An evening of proper good fun at Ropery Hall

Come along to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall later this month and join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun.

With her enviable track record of garnering five star reviews and sell-out shows, Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with her new show, Raffle, about chance and luck.

Better known as Phoenix Nights actress and comedian Janice Connolly this is a night out for the family.

“This promises to be a playful life-affirming show for everyone including the chance to win a prize off Barbara’s table as the entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk. “Her act is heavily reliant on interaction with the audience, for example, acting as an agony aunt to the audience”.

“Mrs. Barbara Nice has become a much loved headline act throughout Britain – a mother of five from Stockport she believes in bargains and getting the most out of life.  As she doesn`t drive and travels the country by National Express coach –her husband knows nothing of her burgeoning comedy career –he thinks she`s either at bingo or dog sitting,” Liz continued.

Janice was first spotted by Peter Kay at the North West New Act Final  that he had won the previous year.  Both were in good company as other winners have included the late Caroline Aherne, John Thompson, and Dave Spikey.

He asked her to be in his new TV series “That Peter Kay Thing” and she then went on to star in both series of “Phoenix Nights “ as god fearing Holy Mary .Other TV work has included playing Peter`s mum In Coronation Street, Holy Mary again in “Max and Paddy”  and Carole in Dave Spikey`s “Dead Man Weds” as well as BBC 2`s skating rink comedy ”Thin Ice“.

Tickets to see Barbara appear (along with her raffle) on Saturday, September 23, cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door.  Suitable for those aged 14 years and over tickets can be booked online at, by telephoning 01652 660380 or by calling in person to The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery.


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