I am a storyteller and theatre-maker, which basically means I get paid for telling stories and showing off. I make funny, emotional, uplifting one man shows for the theatre. I’m also occasionally spotted doing stand-up on the UK comedy circuit. My latest performance was my new play Things I Say When I Don’t Say I Love You (directed by Hannah Banister) at The Lowry, Salford on 1st and 2nd February. This play has been developed with The Lowry, co-commissioned with Cheshire Rural Touring Arts and Spot On Lancashire, and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
The work will also feature as part of my Kindness Double Bill show which will tour rural venues in Lancashire and Cheshire in spring 2018. Click here for more details.
Here is some information about my various projects…
Kindness ran from 2013 – 2015, including three runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and two UK tours. It told the story of my failed efforts to become a kinder person, first as a Buddhist monk, then as a single parent.
“Sam Brady, a failed Buddhist monk, documents his struggle to be ‘good’ in his new show. Kindness investigates why it is sometimes so hard to put others before yourself. You’ll have a laugh – and you’ll leave feeling just a little happier about yourself.” The Observer
The Eight Worldly Winds (2012) ran at the Edinburgh Fringe. It was a strange beast, incorporating, amongst other things, an ancient Chinese folk-tale and a story about a caravan holiday in North Wales. In many ways, this show marked my transition from stand-up comedian to storyteller.
“With this naturally funny and charismatic man, there wasn’t one moment of this show that felt contrived or forced. We heard hilarious (and some quite poignant) anecdotes… Emotional and uplifting.” Three Weeks
Meditation Ruined My Life (2011) was my first full length solo show. It told the story of how, in my early thirties, I gave up everything to be a Buddhist monk. The show debuted at Manchester’s Not Part of Festival, where it won a Forever Manchester award, before going on to the Edinburgh Fringe and the Brighton Fringe.
“left his audience exhausted with laughter, enthralled by his story and moved by its content.” Large Manchester
“a must see and a triumph” manchestersfinest.com
Sam Brady: Stand-up Comedian. I started stand-up in 2008 and played in many comedy clubs across the UK. These days I don’t do as much on the circuit, focussing more on my theatre shows. I should also add that my taste in shirts has improved since then.
“Great timing and refreshingly upbeat in a world of cynical stand ups. A gem.” Jason Cook, writer and star of the BBC’s Hebburn
“natural charisma and talent” manchestersfinest.com