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Sarah Keyworth - My Eyes Are Up Here

A brand new, joyous show about family, acceptance and a pair of big (well, not super big) losses.

It’s been a big year for Keys (aka Sarah Keyworth). Sure, they turned thirty, got diagnosed with ADHD and had top surgery, but perhaps the biggest adjustment is to the revelation that maybe their mum was right all along? Not about everything obviously, but they must concede that on teen drinking and being 'forced' to go on holiday, Keyworth Sr probably had some solid points.

On their choice to have surgery, Keys feels lucky in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to the people they have around them. That said, it was a long road and there’s still conversations to be had about their gender identity and what this means in a world that seems increasingly hard on gender non-conforming people.

But as Sarah goes home for the first time post-surgery, to celebrate their mum’s own milestone birthday, it’s the conversations with their nearest and dearest that have them reflecting on their year and asking some big questions.

What does acceptance look like? From whom does it matter? Is it OK to dance around your family kitchen with your new nipples out?

'Achingly funny’ ★★★★★ The Herald
‘Gales of laughter’ ★★★★ The Guardian
'Utterly engaging' ★★★★ The Telegraph
‘Will steal your heart away’ ★★★★ The Scotsman
‘A comic who’s here for keeps’ ★★★★ The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£20

Sarah's website
@nordenfarm

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The Scummy Mummies: Greatest Hits

Join Ellie and Helen as they celebrate ten years of scumminess! For a decade now, the Scummy Mummies have been touring their hit comedy show to sold-out audiences around the country.

Now they’re bringing all their most-loved songs, sketches and stand-up together for a night that will make you laugh till you wee. Guaranteed to make you feel normal about your parenting skills, or very smug about being child-free. Bring your gin-in-a-tin, pop a panty liner in and let’s party!

'Highly recommended! 5 stars' One4Review

'Very funny' The Guardian

'Hilarious' Broadway Baby

Courtyard Theatre
£25

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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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Jessica Fostekew: Mettle

A brand new stand-up show about passion, pace and purpose from the critically acclaimed star of BBC’s QI, Live at the Apollo and C4’s Travel Man.

Jess’ son’s joined a cult AND her cat’s learnt to talk but despite all that she’s fine, actually. In fact she’s hurtling faster and hustling harder than ever for the things that she wants and needs.

Her last show Wench played a sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run and UK tour and is available now as a special. Her previous show Hench was nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards and won Best Show at the Chortle Awards where Jess also won Best Act. It’s available to stream now on Amazon Prime.

Jess is a regular co-host of The Guilty Feminist podcast, host and creator of her own podcast about eating, Hoovering, and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s Sturdy Girl Club. Jess has also appeared in the award-winning sitcom Motherland and most recently hugely-acclaimed feature film Scrapper which won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance festival.

She’s also been on all your favourite panel shows from Celebrity Pointless to House of Games.

‘A loud, lively and vital voice’ ★★★★ Evening Standard

‘She wears her smarts on her sleeve’ ★★★★ Guardian

‘She finds a new fiercely funny strain of comedy that’s her own’ ★★★★ Times

Presented by Plosive Live in association with Ebdon Management

Age guidance 14+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£17, £15 conc

Jessica's Website
@jessicafostekew
@nordenfarm

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Daliso Chaponda - Feed This Black Man Again

Daliso did his first show Feed This Black Man 20 years ago. The jokes were mediocre, there was a rap about poverty in the middle (which was as offensive as you might imagine) and the big finale involved a sandwich on stage.

20 years later, Daliso has done the Royal Variety Performance, written and performed four series of Citizen of Nowhere on BBC Radio 4, been a Britain's Got Talent finalist, toured nationwide and abroad... all sorts of things the 22-year-old Chaponda would never have imagined possible.

So, Feed This Black Man Again is a do-over, as the now widely-loved comic revisits the themes of that ancient debut show with the considerably enhanced comic talents that two decades' experience brings you.

Along the way he'll examine the huge differences between the way you think life will be at twenty, and the reality. Probably no sandwich at the end this time.

'Full of sharp one-liners and well crafted gags...a real talent' ★★★★ Metro
'Gets laughs out of topics other comedians shun' The Guardian
'Brilliantly bold, thoroughly engaging and provocative' Wee Review

Studio
£16

Daliso's website
@dalisochaponda
@nordenfarm

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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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Rosie Holt: That's Politainment!

The worse the political career, the more lucrative the subsequent entertainment opportunities.

Matt Hancock may have slaughtered millions but now he's making a killing. So can Rosie Holt's viral hit MP follow 'politainers' Dorries, Farage and Rees-Mogg and leap from the pages of Hansard to Heat?

Following a hugely successful Edinburgh Fringe season, Rosie takes this brand-new show on the road, to tightrope the thin line between politics and entertainment.

Rosie is an acclaimed comedian, actor and satirist. Her popular videos on social media have achieved more than 6.5 million views.

She is the host of podcast Noncensored, and has been seen / heard on Sky Max's The Russell Howard Hour, and BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz, DM’s Are Open, and Ashley Blaker 6.5 Children, among many other credits.

'The Thick of It levels of writing and performance applied to a very current flavour of political bullsh*t' The Times

'Beautifully observed and performed' The Guardian

‘A pinpoint portrayal of the personae manifesting our national psyche’ ★★★★ The Observer

'A character comedy treat' ★★★★ Time Out

Courtyard Theatre
£20

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