What seems, at face value, to be a light-hearted comedy about an inept middle-aged spinster attempting poetry is actually a very, very clever piece of solo theatre... one of the best performances I’ve seen.
— chrisontheatre.wordpress.com
Shows like this are good art. They remind us that everyone matters, that the universe would be less without any one of us.
— Rachel Levine, Montreal Rampage

An hour of award-winning heart-breaking comedy storytelling about love, loss and bad poetry from Ms Samantha Mann.

When her best friend Angela goes looking for love in South America, leaving her beloved rabbit behind, Ms Samantha Mann starts to think about how much she has missed out on by closing herself off from meaningful relationships. Taking us on a journey that tells of hilarious awkwardness and infuriating missed connections, Ms Samantha Mann reveals the hole left by the death of someone very close to her and her plans for her new life as a Spoken Word Artist.

Winner of the Festival Spirit/Audience Favourite Award at the 2017 Norway Fringe Festival, the Grand Prix at the 2016 Stockholm Fringe Festival and a Mervyn Stutter's Spirit Of The Fringe Award (or 'Merv') at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nominated for Best English Comedy (Laugh Out Loud) and Best English Performance (Centaur Theatre) at the 2018 St Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival, and for Best Comedy Show (2014) and Best Individual Comedy Performance (2015) at the Buxton Fringe Festival. Judged Best Individual Performance of 2014 by Chris Neville-Smith of chrisontheatre.wordpress.com.

There is a lovely review of the show here and more reviews here.

And here is a video trailer:

The trailer was filmed in Buxton by Bráinne Edge.
Samantha always says "Bráinne to rhyme with Gráinne!" in case that helps.
She also says: "I can't tell you how furious I am that nobody told me that I had lipstick on my teeth!"


Stories About Love, Death & A Rabbit

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

Misc: hard floor, wood or dance floor preferred


Photograph at the top of this page by Oda Egjar Starheim.