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Charmian Hughes | View Performers Biography


Venue:The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Lounge
AUG 1-11, 13-25 at 13:30 (60 min)
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When everyone around you is self-identifying, and you feel a bit left out, chill! You can join the tribe of What-Nots with Charmian, who also self identifies as a very funny comedian. 'Captivating, irresistible' (Scotsman). 'A class above other stand-ups, great entertainer not to be missed' (Dominion Post, New Zealand). 'Best gags of the night' (Independent). 'Charming ribaldry' (Guardian). 'I love Charmian Hughes' (Bridget Christie). Glastonbury Festival emcee, BBC Radio 4 Pick Of The Week.

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August 7, 2019  The Scotsman
Charmian Hughes is a masterful storyteller.

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July 22, 2019 Beyond The Joke
Edinburgh Preview: Been There, Done That, Back & Doing It Again

There's a school of thought that the Edinburgh Fringe is a Young Person's Game. But actually in recent years it has become an older person's game too. Maybe they are the baby boomer generation who can afford to lose a few grand every August or maybe they just love the thrill of the Fringe and the art of stand-up. Whatever the reasons here are some comedians who know the game inside out and are the collective epitome of a safe pair of comedy hands. And no, they are not listed in descending order of chronology. We'll not be having any age before beauty here. Some of them might not be doing a full Fringe run, but at their age I think we can allow them a few days off.
Charmian Hughes was a regular on the comedy circuit, then she went off and did the sensible thing of bringing up a family so had to give the Fringe a wide berth for a while. Now that the family has grown up she has started returning to Edinburgh and is back this year with her latest show, entitled What-Not, about identity and more. Charmian self-identifies as a what-not, the word for people who don’t have a word. Bridget Christie says "I love Charmian Hughes'" and Christie has excellent taste. Click Here

July 21, 2019 Buxton Fringe official wesbite reviews
Buxton Festival Fringe 2019 Comedy Reviews
What-not. There are several definitions in the dictionaries, and it doesn’t matter which one you use. What it boils down to is its either a kind of shelf for ornaments or bric-a-brac; or it’s a minor, inconsequential thing, or in this case person.

A Buxton Fringe favourite, what Charmian brings us this year is a wander through the world of the human what-not, and it is full of surprises and inventiveness. Of course, life is going to be a struggle when you are seemingly inconsequential, and even more when your mother thinks you are a Nazi. How do you get around that life hurdle then? Well, without giving too much away . . . with some difficulty.

This is one of the best shows at this year’s Fringe if the audience reaction is anything to go by. Charmian had them from the off and didn’t let them go. A polished and accomplished show, and despite the fact that she is taking it to that other Fringe, we weren’t constantly told it.

Thank you for that, and thank you for a great show! There’ll be another performance tonight (Sun 21st) at the same venue. DON’T MISS IT!

Ian Parker Heath Click Here

January 22, 2019 Scoop News
Charmian Hughes: What-Not
Charmian says ‘My whole life has been a muddle of cross identification. Through a series of accidents and coincidences, I was born German to an English family, brought up Catholic when they were Protestant and was an only child yet had five siblings. If that sounds like the clue to the riddle ‘What am I?’, the answer is ‘what-not’ and I am reclaiming that word as a proud identity.’ Click Here

January 16, 2019 Scoop News
Charmian Hughes – Soixante Mirth
Written and performed by Charmian Hughes
Bats Theatre, Wellington, 9:30pm nightly, until March 4.
Reviewed by Ewen Coleman Charmian has just turned 60 and decides to look back on her life and have a good laugh, hence the title of her show Charmian Hughes – Soixante Mirth.
The 1960s, when Hughes was growing up as a teenager in the UK, is also a major feature of her show.
But what makes this performer a class above most stand-up comedians is the original and innovative way she constructs her show. She goes back in time and encounters herself as a 10-year-old looking forward, before revisiting the dreams and aspirations she had at 14 and then again at 23, all hilariously told.
Full of confidence, with witty and erudite comments that are both funny yet profound, Charmian Hughes is a great entertainer not to be missed. Click Here

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