Sunday 8th May

Here we are then, it’s finally happening. Nature is healing and laughter is the best medicine* so after very cautiously watching as the pandemic was subjected to more regrettable sequels than a Vin Diesel travesty, the time is now. Or, soonish. Setting the wry copy aside for one moment, it’s bloody lovely to be in a position to wrangle some gleefully selected comedians together to have an excuse to get you, your friends and whoever else turns up together for a communal experience of joy. Can. Not. Wait.

Alasdair Beckett-King

Alasdair is a legendary comedian, in that there is little historical evidence that he exists. But he does exist. NATYS New Act of the Year Show Winner 2014 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2017, Alasdair has appeared on the BBC’s Mock the Week, BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has performed stand-up at Glastonbury, the Edinburgh Fringe and several international comedy festivals. He knows quite a lot about 19th century magicians. Tourists often ask to have their photo taken with him, presumably impressed by this. If you dwell online at all you may also know him from his pithy and brilliant internet content including his sublime takes on Scandinavian Noir and Star Trek which alone have clocked up millions upon millions of views.

“Alasdair Beckett-King is a nice man” ***** / Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“Delightfully idiosyncratic” **** / Fest

“A singular and truly distinct act, Alasdair Beckett-King creates his own multi-faceted world” **** / The Scotsman

“Creative and unconventional” / Leicester Mercury

“A suave stand up with some killer lines” / Arthur Smith, Arthur’s Blog

“Clever and quirky without ever being inaccessible” / Bruce Dessau

“Delicious writing and exceptional observations” / Chortle

“A bold and fresh comedy voice” / The Stage

Alasdair Beckett-King

Katie Pritchard

Get ready for some high-octane musical comedy fun from carnage-wielding, mayhem-manifesting, award-winning human disco ball: Katie Pritchard. Expect incredible (very hand-made) costumes, chaos, and some pumping choons in a high-octane romp through Katie’s synapses; enjoy observational comedy from a completely different angle. As well has having appeared on Harry Hill’s Clubnite Pritchard was a finalist at Sketch Off 2019 and bagged the top trophies at both 2Northdown New Act of the Year 2019 and the Musical Comedy Awards 2019.

“An explosion of joyful lunacy” / Shortlist

“Mind blowing” / Herts Advertiser

“Inventive and hilarious” / Broadway Baby

“Always original and entertaining” **** / Female Arts Magazine

“Katie Pritchard is a veritable Sizewell B” / Chortle

Katie Pritchard

plus additional support from

Aidan McCaffery
Eddie French

and host

Rich Milner

Doors open: 6.30pm
Show starts: 7.00pm
Tickets: £9 online / £11 on the door (advanced booking strongly advised)
Venue: Shakespeare’s, Gibraltar Street, S3 8UB (upstairs)

Line-ups, like life, can be subject to change.

*  clichés ironically posited against the backdrop of ongoing climate crisis and underfunding of mental health services