10 - 14 June 2014

Tristram Shandy: Conception, Cock & Bull

10 – 14 June 2014

From the novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

Adapted and performed by Stephen Oxley

Stephen Oxley plays 18th century raconteur Tristram Shandy in an acclaimed 21st century stand-up adaptation of the famous novel, 250 years after it was first published. With all the wit, bawdy humour and digressions of the original, Tristram regales his audience with tales of his own conception and birth, his opinionated father and the love affair of his gentle, battle-obsessed Uncle Toby with the voluptuous Widow Wadman.

Laurence Sterne’s ground-breaking literary creation is brought vividly to life: “I will lay open a story to the world you little dream of.”

“A virtuoso performance by Stephen Oxley” Scotsman
“Wittily and elegantly told” Times
“An extraordinary reincarnation of the author and his characters” Independent
“An incredibly funny show of an acclaimed comic novel. Bawdy and brilliant“ whatspeenseen.co.uk
“Hilarious – the first stand up comic in English Literature” Sunday Express

The show was originally directed by Brian Croucher and revived in 2013 for the Face to Face Festival.  It is directed by Felicity Dean and has been produced by Colin Watkeys.


On Saturday 14 June, Judith Hawley will join Steven Oxley in a post show discussion on the famous novel, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.

Judith Hawley is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature in the Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London.  As well as publishing essays on Sterne, she is editing Tristram Shandy for Norton Critical Editions.  She has appeared in numerous programmes on BBC Radio, including ‘In Our Time’, ‘Women’s Hour’, ‘The Long View’, ‘Night Waves’ and ‘Free Thinking’.


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