Ayesha Hazarika returns to Norden Farm by popular demand!
Politics, power and how we lost the plot.
Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.
Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought after commentator writing for the FT, Guardian, Evening Standard, New Statesman and Grazia.
Ayesha has also returned to her stand-up roots. Her one woman show Tales from the Pink Bus was a sell-out hit at the 2016 Edinburgh festival and she's been in huge demand on TV and radio recently starring as a guest on Matt Forde’s Unspun for Dave.
Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what's next for British politics.
The State of the Nation is one of the best things to come out of British politics in a long time.
'Hazarika’s return to stand up is also public service, never less than entertaining' The Guardian
'Genuinely engaging…hers is a story worth hearing' Chortle
'Hazarika is terrific company – relaxed, mischievous and with a mind like a steel trap' ★★★★ The Scotsman
£14 (£12 conc)
Presented by Milk, in association with Derby Theatre.
Written by Lucy J Skillbeck.
What happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, Joan is a refreshing look at Joan of Arc – history’s greatest underdog.
The latest daring fusion of lyrical new writing and anarchic cabaret from the multi-award winning Milk Presents and performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, Joan takes the stage as a gutsy gender warrior, dragging up as the men she’s defies.
A fearless solo show, with uproarious songs, exploring what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.
WHY? ‘Defiantly delightful’ ★★★★ The Stage
£14 (£10 conc)
Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is known for his legendary stand up performances.
Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, expect a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. Omid has recently starred in BBC1’s Dickensian, Sky1’s Lucky Man and BBC4’s Going Forward with Jo Brand.
WHY? ‘Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle’ Sunday Times
Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it?
Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.
After all, when Ancient Rome needed to distract itself from politics, a few solutions were suggested, but none hit the spot quite like the simple idea of giving the people cheap food and plentiful entertainment – ‘panem et circenses’ or ‘bread and circuses’. Our circuses might no longer involve gladiator fights to the death, but the same principle applies. Modern politics is a confusing mess, so no one can blame you for giving it a miss in favour of a night of laughs.
‘Deliciously deft…we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout… you’ll leave the show smiling’ The Times
‘The feel good comedy of a true stand-up legend’ Perth Now
‘Laughs came thick and fast throughout… don’t miss it’ The Age Melbourne
‘A note perfect hour’ ★★★★★ Metro
Age guidance 16+ years.
Jonathan Pie returns to the stage in early 2018 with a brand new live show following a sell out tour ending at The London Palladium, A show that was described as 'electrifying' Chortle, 'Blistering' Evening standard and 'desperately misjudged’ The Times.
The frustrated News reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever. Pie attempts to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs whilst simultaneously attempting to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos.
This is political satire at its finest and Pie is ’the Most exciting satirical creation since partridge’ Rory Bremner.
Age guidance 16+ years.
Sofie Hagen is unquestionably one of the most talked about comics of the moment.
A modern legend in her native Denmark, she burst onto the British scene by winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015; her 2016 follow-up, Shimmer Shatter, was a second total sell out.
She’s spoken to millions as former host of Guilty Feminist and current host of Made of Human podcasts, and appeared on The One Show, The Now Show and Live From The BBC.
This, her biggest national tour to date, is a brand new show packed with brilliant, offbeat observation, passionate argument, and jokes. Also: one parable.
Age guidance: 14+ years
WHY? ‘Consistently funny, personal, and a slyly powerful show’ Chortle
£12 (£10 conc)
Holmes and Watson are called upon to investigate the Whitechapel murders that are sending shockwaves through London. But when the evidence points to only one possible and inconceivable conclusion about the identity of Jack the Ripper, is our super sleuth prepared to believe the unbelievable?
Suitable for ages 12+ years.
WHY? This witty, laugh-a-minute pastiche of Conan Doyle’s investigative pair is a fast paced, physical and raucous night out
Phil is a 27-year old stand-up comedian on his first tour of the UK.
He has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and Would I Lie To You? He is very excited to be performing here, in [INSERT TOWN NAME] - a place he often calls his second home.
WHY? ‘Certain belly laughs’ ★★★★ Sunday Times