Snappy, witty, hilarious, lightly outrageous and always sharply-observed. Comedy at its best.
— Buxton Fringe Review

Following her multi-award-winning debut, and with 20,000 views (and rising) on her YouTube advice channel, our very modern spinster librarian returns to the stage in Dear Samantha (previous titled Behind The Agony) to spill the beans on her life as a freelance Agony Aunt*. Expect tips, reminiscences and a live consultation courtesy of Ms Samantha Mann's signature 'green card' technique.

Anonymity is carefully guarded throughout. Tissues are provided. No satisfaction is guaranteed.

Nominated for Best Comedy Event at the 2018 Buxton Festival Fringe and runner-up for Favourite Comedy at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2019.

You can read some lovely reviews of the show here and here.

*For non-UK visitors: Agony Aunts are a popular kind of advice-giver in the UK and are, as Ms Samantha Mann explains, rather like therapists. But without the training.

(You might be interested to know, by the way, that the show You Bring The Agony, I'll Bring The Aunt, which was Ms Samantha Mann’s first attempt to bring Agony Aunting to the masses, won her an award for Best Individual Performance (Comedy) at the 2016 Buxton Festival Fringe.)

You can watch Ms Samantha Mann in action at the 2018 Buxton Festival Fringe here:

Anybody who is interested in Ms Samantha Mann's credentials, meanwhile is welcome to watch this 'webisode' from her Box Of Issues web series:

And you can listen to her spilling some of her trade secrets here:

Dear Samantha

Technical requirements:

Minimum stage dimensions: 3m x 2m

Audience configuration: end-on

Sound: microphone and stand

Lighting: basic wash, some audience light

Electrical: plug socket for one device

Photograph at the top of this page by Katherine Leedale