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. Further credits include regular appearances on Good Morning Britain (ITV), Sky Papers (Sky News), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The Agenda (ITV) and The Today Programme (BBC Radio4).
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”
“Insightful, humorous and at times simply ‘hide behind the sofa’ stuff” Edinburgh Reporter
“Patently super smart and extremely eloquent, she offers an intriguing insight” The Herald
Thu 6 Jul
Ludicrous observations from the comedian who discusses porn, sex, drugs and drink and all the stuff you're supposed to know by the age of 31.
Fri 12 May
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Satirical comedy from the comedian, a trade unionist's son who grew up on a council estate, now wondering how the hell he ended up leaning to the right.
Sat 20 May
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The comedian tells the true story of when she was the member of a teenage church group.
Wed 14 Jun
Luke Wright is this month's guest at Twisted Words, Rugby's open-mic poetry night. Join him as he reads from his latest collection, The Toll, which deals in doubt, duty, and a hundred lonely evenings spent shouting at Question Time. It's visceral, inventive verse that sweats, bleeds and sings - and it's from a word artist at the top of his game.
Wed 21 Jun
Red Shed is the third part in a trilogy that started with the multi award-winning shows Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. Thomas returns to the place where he first started to perform in public, a red wooden shed in Wakefield, the Labour Club, to celebrate the club's 50th birthday and a political legacy that is still being felt deeply by the local community.
Sat 13 May
New songs, characters and stand-up.
Fri 7 Apr
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