Paul Putner's Embarrassment – Me and Madness (The Band)

Theatre (comedy, spoken word)

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  • Frankenstein Pub - Bier Keller
  • 18:15
  • Aug 25
  • 55 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Paul Putner
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Strong Language/Swearing. Buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Want at the venue. Venue Age Restriction: Strictly 18+ after 20:00
  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    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 6 months


It's the ruby anniversary of Madness and Paul Putner celebrates the past 40 years as a lifelong fan. A story of a young, obsessive, nutty boy who took his passion for Madness one step beyond! Enjoy tales of freaky fandom, demented dancing, dodgy haircuts and glorious gigs. Heartfelt and honest, relish some of the embarrassing moments too and discover what happened when he finally met his heroes. 'Truly a class act' ( 'Wonderful!' (Metro). 'One of the funniest spectacles on the Fringe' (Guardian).

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Four steps into the venue and then a further 16 steep steps to the performance level. Toilet facilities are on the performance level only.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • 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.

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Jonny Kidd 113 days ago

Brilliant show. Funny and enthralling tales of how music is so vital when you're young and how it stays with you.

David White 116 days ago

Funny and occasionally poignant account of a man's heartfelt love for one of England's best-loved bands (who coincidentally performed in Princes Street Gardens on Sunday), kindled after hearing 'The Prince' for the first time in his teens, and culminating in chance meetings with his heroes as their public popularity began to wane. Putner's lengthy experience as a tv actor comes to the fore in his hilarious dance moves and convincing characterisations, running the course of a lengthy comedy script that charms with its tang of personal nostalgia for a brilliant musical era.

A Jeffery 124 days ago

The excellent and throughly nice Paul Putner put on a storytelling show about his teenage obsession with Madness(the band) which includes the definitive masterclass in advanced madness dancing.

Alun Williams 127 days ago

What a brilliant show....
Paul is quite clearly passionate about Madness, and that comes through in his heartfelt and funny stories from his youth, interspersed with photos and song snippets. A thoroughly enjoyable hour-or-so for any fan of the band, or just those who loved the late 70's/early 80's.

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Fest (3/5 stars) 119 days ago

On the ruby anniversary of them forming, Paul Putner's Embarrassment is an almost impossibly fond love letter to Madness from one of their biggest fans. Indeed, such was Putner's devotion to The Los Palmas Seven that he painstakingly styled himself after the band and began to imagine himself their eighth...

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