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SUGGS - What a King Cnut a life in the realm of madness

7.30pm Saturday 1 October 2022 Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

7.30pm Sunday 2 October 2022 Launceston Town Hall

Due to huge popular demand, after his first tour-de-force, smash hit, sell out tours with ‘My Life Story’, Suggs is treading the boards again. 

If the first show was about how on Earth he got there, Suggs: What a King Cnut is about the surprises that awaited him when he did. 

Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace, nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics, the embarrassing stuff that happened at Glastonbury.

Things have gone a smidge surreal since the Madness frontman was a twelve year old in shorts on the tough streets of North London.

Constantly expecting that inevitable tap on the shoulder to hear ‘what are you doing here, Sunshine?’ How has he got this far? In this business you can be washed up at any minute. How has he managed to get away with it for so long?

Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times. 

With help from Deano his trusty pianist, he tells his story in words and music with the help of some Madness classics and a couple more what he wrote all on himself.

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NED BOULTING - Retour De Ned

7.30pm Saturday 8 October 2022 Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

7.30pm Sunday 9 October 2022 Launceston Town Hall

What I Talk About When I Talk About The Tour de France

After a year away from the front line, ITV’s Tour de France commentator Ned Boulting returns with a fresh assault on our cycling senses.

The cunningly entitled “Retour de Ned” is an indispensable theatrical road map for anyone aspiring to wear the yellow jersey on the Champs Elysées: a really very rough guide to the tactics (pedal faster) and challenges (not pedalling fast enough) which will need to be deployed to win the biggest bike race in the world. Along the way, there will be time to call to mind the greatest racers of the age, and to do hopelessly bad impressions of them. There will be scope to celebrate all that is French about France, and all that is Tourish about the Tour: Stuff like ignoring 12th century cathedrals, peeing at the side of the road, pushing spectators over, punching demonstrators and generally behaving like a shaven-legged hooligan for a month while riding over entire mountain ranges. 

So come along for another ride through the peaks and troughs of the silliest and the grandest month of the year, as Ned hands out his copious, thoroughly unreliable, advice on How To Win The Tour de France. Or if not that, then at least How To Watch It On The Telly.

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HENRY BLOFELD - My Dear Old Things

7.30pm Saturday 15 October 2022 Launceston Town Hall

Being confined to the pavilion for the past couple of seasons has given Henry time to reconnect with his Norfolk roots and reflect on a truly extraordinary life.  This reflection inspired the online film, At Home With Henry, and this new theatre show. 

In My Dear Old Things, Blowers recalls his days as a young England hopeful, how an Eton bus knocked him off his stride - and his bike - recoiling from a career in the City to work as a cricket journalist before finding his way into the TMS box.  

There are hilarious tales of Johnners, Arlott and other larger-than-life characters in the box and on tour with England. Henry also has plenty of hysterical stories from his post-retirement appearances on Would I Lie to You? and The Real Marigold Hotel. 

Backed by film and rare personal pictures on our big screen, My Dear Old Things is an absolute treat for the cricket connoisseur and a wonderfully engaging evening for all.

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DOM JOLY - Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps

7.30pm Sunday 16 October 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

Dom Joly is best known as the creator of Trigger Happy TV. 

And now the writer and broadcaster is undertaking his first UK tour since 2011, giving fans a rare opportunity to see him live. 

Dom will be talking about his exploits as a serial globe-trotter and seeker of dangerous travel spots. From North Korea though the Congo and Syria to Chernobyl, he's visited some of the most unusual places on the planet. 

Joly famously attended school with Osama Bin Laden and armed with a trusty Powerpoint, fans can expect his holiday snaps to provide comedy and a sense of danger. 

The best-selling author will meet fans after the show to sign copies of his latest book, The Hezbollah Hiking Club.

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MARK THOMPSON's Spectacular Science Show

2.30pm Wednesday 26 October 2022 TLaunceston Town Hall

2.30pm Thursday 27 October 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

You think science is boring, think again; this is science like you have never seen it before. Designed for children and adults alike, Mark’s Spectacular Science Show explores the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex-generating dustbins and even howling jelly babies!

Awarded ‘Best Kid’s Show at Edinburgh Fringe’ by The Derek Awards, this interactive show promises to entertain and educate in the most spectacular way! 

www.spectacularscienceshow.com

“A brilliant show for all the family.”

One4Review

Families Edinburgh Magazine 

“The Spectacular Science Show is certainly spectacular! The hour-long show blends perfectly the balance of an educational display with entertainment and amazement.”

Families Online 2018

Awarded one of the “Top 20 Shows to See” by The List

“A truly spectacular and explosive show full of drama and some really cool science too!” PRIMARY TIMES 

Video trailers 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_gpUDC7Pao / 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqDjUM9E_LY 
AGE RATING 5+

Social media links 

Facebook: @MTSpectacularScienceShow / Twitter: @SpecSciShow 

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OMID DJALILI - The Good Times Tour

8pm Thursday 27 October 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

After experimenting with a Zoom gig where he got muted by 639 people and a Drive-in gig where Omid witnessed an audience member get out his car, attach a hose pipe to his exhaust and feed it through the window; multi award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is now where he belongs, on a stage and bringing back the Good Times.  

Intelligent, always provocative, entertaining, Omid’s legendary stand-up performances is a captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood films to television and the West End stage. Earning praise across the world for his performances, Omid is seen hosting his own ITV quiz show The Winning Combination. He appeared in the smash hit Mama Mia 2: Here We Go Again, His Dark Materials for BBC1 & HBO, and Letter For The King on Netflix. Omid also gained rave reviews for his leading role of Tevvye in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of “Fiddler On The Roof”.

 

 “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

 

 "A thin, high cheek-boned, flamboyant luvvie.” - The Guardian

Age 16+

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An Evening with SIR GEOFFREY BOYCOTT

7.30pm Thursday 3 November 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

An Evening With Geoffrey Boycott last appeared on stage in 2017. A great deal has happened since then - in the cricket world, the world at large and in the world of our Geoffrey. He has had major heart surgery, become a grandfather for the first time and finally been honoured with a long-overdue knighthood. 

Geoffrey’s many fans have expressed their deep disappointment at his disappearance from our airwaves. So, in a packed autumn where England are competing for the T20 World Cup and battling with the old enemy to wrest back control of The Ashes, they will be delighted for this chance to hear what Geoffrey thinks about - well, everything!

Forthright honest views, hilarious anecdotes, personal film footage from an incredible career and a chance for the audience to ask Sir Geoffrey their own questions. It’s a brilliant new evening with our brand new knight.

As ever, this cricket event is being run in aid of the Professional Cricketers’ Association and we raise money from the evening for the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.

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CHRIS McCAUSLAND - Speaky Blinder

8pm Wednesday 16 November 2022 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston

8pm Thursday 17 November 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

Star of the Royal Variety Performance, Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for YOu, QI, and Live at the Apollo... One of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour with a stand-up show about life, family, and loads of other nonsense as well!

 

Tour extended due to exceptional demand!

 

"A joke heavy show with gags a plenty" The List

 

'Passionate and rib-tickling. An illuminating, heartfelt performance. Highly recommended!'

EdFestMagazine

 

'Proper stand-up, honest, straightforward, balls-out funny'

Chortle

Age Guidance 16+

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MARK THOMAS - Black and White

8pm Friday 9 December 2022 Launceston Town Hall

8pm Saturday 10 December 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

Expect creative fun from one of our oldest surviving alternative comics. Taking down politicians. Mucking about. New ideas and finding HOPE. This award-winning comedian (is there any other type?) asks how did we get here? What are we going to do about it? Who’s up for a sing song? After lockdowns and isolation this show is about the simple act of being in a room together and toppling international capitalism.

“You’ll leave recommitted to the fight against this appalling authoritarian government, to keep that tradition alive.” Guardian 2021

PRESS ON ‘CHECK UP: OUR NHS AT 70’ (2018)

★★★★★ “Highly entertaining… very funny… a heartfelt love letter to the health service” THE i

★★★★★ “A master of this type of entertainment… this is a deadly serious and important show” THE ARTS DESK

★★★★★ “Check Up is a fantastic a stirring presentation from start to finish” REVIEWS HUB

★★★★★ “Possibly his finest work to date… I cannot praise this show enough… a very accomplished piece” EDINBURGH REPORTER

★★★★★ “Hilarious, informative, moving, and an inspiring tribute” EVERYTHING THEATRE

Age Guidance 16+

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GARY DELANEY - Gary in Punderland

7.30pm Sunday 18 December 2022 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he’s ready to bring you a brand new show with hit after hit of the kind of one-liners only a master could craft. If you’re hunting for snark, Gary’s got it covered!

 

★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’  Guardian

★★★★ ‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers...Quite brilliant’  Scotsman

★★★★ ‘A master craftsman’  Times 

★★★★ ‘One of Britain's grandmasters of the one-liner'’  Chortle

Age Guidance 16+

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LUCY PORTER - Wake-Up Call

8pm Wednesday 22 February 2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

8pm Thursday 23 February 2023 Launceston Town Hall

A brand new stand-up show from the fringe favourite. As heard on Radio 4’s The News Quiz and The Now Show. TV appearances include Would I Lie to You, QI and Live at the Apollo.

Wake-Up Call is a show about revelations, realisations and epiphanies - both large and small. Subjects covered include: Bin collection schedules, the novels of Jean Rhys, cats, school fair booze tombolas, the Scottish Enlightenment, pressure washers and Huel. It’s an exuberant, silly show with some wisdom sprinkled on top.

‘Impeccably punch-lined anecdotes… genuinely delightful‘ - The Telegraph

“A treat from start to finish” - The Herald.

 

Age guidance 16+

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MIKE WOZNIAK - Zusah

7.30pm Thursday 2 March  2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

Ever wondered how Mike’s Great-Aunt Zusa made it from Poland to Luton with a war nipping at her heels? Here’s your chance to find out.

 

As seen on Taskmaster (Channel 4), Man Down (Channel 4) and Would I Lie To You? (BBC One). As heard on Small Scenes (BBC Radio 4), the St Elwick’s Neighbourhood Association Newsletter podcast and the Three Bean Salad podcast. 

 

“Mike Wozniak” The Guardian 

Age guidance: 14+

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FRANCIS ROSSI - Tunes and Chat

7.30pm Friday 14 April 2023 The Quad Theatre, Plymouth Marjon University

Status Quo legend Francis Rossi is taking up his acoustic guitar to bring you a selection of well-known hits and some previously not-performed-live-before tunes. It’ll be a unique evening in which Francis will reprise fan favourites from a remarkable 50+year career. Expect original-style, acoustic versions of Quo classics, threaded together with chat in this music based evening. VIP packages are available for those wishing to meet Francis before the show.

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MARTI PELLOW - Pellow Talk

7.30pm Wednesday 24 May 2023 Launceston Town Hall, Launceston

You’ve never seen me like this before. You’ve never been this close. I’m inviting you to spend an intimate evening with me – think of it as coming back to my place for a night of stories and songs. Pellow Talk is a chance to learn all about me, not just as a singer and songwriter with Wet Wet Wet, but as a boy and a man. It’s a chance to understand the DNA of the hits that we’ve listened to and loved over the years. The evening will be wrapped in music, from songs you know to ones you’ll get to know. There’ll be laughter as we travel from the banks of the River Clyde to the top of the charts, then onto Broadway and beyond. There’ll be no mask and no character. This is me, Marti, stepping out of the shadows, speaking directly to you. The invitation is there. I hope you come and spend some time with me. Enough living has been done for a life to unfold. Enough years have passed for a story to be told. 

Marti Pellow