Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness

A stand-up show about impossible dreams and the weirdness of the cosmos.


Dates and venue: 12 July (17:30) and 21 July (22:00) at Underground, Old Clubhouse, Water St, Buxton SK17 6XN 

Age: 14+

Duration: 1 hour


The Great Emptiness is the real-life story of 2018 BBC New Comedy Award finalist Isa Bonachera and her quest to go to space. Join Isa for a thought-provoking and unapologetically dark hour of offbeat comedy about the universe and broken dreams.


2019 is a great year for space enthusiasts; seeing the first image of a black hole, in July we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and Elon Musk is sending more junk into orbit than ever before. In 2019, the World Health Organisation recognized burn-out as a legitimate diagnosis. Isa explores why humans and stars ‘burn out’, and the blurred lines between ambition and delusion.

Isa’s third solo hour examines the extreme lengths we will go to achieve our aspirations. For Isa, this included building her own Mars Rover, and being involved in some of the major scientific milestones of this century while working at the Large Hadron Collider and the European Space Agency. The Great Emptiness gives an insider view of the best and worst parts of the world of science, and critiques the toxic culture of overwork that preys on people’s dreams.


A distinctively offbeat way of thinking, generating off-kilter punchlines that are hard to see coming’ - Chortle


Spanish comedian Isa Bonachera, 27, is a former scientist who’s hung up her lab coat to become one of the fastest rising stars of the UK comedy circuit. Isa started writing comedy in 2015 at the University of Cambridge, where she was a cartoonist for the satirical magazine The Porter’s Log.


Since graduating, Isa Bonachera became a member of the Soho Theatre Young Company, and the Free Association improv school. Isa’s debut solo hour Wow was transferred to Soho Theatre in 2017 followed by her second Fringe show Artchoholic in 2018.


Isa’s accolades include; BBC New Comedy Award 2018 finalist, third place in the Phoenix Artist Club Cabaret Award 2018, Man Up! Drag King Contest 2018 finalist, Leicester Square Sketch Off! 2018 runner-up, Max Turner Prize 2018 finalist, and Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year 2017 finalist.


You are unable to hold back the laughs’ - Funny Women

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