Kate-Lois Elliott Makes Edinburgh Fringe Debut with 'How To Belong Without Joining A Cult'

The comedian, actor and writer shares self-deprecating and unexpectedly profound stories.
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This year, Kate-Lois Elliott will make her Ed Fringe debut with HOW TO BELONG WITHOUT JOINING A CULT. The show centres around the true story of Kate's family, who were brought up in a secretive cult until her mum escaped as a teenager. One generation later, in a completely unrelated set of events, a teenage Kate finds herself in the clutches of an equally toxic, controlling, and militant operation... you know, just your average group of teenage girls… Because, as it turns out, cults are everywhere.

Now, Kate is confronting her aversion to friendship cliques, discovering that she no longer gives a damn what anyone else thinks (sort of), and trying to figure out why it's so impossibly hard to exit a WhatsApp group with your dignity intact. The show is about enemies, frenemies and how everyone just wants to fit in (without joining a cult).

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How To Belong Without Joining A Cult explores themes of group mentality in modern life - from school friendship groups and class systems to families and Fitness First.

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Kate-Lois Elliott

Kate-Lois Elliott's acting credits include the Arcola's multiple award-winning dark comedy Clarion (starring Greg Hicks and Clare Higgins), Loserville: In Concert (West End), and The Serpent's Tooth (Almeida). Kate was also one of the original members of Edinburgh Fringe favourite NOTFLIX and has been featured on the BBC and Netflix. Kate is also the co-host of Diversify Podcast, whose guests include Ria Lina, Kai Samra, Maisie Adam, Tez Ilyas, and that guy from Dr Who.

How To Belong Without Joining A Cult will be at Gilded Balloon, Patter House from 31 July – 26 August at 4pm (exc 19 August). For tickets visit: Gilded Balloon

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