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See top Fringe shows first in Brum... If you can't get to the Edinburgh Festival, then let it come to you. ROZ LAWS highlights the previews of Edinburgh comedy and theatre shows that are coming to Birmingham before they move north.

GLENN WOOL AND STUART BLACK Wednesday Patrick Kavanagh, Moseley Glenn is performing his show at the Fat Penguin, at the Patrick Kavanagh pub, for free. It's called Creator, I am but a Pawn, in which he considers whether he is alone in his escapades or whether there's an unseen companion travelling with him on his adventures.

Glenn appears at the Assembly George Square Studios from August 5-30 while Stuart Black presents his show Lemsip and Cigarettes as part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival. ALFIE MOORE AND GAVIN WEBSTER Thursday mac, Birmingham In one of the mac's EdinBrum preview nights, Alfie is performing his show A Fair Cop Stands Up about his hilarious plan to resuscitate the British police force amid the cuts and scandals threatening our bobbies. Alfie performs at the Assembly George Square Studios from August 5-31.

Gavin Webster's show, at The Stand Comedy Club 2, from August 6-30, is The Sexist's Sexist, his reaction to being awarded the title of UK Comedian's Comedian for 2014.

STEPHEN CARLIN AND GEORGE EGG July 23 mac, Birmingham Stephen Carlin's show The Gospel According to Stephen is on at the Canons' Gait from August 8-30, while George Egg is an Anarchist Cook at the Gilded Balloon from August 5-31. In a one-hour show, George cooks three courses using only the implements he could find in a budget hotel room. Think kettle, trouser press, iron and ice bucket. ALUN COCHRANE AND HAL CRUTTENDEN July 30 Glee Club, Birmingham Alun Cochrane's not exactly illuminating title is A Show With A Man In It and is on at The Stand Comedy Club from August 6-30. Hal's show is Straight Outta Cruttenden and features him ranting about social media and diets at the Pleasance Courtyard from August 5-30.

PATRICK MONAHAN AND JONNY AWSUM July 30 mac, Birmingham Patrick presents his new show The Disco Years at the Gilded Balloon from August 5-30, while Jonny tries to convince us that Everything is Awsum at the same venue.

SIMPLY SOWETO ENCHA July 20-22 Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham This magical singing group were given the Show of the Festival award at last year's Birmingham Fest and have returned with a new show. Five voices showcase a unique blend of a cappella arrangements of African, gospel, soul, jazz and RNB songs. See them before they perform at Edinburgh's Central Hall twice a day from August 7-31.

FLICK AND JULIE: POP-UP PENNY PINCHERS July 24 Old Joint Stock Theatre Join Flick and Julie in their pop-up, one-stop, money-saving advice shop for an evening of comedy sketches and songs. The show is performed by Beth Granville and last year's Performance of the Birmingham Fest winner Gemma Layton, aka Mercedes Benson, who perform at Cowgatehead in Edinburgh from August 10-29.

BEOWULF July 25 Old Joint Stock Theatre This is a contemporary version by Atomic Force of the epic story, combining puppetry, live music and poetry. It's part of Birmingham Fest before being performed in Edinburgh at Sweet Grassmarket from August 10-23.

SPOOKY MEN'S CHORALE August 20 mac, Birmingham With just one date in Edinburgh (August 24), they are in Birmingham first with an outdoor show at the mac. This Australian group, noted for their interesting facial hair, delight in combining harmonies with extreme silliness. Expect high camp and witty commentary on everything from surfing to the Bee Gees.

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Date:Jul 10, 2015
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