Comedy is often associated with Norwich theatres, but more for its stand-up comedians at Norwich Playhouse, but this week is all about the comedy-drama at Norwich’s Theatre Royal. Following the huge success of The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre brings their latest hit, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery to Norwich as part of its UK tour.
When a priceless diamond is entrusted to the city bank (we’ll use that term loosely) and in a town where most people seem to be crooks, will it stay safe? With mistaken identities, love affairs and revelations it seems nobody can be trusted and everyone has an ulterior motive.
#Tweetingit – Sequins, costume reveals, skirt removals, questionable sexual content, bearded ladies, rollerskates, leather, 8 of the best shows in the west end, not a nul points, duff note or tech fault in sight AND LULU! An amazing evening for an incredible cause
What a night. I could not imagine a better treat than seeing 8 of the best West End casts performing on the same stage in the same night. Not only that but we had this year’s
Eurovision entry, Surie, last year’s Eurovision entry, Lucie Jones, (“Fucking”) Lulu, an appearance from Leslie Joseph, Cheryl Baker, and Graham Norton, a fantastic host in Richard Gauntlett, and an amazing judging panel of Alene Phillips, John Partridge and Tom Allen. And finally, to top it all off, it was for the amazing cause which is TheatreMAD – supporting those with HIV and AIDs.
Whether you love music, comedy, circus, cabaret or something else – there is something for everyone at this year’s Underbelly!
TWO WEEKS UNTIL BUMPER 10th YEAR KICKS OFF – HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP IN APRIL
Highlights include: Circus Abyssinia, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, The Dark Room, Nina Conti & Aliens Love Underpants
6 APRIL–30 SEPTEMBER, SOUTHBANK, LONDON SE1 8XX
Now preparing for a 10th year on the Southbank and having smashed through the million-tickets-sold barrier last year, Underbelly Festival Southbank will open in just two weeks with a dazzling array of circus, comedy, cabaret, family entertainment, food and drink.
Free speech is something which is discussed widely in the media. We appear to be freer than ever to tell the world about what we think through the means Twitter, Facebook, blogs, vlogs, and so on, and yet the topic divides us daily. In the UK, we have the right to freedom of speech, with a handful of exceptions of course (racism, homophobic comments and so on). These exceptions, as we know, can lead to lawsuits and long running cases, often tried through the newspapers, about whether what someone said about another person, is reasonable. Louise Reay, an award-winning stand-up comedian and documentary maker, is now feeling this pain as her estranged husband is suing her for defamation. This is happening following a performance she did about, ironically, censorship and authoritarianism, in which she mentioned him briefly. As a result of this law suit, her fellow comedians are putting on a comedy gala to both raise money for her defence and to make a statement about comedians’ freedom of speech.
The gala will take place on Monday 21 May in support of comedian Louise. Produced by Berk’s Nest, Rabbit Rabbit and Amy Annette, the gala will take place at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End.
Hearing the voice of Nina Conti is normal. But when it is coming from your phone it is a little strange. You normally hear it when you can see Nina Conti, but are being lead, through suggestion and stage craft, to not think it is coming from her mouth but instead that of one of her puppet friends or, more recently, unsuspecting audience members. But this isn’t that, this is a phone. I may be overthinking things because I am pleased and surprised to be talking to someone of whom I am a fan.
I have been a fan for many years, I’ll take care of my bias on Monday when I review Conti’s show ‘In Your Face’ but for now let’s be clear that she is cool, and this has a lot to do with the fact that her work is interesting, and constantly subverts the form of the tools and techniques she employs.