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Charmian Hughes: What-Not

16th January 2019 NZ FRINGE for Immediate Release


What-Not: a word for things overlooked and abandoned

What-Not: a set of shelves for all your what-nots

What-Not: the word for people there isn’t a word for

What-Not: Charmian Hughes.

London comedian Charmian Hughes loves New Zealand so much she is back at the NZ Fringe in Wellington for a third visit with a new show CHARMIAN HUGHES: WHAT-NOT.

Self-identity is the buzz word- we all want our concept of ourselves to be recognised by society. We’ve never been so free to become who we were always meant to be. Or been so inquisitive about how other people define themselves.

But some of us never knew who we were in the first place- so have no idea where we’re going. We are the what-nots, and in this new show, comedian Charmian is throwing out a lifeline to the lost and confused.

Charmian says ‘My whole life has been a muddle of cross identification. Through a series of accidents and coincidences, I was born German to an English family, brought up Catholic when they were Protestant and was an only child yet had five siblings. If that sounds like the clue to the riddle ‘What am I?’, the answer is ‘what-not’ and I am reclaiming that word as a proud identity.’

Charmian’s had a busy year since her last visit. ‘I reached the grand final of the Petworth UK Comedian of The Year competition’ she says. ‘There were 700 entrants and I was in the last 8! I was so pleased to get to the final at the age of 62. The winner was 22!’

Charmian also spent a month at the Edinburgh Fringe and continued to do stand-up comedy around the country.

She is very excited to be back in New Zealand. ‘I hope I get to Milford Sound this time!’ she says ‘Last year I tried, but the bus forgot to pick me up and I spent the day sitting on the beach in Queenstown being attacked by a duck. But it was a New Zealand duck so it was exotic’.

‘A class above other stand-ups-a great entertainer not to be missed’ Dominion Post

‘Funny and profound’ Theatreview.

‘Charming ribaldry’ The Guardian

'A captivating storyteller and irresistible performer' The Scotsman.

UK BBC Radio 4 Pick of The Week.

Dates, times, venue:

The Cavern Club 22 Allen Street, Wellington

Weds 6th and Thurs 7th March at 6.30pm

Fri 8th and Sat 9th at 7pm

Ticket links:

Please contact Charmian for preview comps thanks


Charmian Hughes: What-Not will also be performed at –

the Auckland Fringe 28th Feb-2rd March at 8.30pm and 3rd March at 6.30pm at The Garnet Station.

Dunedin Fringe Festival Club 24-26th March 8pm

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