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Bath Comedy Autumn Season

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Thursday 24th October, 2019 - Autumn Season!

Widcombe Nights - Tsonos & McFarlane LIVE (obviously)

Date: Thursday 24th October, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr40 incl interval
Price: £10 / £8 concs (see below *)

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David Tsonos & Neil McFarlane smash Bath up really hard in the face and all that.

Yes, good folks of Widcombe and denizens of the greater Bath demilitarized zone, the displaced Jock - a mysterious favourite of the Bath Comedy Festival - and the considerably more-displaced Canuck, are heading their widdershins-way to the Ring O Bells, to put on a completely arbitrary but jolly funny wee show for y'all. So you should come, innit?

Both Dave & Neil have been "at it", as we say in the biz, for about the same length of time - initially in their respective homelands, but they were long ago drawn by the intoxicating lights of London, and now perform in all manner of manors across the UK, plus some strange and sexy places in mainland Europe - like Malta, Norway, Belgium, Germany, Romania, Croatia... we could go on but it would become extremely boring.

Anyway, expect a mixture of satire, whimsy, wordplay, observational stand-up and situationist storytelling, and for both acts to get impressively drunk after the show. After all, that's how they became friends in the first place...

David Tsonos
"Very confident, knows his material totally and had the crowd roaring. Good face and voice for comedy, great timing" - The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh

Neil McFarlane
"A sparky self-effacing wit which cannot possibly fail to please." - Theatre Bath
"A clear ability to craft a gag." - Chortle
"Fantastic punchlines." - Manchester City Life
"Creamed potato." - The Scotsman

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4402626



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/widcombe-nights-tsonos-mcfarlane-live-obviously/

Links: http://www.comedycv.co.uk/davidtsonos/
http://www.comedycv.co.uk/neilmcfarlane/

Twitter: FunnyCanuk
ReasonableNeil

Download poster:
 Wid_Nights_191024_poster.pdf

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.14

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Friday 8th November, 2019 - Autumn Season!

The Fabulous Poodles

Date: Friday 8th November, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £15

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Four decades ago the Fabulous Poodles were one of the hottest live acts on both sides of the Atlantic. They toured almost constantly in the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada. After 40 years, they are set to return with a special pre-London warm-up show for us here in Bath!

In North America they opened for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on the "Damn The Torpedoes" tour; Sha-na-na; Aerosmith; Ted Nugent (not an ideal pairing) and the Ramones, as well as headlining their own shows in big clubs and small theatres. To say they were hard working is an understatement - at one point they played 78 shows in 73 days.

Their live shows were renowned for being mega-fun and they were often compared to The Who and the Kinks. (The latter probably because of Tony De Meur's and John Parsons' astutely observed songs.) Along with general onstage mayhem and generally pithy lyrics, exploding ukuleles became a bit of a trademark for the Fab Poos…no wonder they were John Peel's favourite band.

Between 1977 and 1979 the group recorded three albums. The first, eponymously titled, was produced by John Entwistle (the only band apart from The Who he produced). It was followed by "Unsuitable" and "Think Pink" both produced by Muff Windwood.

The Fabulous Poodles still embrace two of their most colourful mainstays, Tony De Meur and Bobby Valentino.

Following the success of a 2018 box set, 'Mirror Star', and never ones to let a sleeping dog lie, although admittedly it has been quite a kip, the band have now decided to revisit the live arena.

"This highly recommended box set is a godsend" - Somethingelse Reviews

"This new compilation was sorely needed" - Louder Than War

"What would the late 70s Kinks have sounded like had they prominently featured mandolin and violin? The simple answer: The Fabulous Poodles." - Musoscribe

"Musically tight and lyrically clever to the point where comparisons to the Kinks were more than a coincidence." - Pop Matters

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4401225



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/the-fabulous-poodles/

Download poster:
 Fabulous_Poodles.pdf

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.32

Thursday 28th November, 2019 - Autumn Season!

Bonbon "Switched-on" Cabaret

Date: Thursday 28th November, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2.5hrs incl intervals
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Bonbon Cabaret is back for another Christmas Special, following the Grand Switch-on of Widcombe's Christmas tree lights.

A splendiferous line-up of top notch acts:

Starring the incredible Billy Kidd - truly world class magic, comedy and charm!
"combination of the best magic you've ever seen" - Penn & Teller

Music and stand-up sets from Bath Comedy New Act winner and member of three-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning band The Young'uns David Eagle
"constantly hilarious, gag on gag, leaving an audience gasping in admiration, and applause that goes on for minutes" - John Christopher Wood, Bath Echo

Special Guests TBC (watch this space)

And of course, the ineffable Widcombe Radio Players!

Comfortable cabaret seating, reasonably priced bar, free Christmas nibbles and the ever-popular pickled egg raffle!

Dress code: Santa Baby. Prize for the best creation...

Look out for the Widcombe Christmas lights switch-on shenanigans before the show.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4402736



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/bonbon-switched-on-cabaret/

Links: http://www.billykiddshow.com
http://www.davideagle.co.uk

Download poster:
 Bonbon2019.pdf

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.32

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

Monday 2nd December, 2019 - Autumn Season!

Faulty Towers - The Christmas Dining Experience

Date: Monday 2nd December, 2019
Venue: The Bird, Bath
Doors: 7.00pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £57.50 incl 3 course meal

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Officially the world's most sought after tribute to the BBC sitcom, this one-of-a-kind original has made its international mark as an 'outrageously funny' night out (BroadwayBaby, Edinburgh Fringe). Selling out at shows all over the world – from Sydney Opera House to London's West End – it's now coming to The Bird's special Christmas Tavern venue in December 2019. But be warned: tickets will sell out here too, so early booking is essential!

Basil, Sybil and Manuel are gearing up to bring a healthy dose of mayhem to your door, serving up a 3-course meal and nothing short of two full hours of laughter. Anything can happen and it usually does in the show that's 70% improvised. It's a guaranteed original experience every time! Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this is the top-flight, 5-star show that is suited to anyone ready for a brilliant night out!

Ticket price includes cocktail on arrival and three course meal on shared tables.

"Hilarious!" ***** What's on London

"Fantastic!" ***** What's on Stage

"A two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation" ***** The Daily Telegraph

"Immensely popular… well worth seeing!" **** Broadway Baby

"Laughs galore!" ***** The Holiday and Travel Magazine, Sydney Opera House

"The Best Completely Indestructible Show Award" ***** The Advertiser, Adelaide Fringe

Now performed in up to 20 countries a year by 12 teams of actors, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience was born in Australia in 1997. The schedule for 2019 includes a wealth of highlights such as Fringe Festivals in Adelaide, Melbourne and Edinburgh; tours across entire continents like Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia; and an ongoing residency in London's West End. With over 22 years of continuous critical and audience acclaim and close to a million seats sold around the world, it's clear that this is the most successful interactive comedy show of its kind.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4277009



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/faulty-towers-the-christmas-dining-experience/

Links: https://www.faultytowersdining.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/faultytowersthediningexperience/

Twitter: thefaultytowers

Download flyer:
 Faulty_Xmas_flyer.pdf

Menu
Starter: Tomato soup & roll
Main: Slow-cooked shoulder of lamb, celeriac, lentils, sprouting broccoli and minted salsa verde (veggie option available)
Pudding: Warm sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream

Venue:
The Bird, Bath, 18-19 Pulteney Rd, Bath , BA2 4EZ


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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
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Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £2.80

Tuesday 17th December, 2019 - Autumn Season!

Winter Wonderband

Date: Tuesday 17th December, 2019
Venue: Ring O Bells
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl interval
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Maclaine Colston, Saul Rose, Jennifer Crook and Beth Porter team up once more to celebrate the music born out of our great British winter with their mastery of the Dulcimer, Melodeon, Harp and Cello. Expect great sing-a-longs, real foot stompers, beautiful ballads and lots of laughs as these great friends pull together all sorts of musical treats from their collective repertoires. It's not all about Christmas, but it is all about the time of year and how it brings us together.

ABOUT THE BAND:

Saul Rose - Melodeons, singing
Maclaine Colston - Dulcimer, singing
Jennifer Crook - Harp, singing
Beth Porter - Cello, singing

Saul Rose is "probably the best Melodeon player in the country" (Navigator Records). Saul played for many years with Eliza Carthy and Waterson:Carthy, as has Maclaine Colston "The current most outstanding player of the Hammered Dulcimer" (Living Tradition).

Saul and Maclaine subsequently formed a duo and recorded "Sand and Soil". The album included guest vocals from Jennifer Crook who Maclaine was touring with (in her band "The Hawthorns") at the time.

Back in the old days Maclaine and Jenny were BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award finalists (as was Saul!), and as the duo Cythara they performed on BBC TV and recorded the music for the David Attenborough series 'The Private Life of Plants'.

More recently, Maclaine performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 'Lord of the Rings' at the Royal Albert Hall. Jennifer also played at the Royal Albert Hall during her tour of the UK and Ireland as harpist with Snow Patrol.

Beth has worked with everyone from Peter Gabriel to Bellowhead, toured with Eliza Carthy, and recently performed a solo at the Albert Hall during the Proms!

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4402674



Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: https://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/winter-wonderband/

Links: http://www.winter-wonderband.co.uk

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Note: Bath Box Office transaction fees:
Online sales: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.


Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.21

* Concessions: NUS/unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

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