Sadly the 2020 cartoon festival has been postponed until later in the year due to the Coronavirus outbreak . Please see www.shrewsburycartoonfestival.com
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.
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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
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.