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Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win

In 2017, Mark Watson - a man prone to considerable anxiety, with multiple phobias and a history of piss-poor self-esteem - was asked to go on Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls.

It really wasn’t for him at all because his favourite things include safety, comfort, food and not being scared and miserable. But the experience changed the shambolic comedian for the better, and now he's written a sort of motivational talk about what it taught him. But still with jokes.

WHY? 'Quite unlike anything else I’ve seen in almost 20 years of covering the Fringe... witty, warm, perfectly judged' ★★★★★ Telegraph

'This is a stand-up operating at the very top of his game' ★★★★ Independent

'He always displays an innate understanding of what the audience wants... creating a bespoke experience for every gig, an added flourish to a strong hour of stand-up' ★★★★ Chortle

'A quick-fire hour of fun' ★★★★ Metro

Age guidance 14+ years

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream
£15
Booking cut off time: 7.30pm Thursday 22 October

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.


If you have booked a ticket to watch from home via our website, you can access the live stream on the night of the event by clicking here and logging in to your Norden Farm account.

Click here for a guide to accessing live streamed events and for information on allocating tickets purchased for other households.

Recording of the show is strictly prohibited.

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Oldilocks and the 3 Bears

The first of three shows coming to the Norden Farm stage for Christmas 2020.

Oldilocks finds a teddy bear in the park and remembers a delicious bowl of porridge she tasted years ago in the woods. Something else happened but she can’t quite remember what… so she sets off for the forest.

Join Oldilocks as she sets off for another adventure followed by a scruffy old pigeon. Will she find the bears' house and what will happen then?

A wonderfully funny and warmhearted celebration of the classic story, starring a naughty old lady who looks very familiar… and 3 funny bears who love their breakfast.

Expect to be spellbound by lovingly crafted puppets, music and some steaming bowls of porridge!

The latest show from Garlic Theatre, who have previously brought Eggs on Legs, Three Billy Goats Gruff and Three Little Pig Tails to Norden Farm.

Age guidance 3+ years

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream

Run time 50 minutes.

£13.50 | £11.50 under 16s
Family & Friends Ticket (4 people) £46

Livestream Ticket £15 per household

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Tickets can be purchased as unallocated and seats will be assigned before the event.

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales

The second of three shows coming to the Norden Farm stage for Christmas 2020.

"You can’t catch me, You’re much too slow!
I like to run wherever I go"

Can YOU catch that slippery little biscuit, the Gingerbread Man? You’ll need a big bowl of porridge first to keep your energy up. Don’t worry if you haven’t had yours this morning, Granny Grinpickle’s Magic Porridge Pot has made enough for everyone!

These two tasty tales which you know so well are served with unexpected spices and quirky flavours, along with Widdershins’ trademark ingredients of puppets, pop-up sets and original music. Perfect fare for fussy foodies and discerning diners. Bon Appetit!

From Theatre of Widdershins, the company who have previously brought Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail of Destiny, Rapunzel & the Tower of Doom and The Elves & The Shoemaker to Norden Farm.

Age guidance 3+ years

Courtyard Theatre and Live Stream

Running time 50 mins.

£13.50 | £11.50 under 16s
Family & Friends Ticket (4 people) £46

Livestream Ticket £15 per household

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Tickets can be purchased as unallocated and seats will be assigned before the event.

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Pinocchio

The third in a series of three shows coming to the Norden Farm stage for Christmas 2020.

The objects of a carpenter’s workshop bring to life the tale of the puppet that wants to be a real boy, and the puppet-maker who wants to be a real father. A one man show starring Steve Tiplady, as Geppetto.

Pinocchio is carved on stage, brushes become a fox and the shadow of two saws transforms into a giant shark. An element of improvisation makes each performance unique to its audience.

Puppetry, shadows, illusion and especially composed music combine to create a show with something for all ages; it’s inventive, visually and verbally witty with a big heart.

'Wonderful work that celebrates the possibilities of theatre' Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

'Truly magical… captivating' The Scotsman

Age guidance 4+ years

Courtyard Theatre and Livestream

Run time 60 minutes.

£13.50 | £11.50 under 16s
Family & Friends Ticket (4 people) £46

Livestream Ticket £15 per household

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Tickets can be purchased as unallocated and seats will be assigned before the event.

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.


Photography credit: Adam Crosthwaite

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Magical Bones: A Kind of Magic

Following a totally sold out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the star of international stage hit Impossible takes to the road with his much-anticipated debut solo UK tour.

Direct from appearances on BBC1’s BAFTA Awards, ITV1’s This Morning and Sky’s Around The World In 80 Tricks, and his acclaimed London residency, join one of the most explosive names in street magic today as he effortlessly combines intricate sleight of hand with jaw dropping break-dance moves in one of the most awe-inspiring shows you’ll see this year.

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home.

WHY? ‘What is happening on stage really is magic’ The Telegraph

‘Magical Bones performance is stunning’ Evening Standard

'Magical Bones boggled our minds' Official London Theatre

Courtyard Theatre and Livestream
£15
Booking cut off time: 7.30pm Fri 23 Oct

Presented by Broken Robot Productions.

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Geoff Norcott - Taking Liberties

Geoff Norcott’s unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again.

Whatever the contentious subject – he’ll be honest and blunt without being a dick. Mostly. As seen on The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week.

Geoff has also appeared frequently on Question Time and can be regularly seen putting the cat amongst the pigeons on UK political debate shows. You may have also heard him on his own Radio 4 comedy special or popping up on The Now Show.

He’s written for shows ranging from Have I Got News For You and C4’s Alternative Election to Judge Romesh, Roast Battle and JFL’s Katherine Ryan Stand up show.

Geoff won an operational medal for his five tours performing to British troops in Afghanistan.

WHY? ‘He’s a class act with a mature, sharp take on modern politics’ Sunday Times

‘A Right laugh’ Guardian

‘Happily, he is very funny’ Telegraph

'Gently abrasive, but that's what makes him so entertaining' The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£14.50

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

@GeoffNorcott
@nordenfarm

Geoff Norcott's Website

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Impromptu Shakespeare

Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in-between.

Impromptu Shakespeare brings you an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play inspired by audience suggestions to delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike.

Featuring a cast of leading theatrical and comedic improvisers, they've performed five critically acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and two at the Bristol Shakespeare Festival.

Online streaming tickets are also available for this event – so you can enjoy the show live from the comfort of your home.

WHY? 'Sublime... side-splittingly hilarious' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

'Chaotic, riotous fun' ★★★★★ PlaysToSee

'Ingenious and very funny' Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor

Courtyard Theatre and Livestream
£15 (£13 Supporters)
Booking cut off time: 7.30pm on Friday 20 November

In line with current government guidelines, this event has a reduced capacity with socially distanced seating. This is subject to change as we monitor government advice. Seat numbers are also subject to change.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings, social distancing and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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about 5 hours ago Missed Mark Watson's sold out gig with us last month? Mark will be returning to The Farm on Thursday 22 October wit… https://t.co/NrCMxE2FeS

1 day ago RT @watsoncomedian: ALSO. If you would like to see me do a show this week, there is a live stream of this one thanks to the ingenious peopl…

1 day ago Today we're launching our #NordensArkAppeal to raise a total of £50,000. These much-needed funds will help us to co… https://t.co/oT364l8pSA

3 days ago Join performer, magician & storyteller Patrick Ashe for online magic and storytelling fun at 3pm this Sun 18 Oct … https://t.co/9L9SW8isJm

3 days ago RT @johnlennonuk1: Tonights show at Leicester may have SOLD OUT but there's still 2 chances to help us do our bit to #SaveTheArts & bring y…

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4 days ago RT @MaidenheadAds: [email protected] receives £351,000 grant but venue is not 'out of the woods yet' https://t.co/nAuYFYosy5

5 days ago RT @ImpatientUK: MARK WATSON ON YOUR SCREEN ALERT One week left to get tickets for @watsoncomedian on your telly-substitute device of ch…

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6 days ago Looking for some half term inspiration? Well look no further! The Magic Lamp heads to our stage from Wed 28 - Sat 3… https://t.co/b85CbqtWPF

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