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

Following her multi-award-winning debut, and with more than 17,000 views (and rising) on her YouTube advice channel, our very modern spinster librarian returns to the stage in 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.

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

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

And you can hear her spill some of her trade secrets here:


Behind The Agony

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 electronic device


Photograph at the top of this page by Katherine Leedale