The wait is over for the return of Britain’s best purveyor of punchlines, Gary Delaney, on a warm-up run of his new tour show of the sharpest one-liners ever made. Between stealing the show on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo, Gary extended his last tour show Gagster’s Paradise for a full extra year, leaving howling audiences across the country in hysterics. Now is your chance to experience the comedy world’s favourite gag machine work in a new show at Ropery Hall.
Theatre comes to Ropery Hall
Two original theatre productions are on stage at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall in quick succession.
On February 15 stand-up poet Kate Fox returns, in the company of actor Joanna Holden, with Where There’s Muck There’s Bras that was orginally commissioned by the Great Exhibition of the North 2018.
“This is a hilarious and thought-provoking show which sees Kate and Joanne explore the Northern women you’ve heard of (and the ones you haven’t) said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.
“This funny performance lecture uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protestors, musicians and other heroines who make up a far more diverse North than we usually see,” she went on.
The following Saturday, February 22, sees writer, Radio 4 regular and creator of cult theatre show John Peel’s Shed John Osborne return to Ropery Hall with a brand new storytelling show, You’re In A Bad Way.
A funny, sad theatre show about family and the role music plays in our lives Writer, Radio 4 regular and creator of cult theatre show John Peel’s Shed John Osborne returns to Barton-on-Humber with a brand new storytelling show about music and dementia.
John, who grew up in Brigg, writes for television, theatre and radio. His first theatre show John Peel’s Shed enjoyed a complete sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and was adapted for BBC Radio 4. He is a regular at festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and Latitude, and his poetry has been performed in BBC 6Music, Radio 1, XFM and Radio 4.
More details of both shows as well as ticket prices can be found on www.roperyhall.co.uk
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BEST BEFORE: The Mark Thomas Comedy Product Vintage Cuts
The ground breaking, law changing, corporate shaking show is back. For 7 years, 6 series and a host of specials, The Mark Thomas Comedy Product caused mayhem on Channel 4’s airwaves. Before The Revolution Will be Televised, Lee Nelson, Dom Jolly and Balls of Steel, this was the show that set the agenda. It challenged politicians, cost them their careers, was talked about in Parliament, appeared on the front pages of the Guardian and basically had a ball. Now Mark and the show’s producer Geoff Atkinson look back at the programme in a series of YouTube broadcast specials. Discussing their favourite clips, Mark and Geoff will be live with guests to discuss the adventure that was bound to cancel itself before the channel got round to it.
Your Place Comedy presents:
Robin Ince & Laura Lexx: Live From Their Living Rooms
Co-host of Sony Gold Award winning BBC Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage, Robin Ince, joins star of Live At The Apollo and two-time Comedian’s Choice Award winner, Laura Lexx, for the final FREE Your Place Comedy live streamed show, hosted by resident compere Tim FitzHigham.
As well as presenting The Infinite Monkey Cage alongside Professor Brian Cox, both on the radio and in a hugely successful live arena tour, Robin also co-hosts the podcast Robin And Josie’s Book Shambles, which gains over 100,000 listeners a month. As a stand-up he has toured the world and won three Chortle Awards, the Time Out Outstanding Achievement Award and was nominated for the British Comedy Awards’ Best Live Show. Robin has created, curated, pioneered and hosted numerous nights mixing science, music and comedy, including the hugely acclaimed Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People. Along with Live At The Apollo, Laura’s TV and radio credits include Hypothetical (Dave), Roast Battle (Comedy Central) and The Comedy Club (BBC Radio 4 Extra). She has twice won Best Show at the Comedian’s Choice Awards, voted for entirely by fellow comics, and landed a coveted place in Dave’s Top 10 Jokes Of The Edinburgh Fringe. Laura recently released her first book, Klopp Actually: (Imaginary) Life With Football’s Most Sensible Heartthrob, after going viral during lockdown with her fictional Twitter thread about marriage to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp!
Hosted by Tim FitzHigham (writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s The Gambler, presenter of CBBC’s Super Human Challenge and Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nominee), this is the sixth and final (for now, at least) live streamed comedy show put together by a group of 10 small, independent theatres and arts centres from across Yorkshire and the Humber, supporting performers and continuing to bring live entertainment to their audiences during some challenging times.
The event is FREE to watch but there will be an option to donate if you have enjoyed the broadcast, with all money raised being distributed equally among the participating venues (including this one!) as they continue to face significant difficulties presenting live events while social distancing regulations remain in place.
To watch the show, and for more information, please visit www.yourplacecomedy.co.uk
May contain adult themes and language.
THE SUPPORTING VENUES ARE
Barton upon Humber Ropewalk, Carriageworks Theatre, East Riding Theatre, Helmsley Arts Centre, Howden Shire Hall, Junction Goole, Otley Courthouse, Pocklington Arts Centre, Rotherham Theatres, Selby Town Hall
Livestreamed to your sitting room
A comedy of betrayal. Mark Thomas tells his true story of how Britain’s biggest arms manufacturer (BAE Systems) came to spy on a comedian. A tale of hubris, planes, demos and undercover deceit told by the award-winning performer.
Fifteen years ago an activist and close friend of Mark’s was exposed as a spy for BAE Systems infiltrating the movement. Now Mark wants to find him and has some questions to ask. This is a true story. The show uses interviews from friends, colleagues, activists and journalists to examine the impact of betrayal.
It is a personal and timely tale that tries to unearth what it means to be spied upon by a corporation under the sanction of the state.
As usual plenty of laughs, some weird characters, documentary styles, probably a tear or two and the vague possibility that Mark might get beaten up in the making of it as he tries to find out if he wants revenge or if he can forgive a friend.
The show won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award and ran for a month off Broadway in New York.
The Fingers Crossed Tour
Earth’s funniest footwear are back, at long last, with a pandemic-defying return to the live stage – Fingers Crossed!
The best of their last two Edinburgh Fringe shows, plus a load of new nonsense and Christmas trimmings, to brighten everyone’s winter. The event is socially-distanced and subject to… well, it is 2020.
★★★★ “A distracting tonic for the times” – The Scotsman, August 2020 (Edfringe Zoom Shows)
★★★★ “The absolute essence of the Edinburgh Fringe” – Everything Theatre, August 2020 (Zoom Shows)
Snake teams up with long term cohort and best friend Gareth Moulton for an evening of gorgeous mellow pop, rock, jazz and soul music.
Snake Davis is one of the most in-demand rock, jazz and soul sax players in the world, widely known for his solos on tracks such as Lisa Stansfield’s Change, M-People’s Search for A Hero and Moving on Up and Take That’s A Million Love Songs. He’s played and recorded with artists ranging from James Brown to Tina Turner to Paul McCartney, the Eurythmics to Amy Winehouse.
Guitarist and singer songwriter Gareth Moulton is Snake’s collaborator in the Classic Sax Solos project and Heather Small Band. He also sings and plays for Cutting Crew and Wang Chung. His illustrious CV includes recordings and tours with Go West, Nik Kershaw, Jim Diamond, Paul Young, Chaka Khan and more.