This Way Madness Lies

Created and performed by Augustus Stephens - as seen on BBC1's 'The Naked Rambler'.

A true story of going mad and coming back again.

What is it like to lose a lover and hate your work? What is it like to run away to the seaside? What is it like to throw away your clothes and frolic naked on an Essex beach? These are the important questions answered in this show.

What is it like to want to hurt yourself? What is it like to be afraid of yourself? What is it like to go into a mental hospital? These are more questions answered in this show.

Follow Augustus as he descends into despair and madness, singing his comic ditties as he goes.
Can he survive his frightening delusions? Can he ever be happy again? And can he find a clean pair of pants?

Warning: contains strong language, adult themes, nudity and a smidgen of audience participation


For 25 years Augustus was a computer programmer, but something went odd in his mind and he had to give that up to do something to make himself and other people happy. In early 2012 he wrote some poems about one of the extraordinary days he had when he was losing his mind. He found that people liked the poems and that it was a fruitful source of material. Over the next year he wrote more and more, poems, songs and scenes until he had a one-person-show. 
The show has now been performed at Edinburgh Fringe, Birmingham Fest, Oxford Fringe, Buxton Fringe and Milton Keynes Fringe (as well as a few other odd dates).

It is by turn quirky, idiosyncratic, humorous, vulnerable, self-deprecating, honest … There are many things to like in this show and nothing to dislike. Do go and see this ultimately heart-warming show by a brave man.

       Buxton Fringe Review – July 2014

His performance is a powerful one

      Lancaster Guardian – April 2014

Number in Company: 1

Running time: 50 minutes

Technical requirements: None – performed by one man and his guitar

Contact: Augustus Stephens
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