Make ’em Laugh

Celebrating laughter and storytelling

SALISBURY’s Celebrate Voice festival, running this year from Friday 25th October to Saturday 2nd November, is not only a celebration of the musical voice in all its aspects – opera, jazz, choral, folk – but of spoken word, comedy and story-telling. This year’s festival takes place in the glittering setting of the pop-up Wilson’s Piccolo…

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Mark Watson is indoors

AFTER a year of outdoor adventures, being cluster-bombed with yoghurt on Taskmaster and half-killed by Bear Grylls, award-winning comedian Mark Watson is back on tour in a more familiar setting – indoors – on a tour that takes in Bristol Old Vic on Sunday 3rd November and Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre on Saturday 9th November. Inspired by…

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Tom Glover’s not a fighter

WEST Country comedian Tom Glover, who is well known as the host of comedy clubs in Dorset and Devon, brings his one-man show to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on 27th October and the Beehive centre at Honiton on 22nd November. Tom who was a Best New Show nominee at Leicester Comedy Festival 2019…

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Geordie humour from BAFTA award winner

DAVE Johns, who famously played the lead in I Daniel Blake, comes to the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis Satur­day 19th October in From Byker to the BAFTAS. The Geordie comic and actor was born in Byker, and won his BAFTA for Ken Loach’s critically acc­laim­ed and multi award winning film, which won the much…

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Andy Parsons is healing the nation

STRAIGHT-talking comedian Andy Parsons comes to Yeovil’s Westlands entertainments centre on Thursday 17th October with his new show, Healing the Nation. He says: “It was 24th June 2016 and I found myself contemplating a supermarket meal deal. I only wanted a sandwich and I only needed a sandwich but given that I could get a…

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Paul Zerdin’s Puppet party at the Regent

AMERICA’s Got Talent winner, ventriloquist and comedian Paul Zerdin is coming to the Regent Centre at Christchurch on 13th October as part of his Paul Zerdin’s Puppet Party tour. Paul Zerdin and his dysfunctional puppet family are back by popular demand. As well as starring everyone’s favourites Sam, Albert and Baby, there’ll be his new…

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Tom Stade and Zoe Lyons at Poole

OCTOBER’s Coastal Comedy at Poole Lighthouse arts centre on Saturday 5th October features a top line-up including Tom Stade and Zoe Lyons. Since arriving in the UK from Canada Tom Stade has earned a reputation as one of the most original and exciting stand-up talents around – the perfect choice to headline the Coastal Comedy…

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Scratchworks revive a Roman herstory

THE inventive female West Country theatre company Scratchworks have been digging into ancient history and have discovered a forgotten heroine. They tell her story in Womans (Like Romans but with a W), which continues its local tour at Exeter Phoenix on 8th October. It’s 44BC, Ancient Rome. Our heroine, Leta, has been declared a traitor by…

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Count Arthur Strong at the Marine

COUNT Arthur Strong is one of those comedians for whom the terms “Marmite” and “cult figure” really are applicable – love him or hate him, he has a very distinctive personality, and his many West Dorset fans will be heading for the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Saturday 28th September for his latest live…

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