The Alter Presents… Adrian Poynton: Ashes

Life affirming comedy from the award winning creator of BBC Three’s White Van Man, returning to the stage for the first time in over a decade.

“Recently, I’ve been thinking of a thing.

It’s a collection of stories about some stuff that happen. Stuff that plays on my mind.

Exciting huh.

In a nutshell, my Dad scattered my mums ashes without me.

I’m an only child.

So… yeah. That happened.

Anyway… I started thinking I’d maybe turn them into a funny film or a play or something, like I normally do. For other people to read and perform.

But recently I’ve realised that these are my stories to tell.

So… please come join me as I bumble through them on stage, laugh a lot, cry a bit, laugh some more and — hopefully — make you do the same.

True stories of ridiculous families, local pubs, love, dying and trampolining.”

Adrian Poynton is a stand up comedian, storyteller, and award winning writer of both comedy and drama for television and stage. He wrote and created BBC comedy White Van Man – starring Will Mellor and Joel Fry. He then successfully adapted the show for America’s ABC network as Family Tools – staring JK Simmons and Leah Remini.

His Fringe First Award winning play A Very Naughty Boy about the
working relationship of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman and John Cleese sold out every night at the Edinburgh Fringe and Toured the UK before a run at London’s Soho Theatre to huge critical acclaim. He has also written projects for Sony, CBS, Fox, Sky One’s Trollied and Big Finish’s Doctor Who range.

His scripts have been performed by David Tennant, Will Arnett, Edi Gathegi, Jane Horricks, Tom Baker, Joanna Page, Mark Addy and (weirdly) Alice Cooper.

As a stand up Adrian has performed all over the world with both his acclaimed solo shows and tour supporting some of the UK’s most famous faces. Having stepped away from stand up to focus on his hugely successful screenwriting career, 2024 sees Adrian return to the stage for the first time in almost a decade with his most honest, personal, hilarious and heartbreaking of shows.

“Astounding moments of genius” The Guardian

“Poynton is a strong and articulate performer” The Observer

“Excellent” The Metro

“Extremely Clever” The Times

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