Theatre Preview: Funny: Don’t Make Me Laugh, 6 February, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

20 Jan

Funny: Don’t Make Me Laugh, a terrifying new play based on real reports, is an ambitious project that sets out to explore the power of humour as torture.It comes to the Brunton Theatre  in Musselburgh on Saturday 6 February as part of a Scottish tour.

A young Army officer perfects his comic techniques as a tool to extract information from Middle Eastern terror suspects who are trained to resist torture by way of meditation. As traditional interrogation methods fail, the UK Security Services enlist him along with a veteran comedian to use humour as a means of unsettling the detainees’ resolve.

Written by Tim Nunn, Funny was inspired by his experiences as a human rights campaigner, and stars Black Watch actor Jonathan Holt, Donald Pirie (Mancub, National Theatre of Scotland, River City) and Paul Cunningham (Macbeth, National Theatre of Scotland).

Funny: Don’t Make Me Laugh contains strong language and is unsuitable for under 16s. Tickets are £10.50 (£8.50), £6 under 18s and are available from Brunton Theatre Box Office on 0131 665 2240 or online at


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