After the Beginning . Before the End
Wednesday 22 May, 8.00pm
This is a very specific point in time.
“I’ve been waiting to have the idea for this show for weeks, for months. A space held open in my head waiting for the idea. For months. I’ve done previews and I’ve booked the tour and I’ve stared at the internet and I’ve made chicken and I’ve tried not to worry. But the idea has not come and I have worried. I’ve worried and doubted and waited more and more and more.
But then today, having dropped my dad off at the train station and met my friends for some coffee, whilst driving home to write this (very overdue) brochure copy - dreading the thought of heaving half lies and optimistic promises into something vaguely intriguing but not developmentally restrictive - half way home, it happened.
Somewhere between East London and South London - It arrived. The Idea. Just like that. Like a child, late home from school, oblivious to the worry and the panic and the phone calls. It just walked in and sat down like it wasn’t even a big deal. So now I’m typing this in my bedroom because the boy who lives next door is playing the James Bond theme on what I assume to be a trumpet.
And you have to trust me.
Two hours ago I didn’t have the idea. Now I do. And it’s going to be good”.
Daniel Kitson, 7th February 2013.
Something like a stand up show.
The Durham Revue Allstars
Saturday 1 June, 7.00pm
The Durham Revue is very excited to host their biggest comedy event of the year. The event will feature the Revue from 2011 to 2013, bringing back some of the best sketches from recent alumni. Additionally, the event will see some of the biggest comedic alumni returning for one night only to perform. Alumni include The Gentlemen of Leisure, Kieran Boyd, Naz Osmanoglu and Nick Mohammed. Join us for laughter aplenty.
£12 (£10 student)
The Comedy Store (June) |
Sunday 2 June, 7.30pm
It’s the first Sunday of the month, so it must be The Comedy Store. Gala’s regular meeting place for hilarious, comical and sometimes downright eccentric comedians. Our main theatre plays host to three of the best comics on the touring circuit, introduced by your MC for the evening. Rib-tickling guaranteed.
NB: contains strong language - over 16s only
£11 (£9 conc), (£8 Students and Gala Friends)
Funny Bones Comedy Club
Friday 14 June, 7.45pm
Now into its seventh year at Gala, our monthly intimate comedy night is still packing them in. With four great comics in each show and tickets for less than a tenner, what’s not to like? The line-up features hysterical MC Kiri Pritchard-McLean introducing sharp-witted scouser Silky, enthusiastic and likable Chris Brooker, and cheery Danny Sutcliffe. Join us, why don’t you? And why not spice it up with a pre-show curry… just ask the Box Office for details.
NB: contains strong language - over 16s only.
£8.50 (£15 for Curry & Comedy)
You're Probably Wondering Why I've Asked You Here...
Sat 15 June, 8.00pm
Based on the character-based comedy which he took to the Edinburgh Festival in 2012, this is a three-part performance unlike anything you have seen before. Phill plays the part of three extraordinary characters and with the help of an inquisitive audience, we find out more about them.
The late Vernon Herschel Harley is a legend of stage and screen who died at the age of 114 just last Thursday. He has worked with everybody in theatre and cinema and describes himself as ‘quite lively for a dead chap’ and ‘an anecdote Gatling gun’; The late Kurt Schiffer was the 'Korvettenkapitan' of the U42B out of Hamburg part of the German Navy's Wolf Packs, which were the scourge of the Atlantic shipping lanes. He died in 1944. The late Phill Jupitus died on June 24th 2052 on the eve of his 90th birthday.
Leave your preconceptions at the door but don't forget to bring your curiosity.