Louise Reay has performed all over the world from South Africa to the Southbank Centre. She is trained in clown by Dr Brown and in mime by Nola Rae. She is a fluent Chinese speaker.
Her first trilogy of shows (It's Only Words, Que Sera, It's Only Birds) were all in Chinese - for people who don't speak any Chinese at all. Only 7% of communication is verbal, so it's an experiment in the other 93%. This concept won her Alternative New Comedian of the Year 2015, Finalist - Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year 2015, Winner - South Africa Arena Prize 2016, Nominee - Brighton Fringe tour award 2016, Nominee - Edinburgh Fringe Groundbreaker award 2016. It has toured across the UK and to Australia, Dublin and South Africa.
Her second trilogy of shows were about power and oppression. The first 'Hard Mode' was built in front of a live audience in Adelaide. It featured a cast of masked police oppressing the audience. Winner - Adelaide Fringe Best Emerging Artist weekly award 2017, Nominee - Best Comedy Brighton Fringe 2017. It was performed at the Stand in Edinburgh 2017. Due to being sued for defamation for Hard Mode, the following two shows Gaslight and Eraserhead can never be performed. Determined to defend Free Speech, Louise crowdfunded successfully for legal costs with great support from the comedy community, with Louise being fully vindicated and managed to narrowly avoid a trial at the High Court. Louise' activism continues, through a charity she founded in conjunction with Women's Aid called the What Next? Foundation.
Louise will be back at the Fringe in 2020, with a brand new immersive show in Chinese, which is set in an NHS hospital.