Make ’em Laugh

Berets, baguettes and barricades

COMIC theatre company Spitz & Co returns to Dorset with a new show, Les Gloriables, described as “a master class in mutiny with berets and baguettes,” with three Artsreach dates from 29th to 31st March. This tour follows the success of Glorilla and Gloriator and finds Spitz & Co in the third and final show…

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Mock the Week star at Lyme Comedy Club

EDINBURGH Fringe hit and Mock The Week star Glenn Moore headlines the comedy club line-up at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis on Saturday 23rd March Known for his inventive jokes, Glenn Moore has supported Tiff Stevenson, Josie Long and Alun Cochrane and has appeared on Mock The Week. He was a finalist in the 2011…

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Anarchy at the arts centre

THE anarchic comedy duo Raymond and Mr Timpkins head the bill for the monthly Coastal Comedy night at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Saturday 16th March at 8pm. Host Adrienne Coles will introduce the usual line-up of three professional comedians in the intimate surroundings of The Sherling Studio. Described as a “charismatically challenged uncle and…

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World class performances with Villages in Action

RURAL touring schemes bring a wide variety of performances to village halls, often in areas where residents would never otherwise see live theatre or enjoy world music. In Devon, the scheme is run by Villages in Action which has a typically varied programme for the spring. Theatre, circus, storytelling, laughter, puppetry, film and music from…

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Total eclipse of Descartes at the Marine

IF there is a prize for the cleverest name for a comedy show it should go to Rob Newman, for his performance about philosophy, Total Eclipse of Descartes, which comes to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Saturday 2nd March. With its lengthy letters and books, and aura of high intellectualism, philosophy isn’t immediately…

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Festival returns with stellar programme

IF you missed Salisbury International Arts Festival last year, the news of the first festival under the Wiltshire Creative is that it’s back and it’s bigger, better, more inventive and more exciting than it has been for years. Running for 16 days from Friday 24th May to Sunday 9th June, with more than 120 events,…

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Hal Cruttenden brings his worries to Dorchester

HAL Cruttenden is worried – he is always worried. This time it’s not only his usual middle-aged, middle-class concerns as the father of teenagers, as he explains in his new show, Chubster, at Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Friday 1st March. There are his struggles with IQ tests, political zealots and the trauma…

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Mark Thomas is having a check-up

IT’s hard to define Mark Thomas – part stand-up comedian, part investigative journalist, his shows are unique, provocative, political and thoughtful. His latest tour is Check Up: Our NHS at 70, coming to Exeter Corn Exchange on Wednesday 27th February. Since his previous tour, Showtime From the Frontline in which he and two Palestinian comics…

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What’s my legacy?

RADIO and television favourite Lucy Porter comes to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 16th February with a new show. Lucy, a regular contributor on QI, Room 101, Live at the Apollo and Radio 4’s News Quiz and The Now Show, is always warm, witty and thought-provoking. In the new show, she muses on what we…

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Valentine comedy at the Beehive

FUNNY Woman Award-winner Suzy Bennett heads the line-up for Honiton Beehive’s February comedy club on Thursday 14th. Billed as the antidote to Valentine’s Day, Suzy Bennett has a warm and chatty stage presence. After her appearance on Comedy Idol, Suzy was asked by Jimmy Carr to support him on his Gag Reflex tour and since…

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