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Luther and Reformation comedy promises Horrible Histories meets Monty Python

Award-winning comedy writer James Carey has penned a new one-hour show for the Edinburgh Festival about Martin Luther and the Reformation, described as ‘Horrible Histories meets Monty Python’ …

In 1517, German monk Martin Luther pinned a debate proposal to his local church door – unwittingly setting off a chain of events which would lead to the European Reformation.

Written to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, A Monk’s Tale is a fast-paced hour-long gallop through the circumstances and causes which led to one of Europe’s greatest social and political upheavals.

Using sketches and songs, the talented three-person cast lead us through a heady mix of corruption and crusades, popes and purgatory, sacraments and (burning at the) stakes, indulgences and indignation, and much much more – fuelled by the unstoppable social media of its day, the all-new Printing Press.

Witty and entertaining, with plenty of laugh out loud moments, this is Reformation history as you have never seen it before – suitable for all ages from 8 to 108 and for those of any faith or none at all.

The cast features young up and coming performers with a wealth of stage experience: Anna Nicholson, Cameron Potts and Anna Newcome.

James Carey has written and contributed to a range of major TV and radio comedies including Miranda, Bluestone 42, Another Case of Milton Jones and also wrote the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe hit The God Particle.

The show is on from 5-23 August at the Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Bristo, Edinburgh EH8 9AJ, 11.30am-12.30pm. Tickets are available from – box office: 0131 622 6552.

A Monk’s Tale also has two dates at the Canal Cafe Theatre in London on 4 and 5 July, and performances at Keswick Unconventional on 2 and 3 August, prior to a major UK tour  through the Autumn starting on 8 September in Aylesbury.

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