When The Going Gets Duff
Assembly Roxy, Downstairs
2 – 27 August at 7.35pm (55 mins) (not 14th)
- Amused Moose finalist 2017 and Fringe First nominated comic returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with new clown comedy show.
- When The Going Gets Duff combines stand-up and storytelling to explore unspoken realities facing women in a post-truth world.
- Duff also confirmed to appear in Holmes and Watson (feature film with Will Ferrell) scheduled for release in 2018.
Comedy award-winning, critically acclaimed and socially conscious clown Helen Duff (Fringe First
nominated comedy act at Edinburgh Fringe 2014, VAULT Festival London Awards ‘Judge’s Pick’ winner 2015, Amused Moose finalist 2017 and star of Holmes and Watson alongside Will Ferrell, to be released in 2018) returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2017 with her eagerly awaited new show When The Going Gets Duff which fearlessly unpicks the role of a woman in a post-truth world.
Duff, whose previous shows include the Fringe First nominated Vanity Bites Back (2014, selected again in 2015 for Gilded Balloon’s 30th anniversary and an International Tour across Australia) and Edinburgh Pleasance Courtyard sell-out Come With Me (2016), is no stranger to taking on taboo topics, including her personal experience with eating disorders and the psychology behind the elusive female orgasm. When The Going Gets Duff builds on this bold legacy and throws a (post)truth bomb into 2017’s topsy-turvy world, where self-regulating appearance apps have a stronger voice than leading politicians and the threat from resurgent taboos around womanhood have never been greater.
Through the kaleidoscope lens of Gaulier-trained contemporary clowning, When The Going Gets Duff draws audiences into its web of secret revelations and cold hard truths with work that is “fresh, quick witted and supremely empowered”. Expect to be lulled into a relentless alternative reality through a tapestry of storytelling, stand-up and physical comedy, all in the noble pursuit of a new way to find wonder in an increasingly overwhelming world.
“Duff employs laughter to create something far deeper” ★★★★ Scotsman
“absolutely shameless, boldly ridiculous, embarrassingly funny” ★★★★★ Australia Times
Venue: Assembly Roxy, Upstairs, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU Time: 19:35 Running Time: eg: 55 mins
Dates: 02 – 27 August. Previews 2 & 3 August. No show Sun 14 August.
Tickets: Previews £7; 4-6, 9-10, 15-17, 21-24 August £10; 7 & 8 August £12 (241); 11-13,18-20, 25-27 August £12
Bookings: assemblyfestival.com, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and AssemblyRoxy, Assembly George Square, Assembly Checkpoint and Assembly Rooms