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Nominated for outstanding achievement in Comedy Award 2016



Comedian Charmian Hughes studied clowning under Philippe Gaulier and Theatre de Complicite but unable to uphold the mime vow of silence, ran away to play stand-up comedy clubs throughout the nation entertaining everyone from members of the House of Commons to ‘Lifers’ in prison (not to be confused). Charmian has stalked Chris Huhne and gave Frank Skinner his first avocado.



”Charmian Hughes even in such a short time seems to give a sense of both the gravity and the humour of her comic potential.”   Broadway Baby    


Next new solo show-  SOIXANTE MIRTH  Buxton Festival and Edinburgh FESTIVALS



Review from Buxton Fringe:

I liked this show. It was warm, witty and well thought out. Being of a certain age, say approaching 60, I wondered what all the fuss might be about. Is 60 the new 40? What was in store? Well, quite a bit it seems.  Charmian was the perfect host for this tour through the impact of soixante. She took us by the hand, firmly but fairly, and led us the to the promised land of comedy – laughter! There were insights which were general and some which were more gender specific but equally funny. Hair came into it of course…  The heart of the show is our host looking back at her younger self at key ages, and this is opens a rich seam of humour. Can’t tell you too much as it gives the game away, but we enjoyed it. People were laughing. Result.  Charmian delivers her show at a good pace and is at ease with the audience, no nervous, restless pacing here. There’s another chance to catch Charmian doing a mirth-filled 60 minutes of 60 on the 16th at the same venue. I’d recommend you go.”  

Ian Parker Heath

3.30pm daily (not 15th aug) CHARMIAN HUGHES SOIXANTE MIRTH. cowgatehead Up2M  (2nd floor) above Barbados VENUE 32   Grassmarket end)

Review Bruce Dessau

another great review from Funny Women!!


Review  Kate Copstick The Scotsman

3 stars
This is a lovely show from a lady who is doubling as her own fire officer, has a wonderful way with a curtain and spends fifty minutes chatting engagingly to her former selves And reliving the delights of Domestic Science. . Charmian is the poster girl for the natural sexagenarian and time spent with her is - once she gets past her rather surprising revelations about Satanism - a joy. From the vantage point of her sixtieth year Charmian imparts wisdom about swans and Golem and creates lovely comedy metaphors about ice skating and black holes.  As a delightful call back to a story about her school exchange trip to France, she even sings. OK, I say 'delightful' ... more 'interesting', to be fair.  Charmian is a genuinely enjoyable watch, her show is fun and it seems no time at all before quite the best bucket speech in the history of the Free Fringe is woven into the end of the show.
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