Made in cumbria

“Absolutely hilarious… quick witted improvisations…a faultless comedy performance”

‘★★★★ Broadway Baby 2016

In 2016, multi-award finalist Cumbrian comedic actress and writer Jane Postlethwaite brought her debut solo character comedy show ‘Made in Cumbria’ to the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe. At the Brighton Fringe the show was a sell-out success, leaving audiences with standing-room only. In Edinburgh her debut show received four and five star reviews with some days completely sold out.

Using her eclectic mix of finely crafted and brilliantly performed comedy characters, she became a finalist in both the Funny Women Awards and the Brighton Comedy Festival Squawker Awards 2015. Her show was nominated for two Brighton Fringe 2016 Awards for Best Comedy and Audience Choice.

The show was directed by critically acclaimed comedy actress and writer Anna Morris (Bad Bridesmaid, Outnumbered) who has had 3 sell-out solo shows at the Fringe (Dolly Mixture, Would Like to Thank and It's Got to be Perfect). Jane also performed in Anna Morris's award winning fringe show 'It's Got to be Perfect' which returned to the Edinburgh Festival in the Voodoo Rooms (Ballroom) by popular demand this year.

Enter the unique world of Jane’s dark comedy characters – five women who are inspired by her roots in The Lakes. Meet Kirsty Bird a nervous and lonely falconry expert, Karroll Karabiner Kavannagh - Cumbria’s number one survival expert with a grudge against cheating men, Stella Nova - the first northern female astronaut in a live Q&A demonstrating that women are often subjected to shallow questions even when they are over 330,000ft in space in charge of their own spacecraft, Joy Hope, the darkly twisted children’s author and illustrator who hates children and the gentle yet eccentric Mary Façade who runs the Northern School of Mask.

Big thank you to Romney's Kendal Mint Cake for Sponsoring the show with mint cake.

jane postlethwaite comedy made in cumbria

Part of Jane’s motivation for creating her own characters came from being “fed up with watching Southern comedians using a Northern accent for a cheap laugh and representing Northerners as thick and stupid”. She aims to create more original and complex characters with depth, darkness and wit.


‘★★★★★ This show should sell out at venues with ten times as many seats. Please come back next year, Unmissable 5 star show!’
— Comedy Coroner - Edinburgh Fringe 2106

’★★★★ A darkly funny Show’
— Funny Women - Edinburgh Fringe 2106
“★★★★ Absolutely hilarious… quick witted improvisations…a faultless comedy performance”
— Broadway Baby
‘Allows her crepuscular comical Northern charm to shine through and throw some serious shadows’

— Gscene Magazine
‘Fascinating & compelling. A wonderfully entertaining experience’

— Fringe Review
“Surprisingly dark Cumbrian observational commentary”
— Latest Magazine
“Bloody brilliant. Loneliness and breakdown has never been funnier!”
— Julian Caddy, ‎Managing Director at Brighton Fringe