Pleasance Ahoy: Tall Tales from the Riverbank
28th June – 27th August 2012
The Pleasance brought a comic twist to the London 2012 Festival with a series of pop-up comedy gigs presented from a narrowboat along the British waterways! A nationwide comedy relay, that had the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as its destination.
Tall Tales from the Riverbanks was a one-off series of free live comedy gigs staged on the banks of Britain’s canals and rivers.
This comedy relay travelled from London to Edinburgh via Oxford, Stone, Manchester and Glasgow, providing a showcase for Britain’s comedy talent as they explored the weird and wonderful quirks of the waterways.
The finale was a one off event at the world’s largest arts festival.
What could possibly go wrong!
The project was part of the London 2012 Festival. It was funded by the National Lottery, the Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, and DCMS.
The canal boat was provided by Black Prince Holidays.
Other supporters are listed here
Pleasance Ahoy was a Pleasance Theatre Trust production.
Pleasance Islington is a renowned fringe theatre in North London and the sister to the Pleasance Edinburgh Festival Fringe operation. Pleasance Theatre Trust is a registered charity No. 1050944
The event is being produced by Anthony Alderson (Director of The Pleasance), Hannah Eidinow (Creative Development), Ryan Taylor (Comedy Programmer), and Tess Maher (Production Manager). It is produced in partnership with Hector Proud of Culture Brand, following an idea conceived in his kitchen after the consumption of too much red wine!
The Pleasance Ahoy logo was designed by Paul Garner.
The Website, Videos and Podcasts
The website has been developed by the media production company, Inclusive Digital.
Inclusive also filmed the event, and uploaded videos, photos and news from the canal boat during its journey through the UK.
The website layout design was by Matt Proud.
The podcasts were produced by Dabster Productions.
Website management by Toby Clarke.
Skipper: Nicola Redman
Crew Member: Joseph Cornwell
Film Crew: Toby Clarke, Rich Edwards
Podcast Crew: Al Lorraine