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Jonny & The Baptists: The Happiness Index/Ten Thankless Years

A double bill of two shows in one night, from cult multi-award winning musical-comedians Jonny & The Baptists.

A brand new hour of songs and stories about why we are (or are not) happy; and a retrospective of our first decade making riotous, satirical (and silly) “work”.

The Happiness Index
Are you happy? We can help! Five Prime Ministers ago, David Cameron started a happiness index to measure how joyful the people of this nation are. Which is ironic, given what he then did. Anyway, we’ve picked up the baton and now are trying to find out what the hell we should do with it. A new personal and political show about our desire, and the country’s struggle, to just be happy.

Ten Thankless Years
The country's absolute best (but not most popular) musical comedians present our greatest hits, from a decade of being wildly under-appreciated. After a sell-out, five-star run at Edinburgh Fringe 2023, we’ve understandably decided to take this cash-cow on the road.

'An hour of glorious chaos. A must-see' ★★★★★ Sunday Post

'A proper belly-laugh show' ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

'Wickedly funny' ★★★★ The Times

'Excellent, irresistible and winningly random' ★★★★ The Guardian

'You'll mainly leave feeling warm and fuzzy.... note perfect' ★★★★ Metro

Suitable for ages 14+ (guidance only)

Studio
£16


Johnny & The Baptists website
@JohnnyBaptists
@nordenfarm

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Feel Me

Presented by The Paper Birds Theatre Company.

Who do you care about and why?

Feel Me is a new interactive theatre show from The Paper Birds, UK leaders in devised verbatim theatre. Feel Me asks, via your mobile phone, who and what you care about from the stories unfolding live on stage in front of you.

A stunning mixture of live performance, film, projection, dance and music, Feel Me will explore the different lenses through which we are told, and connect to stories in the modern digital world.

Worlds unfold from backpacks, and tents are constructed and dismantled again, each scene and location temporary, like a transient teenager in search of safety, acceptance and a new place to call home. An interrogation of empathy, Feel Me asks what makes us ‘feel’ for another person, as we journey through landscapes and across borders, through weather storms and paperwork, changing seasons, endless queues and interviews.

Please note: All performances have integrated captions

Courtyard Theatre
£16

Feel Me is made by The Paper Birds in Partnership with Theatre Centre. A Co-Production with New Wolsey Theatre. Supported by Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja and The Point, Eastleigh. Funded by British Council International Collaboration & Arts Council England

The Paper Birds website
@ThePaperBirds
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Olaf Falafel's Super Stupid Show

Join comedian and children's author Olaf Falafel for an hour of kid's comedy which is now 20% more stupider than ever before.

There will be truth-telling cheese, fishing, ducks, bumbags, sausages and maybe some drawing. Family- friendly frivolity that will leave you feeling a lot less intelligent than when you walked in, from one of the masters of the (stupid) art. Be there or be a dodecahedron. Time Out Top 10 Kids' Shows 2022; Nominated Best Family Show, Leicester Comedy Festival 2023. Direct from Edinburgh Fringe.

A sprawling bungalow of blissful belly laughs' ★★★★★ Get Your Coats On

'An absolute treat, as enjoyable for the adults as it is for the children' ★★★★ Broadway World

'This show is disruptive, daft and downright brilliant. Take your kids. Twice' ★★★★ Everything Theatre

'Utterly delighting the children with perfectly pitched humour' ★★★★ Theatre Weekly

'All kinds of weird and wonderful and we are 100% here for it' ★★★★ Edinburgh Festival For Kids

Suitable for ages 3 - 13 years.

Relaxed Performance
The performance at 2pm is Relaxed. Ideal for families with babies or toddlers and children with SEND. Everyone is welcome to join us for this friendly format.

Studio
£12 | £10 under 16s
Family and Friends (4 people) £40

Olaf's website
@OFalafel
@nordenfarm

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Omid Djalili - Namaste

The Persian Comedy Powerhouse performs his critically acclaimed new show.

Omid peacefully bows to his inner anger and unleashes a torrent of comedic vitriol upon the current state of this dangerously messed up planet.

No government gets a green card. No tyrant avoids a take down. No audience member leaves the theatre with an ounce of laughter left in them.

You have been warned.

'So hysterically funny and at the same time so poignant and powerful that calling it stand-up barely does it justice' Michael Levin, Huffington Post

With support from Boothby Graffoe.

Suitable for ages 16+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£28

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Ahir Shah - Ends

The 2023 Sky Edinburgh Comedy Award winner brings his latest show about family, immigration, marriage, history, politics, and beans.

Ahir's last Fringe show, 2019’s Dots, is now a special on HBO Max. He has been seen on Mock the Week, The Mash Report, QI, Live at the Apollo, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Have I Got News For You, and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

'The most important stand-up of the year, if not decade' Stephen Armstrong

'Tis is truly outstanding stand up' ★★★★★ Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

'It’s clear why Ahir Shah won the Edinburgh Comedy Award with this remarkable piece of storytelling' ★★★★★ Steve Bennett, Chortle

'Starts tugging heartstrings before he even sets foot on stage… has long been one of our most eloquent, thought-provoking comic voices… seemingly effortless way it weaves together the personal and the political into a big-hearted, uplifting whole' ★★★★ Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph

'A beautiful, lyrical love letter… which deservedly picked up the Edinburgh Comedy Award this year… Shah is an electric performer, super-intelligent, his material densely packed with insight, yet never far from a gag… Ends leaves you uplifted, radiating positivity. In fact, its no exaggeration to say that Shah’s tribute to his grandparents should be on the national curriculum' ★★★★★ Mark Wareham, Mail on Sunday

'Filled it up like a tornado sweeping in with a high energy set powered by a machine gun style delivery… great comedy set mixed up laughter, with deeply affecting silences… a master storyteller… all of this demonstrated why it was named best show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe' ★★★★ Asjad Nazir, Eastern Eye

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Tom Houghton - It's Not Ideal

Tom Houghton sets out on his biggest and most hilarious show yet.

Having now taken to the international stage with tours of Europe and America, the man who asked us Do you ski? returns to the UK to ponder a new question.

In an age where tradition and progress are wrestling against each other; what are the parts of ourselves that need shedding and what is worth holding on to?

Star of Netflix The Circle and host of Very British Problems: Live and Bad Manors podcast.

'Clever, passionate and soulful' ★★★★★ The New European

'A twisted view of the world' ★★★★★ The Sunday Express

'Get your tickets today. Tomorrow may well be too late. A Star is Born' ★★★★★ One 4 Review

'Everyone’s cup of tea… Brilliant, bright and insightful' ★★★★★  UK Cabaret

'This unexpected tour de force warrants a 21-gun salute' ★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

'A crafty idiot' ★★★★ The Daily Mail

'Now that’s class' ★★★★ Fringe Guru

Courtyard Theatre
£16.50

Tom's website
@honourabletom
@nordenfarm

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Matt Chorley - Poll Dancer

Phil McIntyre Live Ltd presents

With a general election on the way, Matt Chorley draws on two decades of reporting from Westminster and two centuries of history to deliver his hilarious guide to winning and losing at the polls. The Times Radio presenter and Have I Got News For You regular is back with his third stand-up tour, ready to focus group the audience and compile his own manifesto guaranteed to get him the keys to No10.

‘Great British stand up is alive and well… Matt Chorley with acid wit and music hall timing’ Andrew Marr

‘No politician is spared in this delightful display of disdain’ ★★★★ The Times

‘Engaging, funny, entertaining’ Rory Bremner

Courtyard Theatre
£25

Matt's website
@mattchorley
@nordenfarm

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Joe Wells - King of the Autistics

There are 700,000 autistic people in the UK but who is their leader?

2 years ago, Joe Wells decided he should be 'King of The Autistics' and it all went horribly wrong.

'One of my favourite comics' Frankie Boyle

'Some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian' The Guardian

Over 4.5m views online for his video 'Having a non-autistic brother'.

As seen on Rosie Jones’ Disability Comedy Extravaganza, BBC2’s Ouch! Storytelling Live and Channel 4’s Jokes Only a Neurodivergent Can Tell.

★★★★ Chortle

★★★★ Broadway Baby

★★★★★ NeurodiverseReview

The follow up to the critically acclaimed, I Am Autistic (available now on YouTube), this is a stand-up show about representation, role models and the fight for autistic rights.

NOTE: There is no unwanted audience interaction in this show.

Studio
£15

Joe's website
@joewellscomic
@nordenfarm

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