By day Matt Chorley works in parliament, trying to explain what is happening in politics for The Times.
By night he admits nobody has a clue, and nothing makes any sense at all. Join him for an hilarious insider's guide to resignations, reshuffles and recriminations, and reassurance that it doesn't have to be this way.
WHY? 'Matt is vying with George Osborne for this year’s hotly-contested ‘Theresa May Sycophant of the Year’ award' Theresa May
'Engaging, funny, entertaining - you’d think he’d done it before. He hasn’t' Rory Bremner
'Get back to work' The Times
Virgin Radio presenter and comedian Matt Richardson is trying to navigate the world of adulthood, while feeling like an imposter. Join him for hour of unrestrained, raucous laughs where anything could happen.
As well as being the only comedian to host a show on Virgin Radio, Matt has hosted The Hangover Games (E4), The Xtra Factor (ITV2) and Just Tattoo Of Us (MTV), as well as appearing on Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Drunk History (Comedy Central) and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now! (ITV2).
WHY? 'High wattage charisma from a talented young comic whose star is on the rise' The Guardian
★★★★★ Voice Mag | ★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait is over….The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed.
The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.
The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression. Live from the London stage, Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later.
‘Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.’
With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humour and intellect.
The Testaments will be published worldwide on 10 September.
Stephen K Amos is on a mission to bring about world peace.
Or, to at least bring about an evening of peace, one venue at a time. In an age when arguments are started over everything from politics to bendy straws, Stephen is rising above the anger to remind us of what we have in common.
Bringing achingly funny anecdotes, hilarious takes on the everyday and his infectious charm, Stephen K Amos will warm your cold, stiffened hearts. Join together with your fellow man and experience the universal language of laughter.
WHY? 'Comedy at its purest and richest form' ★★★★★ The Advertiser
'Amos has the sort of commanding presence and confidence that could only have come from years of working the circuit' ★★★★ Arts Hub
'One of the most likable figures in British comedy' Radio Times
‘Much loved King of stand-up’ ★★★★ North West End
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
Mock The Week regular and star of his own BBC Radio 4 series, Rhys James heads out on his first national tour.
In early 2019, Rhys was asked to go back to his school and inspire the Year 11s. Given that teenagers are a nightmare and there was no fee, he ghosted the teacher who had emailed. Bit of a shame really, given that he's figured out the true circle of life, has solved parenting despite having zero children, and even thinks he can predict the curriculum of schools in 50 years. Maybe he'll inspire some Year 11s in 2069.
As also seen on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central, and heard on Radio 4’s The News Quiz.
WHY? ‘On the cusp of greatness’ London Evening Standard
‘Charismatic, clever and self-aware... destined for great things’ Guardian
‘Sickeningly talented… never more than a few seconds away from another punchline’ ★★★★ Time Out
‘A clever wordsmith with great timing... A cut above.’ ★★★★ Independent
‘James is flip your head back, laugh out loud, clap spontaneously, elbow the stranger next to you, snort uncontrollably and pee your pants funny.’ ★★★★★ EdFestMag
An Avalon Edinburgh Festival preview.
Ahir Shah was an Edinburgh Comedy Award 2017 Best Show nominee. He brings his sharp, intellectual brand of stand up.
‘One of his generation’s most eloquent comic voices’ ★★★★ The Telegraph
Garrett Millerick is an acclaimed stand up comedian, writer and director. In 2018 his show Sunflower became one of the best reviewed shows of the Edinburgh Festival.
‘Wickedly funny’ ★★★★ The Scotsman
WHY? Two critically acclaimed comedians preview their latest work
Hundred Watt Club return to Norden Farm with their ravishing, risque and ridiculous evening of burlesque, comedy and cabaret!
Prepare to be teased by the cream of the glittering UK burlesque scene, to roll in the aisles at riotous comedy and be awestruck by incredible circus stunts. There’s no dress code but dressing up to the nines is encouraged!
Your dazzling cast for the evening are; glittering effervescent showgirl Athena Beauvoir, award winning comedy magician Christian Lee, neo-drag burlesque Queen Lilly Snatchdragon, and obscene vodka-addled acrobat Velma Von Bon Bon. Hosting your evening is the outrageously funny Chastity Belt!
Age Suitability 18+ years.
WHY? A good old fashioned, bawdy and champagne soaked variety show!
'Harking back to the gin drenched halcyon days of a grimy Berlin nightclub in the 1930s, Hundred Watt Club sparkles, fizzles and shines brightly on a dark night' Fringe Review
Presented by Hundred Watt Club
Author of online sensation Peter and Jane, Gill Sims is the number one best-selling author behind Why Mummy Drinks, its follow up Why Mummy Swears and the recently announced Why Mummy Doesn't Give a...
Join Gill as she is interviewed about her blog, books, character and much more! There will be readings from her books and also a chance to ask Gill questions from the audience. Books will be available to purchase and sign as well.
Why Mummy Drinks spent over six months in the Sunday Times bestsellers Top Ten and was the number one bestselling debut hardback novel of 2017. Gill's second book Why Mummy Swears, published in early 2018, was a Number One Sunday Times bestseller for seven consecutive weeks and has spent a total of 18 weeks in the Top Ten. Since publication of her first book just over a year ago Gill has sold over half a million books.
Mummy has an idea... when she can get away from all the other ideas, that the world is full of mums who go to advanced yoga classes, get tiddly on a half glass of white wine, and attend polite book clubs.
Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night, of women with sensible haircuts who live only for their family and stand in the playground trying to trump each other by bragging about their offspring's academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and their latest overseas holidays.
Instead, she clutches a large and full glass of wine, muttering 'FML' over and over again, until she remembers that great idea...
Suitable for ages 16+ years.
Join Jack Dee as he takes to the road trying out new material for his forthcoming UK tour.
'In these difficult and uncertain times people need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s very much where I come in' says Jack.
Star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh as well as chair of the legendary Radio 4 show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.
Other credits include presenting Jack Dee’s Helpdesk on BBC Two and being the star of C4’s, The Jack Dee Show, Jack Dee’s Saturday Night, Jack Dee’s Happy Hour and Jack Dee Live at the Apollo. 'In fact' explains Jack, 'I’ve appeared in every single TV show with my name in the title'.