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Daily Echo: Frisky and Mannish Frisky and Mannish

- AN EVENING of riotous laughter is on offer when Frisky and Mannish return to Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday with their brand new show, Extra Curricular Activities.

Hilarious stand-up meets brilliant musicality, meets peerless pop parody in a clever double act that has quickly garnered an impressive cult following.

Along with staples such as Kate Bash and Carpenters Grime, the show will include brand new and painfully current material. As the title suggests, this is a truly extracurricular exploration of pop including sets on Dannii Minogue, Made in Chelsea and Gotye.

Frisky and Mannish are a musical comedy cabaret double act created by British born duo Laura Corcoran and Matthew Jones. Having met at Oxford University they have named Tenacious D and The Simpsons as early inspirations. Since being cited as the “undisputed hit of Edinburgh Fringe” in 2009, their unique brand of pop parodies has become an overnight success.

- WHEN clog-wearing Morris Dancers go head to head with sneaker-sporting B-boys there’s only one outcome: an explosive cultural fusion.

Award-winning The Demon Barbers take English folk music on a rollercoaster of a ride, loop the looping it with hip hop, house, funk and ska, with a scream if you want to go faster dash of burlesque and drum & bass in their pulsating new show The Lock In.

A group of street dancers arrives at a deserted pub: rumour has it The Fighting Cocks is the place to be “after hours.” As the locals turn up to their “regular”

a clash of cultures soon manifests into a dance floor stand-off.

- Fast-paced and high-octane The Lock In sees a mix of some of the UK’s top clog, sword and Morris Dancers go head-to-head with their urban counterparts from the worlds of Bboying, popping and krump, set to The Demon Barbers’ distinctive, twisted and punchy folk sound at The Point in Eastleigh on Tuesday. CIRCUS of Horrors is the unique blood-curdling circus trope that wowed audiences on Britain’s Got Talent.

One of the cast, Ian Brown, will be attempting a new world record, to swallow two curved cutlass swords at the same time and hold them inside him for a minimum of 10 seconds at Ferneham Hall in Fareham on Tuesday.

Ian, who hails from the Isle of Wight, is more excited than nervous about his forthcoming stunt when he joins the infamous Circus of Horrors for one night only.

The Curse of the Devil Doll features fang-tastic, dare-devil and bizarre circus acts from all four corners of the world, including swordswallowers, demon dwarfs, hair-hanging beauties, an iron-jawed diva, voodoo acrobats, knife throwers, the Sinister Sisters aerialists and lots more.

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