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Absurdly before the Fringe.

Byline: By Val Javin

Take a grammar school teacher and a solicitor, add a BBC producer and a sound engineer.

Result? From Here To Absurdity, a comedy quartet which invites you to share its view of life's, well, absurdities.

This comedy foursome pitches up in Holmfirth tomorrow en route to this year's Edinburgh Fringe. The group has played numerous clubs and theatres across the North West and is at CragRats Theatre in Holmfirth this weekend as part of a pre-festival warm-up.

Tomorrow's show (8pm) was conceived and written by Manchester Grammar School teacher, Rick Kelly. When he's not teaching, or dreaming up shows, he writes satirical sketches for Private Eye and the Spectator and has been known to make occasional appearances at the Frog and Bucket comedy club in Manchester.

Two years ago, Rick teamed up with BBC producer Karen Hannah, solicitor Helen Hyde and freelance sound engineer Jim Harradine to form From Here To Absurdity.

The quartet is currently negotiating a series with Radio 4 which they hope will be broadcast in the autumn.

The current show comprises 90 minutes of original sketches and adapted songs, focusing on the various "absurdities" of everyday life.

And in this foursomes' view, those absurdities include: "prattish ramblers, dumbed-down chat shows, useless supermarkets, patronising rest homes, yobbish soccer fans, failing eyesight, Lancastrian fascists, unfunny Liverpudlians, middle-class vasectomies, death, birth, marriage, divorce and (to quote Rick) the sheer awfulness of life in Wales'. " Ouch.

And if you're a music fan with a taste for the songs of Elvis, Tammy Wynnette, Roxy Music and Sting you might also hear something that's amusing.

So if you fancy live comedy that's a bit different to stand-up, and which recalls the style of Beyond The Fringe and Peter Cook's Establishment Club, the CragRats is the place to be tomorrow.

Tickets, pounds 9 adults and pounds 8 concessions, from CragRats CafA Bar, on the ticket hotline on 01484 691323 or from Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 16, 2004
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