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It’s often said that laughter is the best medicine and if you look at the reviews on the website of the local comedy improvisation group, Renegade Saints, it’s easy to see why!

“I laughed my guts off!”

“Laughed so much and for all the right reasons.”

“I was so energised from laughing at you all as I walked home. Your guys should open a health club and just project reruns on the wall. It’d make a killing.”

So who are the Renegade Saints and why should we go and see them?

Based in Geneva, the Renegade Saints are an eclectic group of about 10 performers of varying ages and different international backgrounds – all with a passion for improv. Performing regularly in the city since 2014, they can be seen mainly at the Mr Pickwick Pub on the Rue de Lausanne, but the group also does private shows, workshops and other special events throughout the year.

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Following the global success of Kiss & Cry’s “nano-dances” in 2011, choreographer Michèle Anne de Mey and filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael have created a moment of pure poetry with their second creation, Cold Blood.

On show at the Théatre de Carouge from Tuesday, 9 January through to Saturday, 3 February, this unique show will be performed in English for one night only on Friday, 26 January 2018.

Described by the directors as “an ode to life at the intersection of different media – film, dance, music, and theatre”, this show has a rare emotional power. It forces the audience to consider the fragility of life by exploring the instant just before the final breath “that transforms our existence, through a journey of extraordinary reach, infinite tenderness and exquisite nostalgia”.

As the performance unfolds on stage, hands can be seen performing on miniature film sets. The audience watches as the film is simultaneously shot and projected on screen above the stage. The story, full of intelligence and reveries, unfolds in “an exquisite and diaphanous ballet" and the influence of Ravel, Schubert, David Bowie and Janis Joplin is clearly evident. You can see a selection of excerpts from Cold Blood at this link on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWxaqDX0gc4.

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Win a double ticket to see The Wizard of Oz on Friday, 1 December 2017!

The Geneva Amateur Operatic Society has chosen one of the most popular musicals, The Wizard of Oz, for its pre-Christmas show this year.

Taking place between 1 and 3 December 2017 at the Théatre du Léman, this lively production will include some of the best-loved songs in American filmdom, notably "Over the Rainbow" and "Follow the Yellow Brick Road".  Fans of the musical will also know to look out for memorable icons such as the ruby slippers, the Emerald City and of course the Yellow Brick Road!

For those unfamiliar with the story, The Wizard of Oz tells the story of Dorothy, who lives with her dog, Toto, on the farm of Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, amid the wheat fields of Kansas.

One day, a tornado sends the farmhouse spinning up into the sky with Dorothy and Toto inside it. They end up among the strange Munchkins in the Land of Oz. Dorothy eventually learns that the only way to get back home again is to ask the enigmatic Wizard of Oz for help. Her attempts to find the Wizard in the company of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion are frustrated by the Wicked Witch of the West. Will they ever get back to the farm?


The enigmatic, off-the-wall comedian, Paul Taylor, is taking a break from his #Franglais tour to present this year’s Trending Comics Gala in Montreux, on Sunday, 3 December 2017!

With some of the finest comedians from around the world descending on Montreux to be part of this year’s international gala, this popular English show will showcase artists from the UK, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Canada, Italy and more.

True to the essence of the Trending Comics brand, the diverse line-up of acts not only includes comedians from very disparate parts of the world but also those offering widely differing comedy styles.

The acts include: one of the most exciting comedians to emerge from the UK comedy circuit, the incredibly talented and award-winning comic, Ahir Shah; the hottest, upcoming South African act of Dutch origin and regular opening act for Trevor Noah, Schalk Bezuidenhout; the new Godfather of Italy’s burgeoning comedy scene, Francesco de Carlo; UAE’s King of Comedy, co-founder of Dubomedy, and international headliner, Ali Al Sayed; and Iceland’s biggest comedy export, Ari Eldjarn.

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5 double tickets to be won for his show on 3 November at Théátre de la Madeleine, Geneva!

If you fancy a fun night out with friends, then Paul Taylor’s stand up comedy evening “#Franglais” may be just what you need!

Presented 50% in French and 50% in English, this event is one of the last few comedy nights that Paul Taylor will be performing on his worldwide #Franglais tour.

So what’s the show all about?

How many kisses do you have to do when saying hello? Pourquoi y-a-t’il 15 jours dans 2 semaines? Why are French anglicisms not real English words?

Voici des vraies questions que Paul Taylor se pose tous les jours. Paul is a bilingual Brit confused about his identity. Il parle français comme un Froggy mais il pense comme un Rosbif. This is why, in 2015, he quit his job at Apple to take to the stage and find some answers.

Son spectacle “#Franglais” - stand-up comedy 50% in French et 50% en anglais-  est à découvrir de toute urgence qu'on soit francophone, anglophone ou tout simplement un peu des deux!

If you got all that, then head on down to the Théatre du Madeleine in Geneva on 3 November 2017! The performance begins at 8.30pm and tickets can be purchased from Starticket or Fnac.

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Enter our competition and win a double ticket for the opening night performance on Friday 27 August 2017!

What a great way to end the summer holidays with a trip to the theater to see an uplifting performance of a classic feel-good musical!

From 27 to 29 August, the GAOS Youth Group will perform the award-winning musical, Legally Blonde, at the Casino Theatre in Geneva!

Based on the hit 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, this bright and colourful musical with a memorable score and inspiring roles for young women, was hugely successful both on Broadway and the West End, and won the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Directed by Ylan Assefy, this GAOS rendition of Legally Blonde: The Musical tells the story of Elle Woods, a charming and lovable young sorority girl, who enrols at Harvard Law School to win back a former beau. But law school is no joyride — she is thrown out of class and her boyfriend proposes to another girl! It seems nobody has any faith her!

However, Elle decides to show everyone that she is more than just a pretty face. It turns out she has more legal savvy than anyone ever imagined and, through perseverance and self-belief, she finds unexpected success. Astonishing the faculty with her unabashed audacity, she gradually wins the respect and admiration of all those around her.