James Hancox: 1000 Great Lives

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James returns to the Fringe with his most ambitious show to date – an epic, thought-provoking stage spectacular celebrating the 1000 great lives that shaped history. However, with the cast missing, budget running low and doubts that he can count that many, he might have to think on his feet.

After assembling a company of actors to bring his Fringe show to life, James is shocked to discover that they aren’t backstage before the show.

From this stressful beginning, 1000 Great Lives sees the comedian battle to perform it solo as the whole show collapses around him – props break, technical cues misfire and historical facts are butchered.

The pressure-cooker builds as proud perfectionist James attempts to maintain composure in the face of this adversity. 

Sketch, DIY props and audience-based clowning combine to create a show that – if pulled off – will be even better than War Horse (his own words).

1000 Great Lives is the second solo hour for the moustachioed comedian and improviser. Entering the comedy world in 2010 as one half of award-winning duo Abandoman, he has played a whole variety of stages, from London Apollo to Glastonbury Festival to Brixton Academy.

He has appeared on several British TV and radio shows, including 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and The Stephen K Amos Show and won Hackney Empire’s New Act of The Year and the Musical Comedy Award. In 2018, James was nominated for the Best Comedy Award at Fringe World Perth and sold out shows at Edinburgh Fringe and Adelaide Fringe with his debut solo show ‘Sports For The Unsporty’.


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