Imagine King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Tom Waits, Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the BBC Youth Jazz Orchestra all playing together. There is some phenomenal playing on here – probably one of the best bunch of musicians that have graced this page. -Rhythm Magazine, UK
Psychoyogi’s fourth album, Shrine, is mandatory listening for anyone who likes their prog to be musically challenging and intellectually stimulating – like a sharper-edged, 21st-century version of Gentle Giant. Combining jazzy grooves, Canterbury-inspired melodic sensibilities and a generous pinch of punk attitude, the nine short, yet subtly-complex songs will keep the listener on their toes. -Weekendprog – Something For The Weekend?
A curious racket which borrows from the likes of Frank Zappa and King Crimson… but which stands convincingly on its own two feet. -TNT, UK
Psychoyogi are more then a little different. When others are content to cash in on trendy musical resurgences, they attempt what is perhaps, the impossible a new direction in music. Inconstant time signatures and a rejection of docile adherence to a single musical style are the characteristics of a group that actively seek to challenge their audience. They maintain the stylistic vertigo of They Might Be Giants but are even more disjointed, rendering their work somehow equally transparent and oblique, understandable yet initially inaccessible. -Beat Magazine (Australia)
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry on Saturday 7 April 2018
Doors Open at 8:00PM
Starts at 8:30PM
Can cartoonists find humour in anything? What’s a typical day? Do the times we live in affect the cartoons we get? All these and more will be revealed in ‘Cartoonists in Conversation’, our Friday night panel discussion at the Wightman Theatre on the 20th April at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 + booking fee or pay on the door (subject to availability).
Radio presenter Alex Lester hosts an interactive discussion with four fabulous cartoonists. Jeremy Banx, The Surreal McCoy, Wilbur Dawbarn and Royston Robertson are regulars in Private Eye, The Spectator, The Oldie, The Beano and many more. Readers of the magazines will be familiar with their work but who are the people behind them? Are cartoonists writers, artists, journalists?
Join us on the 20th and find out about the life of a cartoonist.
The discussion will be followed by a chance for audience questions.
As part of our sponsorship of the Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival we are hosting a gig to whet your appetite! Join us for an evening of comedy and cheese board supper.
The evening will include a brewery tour, cheese board supper and comedy!
MC – Karen Bayley
Opener – Scott Bennett
Closer – Nick Page
COST: Cost for the evening is £25.00 per person, pre booking only.
VENUE: Hobsons Brewery, Newhouse Farm, Tenbury Road, Cleobury Mortimer, DY14 8RD.
CAR PARKING: We have a car park as you enter the site and an area behind the Tasting Room.
TIMES: The evening will start with a brewery tour at 7:00pm, if you have visited us before and don’t wish to tour the brewery please arrive at 7:30pm. Evening to finish around 10pm.
TO BOOK: Buy online or simply call the brewery on 01299 270837.
Comedy, magic, music, theatre, dancing and laughter on The Green in Much Wenlock
This year, we are raising the bar in festival entertainment with an entirely new and updated programme of events.
Everyone is invited to bring along friends and family to celebrate with us as Much Wenlock plays host to award-winning comedienne Barbara Nice, Oddsocks’ wacky 21st Century Shakespeare adventures, multi-talented illusionists Slightly Unusual, folk music legends, the stunning voices of Much Wenlock male voice choir, stars from the West End musicals, Mamma Mania the Abba tribute act, and so much more!.
See full details and book your tickets via http://www.muchwenlockfestival.org.uk/
Everyone makes bad decisions, right? But let’s be honest, bad decisions make you who you are.
In this brilliant new stand up show, comedian Robyn Perkins (English Comedian of the Year Finalist) uses a series of hilarious personal anecdotes, family stories and even some neuroscience to come up with a well thought out decision for one anonymous audience member. Don’t miss this delightfully funny show about why we make the decisions we do, and whether we can decide to be happy.
**** “A golden performer whose charisma alone on stage is refreshing.” Voice Magazine
**** Three Weeks
Could you be the next Steve Coogan? Catherine Tate? Come to Randolph Tempest’s Character Comedy Workshop and enjoy masterly administered tuition from an expert in the field who will assist you in unleashing your inner comedian!
Randolph Tempest is the creation of award-winning character comic/actor/writer Peter Slater who is known for his work with Johnny Vegas in the BBC TV-series Ideal and has featured in an abundance of TV-productions such as Phoenix Nights, Saxondale, Fresh Meat, The Detectorists and more.
Peter will share his diverse experience and guide each workshop participant in the process of developing his/her own character. This is a unique opportunity to learn about comedy in action and for anybody who has not met Peter and his second persona Randolph Tempest yet rest assured that you will laugh your way through the day whilst making headway in exploring your comedic potential in a playful and most enjoyable manner.
There is no prior experience required to participate in this workshop, which is suitable for adults from 18 years onwards. Places are limited and – at only £20 per ticket – a bargain for budding character acts/actors or anyone wanting to delve into the comedy world! Don’t delay, book a place and be inspired to take your comedy dream further!
There will also be an opportunity for a budding comedian to win a slot in the S.O.S. Comedy show to perform their creation later that very night!
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry on Saturday 7 July 2018
Doors Open at 1:30PM
From 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Ticket Price: £20.00*
*booking fee applies
Box Office: 01691662196
November 1918. The Great War has finally come to end, and the men of the British military forces are returning to their homes.
Don Pedro and his comrades are coming at last to Messina (a little known village on the edge of the Cotswolds) where they are met by friends, old and new.
Join Rain or Shine Theatre Company this summer, as they visit one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies. From the dastardly Don John, to the daft Sergeant Dogberry, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ will bring you revellers, rascals and romance.
Featuring the very best of the Bard’s wit and wisdom, the fiery Beatrice gives Benedick, the bachelor, a battle of words to remember, and true love is at its sweetest as Claudio falls for his darling Hero.
So dig out your hampers and load up your picnic bags for Rain or Shine’s twentieth anniversary, as the people of Messina find love, scupper mischievous plots and celebrate new found peace across the world!
Sure to delight family audiences for age 6-96, this is an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event. Please bring your own seating and a picnic.
An event as part of ‘Ironbridge Lates’
Don’t miss our first ever comedy night – this promises to be a hugely popular and entertaining evening with a line-up of high profile celebrity comedians.
Our compare for the night is Tony Meresse. His compering style centres on making the audience very much a part of the show but in a way that the audience feel little pressure or embarrassment about being a part of the show (even if some were the butt of his jokes!)
Jonny Awsum exploded onto the comedy scene with a crowd-pleasing set, performing his special feel-good brand of musical comedy all over the world and becoming a much sought-after live act. Jonny will be familiar to views of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent where he made it through to the live semi-finals. His performances on the show have been viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube!
Our headliner is Paul Tonkinson – a sensational live performer, Yorkshire man, marathon runner and former (double award-winning) Time Out Comedian of the Year, Paul has long upheld his esteemed reputation as one of the finest stand-ups the UK has to offer. With a unique and distinctive style, he’s noted for his effervescent physicality and skillful impressions, which bring alive exuberant, tender comic reflections on love, family and the day-to-day idiosyncrasies of 21st century living. A plethora of first class material, combined with tremendous charm and irrepressible, infectious energy make for quite a formidable talent.
Paul has joined the mighty Michael McIntyre several times as a special guest on live shows around the UK and on global arena tours.
Known to TV viewers Paul’s appeared on shows such as BBC One’s Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store and The World Stands-up.
7pm doors open
7.45pm take seats
8pm compare – Tony Maresse
8.45pm Jonny Awsum
9.30pm Paul Tonkinson
Tickets are £20 per person. A cash bar and snacks will be available during the evening. We recommend this event is suitable for people aged 16+.
One Man Bond: Every Bond Movie In 60 Minutes’ chronicles over half a century of the most successful movie franchise in history.
The show has recently been staged at the world famous Pinewood Studios(home of the Bond movies), and at the 2018 Starburst Media City Festival in Salford.
‘One Man Bond: Every Bond Film In 60 Minutes’ is written by, and stars, Brian Gorman as over 200 characters, including every James Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, including M, Moneypenny, Q, and the infamous villains Dr No, Goldfinger, Blofeld, Mr Big, Scaramanga, Jaws, and Raul Silva. It is a whirlwind tour of every cinematic adventure of the world’s favourite secret agent, and his often outlandish missions to save the world time and time again.
This unique production features a single actor, without elaborate props, costumes, or special effects, and takes the audience from the groovy, psychedelic sixties of the super smooth Sean Connery, through to the modern day bone-crunching, and ultra realistic, Daniel Craig.
Manchester-based Brian Gorman is a life-long Bond fan, having read all the Ian Fleming novels as a child in the 1970s, and seeing every movie dozens of times. He wrote, and co-produced, the highly-acclaimed stage play, ‘NEW DAWN FADES: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester’ which has toured nationally for the last 5 years, and played to capacity audiences and standing ovations.
Brian was born in Wigan, and studied for a degree in English and Art at Chester College in the 1990s; he then worked at the Chester Gateway Theatre for 12 years, and appeared on stage in a variety of productions including the hugely popular ‘Bouncers’.
Reviews for ‘One Man Bond’:
“An acting tour de force – brilliantly capturing the essence of each Bond actor and the non-PC absurdities of the Bond series. It’s a show that definitely keeps the British end up!”
– Robert Sellers (Author of ‘The Battle For Bond’)
“ …in an electrifying way, Brian Gorman takes to the stage with real animation, not just imitating but in a way embodying every Bond character he takes on. Hilarious. From the Biff!, Biff!, Wallop! of the fight scenes through the clever characterisations and voices to the inevitable Boom!, Boom! explosions that ripped through the end of virtually every scene.“
– Louder Than War
“…What’s important in a show like this is for all the characters to be distinct and recognisable; thankfully, Gorman is a skilled impressionist, getting the vocal tics of every Bond spot-on and even making us chuckle with his perfect capturing of Roger Moore’s distinctive stance. His Christopher Walken is a treat. This is one fan’s loving and hilarious tribute to the history of Bond movies”
– Starburst Magazine
“Brian performed to an audience of hardcore 007 fans at Pinewood Studios, and they were totally enthralled. Thoroughly recommended show.”
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry on Thursday 18 October 2018
Doors Open at 8:00PM
From 8:30PM to 10:30PM
Ticket Price: £8.00 – £10.00*
*booking fee applies
Box Office: 01691662196
The inherently funny Zoe Lyons has announced a new UK tour for 2018 & 2019. The show, entitled ‘Entry Level Human’, will premiere at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August.The tour takes in 42 dates and starts on 14th September in Ivybridge culminating on 21st February in Bordon. This show is the follow up to 2016’s ‘Little Misfit’ that garnered critical acclaim and went onto tour the UK.
After a 2 year hiatus from touring, one of the UK’s most popular TV and live comedians is back with a new show entitled ‘Chubster’ and nationwide tour this autumn. This hotly anticipated show premieres at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August in the prestigious Pleasance Courtyard One venue for the month.
Rather touchingly, he asked his teenage daughters what title would best sum him up. They said ‘Chubster’. Hal’s now back on the 5:2 diet and onstage in a hilarious show that not only touches on his usual moans about being a middle-aged, middle class father of fat-shaming teenagers but also introduces us to new problems like his struggles with IQ tests, political zealots and the trauma of supporting the England rugby team.
“I can’t wait to get back on the road” says Hal. “I’m not actually that sociable naturally but I love chatting to my comedy fans because we’ve immediately got something in common. We both love me!”
Hal Cruttenden is one of the top stand-up comedians working in the UK today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer and actor. He has made several appearances on ‘Live at the Apollo’ (BBC1 and 2), ‘Have I Got News For You’ (BBC1) and ‘The Royal Variety Performance’ (ITV) as well as his regular appearances on shows such as ‘Mock the Week’ (BBC2), ‘The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice’ (BBC2 and Channel 4) and ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’ (BBC2).
Albrighton Players are busy rehearsing ‘Just The Ticket!’ by John Waterhouse, a very funny gentle comedy.
Harry is a zealous traffic warden who also enjoys eccentric hobbies including stuffed birds and Morris Dancing! These cause much friction between him and wife Ethel. Bad tempered Gran with her constant sniping doesn’t help. Daughter Ruby is engaged to weedy Gerald who happens to be allergic
to the birds…….!
All financial worries seem to have been solved when Harry returns home with an owl stuffed with cash which gets spent enthusiastically, only to discover the money has been stolen! Once innocence has been established further trouble is stirred up by Harry when he returns home from the Folk club Anniversary somewhat over-refreshed and with his arm around another bird……!