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A year of being kind

THE UK riots of August 2011 shocked performer Bernadette Russell so deeply that she set out on a mission to be kind to a stranger every day (plus one) for a year . The result is 366 Days of Kindness, a unique performance which Russell is bringing to Buckland Newton village hall on 30th January, at…

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Sunshine and laughter at Bath

ONE of the West End’s biggest comedy hits, The Play What I Wrote, a homage to Morecambe and Wise, will bring sunshine and laughter to Bath Theatre Royal, from 12th to 22nd January. Now in its 20th anniversary year, the show is famous for having a mystery guest star at every show – including Tom…

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Festive magic with Morgan and West

MORGAN and West, the time-travelling magicians who have delighted audiences of all ages on previous West Country tours, have just one local date for their Great Big Christmas Magic Show, at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Saturday 18th December, at 2.30 and 7pm. These all-round spiffing chaps, with their twirling moustaches and fetching tweeds, bring their…

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Bowjangles meets Dracula

BOWJANGLES, a quartet of classically trained musicians who are as funny as they are musically gifted, are coming to Dorset for a short Artsreach tour, with their new show, Dracula in Space, starting at Chetnole village hall on Friday 3rd December. Forget everything you think you know about string quartets – Bowjangles is an irreverent,…

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Tez talks at the Marine

STAND-UP comedian Tez Ilyas, star of the multi-award-winning Man Like Mobeen, is coming to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on 13th November. In 2015 Tez Ilyas achieved fame with his debut stand up hour TEZ Talks. A sell-out run at the Soho Theatre and his own Radio 4 series based on the show followed….

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She’s still younger than Madonna

COMEDIAN Jenny Eclair can’t believe it. She has hit 60. But she can comfort herself with the knowledge that she is still a year younger than Madonna, as she tells audience on her new national tour, Jenny Eclair: Sixty! (FFS!), which has its first West Country dates at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter on 28th October…

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Bristol stand-up on home ground

BRISTOLIAN comedian Jayde Adams will be on home ground when she plays two gigs at the city’s historic Old Vic theatre, on 24th October. Jayde also brings her debut national tour of The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face, to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on 28th October, and Swindon Arts Centre on 22nd. The tour,…

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Ed Byrne is being honest

ED Byrne, one of the UK’s finest observational comics, comes to Lyme Regis and five other West Country venues on his big nationwide tour, If I’m Being Honest. Join Ed at the Marine Theatre on Thursday 7th October as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY…

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Mark Thomas knows 50 things about …

COMEDIAN and political activist-commentator Mark Thomas is back ona national tour with a new show called 50 Things About Us, coming to two Devon venues, Exeter Corn Exchange on Wednesday 15th September and Plough Arts at Torrington on Thursday 23rd. The show has Mark’s trademark mix of storytelling, stand-up, mischief and well researched material to examine…

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A comedian’s secret life

THE secret life of one of Britain’s best-loved comedians is revealed in Howerd’s End, a new play by Mark Farrelly, coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 9th September, at 8pm. Frankie Howerd was known for his hilarious facial expressions, high camp vocal tricks and risque asides. But he had a secret…

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