Make ’em Laugh

Ukulele euphoria and magical mayhem

UKULELE music and mayhem are heading for the seaside when two of the country’s most entertaining ukulele bands bring their Ukulele Variety Show to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on 15th and 17th August. The Lavish and the League of Ukulele Gentlemen (pictured) offer a musical mix of charismatic performance, witty banter and an…

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Debra makes an impression at the Tiv

FROM Dead Ringers to Poole Lighthouse pantomimes, multi-talented Debra Stephenson has a huge national following and strong local support – catch her at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre on Friday 28th July for a solo show. In the show, Night of 100 Voices, Debra invites you to join her for a night of live music, comedy and…

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Desperate fun at the seaside

DESPERATE Men come to Lyme Regis on Tuesday 25th July with two open air performances of a street theatre show called Slapstick and Slaughter which takes a surreal look at the horrors of war. In the 40-minute show on Theatre Square, performers Richard Headon and Jon Beedell attempt to confront the absurdity of war, using their…

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Variety at the Tivoli

ON Friday 21st July, The Big Big Variety Show comes to the stage of the Tivoli in Wimborne, raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis Research. Dorset-based comedian, juggler and Tivoli patron Pete Matthews hosts the show, which has 25 world-class performers, all giving their time for the cause. They include comedians Dwayne Cunningham, Adrian Walsh and…

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Have a girls’ night out with Kathy Lette

OUTSPOKEN Australian novelist and broadcaster Kathy Lette comes to Dorchester Corn Exchange on Saturday 22nd July with her one-woman show, Girls’ Night Out. The show is described as “a psychological strip tease taking us from Puberty Blues to Menopause Blues, with tales of love, lust, men, marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, mastitis, sexist bosses, teenage-daughter-wrangling, ageing, toy…

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Just Like That! – remembering Tommy Cooper

TOMMY Cooper was a one-off comic genius, and comedian and actor John Hewer has won critical acclaim and sell-out audiences for the show in which he celebrates the odd-ball hilarity of the man in the red fez, coming to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Saturday 22nd July. Hewer, whose other comic resurrections include Tony Hancock…

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Political comedy at Salisbury Arts Centre

STAND-up comedian and some-time political special adviser Ayesha Hazarika comes to Salisbury Arts Centre with her new show, State of the Nation, on  Friday 14th July at 8pm. Ayesha started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party…

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A rare ability to make you laugh

DISABLED comics Laurence Clark and Steve Day, who appear in a double bill at Salisbury Arts Centre on Wednesday 28th June, promise to make you laugh – and think. Steve Day describes himself as Britain’s only deaf comedian. If there are any others, he hasn’t heard. For the past 14 years Steve has been performing…

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