A Word With Abigail and Emma – The Duo Behind The Award-Winning “Enter The Dragons”

Ahead of their short run of Enter the Dragons with us next month, we spoke with Abigail and Emma (of A&E comedy) about the show and what inspired them to write it. 

Enter the Dragons won “Best of the Brighton Fringe 2017”.

What’s the show about? The show takes the classic mythological quest and re-imagines it for the older modern woman. Banished from the land of the young, our “protagonist” must now negotiate a weird landscape, populated by strange creatures and weird sisters. Expect fantastical costumes, ridiculous puppetry and extreme wigs. Imagine the W.I. run by the Mighty Boosh.

What inspired you to write the show? We felt that there was a lot of negativity about getting older. We know lots of funny, dynamic and stylish women over the age of 45, but we couldn’t see women like that represented anywhere. We wanted to write the show we would like to see: funny, ridiculous, surreal and that explores and celebrates getting older with optimism and joyful dissent.

What do you hope audiences take away from the show? We hope our audiences, whatever their age or gender, come away having had a really good laugh and maybe shed a tear too. If they are inspired to embrace getting older, worry less, wear what ever they like, stop apologizing, behave badly and kick ageing up the arse then that’s fantastic.

Which older women inspire you? There are so many amazing, uncompromising older women who are tearing up the rule-book on ageing. Patti Smith rocks our world. We’re a little bit obsessed with Frances McDormand. Her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri just blew us away. Also very inspired by the wave of older fashionistas, like Iris Apfel and Accidental Icon who are totally owning their own style.

Who is the show aimed at? We’re all ageing all the time so we hope the show has a broad appeal. Even if you are not an older woman you know one: your mother, your aunt, your wife. Lots of young people have come up after the show and said how reassuring it was to hear a positive view of ageing.

What plans do you have for the show in the future? We were chuffed to have won the Broadway Baby Bobby award for best show in Brighton Fringe last year, so this year we’re taking the show to The Pleasance at Edinburgh Fringe, which is going to be intense but so much fun. A national autumn tour is also on the cards.

Do you consider yourself to be a feminist? If so, what does feminism mean to you?
Absolutely we’re feminists! To us, the definition of feminism is simply working towards equality: political, economic, social and personal. It seems ridiculous that any human being wouldn’t want that! If we could achieve a balanced, equal society we wouldn’t need to label ourselves anymore.

What’s making you angry, excited or calm for 2018?
Angry: The infinitely infantile Trump, the slow motion car-crash that is Brexit, there’s a lot to be angry about. It’s especially infuriating when women are told they shouldn’t be angry, that they should “calm down, dear” and not make a fuss! Anger when used wisely is a powerful force for change. With the emergence of The Time’s Up movement, there’s a sense that hard won, and long overdue change is going to come. It feels like a very energizing and inspiring time and that now is a pivotal moment.

Excited: We are so thrilled to be taking the show to The Edinburgh Fringe. Performing our show and inspiring other women to kick aging right up the arse really is exciting!

Calm: Herbal tea and mindfulness; only joking! Not giving a f**k about the small stuff, and a large gin and tonic.

If you’re after tickets, and in our (albeit biased) opinion you definitely should be, then you can get them here

OCTOBER: The Old Market’s Month of Comedy

This October the Brighton Comedy Festival returns for its thirteenth year and bringing us a huge selection of the worlds funniest comedy acts, but before the festival even begins, we have a trio of Britan’s very best comedians…

Here are our highlights:



TIM KEY: Single White Slut
Tues 07 October, 8pm
Star of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown climbs back into his poetry overalls to lean against his mic and make you laugh for another 70 mins.Now charming, he will recollect simple tales of love, gaze dead-eyed at the ladies, recite verse and do basic talking.


Wednesday 08 October
Winner of five major comedy awards. 24-hour-show luminary. Novelist. Watson (host of BBC’s We Need Answers, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week regular and star of cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better) returns to the road with his darkest, most personal show yet. Luckily, it’s also his funniest.


DANNY BHOY: Please Untick This Box
Thursday 09 October
Danny Bhoy brings his natural gift for story telling and razor sharp wit to The Old Market celebrating the ultimate social media tool – word of mouth.
“One of the most sparkling wits in the world” The Montreal Gazette 



Briefs: The Second Coming
Thursday 16 – Saturday 18 October, 9:30pm
Described as an Aussie ‘Cirque du Soleil’ meets ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’, the award-winning all male, all vaudeville, all trash brat-pack land in Brighton with their cult variety hit.

“Knowingly wacky, wildly skilful neo-vaudevillian” ★★★★★ The Times
“It’s an eye-popping spectacle that is both fabulously sexy and seriously clever.”  ★★★★★ Time Out


TONY LAW: Enter The Tonezone
Friday 17 October, 7:30pm.
The completely insane Canadian comedian Mr Tony Law is striding back out on tour this Autumn with a brand new show. Dive into the zone of Tone for a brand new show of life-affirming, life-changing comedy from the multi award-winning nonsense-maker.


More From Brighton Comedy Festival…

Saturday 18 October, 7:30pm
The critically acclaimed stage adaption of the cult TV classic returns to Brighton Comedy Festival following sell-outs at Edinburgh and nationwide.

Thursday 23 October, 8:45pm
Comedian, journalist, novelist and activist Rob Newman makes a hotly anticipated return to comedy with his first complete show in 7 years.

ROBIN INCE: In and Out of his Mind
Thursday 23 October, 7:30pm.
After dabbling in Darwin and cleaning out Schrodinger’s Cat, Robin now delves into his mind and possibly your mind too.


RICHARD HERRING: Lord of the Dance Settee
Friday 24 October, 7:30pm
After covering weighty issues like death, love, religion and spam javelins, “The King of Edinburgh” [List] is in a frivolous mood with this show about daftness  and how Herring’s whole career is a failed attempt to top a piece of visual slapstick comedy he came up with at 16.

Friday 24 – Saturday 25 October, 9:30pm
Following an Edinburgh Fringe sell-out, the Argus Angel award-winning musical extravaganza returns to Brighton!

Saturday 25 October, 7:30pm
Top comedians are lawyers, prosecuting and defending charges set against you in a brand new improvised show,  “All rise for some proper off-the-rails anarchic humour and wit…”

NEWS: TOM’s Summer Of Comedy, 2014

This June and July, come and see some great comedy, before anyone else does! TOM (The Old Market) is playing host to a huge comedy line up, highlights including Jarred Christmas, Imran Yusuf and Luke McQueen, PLUS TOM’s regular comedy night 321 returns with a new name ‘Ski, Two, One’.

TOM’s Edinburgh Comedy Previews 2014


5 Events, featuring 8 acclaimed and upcoming acts with the best of their new material: Think it’s funny? Pay some money!

See the very best Edinburgh Fringe comedy, before the official festival has even begun! We have 5 events featuring 8 acclaimed acts showcasing their new material. Think that’s good? It get’s better: All of these events are FREE!* All awaits them: packed houses; showers of awards; TV fame… But for now, all they aspire to achieve is your laughter.

* Book your tickets free, then, on the night, if you think it’s funny, pay some money!

Ski, Two, One with Red Todgers and Dirty Bin


TOM’s regular madcap comedy night 321 returns with a new name ‘Ski, Two, One with Red Todgers and Dirty Bin’. This revisiting of the hit 80’s game show platforms the best in alternative and character comedy.
Olympic Skiing Sensation Flange Krammer hosts the offbeat, raucous 80’s style game show bringing you that old-school Saturday night feeling (on a Tuesday).

So, it’s decided, The Old Market is the funniest place to be this summer!
Check out our full COMEDY LISTINGS.