Normaler Than Everyone

Theatre (musical theatre, photography)

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  • Gilded Balloon Teviot - Nightclub
  • 12:05
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Normaler Productions in association with Fringe Management, LLC
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Contains Distressing Themes, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


A solo musical featuring multi-instrumentalist and award-winning polymath Brian Joseph. Through his songs, writings and photographs, made while his wife was going through cancer treatment, Joseph presents a funny, moving and altogether original portrait of a cancer caregiver, enraged by soup and terrified by the specter of ghosts. Co-devised and directed by Dani Bedau, Normaler Than Everyone is ultimately a meditation on love and mortality. 'A troubadour in the classic sense, Joseph is an actor, singer and songwriter of the first order' (Oakland Tribune). 'Unpretentious, funny and insightful' (Santa Monica Mirror).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Access to the Nightclub is via steps or lift down to Basement level then level access into the performance space. Some additional seating upstairs in the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Paul B. 86 days ago

A Beautiful show from a terrific Singer/Songwriter/Artist.

Brian Joseph shares with us the scary, the haunting, the banal and everyday, that were part and parcel of becoming the primary carer for his remarkable wife as they went through a challenging struggle with cancer. The deepest feelings that were stirred in him emerge almost imperceptibly between precise lyrics and surprising melodies. Even though it all turned out fine, Brian addresses something I have never seen depicted: How feelings of (potential) anguish and loss linger on, demanding to be to acknowledged and expressed, in spite of happiness and joyful relief and release. I loved the final sequence, and I would not be surprised if the show has a wider future life as a film/video.

Miles 100 days ago

The sort of Fringe show everyone should experience. Not easily categorised but brilliant, engaging, and personal. It's the sort of thing the Fringe is for.
Also to be recommended for the musicianship alone. Even if you're not a usually a fan of men with guitars, give this a go. If you are a fan of men with guitars, there's a nice mix of instruments and tunings to appeal to your connoisseurship!

Stefan Antoniuk 107 days ago

I was so glad I went to see this. An insightful emotional journey expressed through music, song, chat, photographs and film, beautifully crafted into a masterful performance captivating and carrying us along. A sharing of experiences and observations that will resonate with many. I was engaged with all of it, I loved the ending.

P. Holmes 108 days ago

Very touching journey of a husband whose wife has a rare from of cancer. Lovely guitar and piano music and a heartfelt performance. And the best part is the happy ending. We're rooting for him and his wife.

K Jones 111 days ago

A deeply moving, sobering and funny account of a life changing experience; an exploration of grief, love, the nature of memory, the truth telling of art; told through music, photography and often comedic narrative. Brilliant.

D McHaffie 111 days ago

An ordinary person’s deepest fears become real - a very honest, well crafted reflection. Nothing ordinary about the talented writing and performing. Hugely funny and heart breaking; all at the same time. Very glad I saw it.

g gracie 112 days ago

Love, loss, grief, the unreliability of memory and the subjective nature of truth. Big themes beautifully woven together through haunting images, original music and a heart-breaking (never mawkish) personal narrative. Brave, self-deprecating and funny

Thomas Gillie 113 days ago

I thoroughly recommend this show. It is moving and thought provoking with some gentle humour. Brian Joseph performs this well crafted show brilliantly. He is captivating and his music is superb. This is a five star show for me.

Robert Beaglehole 113 days ago

Normaler than everyone is stunning. A real must see. Brian Joseph does it all: write, act, perform, sing (his own songs), and photograph (including the audience). This is a powerful, heart wrenching story. Fundamentally it is a very moving love story. What a great first show to see at the fringe! At least a five star show.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

How do we cope with grief? With the fear of losing someone we love? What is the normal response and how can we relate to our new normal? Such are the questions posed by the multi-talented Brian Joseph, through songs, dialogue and photography charting his wife’s cancer treatment. The photography,...

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Musical Theatre Review (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

From the very first casual, almost folksong/country style number, Joseph presents himself as laid back, relaxed and gentle, skilfully strumming his guitar. He expounds the philosophy of ‘shit happens’ and you’ve just got to deal with it.

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Bouquets and Brickbats (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

The first show of the Fringe is always an uncertain affair. Audiences are still warming up, the performers are finding their feet and the ticketing system is going through the difficult process of ‘settling in.’ So it’s gratifying to start with something so good, and so ideally suited to a Fringe setting. It’s intimate, confessional and thought-provoking – everything you’d want in one handy package.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

It may be because of the stage productions and films which I saw growing up, but my innate and core expectation about musical theatre is that it tends to be on the big size, if not in terms of the number of people on stage, then at least when it...

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