Comedy and spoken word bio

 

5 minutes of stand up clip : You tube clip 18+

Rachel started performing poetry, winning a spot for Budding Tongues at Boddington Festival in Manchester, runner up at Night and Day cafe slam. As character ‘Carole King’ was finalist in Birmingham New Act and Laughing Horse Big Big New Act comps. She also wrote stuff for BBC Radio, winning a Writer’s Room competition ‘The World Cup Tapes’ which was broadcast voiced by Sheridan Smith.

At the end of 2010 she returned to stand up comedy,  resident stand up at Buddhafield Festival and runner up in Buddahfield Poetry slam, beating the gong in shows in Derby, Cheltenham and Wellingborough, performing around the country for promoters such as Buzz Comedy and Laffboro, promoting and Mcing Laffacino comedy nights at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Birmingham, bringing in such headliners as Mrs Barbara Nice, Andy Robinson, Andy White.

Comedy CV  More details here

She performed in a duo show with Craig Deeley (Twop Twips, blogger, excellent comic) Edinburgh 2012, ‘Look at Craig and Rachel’ and also made some silly short films .

After moving down south, she had comedy material broadcast in BBC Radio 4 Extra for Rose D’or winning series of Newsjack and subsequent series. Runner up in Sutton Poetry Slam 2014, gigged for Huggers kids comedy and told stories at Natural Born Storytellers and In a Nutshell, she gigged as a performance poet across London open mics.

She toured children’s comedy poetry and storytelling show ‘The Strangest Sandwich in the World’ 2015 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Winchester Book Festival and Sutton Theatres. In 2013 she founded Words Aloud, a spoken word event in Sutton Library which has been going from strength to strength, funded by Arts Network Sutton.

In 2016 and 2017 she reached the semi finals of Old Comedian of the year and shortlisted to appear in heats for Sitcom Trials, at mac, Birmingham.

She was awarded an Arts Council England grant to develop solo show ‘Eve and All Our Grandmothers’ which has successfully piloted at Sutton Libraries on a small tour.

Current projects include readings of new book ‘Ruffles’ with Arts Network Sutton grant and booking  ‘Stand By Your Nan’ solo show.

Awards:

2016
Finalist – Writer/Performer ‘Aquarius Cafe’, Sitcom Trials at Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh Fringe, Heat winner mac, Birmingham.
Semi-finalist, Old Comedian of the Year
Runner Up Battle of the Superheroes, Brighton Fringe
Longlisted CLiPPA Award for ‘The Strangest Sandwich in the World’
2015
Outstanding Contribution for Words Aloud and Imagine Festival spoken word events, Sutton Cultural Awards
Runner up Sutton Poetry Slam
Highly Commended Micro-Poem ‘Ode to Sex’
2011
Nominated Best Newcomer, West Midlands Comedy Forum
2010
Runner up Buddhafield Poetry Slam

Quotes :

‘Brilliant’ Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 5 live (World Cup Tapes)
‘Witty material’ Behind the Arras
‘Innovative, earthy and warm’ We Are Most Amused, Northampton

 

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