Based on the seminal 1980 hit movie, a book by Patricia Resnick, music and lyrics by Dolly Parton 9 -5 is a high-energy show. It is set in the late 1970s when three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. *In a hilarious turn of events, pushed to boiling point, these female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. With its jubilant score this story of friendship and revenge is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. *
Thu 1 Feb
A message from Jason ManfordHello there, Jason here, thanks for stopping by.
I’ve been wondering for while now, why is local stand up comedy not high up on the list of what people think about doing when looking for a great night out.
So where do we go? The local pub for a few drinks? Cinema? Maybe a meal with a loved one or a cheeky midweek quiz with some mates (where said mates nip to the loo every few minutes for a pretend wee to google who played the lead in ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’ or something)? Some people still go out clubbing at one of those city centre discotheques! (shudders*). Even ten-pin bowling is considered higher up than comedy!
How can that be? How can throwing a massive rock at ten wooden things be more fun than sitting in a dark room with your friends or partner, drink in hand, watching someone funny tell jokes that make you all laugh from your belly for hours and hours and give you something to talk about all the next day? That seems crazy to me.
It’s my theory that if you’ve seen a comedian on the telly and liked them, you’ll buy tickets because you know you’re in for a guaranteed night of laughter. People certainly came to see me on tour (thank you for that). They go to see John Bishop or Sarah Millican or Micky Flanagan, and they have a bloody good time. It’s money well spent – but it’s not a weekly occurrence.
When it comes to your local, affordable comedy club, the simple but all-important question is: “But how do I know they will be funny?”
Is it worth paying for a night out when there’s a chance you could end up sat in uncomfortable awkward silence as some bloke, whose mates told him he was “easily like, the funniest bloke in the office”, attempts to regale you with his tales of drunken hilarity…?
Well let me tell you this: There is a circuit of brilliant comics in this country who haven’t been on telly for a number of reasons. Maybe they’re up and coming, maybe they were on a late-night stand up show in the 80′s and called the host a nobhead, or maybe they just have a severe drinking problem… Either way, there are funny people out there who thrive in the live arena and want to make you laugh on a regular basis, so I’m going to tell you who they are.
My plan is this: I’m going to carefully select some of my favourite comedians from the circuit and send them to a town near you. Simple!
I’m on the lookout for brilliant venues that want to host a Manford’s Comedy Club and audiences who want a proper good night. Not in a huge arena where you’re sat further away from the comedian than where they parked their car, but in a pub or small theatre near to your house, for a reasonable, affordable price so you can share the evening laughing out loud with friends and family and still have enough for a taxi home.
So please support me in this venture and if I’ve not yet included a town or venue near you, then feel free to email me and remind me.
Keep on laughing’ folks, and remember, there’s nothing like live!
*It was Leo McKern by the way quiz fans!
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Presented by the award-winning Hippodrome Youth Theatre that brought hits such as Les Miserables, Hairspray and Cats to the Hippodrome, it promises to be a fantastic week of entertainment. Probably one of the best-known musicals, Oliver follows the fortunes of the title character based upon the classic Dickens’ novel.
Based on the multi-award winning British movie directed by Carol Reed, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, this musical stage version features all your favourite songs such as 'Food Glorious Food' and 'Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two'. It is presented by the Hippodrome Youth Theatre and directed by Martin Cook.
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Based on a true story, this is a feelgood, moving tale of a group of ordinary men who achieved extraordinary things. The Ashington Group were Northumberland miners and one "dental mechanic" who, in 1934 employed Robert Lyon, Master of Painting at Kings College Newcastle, to teach an evening class in Art Appreciation. Lee Hall's play itself is extraordinary for all sorts of reasons, but chief among them is the fact that it manages to be both a great night out and gravely serious, where sentiment is kept in check by political reality, raw as the Northumbrian wind. Asking big questions about education, culture and the working classes without ever being patronising, stupid, or boring; it remains a funny play
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