Little Ed 2018 is presented by Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC with funding support from the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund, and additional support from: 




QUAD, Market Place, DE1 3AS - Pay What You Feel


7.30 pm - A Rush Of Laughter
A Rush Of Laughter brings you one hour of comedy featuring three amazing acts from their roster. Starring Tony Basnett - "Undoubtedly funny with a healthy dose of confidence" - Gigglebeats and Rob Mulholland (Leicester Square Comedian of the Year Finalist 2016) - “Very stable, I’d happily sign a will on him” - Johnny Vegas.
9 pm - Chris Martin - Raindance
This is not a survivor story; this is an everyday story about living in country where 1 in 4 people experience mental health difficulties, and where suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45. Chris promises you will laugh at least twice despite this. In this work in progress solo show, ‘Rain Dance’, Chris Martin explores his own experiences of Mental Health through poems and storytelling.

“Chris’s work is fun, thoughtful, intelligent and reliably well crafted” – Jess Green
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Dubrek Studios, 6 Becket Street, DE1 1HT - Pay What You Feel


7.30 pm - Stand Up Mi Duck
Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC presents Stand Up Mi Duck, a showcase of East Midlands Comedy talent with material featuring mental health and recovery.
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Free Fringe Performance Trail in and around the Cathedral Quarter, 11 am - 4 pm


Take a Little ED-pedition and see who you discover at unexpected venues around the Cathedral Quarter, including:

   BEAR (Iron Gate, DE1 3FJ)

   Bookcafe (Corn Market, DE1 1QH)

   Dandy Gent (Iron Gate, DE1 3FJ)

   QUAD Café (Market Place, DE1 3AS)

   White Stuff (Sadler Gate, DE1 3NQ)

   Squashed Tomato (The Strand, DE1 1BE)

   N.B. Detailed programmes for each venue will be published prior to the event


Tribal fusion bellydance fuses tribal style and oriental bellydance with modern forms of dance including jazz, hip hop and flamenco.
Ben Smith
Acoustic singer-songwriter plays beautiful finger-picked melodies to accompany tales of family, friends and loss.
Brilliant Communities Pop-Up
In times of rising depression and an epidemic of ‘busyness’, author, teacher and self-confessed Dr of Happiness Andy Cope believes there has never been a more appropriate time to raise the happiness agenda.
Dwane Reads
Derby-based poet with UK tours and four published books presents a collection of his works.
Eleanor Marsh
Singer-songwriter performs original heartfelt material about love, heartbreak, moving home, travelling, celebrating and a love of the countryside.
Emzae Music
Multi-faceted pop singer-songwriter and producer entertains with infectious melodies and raw, soulful vocals.
The Gaze of Miracles
Smoking Guns Theatre Company presents a satirical, immersive comedy of millennials trying to understand religious/spiritual healers.
James Hately
The arch-pope of Midlands surreal comedy, finalist in the Magners Pub Comedy Award and with a trail of success at festivals around the country, presents brand new material.
MissImp: Improv Comedy Theatre
Nick Tyler shows you how to create something funny out of nothing. Unlock your creativity and blow off some steam.
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Workshops - Open to All, Pay What You Feel
Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts CIC, 3-4 The Strand Arcade, DE1 1BQ

12 pm - 5 Ways to Wellbeing Workshop
Get creative with ReThink Derby Steps! Arts and craft workshop suitable for all ages, discussing and discovering the 5 ways to wellbeing - Give, Be Active, Learn, Connect and Take Notice.
1 pm - The Arts, Men & Mental Health
A round-table chat with Matt McGuinness, singer with the MLC and Artistic Director of Furthest from the Sea about mental health and how participation in the arts can help. All welcome to listen, chat and share experiences.
2 pm - Talking to the City
Sophie Sparham is a writer and performance poet from Derby. This workshop aims at getting people creating poetry which personifies Derby, considering all the different elements of our city. Suitable for poets of all ages. Drawing and colouring is non-negotiable.
3 pm - Creativity in Recovery
With poetry, storytelling and Q&A, Jamie Grattan (Aquarius) discusses the importance of creativity in building emotional wellbeing in recovery.
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Fringe Stage - Pay What You Feel 

Doughnotts, Sadler Gate, DE1 1NF

12 pm - Mortal
Paul Wade exposes his thoughts, fears and vulnerabilities and makes everyone feel a bit better about just being themselves. “One of the most promising new comedians around” - The Herts and Essex Observer
1.15 pm - Me, You and Godzilla Too
Jowanna Rose plays a careworn woman who returns home and attempts to scramble her way through a series of life labels, Ikea furniture, expectations, failures and reconciliations.
2 pm – Warrior Not Princess
Zahra Barri has never stood in front of a mirror and taken a selfie. Nor has she intentionally made herself look like a dog on Instagram. In a world full of Kim Kardashian’s career, be Kim Jong-Un’s Korea. A show about femininity and fighting.

“Terrific” Venue Magazine
3 pm – The Book of the Daft
Nominated for Best Kids Show at Leicester Comedy Festival in 2017 and 2018, Ian Hall and his daft-as-a-brush daughter Niamh bring you a jam-packed joiny-in jamboree of (daft) fun for the whole family. Delve into their bottomless props box to dress up, sing and dance along to help bring “The Book of Daft” to life.
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The Victoria Inn, Midland Place, DE1 2RR - Pay What You Feel


7.45 pm - She Speaks UK
A special "Little Ed"-ition of this monthly performance space promoting female, trans, non-binary, femme-identifying artists hosted by Aoife O’Connor, Emerciana Desouza & Jo Lewis. A female-led performance night, but not female exclusive. Artist performances, an Open Mic slot for all genders and an open audience. She Speaks is for everybody: it’s all about the Artist’s voice and we are completely for the arts.
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