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Rhod Gilbert opens The Book of John

“BRITAIN’s crossest comic roars back in style,” said the Telegraph, reviewing The Book of John, the new show from Rhod Gilbert, which has its first date in our region at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, on Sunday 8th March. The tour marks his return to the stage after a seven-year break from stand-up. In the interim…

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Dom Joly shares his holiday snaps

WRITER. broadcaster and comedian Dom Joly, best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV, is on his first UK tour since 2011, with West Country dates continuing at the Plough Arts at Torrington on Wednesday 18th March. The new show focuses on his exploits as a globe-trotting seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea…

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99 chances to like Jason

THE hugely popular stand-up comedian Jason Manford has just announced a massive 99-date tour for 2021, his first nationwide tour for several years, beginning at The Anvil, Basingstoke, on 3rd February 2021 and ending at Manchester Arena on 23rd October. Following the success of his last live show, Muddle Class, Manford, the star of many…

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The wit and music of Noel Coward

PETER Gill, whose last tour with Artsreach explored the experience of the ordinary British soldier in the First World War, is back in February with a show that celebrates the dazzling wit and song-writing skill of Noel Coward, at Broadoak village hall on Thursday 13th February and Sydling St Nicholas on Friday 14th, both at…

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Patrick Monahan is at Dorchester

COMEDIAN Patrick Monahan brings his latest show, I Started At The Bottom – And Now I’m Here to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Saturday 15th February. The Edinburgh Fringe favourite takes a critical and hilarious look at his new-found middle class lifestyle with ski holidays, through the prism of a poor, immigrant, living-in-a-caravan…

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Poetry, pies and pints at the pub

THE Inn Crowd is a national project encouraging people to use their local at the same time as hearing some up and coming poets – and Artsreach is one of the partners. The next Dorset event is at the Blackmore Vale Inn in Marnhull at 2pm on Sunday 9th February, when the flamboyant, political and…

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Rising star at Coastal Comedy

TOM Lucy, one of the new generation of exciting young stand-up comedians, headlines the Coastal Comedy club night at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre’s Sherling Studio on Saturday 8th February. Rapidly making a name for himself, the highly rated Tom Lucy (pictured) has toured the UK with several top names including MIchael McIntyre, Jake Whitehall, Kevin…

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Bristol Ferment turns ten

THE eagerly-awaited Ferm­ent Fortnight, from Monday 27th January to Sunday 9th February, is celebrating a decade of work-in-progress by artists and companies from across the South West. The bi-annual Ferment festival Ferment will be based in the Weston Studio at Bristol Old Vic, and will showcase some of the finest innovators and theatre-makers from the…

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Laugh away the January blues at Lyme

RISING star Jonny Pelham is the headline comic at the New Year edition of Lyme Regis Comedy Club at the Marine Theatre on Friday 24th January Probably best known as the winner of the coveted So You Think You’re Funny? award, Jonny leads the line-up of four comedians with Bridport-based comedian Tom Glover as the…

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