Semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent and support act for Tim Vine on 7 UK tours, John Archer finally takes to the stage on his own one man show.
A rare chance to see baffling magic with a dash of comedy thrown in by the man who many consider to be the best Comedy Magician in the UK today.
The first man to fool Penn and Teller on ITV’s ‘Fool Us’ with Jonathan Ross and a former winner of the prestigious Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year.
“Deliciously deft…we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout…you’ll leave the show smiling”
“Hugely Funny. Hugely Talented. You are a Superstar”
“You could put John Archer anywhere and he would kill an audience”
Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller)
“John Archer will blow your mind”
Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and very-hard-to-pin-down-indie-underdog-nightmare Josie Long is back with a brand new show after a brief hiatus, during which she had a baby and so on.
It’s about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but mostly about kindness, gentleness, and joy – all in all, the edgiest thing you will see this year. The aim is for you to come out of it feeling optimistic about the future, although that is a big ask. At the very least there will be some really silly voices in it, and that’s not nothing.
★★★★ Times “Brilliantly evocative, an original and unflagging spirit.”
Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert!
Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.
A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC).
Strap in for a hilarious and uplifting joyride into the art of survival in a world of crocodiles, coconuts, solitary confinement and alpha males.
“What’s going on? Why is everyone fighting? Why does everyone hate each other? Who the hell is Alexa? And why are there no women left with real eyebrows? Women are in fashion now but the eyebrows come and go?
And why do all the right wing papers keep calling me up for answers every time there is a paedophile with the same skin colour as me?
Can we really educate people? Can we drag anyone forward against their will?”
Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of brexit, buquas and butt-plugs through the lens of The Periodic Table,
and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides,
Shazia is taking on the burning issues of our time in her latest show.
Mark uses his trademark style of storytelling, stand-up, subversion and really, really, well researched material to try and find out how the hell we ended up in the middle of this s**t show.
’50 Things About Us’ is a show about songs, gongs, loot, tradition, wigs, nicking, statues, art and identity. A sort of funny national edition of Who Do You Think You Are?
Mark says, “Over the last 34 years, I have gone from stand-up to theatre and half way back again. It’s another slightly odd show, a sort of sweary, History Channel with laughs and creative mischief. If you’ve seen my shows before, this one is going to be a show in the vein of 100 Acts of Minor Dissent.”
On the weekend of March 28th-29 the American Civil War society (ACWS) will be holding this years training event at Whittington Castle in Shropshire come along and see the infantry,cavalry (subject to availability) and Artillery being put through their drill, wander through the authentic living history encampments of the Union and Confederate forces listen for the crackle of muskets as you are taken back to 1861-1865 American Civil War.
Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2020
This year’s theme is ‘Vision’.
15th – 26th April – Cartoon Exhibition on the theme of Vision and Noel Ford retrospective exhibition. Cartoons for sale. Venue – Bear Steps Gallery. Open daily 10am to 4pm. Admission free.
24th April: Ralph Steadman Night. Live link up and conversation with Ralph Steadman followed by film ‘For No Good Reason’ (15) in which Ralph discusses his career with Johnny Depp, featuring interviews with Terry Gilliam and Richard E. Grant plus archive interviews with Hunter S. Thompson. Hosted by the film’s director and producer Charlie and Lucy Paul. 7.30pm. Tickets £12.
25th April: Cartooning Live! Meet cartoonists and caricaturists at the Darwin Shopping Centre in Pride Hill. Open 10am to 4pm. Admission free. Watch cartooning on the big boards. Books for sale.
25th April: Cartoon Workshops at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery at 10.30am, 12.00 noon and 1.30pm.
Full details and tickets:
Berk’s Nest, in association with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, presents
Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This?
“Comedy Gold” – Guardian
‘An exceptional debut solo show from a warm and capable performer’
★★★★★ Broadway World
‘undeniably funny…thoroughly enjoyable and touching’
★★★★ Young Perspectives
‘A laugh out loud emotional rollercoaster well worth watching’
‘An entertaining hour… Weir is a warm and engaging storyteller’ Scotsman
The mother of all confessional shows from the bestselling author and star of The Fast Show and Two Doors Down. Does My Mum Loom Big In This? is for everyone who’s had a mother or been a mother, featuring hair-raising hilarious true stories from Arabella’s dysfunctional childhood, her perilous career and her life as a single working mother. Devastatingly funny, excruciatingly honest and definitely embarrassing for all of Arabella’s relatives, not to mention herself, this is a helter-skelter tour of appalling – and appallingly funny – maternal behaviour.
“Arabella Weir has a unique knack of making appalling (and true) stuff funny” – Sandi Toksvig
“Arabella Weir is simply sensational” – Joanna Lumley
“She’s a mother, she’s a comedy godmother, and her show is mother******* marvellous” – Miranda Hart
“Mirth, motherhood, misery. Arabella is brilliantly funny in her new show” – Paul Whitehouse
Written by Arabella Weir and Jon Canter
2 Day Event at Whittington Castle. T
The Woodvilles are a living history and battle re-enactment group covering the “Wars of the Roses” period
Founded in the early nineties the group draws members from all over the United Kingdom. The group has gone from strength to strength in recent years, becoming increasingly more ‘authentic’ and gaining many more members. try to not only present “living history” and combat displays but also to have an abundance of background information, so they may explain to the public what it was really like living in the fifteenth century.They are supported at this event by members of several other Households of the Wars of the Roses Federation. They hope you enjoy theirs and the other displays
Clwyd Veteran and Vintage Machinery Society Ltd are pleased to announce that THE ANNUAL VINTAGE VEHICLE AND MACHINERY RALLY AND CRAFT SHOW will once again take place on SATURDAY 14th and SUNDAY 15th JUNE 2020 at the Oswestry Showground, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4TB.
Sections including Steam Engines; Vintage Commercial Vehicles, Fire Engines, Buses and Campervans; Stationary Engines; Horses; Vintage Tractors and Horticultural machinery; Vintage Caravans; Outdoor Displays and Collections; Organs; Classic, Vintage and Veteran Cars; Vintage Pedal Cycles, Vintage Motor Cycles. Spectators will be able to see many of these vehicles in motion in the Ring. There is also a Model Hall, Craft Hall, Trade and Auto Jumble Stands.
Two day Stand-Up comedy course in association with Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival. Culminating in a Showcase gig as part of the comedy festival in July.
This course will be run in association with Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival for the second year running.
Festival Co-Director Kevin Bland said “Every year we’ve tried to introduce something different to the Festival, and to make it as inclusive as possible. I’ve long had the feeling there are some frustrated comedians in Shropshire so we thought we’d do something that would encourage them a bit – hence the idea of doing a stand up course.”
He’s quick to point out however, it’s not just those who wish to get a leg up to start a new career that would benefit from the course. “First & foremost it’s a great way to meet like minded people, have a bit of fun and maybe get over those nerves that everyone has when speaking in public. We’ve had interest from a wide demographic & there will be lots to take away from the course even if you never perform stand up again” he added.
The course, which will be taught by professional comedian James Cook, will be two full days, the Saturday of the two weekends prior to the Festival.
The 4th & 11th July at Origins Restaurant at Shrewsbury Colleges Group on London Road, Shrewsbury. The course will run from 10.30am – 4pm with a break for lunch.
Day One will concentrate on the material – conception, writing, editing & set construction.
Day Two will concentrate on the performance – stagecraft, mic technique & set delivery.
Kevin says that on completion of the course “We will put on a showcase gig at lunchtime on the Saturday 18th July where family & friends (and the wider public) can come and watch you perform your first gig.”
Cost of the course per person will be £130. The showcase will be £3 entry to cover venue costs.
Lace War will present a living history displays, British Government and Jacobite/French, giving displays of 18th century Army Drill and daily life.
Show and tell display – the Army of Bonnie Prince Charlie, their clothing, equipment, weapons and methods of fighting, including firing display with commentary.
Show and tell display – the Army of George 11, their uniforms, equipment, weapons and methods of fighting including firing display with commentary.
Skirmish display with commentary.
A light hearted look at life in a small rural town in the 1940s. As you walk around the town, you will be captivated by Re-Enactors and Entertainers in period costume, vintage vehicle displays, trade stands, music and dancing; all with a 1940’s theme. There will also be special activities for children.