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Yes, it’s another Edinburgh Fringe preview weekend, but this one’s so stuffed to the gills with amazing shows it really is an essential one.

Newcastle’s Alphabetti Theatre will be taken over from Friday 27th until Sunday 29th July by rib-tickling comedy, theatre and music from some of the best practitioners in the region and beyond. There are several shows every day (all of which are ‘pay what you feel’), so we’ve cherry-picked some of the highlights.

On Friday 27th, sketch mayhem will ensue as Beach Hunks present Leg Day, featuring naughty characters and super-smart gags; also on Friday, the musically inclined can enjoy karaoke accompanied by a baby grand piano instead of rubbish backing tracks. Saturday 28th is a packed day, with family-friendly capers from Spontaneous Wrecks, where kids are invited to draw what they’d like the troupe to perform – often with predictably hilarious results; Hilarity Bites New Comedian 2017 runner-up Neil Harris teams up with Julie Grady Thomas for a comedy brunch; ‘lizard prince’ of Manchester’s alt. comedy circuit Jack Evans brings his new show, Work, to the weekend; Harriet Dyer’s show Soo’s A Prick is guaranteed to be one of those ‘just so wrong that it’s right’ shows; Lee Kyle is Kicking Potatoes Into The Sea because why not; theatre show Queens of Sheba tells of four black women who have been turned away from a nightclub for being ‘too black’; the ‘joyfully miserable’ comic Richard Brown bemoans You Are Not My Audience; and the surreal journey of professional gambling comes under Ross Brierley’s microscope in Accumulator.

Sunday 29th features yet more hilarity from local comic Gavin Webster; YesYesNoNo present a bleakly hilarious show entitled 5 Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist; ‘human cliché’ Katherine Tanney lets you into her life in Composter Syndrome; Hal Branson’s Mbolo delves into the comic’s travels through Africa; and Seymour Mace guarantees eternal hell and damnation in his show Seymour Mace Gets Sucked Off By God.

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