To Have and to Hold

Sat 6th – Mon 29th Aug 2011


“ a biting new comedy”







Shortlisted for this year’s Cambridge Footlights Harry Porter Prize, To Have and to Hold is a biting new comedy that tells the story of Lucy, a cynical and bored twenty-something-year-old, as she watches her best friend’s wedding turn into the most bizarre evening of her life.

At the wedding reception, Lucy meets Tristan, a charming young graphic-designer, and instantly falls for him. Armed with champagne and wit, the two attempt to make it through the evening as painlessly as possible, but they are prevented at every turn by an ensemble of the oddest wedding guests you could find – apathetic fathers, racist uncles, dead aunties, mysterious strangers, elderly waiters, slightly suicidal ex-boyfriends and even the odd goat or two.

Author Joey Batey is in his second year reading Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University. Joey has been passionate about comedy, acting and writing for as long as he can remember. Last year he played Dylan in the new-writing play The Cure by Kat Griffiths at C-Soco in Edinburgh. Other recent acting credits include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Face in The Alchemist, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Hamlet in Hamlet. He regularly performs comedy with the Cambridge Footlights and co-wrote and performed in the sketch show

Good Clean Men (2009). He has toured America once and Europe thrice and was in the first ever promenade production of Hamlet in Elsinore Castle, Denmark last year. Next year he will be attending

L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

The production is being brought to the Edinburgh Fringe by Ribbon Theatre, a new company that is passionate about theatre, comedy and new writing. Ribbon recently staged the premier of Imogen Stubb's dark comedy, Not About Angels at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge. This year will mark Ribbon’s first visit to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Admission: £5(£3.50) – £7(£5)

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