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|About||New theatre, for everyone. StraightUp Productions is a new theatre and comedy production company, comprising Will Penswick, Mark Bittlestone and Will Dalrymple.|
StraightUp Productions is a theatre company and writing circle comprised of Will Dalrymple, Mark Bittlestone and Will Penswick. Will Dalrymple and Mark Bittlestone met at Cambridge, where Mark was a member of the Footlights, while Mark and Will met at school where they devised and performed in several productions together.
Founded in August 2017, StraightUp's first two productions were 'Pity Laughs: A Tale of Two Gays' and 'The Oppression Olympics', both of which played at the Edinburgh Fringe. In 'Pity Laughs', Mark performed standup about being a gay orphan, while Will narrated his fictional gay life 'Man2Man'. The show received 5 stars from Broadway Baby, which described it as 'the first true gem of the 2017 fringe'.
'The Oppression Olympics' was a play that took a scathing look at sentimentality and self-pity, examining four primary characters who each think their lives are worse than each others'. It was one of The Fringe Review's 'recommended shows', who described it as 'a brilliant, tightly crafted piece of writing, full of belly-laughs but with an undercurrent that chills'.
'StraightUp' has several shows coming up. Will Dalrymple's adaptation of 'Tristram Shandy' is playing at the OSO Centre theatre in Barnes from 7-8 November, while all three are performing in a mixed-bill standup show in Cambridge on 20 November called 'Life Goes On'. 'The Oppression Olympics' has a three-night run at the So&So Theatre in Streatham from 7-9 December. Finally, all three are doing the stand up circuit in London.