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I've given personal star ratings to all the shows we saw in 2015, so given the ticket prices we should be able to see if 'more expensive' means 'better'. Specifically, are 'free' shows (where we tend to donate about £3 each) better value for money than paid ones.

That depends on whether you consider a 4 star show twice as good as a 2 star rating. I've considered different way to calculate it - in the following, a smaller price is always better..

  • Calculating the "£ per star" we paid £1.20/star for free shows and £3/star for paid shows
  • Calculating the "£ per star squared" (which puts more emphasis on good shows) we paid 65p/star2 for free shows and £1.20/star2 for paid shows
  • Calculating the "£ per star cubed" we paid 46p/star3 for free shows and 68p/star3 for paid shows

Free shows, we saw 9 with an average 3.1 stars, 44% were 4 or 5 star. In total we paid out £27 for them (£3/show).

Paid shows, we saw 24 with an average 4 stars, 71% were 4 or 5 star. In total we paid out £252 for them (average £10.50/show).

All rates are 'per person'. This doesn't take into account that sometimes we chose to give more to a good free show. Excluded that Tattoo.

Shows we sawEdit

Day Show Style Price Comment Stars 2016
Saturday
James Acaster Standup £12 Clever 5 Yes
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – Minging Detectives Sock puppets £11 Great 5 Yes
Sunday
Paul Merton and Chums 4 person improv £14.50 Fun 4 Yes
Nina Conti: In Your Face Vent £15.50 Fun 4 Yes
#BlurredMinds 2 standups Free Variable 2
Monday
Best of Irish Comedy 4 irish comics Free Variable 3 Yes
UCL Graters - 2015: A Sketch Odyssey 3 person sketch £5 Good, sharp date crab 5 Yes
Flic and Julie - Penny Pinchers 2 women telling story Free Clever use of songs and flashbacks 4
Hardeep Singh Kohli: Big Mouth Strikes Again Talk £10 Intelligent 4 Yes
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Dance show £60 Not part of fringe 3 Yes
Late with Kate 4 comics Free Kate Smurthwaite not available, others variable 3
Tuesday
Shazam! 4 person play £7.50 Not much sense, no ending 2
Old Jewish Jokes Jokes and story Free Great 5 Yes
Cardinal Sin 8 person comic play £0 + Silly, slapstick 5
New Jewish Jokes Jokes and story £8 Not as well delivered and previous show, more serious 3
Milton Jones Jokes £18.50 Great 5
BaffleSmash 3 person sketch Free Good, clever, some quite wordy 4
Wednesday
The Communist Threat 2 person play £9 Clever, twists in plot 5
C'Tait la Nuit 4 person play £8 Charming amusing story 4
The State of Concrete 6 person play £5 Gritty but no real story 3
Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden Songs and chat £12 Barry mostly doing backing to Ronnie 2 Yes
Bristol Revunions: Cream 6 person sketch £7 Clever, good ideas flyering other shows 4 Yes 2
Katherine Ryan: Kathbum Standup £14 Intelligent 5 Yes
Thursday
Alexei Sayle: Talking Comedy Discussion £12 Interesting history 3
Routines 4 person standup Free Variable, did a "back of room" thing 2
Sunset 5 6 person play £11 Funny, clever, good use of music and effects from cast 5
Jonny and the Baptists 2 man song story £11 Clever 5
zazU: A Fête Worse Than Death Themed sketch £9 Great 5 Yes
Oddity 3 person play Free Set on trip to mars - lousy 1
Friday
Nina Conti: Talking Comedy Discussion £12 Interesting insights into vent 4
The Lost Art of Lost Art 4 person play £10.50 Bland plot 1
Blam! 4 man tumbling £16.50 Very lively 4
Andrew Lawrence: Uncensored Standup £12 Political 3 Yes
Gary Meikle: Dysfunctionally in Order Standup Good Free 4

PlanEdit

The following are things we planned to see (although we saw a lot more through picking up flyers).

SaturdayEdit

  • James Acaster - 20:30 £12

SundayEdit

  • Paul Merton's impro chums - 16:00 £14.50
  • Nina Conti: in you face - 21:00 £15.50

MondayEdit

  • Hardeep Singh Kohli - 17.20 £10.00

TuesdayEdit

  • Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft - 19:30 £18.50

WednesdayEdit

  • Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden – Old Masters - 16:15 £12.00
  • Jonny and the Baptists: The End Is Nigh - 19:50 £11.00
  • Socks - 22:30 £10.00

ThursdayEdit

  • Alexei Sayle: Talking Comedy - 12:45 £12.00
  • Katherine Ryan - 16:25 Unavailable
  • Zazu - 21:45 £9.00

FridayEdit

  • Nina Conti: Talking Comedy - 12:45 £12.00
  • Andrew Lawrence - 20:10 £12.00

People we should definitely see but not critical which dayEdit

  • Ivor Dembina: Old Jewish Jokes - all but sun/mon - 13:15 -OR- New Jewish Jokes - all but mon - 17:00
  • No Exit? (play) – all but sat/sun - 21:05
  • The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer - all but mon - 16:30

People at the showEdit

Available all days except MondayEdit

  • Craig Hill - 19:15
  • Croft & Pearce - 17:45
  • Daniel Sloss - 20:40
  • Dark Side of the Mime - 23:15

Available all days except WednesdayEdit

  • Aisling Bea - 21:30
  • Abigoliah Schamaun - 17:15
  • Lost Property - 20:30
  • Rosie Holt: (No) Strings Attached - 17:30

Available on a few daysEdit

  • Nicholas Parsons – only sat/sun - 17:10
  • Beta males – only thurs/fri - 00:00
  • Al Murrey - Summer Salon - only Fri - 19:20

People not there (check next year!)Edit

  • Mmm - Verity Standen
  • Kate – written by david kettle
  • Josie long
  • Andrew Laurence
  • Gráinne Maguire
  • Half baked
  • Daniel Simonsen
  • Josh Widdicombe