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Comedy duo ‘MakeyUppers’ to bring hilarious ‘Bedtime Stories’ to the Alley

08 May 2018

Derry girls Sorcha Shanahan and Gemma Walker-Farren are the 'MakeyUppers' – a side-splittingly original comedy act – who will be telling their hilarious ‘Bedtime Stories’ during a full length show at the Alley Theatre in Strabane on Friday 18th May.

Once upon a time two fair maidens decided to drag fairy tales kicking and screaming into the 21st century!  Watch as the stories you thought you knew are poked with a big stick before being tossed into a cauldron with physical comedy and biting wit. Sample the results. They may not taste as sweet as you remember!

The ‘MakeyUppers’ will deliver their no-holds-barred retellings of much loved bedtime stories in this sharp and face-achingly original review of all things ‘happily ever after!’

The ‘hilarious’ word of mouth hit show has been developing a huge following of fans since it was first performed last year. Since then, the full show has been performed at various high-profile venues including the Leicester Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and even at the Irish Secretariat.

The ‘MakeyUppers’ have also been in great demand to perform sketches from the show at community centres, schools, conferences and seminars, and were also thrilled to perform at Belfast City Hall on International Women’s Day.

“You may never look at Disney the same way again!” says Sorcha. “We’ve had people coming back to see us again and again, of all ages and genders. It seems to appeal to both men and women, young and old!”

The show is not for children though. Due to some adult themes and strong language, it is recommended for people over the age of 16. However, as well as a brand new Christmas show which they are planning to bring out in December, the MakeyUppers are currently adapting ‘Bedtime Stories’ for a younger audience.

Sorcha explains: “Lots of people have asked us to make a child-friendly version, as they want their sons / daughters / grandchildren to see it, which is wonderful! It’s about time to question some of the characters and themes in these fairy tales – as most of us who have been brought up with them just take them for granted.”

‘Bedtime Stories’ has been described as ‘clever’, ‘thought provoking’ and ‘face-achingly original’ and is suitable for ages 16+ due to its strong language and adult themes. Come if you dare, but don’t expect to see fairy tales in the same way again!

Tickets for the show at 8pm on Friday 18th May are £10 and are available from the Alley Theatre’s Box Office on  028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.com