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zazU are a comedy group made up of writer/performers Harrie Hayes, Tom Machell, Nick Read, Maddie Rice and writer/director Katharine Armitage. 

zazU is also the strange new world in which the team’s comedy takes place.

The group met in 2013 when they were put together for a run of the satirical sketch show NewsRevue. When the run ended they decided to stay together and embrace their shared love of the surreal, dark and silly. This led to the creation of zazU: a character and narrative based comedy show built from a host of absurd inhabitants, alternative laws and epic goings on.

Perhaps the best description for it is this:

“zazU = Monty Python + Jam&Jerusalem + League of Gentleman + 1950s Radio 4... IT'S EFFING AMAZING!!” (Tweet from audience member)

zazU have performed sell out shows at Leicester Square, St James’ & Pleasance Theatres and are just back from their run of ‘zazU: A Fête Worse Than Death at the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe. They are currently developing their work for radio and TV.

Praise for zazU: A Fête Worse Than Death

“a playful delight…stylish and bizarre throughout” ★ ★ ★ ★ (EdFringe Review)

“The surrealism is well built and admirably sustained…Quick and clever” ★ ★ ★ ★ (Broadway Baby)

“zazU’s show builds a web of recurring, intertwining characters and situations” ★ ★ ★ ★ (ThreeWeeks)

“Clever, well written…very funny” (Fest Mag)

“Very well written and acted” (The Skinny)

“Very funny” (Josie Lawrence)

Praise for zazU 2016:

★★★★★ "a playful delight…stylish and bizarre throughout' - Edfringe Review

★★★★ "Surreal, quirky recurring characters realised by a keen & talented cast" ThreeWeeks

★★★★ 'The surrealism is well built and admirably sustained…Quick and clever' - Broadway baby

WINNER OF THREE WEEKS EDITORS CHOICE AWARD 2016

 

Film

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

MRS SPITTLECHEEKS

2015

Chris Wickett

zazU comedy

DOM N DON

2015

James Bicknell-Webber

Fingercuff Productions/zazU Comedy

Stage

ProductionCharacterDirectorCompany

ZAZU: RAISINS TO STAY ALIVE (Winner of The Three Weeks Editors Choice Award)

2016

Katharine Armitage

Gilded Balloon

ZAZU: A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH

2016

Katharine Armitage

Soho Theatre

ZAZU: A FETE WORSE THAN DEATH

2015

Katharine Armitage

Pleasance Theatre/zazU Comedy

ZAZU COMEDY

2015

Katharine Armitage

Leicester Square Theatre

ZAZU COMEDY

2014

Katharine Armitage

Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe

ZAZU COMEDY

2014

Katharine Armitage

London Sketchfest Finalists

ZAZU W/LEAD PENCIL

2014

Katharine Armitage

Brighton Fringe

ZAZU COMEDY

2014

Katharine Armitage

St James Theatre

Film, TV & Theatre

Comedy

zazU are a comedy group made up of writer/performers Harrie Hayes, Tom Machell, Nick Read, Maddie Rice and writer/director Katharine Armitage. 

zazU is also the strange new world in which the team’s comedy takes place.

The group met in 2013 when they were put together for a run of the satirical sketch show NewsRevue. When the run ended they decided to stay together and embrace their shared love of the surreal, dark and silly. This led to the creation of zazU: a character and narrative based comedy show built from a host of absurd inhabitants, alternative laws and epic goings on.

Perhaps the best description for it is this:

“zazU = Monty Python + Jam&Jerusalem + League of Gentleman + 1950s Radio 4... IT'S EFFING AMAZING!!” (Tweet from audience member)

zazU have performed sell out shows at Leicester Square, St James’ & Pleasance Theatres and are just back from their run of ‘zazU: A Fête Worse Than Death at the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe. They are currently developing their work for radio and TV.

Praise for zazU: A Fête Worse Than Death

“a playful delight…stylish and bizarre throughout” ★ ★ ★ ★ (EdFringe Review)

“The surrealism is well built and admirably sustained…Quick and clever” ★ ★ ★ ★ (Broadway Baby)

“zazU’s show builds a web of recurring, intertwining characters and situations” ★ ★ ★ ★ (ThreeWeeks)

“Clever, well written…very funny” (Fest Mag)

“Very well written and acted” (The Skinny)

“Very funny” (Josie Lawrence)

Praise for zazU 2016:

★★★★★ "a playful delight…stylish and bizarre throughout' - Edfringe Review

★★★★ "Surreal, quirky recurring characters realised by a keen & talented cast" ThreeWeeks

★★★★ 'The surrealism is well built and admirably sustained…Quick and clever' - Broadway baby

WINNER OF THREE WEEKS EDITORS CHOICE AWARD 2016