Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival
June 23rd-26th 2016

Graveside Manner

Bill Jones

spoken word, comedy
age 16+

60 mins

Miserable Malcolm (Bill Jones) returns to Barnstaple to attempt to entertain the audience once more with poems about death, awful chit-chat and a terrible adventure story. And yet he still can’t keep off the subject of his ex-girlfriend, Mavis. And her new boyfriend. And how happy they are.

“Bill Jones ... spreads his unique brand of miserablism to great comic effect.”
Gloucestershire Echo

Over the past year Miserable Malcolm has been on a “Tour of Misery”, taking Graveside Manner to some of the happiest towns in Britain and trying to bring the mood in them down a bit. So far, the tour has included Stroud, Cheltenham, Bristol and the Brighton Fringe and he’s looking for other “happiness-hotspots” to visit soon.

Malcolm also runs the successful Miserable Poets’ Cafe in Stroud, an Open Mic’ night exclusively for miserable poems.

“I left with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye ... a tear of laughter, I might add. This is definitely a show to see.” The Daily Fringe (review from last year’s Fringe TheatreFest)
“[His] ridiculous doom-laden stand-up routine and melancholic verse have the curious effect of cheering up the entire audience, much to Malcolm’s stern aggravation.” Stroud News and Journal