There are three press releases here.
The top one is the general release about the show
The next one is about the near riot at the show on Wednesday 26th August
The bottom one is about the young lady who took her clothes off during the show (and was seen in the Sun and the Herald)
PRESS RELEASE 1 - GENERAL
Augustus and the Holy Grail
A comical quest for peace, happiness and the Naked Rambler
Created and performed by Augustus Stephens
as seen on BBC1.
Augustus Stephens tells the story of his life as a nudist, from his first experience as a small boy on a big beach to his time in Redditch Police Station with the Naked Rambler. His quest to be happy is peppered with stories, poems, songs, costumes and of course jokes and may even inspire his audience to join in the innocent fun of nudity too.
When Stephen Gough, the Naked Rambler, walked naked from a Scottish prison to his home in Southampton, Augustus joined him for two days and was the only man to be arrested along with him – twice. Luckily, Augustus has always been released without charge, unlike Stephen Gough, whom he continues to support. Augustus said 'I cannot understand why Stephen has to be locked up, how a supposedly civilised society cannot tolerate his eccentric life-style when it is totally harmless.'.
Augustus has long campaigned for the right to be nude and spends as much time naked as he can, when it is warm enough, but he puts some trousers on when his mum visits. Being naked is the most natural, most innocent and most honest way to be, it increases happiness and brings us closer to nature. So Augustus has created this show to bring this message alive.
Augustus has been appearing on stage for over a quarter of a century, making people laugh, and three years ago he decided to make it his vocation. He writes and performs plays and comedy about his own extraordinary life, with a little magic dust sprinkled over it to make it entertaining and funny.END 1
PRESS RELEASE 2
I Provoked a Riot
In twenty-six years of performing live in front of audiences I have never experienced anything like last night. The audience went wild, and I really mean that.
It was the crux of the show, what the show is all about, but the audience were still surprised, even shocked, when it happened. I struggle to understand how such a little thing can cause such a reaction - the show has been leading up to that point from the beginning - no-one should be surprised.
It was practically a riot, but I wasn't scared - I knew that they were on my side - they had spent the last forty minutes laughing at me. Some people looked away, some hid behind their hands while peeking through their fingers, others took pictures. One man stormed out, but he couldn't stay away, he just had to come back and see the rest. And some stoical, British souls sat there, laughing, trying to follow the last Act of the show.
I was stood at the front, half of me thinking that being the chap with the microphone I really ought to be in control, and half of me laughing, I mean, it was hilarious.
I soldiered on, with each new comedic turn causing further uproar, yet somehow I managed to finish the show and the end brought warm applause.
This is the sort of thing that we come to Edinburgh in August for, to do or see something extraordinary, to get the audience to wake up from sitting on their bums and react - surely the spirit of the Fringe.
PRESS RELEASE 3
Woman in audience strips naked at comedy show
At a recent performance of 'Augustus and the Holy Grail' a young woman, called Jaime, stripped totally naked to the surprise and delight of the audience. The comedian, Augustus Stephens, was unfazed he said 'At the end of the show I invite the audience to get undressed and enjoy the happy state of being nude – I just didn't expect anyone to actually do it!'. For her bravery Augustus awarded the young lady with a free copy of his album 'Songs of Innocence and of Experience'.
Augustus believes that his is the only show at the Fringe this year where the audience are welcome to take their clothes off. He says 'In this age of super models and wall-to-wall porn a lot of people have anxiety about their bodies and I am trying to lessen that. In my song “Joyous Nudity” I say that it doesn't matter what body shape a person has, everyone's body is beautiful to me, and I love having naked people around me.' He added, 'If someone else had a show where the audience could get naked, I'd definitely go and see that.'.
There is a lot more to the show than just a man singing a song in the nude. It starts with the gallant Sir Augustus in his chain mail and travels from the Garden of Eden via Brighton nudist beach and his adventures with the Naked Rambler to a police cell in Redditch. It has characters, costumes, songs, verses, octopuses, underpants and above all, jokes.
Venue: Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St. George's Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SR
Date: Tuesday 19th April 2016
Time: 19:00 (1hr).
Price: £7.00 (£6.00 concessions)
Media contact: Augustus Stephens via the Contact page or Twitter: @AugustusNDS
For Reviews and News see: Holy Grail Reviews and News