writer of spoof news reporter Jonathan Pie. During a three year collaboration, Andrew co-wrote a Jonathan Pie book, two live tours, a BBC mockumentary, and numerous viral videos including a response to Donald Trump’s election which was viewed online more than 150 million times, and a more recent video which was described by Ricky Gervais as “one of the most perfect (and important) pieces of comedy I’ve ever seen”.

As a stand-up, Andrew has written and performed six live shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, four of which transferred to the Soho Theatre in London. In 2019, he toured the UK with Friendly Fire, a new stand-up show produced by Phil McIntyre Entertainments. As a playwright Andrew's work includes: Borderland (7:84 Theatre Company, Scotland), Poster Girl (BBC Radio 4), The Second Mr Bailey (BBC Radio 4) and Reacher's Point (BBC Radio 4). His musicals include adaptations of Tony Macaulay's Paperboy (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), and Terry Pratchett's Soul Music (Rose Theatre, Kingston).

Full Listing: 

Title: Titiania McGrath: Mxnifesto

Venue: Pleasance Above, Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TJ

EdFringe link: 

Dates: 31 July -25 Aug (not 12th)

Time: 9pm

Age: 16+

Entry: £6 previews (31 July, 1 & 2 August); £9-14 between 3-25 August (including concessions)

Picture: David Windmill


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