Artist Profile

Sleeping Trees

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Merv's Spirit of the Fringe Award 2017 Winner

Amused Moose Comedy Award 2016 Finalist

Sleeping Trees, made up of Joshua George Smith, John Woodburn and James Dunnell-Smith - described by Time Out as 'the birth child of Monty Python and The League of Gentlemen' - are a trio of comedy writers and performers.

Formed in 2009 at University, the company has made nine full-length shows to date, including two family pantomimes - Cinderella and the Beanstalk and Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves.

The company have just finished an extensive UK Tour of Sleeping Trees at the Movies - a trilogy of shows - Mafia, Western and Sci-Fi - parodying Gangster, Spaghetti Western and Science Fiction film genres, accompanied by a live band.

The company are currently premiering their 10th production - Sleeping Trees: World Tour - at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.  The show will be touring the UK in Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019 before heading to Adelaide and Melbourne in February and March 2019.

Alongside live performance they are currently developing their Sci-Fi script for radio and television.


Sleeping Trees: World Tour, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Sci-Fi? Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2016
Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves, Theatre 503, 2016
Western? Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2015
Mafia? Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2014
Cinderella and the Beanstalk, Theatre 503, 2014
The Odyssey, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2013
Treasure Island, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2012
The Magic Faraway Tree, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2010


'A work of pure genius' ★★★★★ The 730 Review

'Tremendous energy... they inspire your imagination' ★★★★★Voice Mag

'Global misadventures from attuned sketch trio' Fest Mag

'The love child of Monty Python and The League of Gentlemen' Time Out ★★★★

'Phenomenal performers brimming with verve and fizzing with invention' Chortle

★★★★★ Three Weeks

★★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★★ Fest Mag

★★★★★ Fringe Guru

★★★★★ British Theatre

★★★★★ Culture Whisper

★★★★ The List

★★★★ The Stage