Most people would say three shows a day at the Edinburgh Fringe is a bit much. Most people aren’t Sian Davies. Clickety-click to enjoy a show.
Sian Davies is a comedian, MC, presenter and writer from the North West of England. Her droll, widely relatable, observational material puts an insightful spin on the everyday.
She regularly performs at theatres, festivals and comedy clubs across the UK and is the driving force behind sell out fringe phenomenon’s Best in Class and Comedy Queers.
A real crowd pleaser; just as relaxed in an intimate comedy club, festival stage or huge theatre. She effortlessly combines razor sharp wit with true life stories to enthral audiences.
Sian won the award for Best Debut Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2020, was runner up in the Funny Women Stage Award in 2019 and winner of Hilarity Bites Best New Act in 2018.
As a recipient of The Hive mentorship award from Greater Manchester Fringe, Sian was able to develop her first solo stand-up show. In 2021 Sian was selected through the Open Call scheme to be part of the re-opening program at Unity Theatre, Liverpool.
She is working class and queer, and fiercely proud of belonging to both communities.
Sian Davies is the resident host of the cult Edinburgh Fringe show Comedy Queers, a sell out show in 2018 & 19.
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Comedy Queers is a spicy late night mix of outrageous queer comedians, cabaret and drag acts. Looking for diversity? Its what we do best, babe! If you’ve seen enough cis, straight dudes with the same haircut/t-shirt/jokes/toxicity on your fringe journey, come and party with the Kings, Queens and Non Binary Royal Titles of comedy. Expect chaos, drag, nudity, comedy, glitter and an ever changing line up of LGBTQIA+ acts to grace our stage.
A Big Queer Party – Every. Single. Night!
Best in Class is a crowd funded profit sharing show that champions the rich talent of working class comedians.
Best in Class was founded by Sian Davies, who was fed up of class, money and social status being used as a barrier to performing. In 2018 she was invited to audition for a spot on an Edinburgh Fringe show, if successful she was told she would have to pay £1800 to the promoter by the end of the week to secure her place. She set up a crowdfunding page to help with her costs. Within an hour the promoter called her back and dropped her from the audition. Apparently she was not the sort of person they wanted to work with.
Sian decided to turn the situation into something positive. Realising that the barriers facing working class performers in the arts are systemic, she set up Best in Class.
The project has enabled a number of working class comedians to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe. The comedians work tirelessly in the run up to the festival to crowdfund the costs involved with taking a show to the fringe. Crucially, none of the acts pay to participate and they all receive payment for the work they do.
Best In Class has been a runaway success at the Edinburgh Fringe. Audiences flock to see the show, queueing early for a seat and selling it out daily. There is a real buzz around this group of comics bringing something different to the table at the world’s biggest arts festival, which is often dominated by middle class voices.
With fringe fees being rolled over from 2020, the 2022 campaign focuses on accommodation. During the Edinburgh Fringe, a room in a basic student style flat can cost upwards of £1200 per month. Best in Class want to support as many working class performers as possible by providing them with grants to put towards their accommodation costs.
Best In Class alumni have gone on to achieve fantastic successes within their comedy careers. Graduates of the project have signed for agents, gained TV work, created sell out shows and had critically acclaimed work. Best In Class has been represented in the finals of some of the biggest comedy competitions in the UK, including the BBC New Comedy Award, Funny Women Awards, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and So You Think You’re Funny?
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