Comic returns to Fringe fest

Lizzy Mace, left, and Juliette Burton.
Lizzy Mace, left, and Juliette Burton.

A COMEDIAN from Nether Kellet has returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a third time.

Lizzy Mace forms one half of comedy duo Mace and Burton with her friend Juliette Burton. They took their show Rom Com Con to the festival last year, and its success was such they will perform a re-worked version.

But they are also putting on a new show, Heartbreak Hotel, a cathartic comedy chatshow where they will invite guests from across the fringe to share their take on heartbreak, heartache and the heartwarming moments that make it all worthwhile.

Heartbreak Hotel guests will be asked to contribute advice for getting over heartbreak to a special guestbook, which will be auctioned off in aid of the mental health charity, Mind.

Rom Com Con is their story of their quest to find out whether ‘rom coms’ hold the key to finding true love or if they are one big con.

They try talking to coma patients (While You Were Sleeping), standing on street corners (Pretty Woman) and going on a date with a guy whose paddling pool they used to play in (Bridget Jones’s Diary) – all in an attempt to find The One.

Last year the show attracted huge audiences, with standing-room only for 18 out of 19 performances. Even with extra chairs added, they regularly packed 100 people into their 60-seat venue.

Comedy legend Dave Gorman came to see the final Edinburgh 2011 performance and the pair are now working on a Rom Com Con screenplay with an established film producer.

They have since taken the show to the Scipmylo Festival in Shoreditch and Brighton Fringe, where they won an Argus Angel award for excellence, and were top nominees for Best Comedy at The Latest Festival Awards.

Lizzy Mace and Juliette Burton met as actor-members of the Cambridge scriptwriting forum, WRiTEON!

They began writing together at a stand-up comedy workshop in 2010.

Lizzy attended Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School and studied at Cambridge before training in acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

Her parents and two brothers still live in Nether Kellet and her father Roger has represented Kellet ward on Lancaster City Council since 1999.

For more information visit www.romcomcon.com or follow Mace and Burton on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Mace AndBurton.

n Performance schedule: Rom Com Con – 1.15pm at the Canon’s Gait Inn, every day except Tuesday until August 26.

Heartbreak Hotel – 7.30pm at Buffs Club, West Register Street until August 25.

Tickets for both shows are free.