"Bramwell is a capable character comedian
who can also give a poem a sonorous delivery that’ll knock you sideways."
A spoken-word story about why people believe in impossible things.
Honestly, mun. Some pubs you go into down south, and it's like every old man there's an audiobook.
But up here, you have to listen really close to what is not being said.
Umbrella Man is Colin's latest show. It tells the story of a young man from the north of Scotland who comes to believe that the Earth is flat. A bittersweet, shaggy-dog tale of friendship, loss and conspiracy: the kind of thing Samuel Taylor Coleridge may have written if he had also worked in Subway.
Umbrella Man has been performed at Prague Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and New Zealand Fringe. The show was also picked up for two runs at the Edinburgh Fringe; firstly for a week-long run at the Scottish Poetry Library, and secondly for a full, three-week run as part of Summerhall's 2019 Festival Programme.
You can also read an interview about the show, and about generally poetic matters on the Poetry As F*ck website, here. You can also listen to an early, audio version of the show on the Poetry As F*ck Podcast, here.
Umbrella Man was written and performed by Colin Bramwell, with direction from Persefoni Gerangelou, sound design by Rob MacNeacail and produced for the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe by Melanie Hindley and Teuchter Company.
"In securing its place at the Fringe, Umbrella Man becomes a shimmering constellation of memories in its unceasing attempt to reconcile the death of a friend with the universe surrounding it, linking its sentimentality back to the nucleus of the flat-earth theory in a frayed web of poetry, story and song. A beautiful amalgamation of story-telling, poetry, drama, comedy and music. A monumental triumph."
Stuart Mckenzie, Broadwaybaby
"Colin Bramwell, an Edinburgh-based spoken word artist, creates a work of stunning stylistic diversity that includes storytelling, theatre, stand-up and gig performance.
Amid the noise of the Fringe, this complex character study stands out. This is one of the most strikingly memorable solo shows of the festival."
David Pollock, The Stage
THREE PINTS ON A SUNDAY
A sesh that neither of them will forget.
Three Pints on a Sunday is a play about friendship, alcohol and the impending climate apocalypse.
The show was selected as part of Summerhall's 2019 Artist Development programme, and an early version was performed at SOLAS Festival 2019; it is currently being rewritten, with plans for an Edinburgh Fringe run in 2021.
Written and performed by Colin Bramwell and Hannah Lavery, directed by Jen McGregor with sound design by Rob MacNeacail.
Interactive, spoken-word hallucinations.
An interactive piece of spoken-word theatre about a young woman who, on moving back to her town in the north of Scotland, embarks on a drug-induced expedition into her own past.
Tiger was performed at Prague Fringe 2016 as a solo show, then rewritten as a two-hander and performed again at Prague Fringe 2017, Edinburgh Fringe 2017 (full PBH Free Fringe run), and at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle. The show was nominated for the Prague Fringe Inspiration Award twice, in 2016-2017.
Starring Izzy Stott as Kathy Pearce, written by and co-starring Colin Bramwell, with original music and sound design by Daniel McGurty.
A play about the limits of intelligence, artificial or otherwise.
ADA is a sci-fi play about artificial intelligence and job satisfaction. It tells the story of Kai, a brilliant and insufferable programmer who awakens an artificial intelligence with an axe to grind.
Ada boldly combines poetry, theatre and electronic music to create an explosive satire of the digital age.
ADA was written from a concept by Daniel McGurty by Criss Roden and Colin Bramwell, with live music, sound design and video editing from Daniel McGurty. It was performed at the 2018 Prague Fringe.
A local myth that everyone still believes is true.
Scale is a modern retelling of a Scottish fable: the tale of Coinneach Odhr, otherwise known as the Brahan Seer. Coinneach was said to have seen the future through a ring of stone, and, according to the story, was burned alive in a barrel of tar at Chanonry Point.
Scale, Colin's first show, attempted to explore the peripheral, mostly female characters in the myth, in order to challenge a few of the misleading implications of the Brahan Seer story regarding witchcraft.
Scale was written and performed by Colin Bramwell: the music for the show was written by Bramwell, Rob MacNeacail and Daniel McGurty. It was performed with live music at the 2014 Hidden Door Festival, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 (PBH full run), and at the 2016 Prague Fringe.
A tour of Umbrella Man was scheduled for the summer of 2020, but regrettably this had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Colin will be delighted to recommence touring the show, once it's safe to do so.
Outside of festivals, Umbrella Man has toured to venues large and small across the UK, and is adaptable to almost any theatrical space.
For any booking or other theatre-related enquiries, don't hesitate to get in touch with Colin, either by clicking on the button below, or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.