Make ’em Laugh

Kevin Bridges at Bristol Hippodrome

TICKETS go like hot cakes when Scotland’s biggest comedy export, Kevin Bridges, announces a tour – so expect to have to go a waiting list if you want to catch him with his new show,  Brand New, at Bristol Hippodrome from 23rd to 25th August.. Kevin is pretty much sold out for this tour, including…

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Miscast at the Merlin

ON Friday 20th July there’s a fundraising cabaret on stage at the Merlin Theatre in Frome, and it might just make dreams come true. Described as a cabaret evening with a twist, the audience can expect something different.  The organisers,  Ryan Hughes, Abi Holmes and James Finbow, asked performers in the local area what songs…

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Multi talented Mat

CABARET star and juggler Mat Ricardo is bringing his show. Mat Ricardo vs The World, to Dorchester Corn Exchange on Thursday 19th July, and it’s suitable for audiences aged ten and older. After a 30-year career as the go-to guy for jaw-dropping dexterity, Mat had a problem – he’d run out of new tricks. So…

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Mark Thomas is checking up on the NHS

MARK Thomas is as much a polemicist and activist as he is a comedian, so no surprise that his latest work in progress has a serious contemporary theme, Check Up On Our NHS @ 70, which is coming to Bath on 10th and 11th July and Dorchester Arts on Thursday 12th, ahead of his three…

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Edinburgh previews at Bridport’s Lyric

BRIDPORT’s experimental Lyric Theatre hosts an exciting Edinburgh Fringe preview for two very funny women, Sally-Anne Hayward and Hayley Ellis, on Sunday 8th July at 8pm. Sally-Anne Hayward, who describes herself as a “comedienne-ess,” promises 59 minutes of jokes from a female/woman unafraid of embracing her bitchier side. Watch out fussy eaters, over-sharers and people…

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Stellar line-up for Larmer Tree

THE Larmer Tree Festival returns this year, from 19th to 22nd July, after its 2017 absence, with a line-up that includes Jake Bugg, First Aid Kit and Public Service Broadcasting. The long list of musicians and groups taking part include many festival favourites, world music stars, West Country bands and some who will be new…

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Record sales for Frome Festival

This year’s Frome Festival, from 6th to 15th July, has a line-up that includes the brilliant historian and broadcaster Michael Wood, punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke, folk stars Blazin’ Fiddles and comedians George Egg, Tom Allen and Viv Groskop. Many events are expected to sell out, particularly at the smaller venues such as Rook…

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This is going to hurt (and make you laugh)

ADAM Kay is not the first medic to have a second career as a comedian, but he has made the trials of a junior doctor’s life into an international phenomenon, with a best-selling book and a sell-out stand-up act, coming to Dorchester on Thursday 28th June. The gig is Adam Kay’s only one in Dorset…

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