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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)
Dave Gorman is hitting Norden Farm with brand new material. Taking a mischievous look at modern life, Dave will share his observations and frustrations with a little help from his laptop.
'[Dave Gorman] has transformed the seemingly mundane into hours of unabashed hysteria’ Metro
Join Harry Hill as he test drives his latest idea of what a joke is.
Laugh with him as he succeeds, distance yourself from him as he fails, track him down in the bar and get a selfie, ask him if he’s bringing TV Burp back, phone your mum and get him to wish her a happy birthday. Let’s Mattress!
Age guidance 14+ years.
Latecomers not admitted.
Star of the Royal Variety Performance, Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for You, QI, and Live at the Apollo... One of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour with a stand-up show about life, family, and loads of other nonsense as well!
Tour extended due to exceptional demand!
'A joke heavy show with gags a plenty' The List
'Passionate and rib-tickling. An illuminating, heartfelt performance. Highly recommended!' EdFestMagazine
'Proper stand-up, honest, straightforward, balls-out funny' Chortle
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
Show Time Duration: 2 hours
£19 | £17 conc
Avalon are the UK's leading comedy agent - they bring two top comedians previewing their material ahead of the Edinburgh Festival this summer.
Sara Barron is one of the fastest-rising comedians of her generation. Since her 2018 debut at the Edinburgh Fringe, she’s starred on shows including Live at the Apollo (BBC), Would I Lie to You? (BBC) and Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC).
A powerhouse live act, Sara’s two stand up hours, For Worse (2018) and Enemies Closer (2019) have sold out at both the Edinburgh Festival and at multiple runs in London’s Soho Theatre.
Dr Matt Winning is a London-based Scottish comedian and environmental researcher. He performs live climate change comedy and is author of the book HOT MESS: What on Earth can we do about Climate Change?
Matt has a TEDx talk about the importance of using humour to discuss climate change, hosts the podcast 'Operation Earth' and co-hosted the BBC Radio 4 show Mark Watson and Matt Winning: Seriously, Though, The Planet.
Matt has a PhD in climate change policy and is an active researcher at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources on various environmental issues.
'An attractively impish spirit' The Guardian
'Charming and accomplished' ★★★★ The List
'Clever gags … esoteric routines' Scotsman
'Unstable and deliciously unexpected' The Guardian
It’s Terry is a brand new knock about show introduced by the world famous character performer ‘Richie Raganoo’. By his own omission, it's Terry's 'weakest character he does. But his most successful!'.
It’s Terry has narrative, it’s a throw it up and see where it lands kind of show. So those that Know, Know, and those who don’t… will!
'He’s proved himself as a comedian of dizzying inventiveness' ★★★★★ The Times
Terry is one of the most exciting comedians around, regularly performing all over the globe and picking up the odd award. He has played the Melbourne Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, India, Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Canadas Just For Laughs, Dublin and Galway Comedy Festivals and many more. He is also recognisable to fans as character ‘Terry Spraggan’ in BBC EastEnders and ‘Charlie Mead’ in London’s Burning.
'A fantastic comedy mind' Eddie Izzard (Lost Python, Runner)
His TV stand up credits include, Live At The Apollo (BBC), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Comedy Road Show (BBC), The Stand Up Show (BBC), Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Just For Laughs Comedy Gala (Montreal), All Stars Comedy Gala (Melbourne), All Stars Gala (New Zealand), and The Waverley Gala (Edinburgh).
Terry has also written and performed in three series of his BBC Radio 4 show Terry Alderton’s All Crazy Now.
'The feeling that you get in a room when the comedy is this good is unique. The audience becomes a single entity, bound by laughter and enjoyment. It is a powerful and rarely felt effect and you really must experience it. Thank you, Terry Alderton, for giving me the comedy thrill of a lifetime' Kate Copstick, The Scotsman
Terence Blacker has been stressing over how to grow old happily and with style ever since he got his bus pass.
Months of lockdown have not improved his age-anxiety one bit. Looking around, he has discovered that the world is every bit as muddled about age in the 21st century as he is.
Just when you’re getting going in your life, it happens. You catch sight of your father in the mirror and realise that it’s you. You start listening to your old Mungo Jerry albums. You feel the need to contact school friends you haven’t seen for years – even the ones you never liked. You join the National Trust.
Is this it? The start of a slow slide into Oldsville - comfy slippers, fussing over your breakfast cereal, talking at the TV, with the occasional Saga cruise thrown in as a treat?!
In his funny and perceptive new show, Terence faces up to the joys and pains of the passing years with songs, quotes, and anecdotes. It’s as if Victor Meldrew met Tom Lehrer for a none-too-serious debate about the meaning of life.
The result is a spirit lifting and timely celebration of the art of not taking the ageing process lying down - about being, in the words of one of Terence's songs, 'not quite done'.
Does The Shock of the Old finally reveal the great secret of the coming of age? Possibly not, but Terence Blacker shares a world of fun, warmth and wisdom looking for it.
'A bitter-sweet - and yet ultimately life-affirming - show, full of humour and terrific songs (with wonderful guitar-playing), giving two fingers up to old age. Even if you hobble in, you’ll leave with a spring in your step' Virginia Ironside, Journalist, Agony Aunt and Author
'Melodic, funny, and with a touch of melancholy, Terence Blacker’s Shock of the Old blends sharp, knowing comedy with cracking tunes. You’re in for a treat' Craig Brown, Satirist