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Thursday 28th March, 2019

Croft & Pearce - Double Take

Date: Thursday 28th March, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr30 incl interval
Price: £14 / £10 concs (see below *)

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Stars of BBC Radio 4's 'The Croft & Pearce Show' and 'Sketchorama', winners of the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award, recipients of the official Edinburgh Fringe 'Total Sell-Out Show' laurel and WhatsOnLondon Comedy Award nominees 2017. This BBC 'Next Big Thing' Act have sold out theatres in London, New York and around the UK. Don't miss their brand new show!

In addition to their own live shows and Radio 4 series, they have written for Tracey Breaks The News (BBC1), Numtums (CBeebies), and The Mash Report (BBC2).

"A good double-act can always bring the house down, and this pair of Fringe favourites show us how to do just that" **** The Skinny
"Tomorrow's TV stars" **** The Herald
"A laugh-out-loud sketch show" Daily Express
"Masters of pinpoint observation and characterisation" The Telegraph
"Head flingingly funny" ***** Broadwaybaby
"Sketch comedy at its very best" Alistair McGowan

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3887078



Alternative booking: See Tickets
Online booking: https://www.seetickets.com/event/croft-pearce-double-take/widcombe-social-club/1286002

Links: http://www.croftandpearce.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/CroftAndPearce

Twitter: croftAndpearce

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

Friday 29th March, 2019

Tracey Collins & Friends

Date: Friday 29th March, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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After a five star run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and sell out performances at The Museum of Comedy in London, award winning character comedian Tracey Collins (Tina T'urner Tea lady) returns along with some new and old characters including Audrey Heartburn and Milk Jagger for a night of laughter, song and surreal cabaret.

New Act of The Year Finalist 2019 (as Audrey Heartburn), Best Newcomer Winner at the London Cabaret Awards, Nominee for Best Comedy at the Wilma Awards and Musical Comedy Awards Finalist (as Tina T'urner Tea Lady).

"We've got a Caroline Aherne on our hands, or a Calf-era Coogan" ***** The Wee Review

"A satisfying side-splitting combination" ***** The Gay UK

"A remarkable tour de force" - Arthur Smith

"Embodies the spirit of alternative cabaret, when the weird and the wonderful dominated" - Chortle

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4071442



Links: http://www.tinatealady.com

Twitter: tinatealady

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Swear along with Withnail & I

Date: Friday 29th March, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £8

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Back by popular demand! You've sung-along-a Sound of Music, Mamma Mia, even Frozen but now, for another glorious night, you can

SWEAR-ALONG-A WITHNAIL & I


Join fellow fans for a very special screening of the most quoted cult classic film, Withnail & I, and get to shout along with all the sweariest moments!

Special guest introduction, and prize for the best dressed character from the film!

Our reasonably priced bar will be open throughout the show..."two large gins, two pints of cider, ice in the cider"

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4091951



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Saturday 30th March, 2019

Tales Of Britain Live

Date: Saturday 30th March, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: for 12pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £3 on the door

Back for a second year running, Brother Bernard and Sister Sal (author and comedian Jem Roberts and kid's TV hero Kate Harbour, from Bob the Builder and Shaun the Sheep) will be performing the funniest stories from TALES OF BRITAIN, the first British folktale collection to be released in decades.

Book published by Unbound in February.

Books will be available on the day, to be signed by both Bernard and Sal.


Links: http://www.talesofbritain.com

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Sunday 31st March, 2019

Daniel Cainer - More Gefilte Fish & Chips

Date: Sunday 31st March, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.00pm for 6.30pm show
Duration: 1hr20 incl interval
Price: £10

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Stories-in-Song From a Master Songwriter

Smart, warm, funny, timely and only slightly irreverent, multi-award-winning Daniel Cainer is here with his ever-evolving collection of stories-in-song.

Most of the human condition is here, lovingly and intelligently depicted: brilliant rhyming and wordplay, great musicianship and haunting tunes you'll find hard to forget. For anyone who has ever wrestled with their home, their heritage and their heart.

"An hour in Cainer's company is a true pleasure" - The Stage

"Cainer's songs are heart-rending, delicate, and witty in all the right places" - Daily Express

"A must see" - Daily Mirror

"Honest, edgy, touching and unpredictable; it will leave you tapping your toes and longing for more" - The Jewish Week, New York

"An extraordinary performer. His songs are at times heartbreakingly poignant, at other times laugh-out-loud funny. Utterly charming, highly recommended" - Edinburgh Festivals Guide Magazine

"Lovingly detailed shaggy dog storytelling" - Time Out

"Tremendously entertaining. His voice is powerful and versatile, and his lyrics are like Robin Williams rants with delightful rhythms and rhymes" - Jewish Currents New York

Fringe Review Highly Recommended Show 2015, 2016 & 2017
SoHo Playhouse New York: Best of Edinburgh and NYC Fringes 2014/2015/2016
Winner: Three Weeks Edinburgh Award 2013
Winner: Galway Fringe award for Excellence 2017

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4089760



Links: http://www.danielcainer.com/

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Paul 'Silky' White - ZIUQ! The Family-friendly-ish Backwards Comedy Quiz

Date: Sunday 31st March, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 8.15pm for 8.30pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 before 1 Mar, £10 after

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He doesn't know it all, but Silky can make up something plausible really quickly... Brand new show and concept from the best comedian you've never heard of.

The Audience are the teams, questions are irrelevant, answers come from all sorts of surprising directions. Different every time!

"Superb...funnier and smarter than the average clown"  - From The Margins

"A performer whose genuine charm captures his crowd. I urge you to go and see for yourself" ***** Three Weeks

"Like your funny best friend only funnier" **** The Herald 

"Cryingly funny" - Bath Chronicle

12+

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4090393



Links: http://wwwsilkythecomedian.com

Twitter: paulsilkywhite

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Friday 5th April, 2019

Marcel Lucont - No. Dix

Date: Friday 5th April, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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The nation's favourite Frenchman returns to the UK with an exquisite new show and a live band to abuse.

Expect wit sharper than a pint of English wine, poems sexier than an art déco brothel and jibes more devastating than an ill-judged referendum. Catch the Gallic symbol at the height of his imperial phase.

"Fresh, accessible and hilarious" - The Guardian

"Excellently dry" - The Times

"Unbelievably French" - The Scotsman

As seen on BBC1's The John Bishop Show, Sky Atlantic's Set List and Comedy Central At The Comedy Store. 

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4069739



Links: http://www.marcellucont.com/

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

Jess Robinson - No Filter

Date: Friday 5th April, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr45 incl interval
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Multi-award-winning Jess Robinson is back with a new show! With more spot-on celebrity impressions, musical comedy and stunning vocal gymnastics.

Jess takes you on a dizzying journey through hilarious improvised musical impressions, serving up a feast of styles and genres from classical to rock to hip hop showcasing the voices of all your favourite celebs.

As seen on The Imitation Game (ITV) Murder in Successville (BBC3), Dead Ringers (BBC2), The Week That Wasn't (Sky1), The Now Show (BBC R4) and The Last Leg (C4).

"Naturally funny. Pitch perfect" - Telegraph

"It's like a mega-concert with all your favourite stars" - ITV

"Her talent and showmanship is stunning" - Chortle

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3606888



Alternative booking: See Tickets
Online booking: https://www.seetickets.com/event/jess-robinson-no-filter/widcombe-social-club/1259143

Links: http://www.jessrobinson.co.uk/

Twitter: jessierobinson

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Note: Brown Paper Tickets online transaction fee: £1.32

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

Monday 8th April, 2019

Seymour Mace Gets Sucked Off By God

Date: Monday 8th April, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £8 / £5 concs (see below *)

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Mister Tuesday, potatoes versus knives, 80s, music, future wizard, noise, monkeys, lords, frauds, the saddest pictures in the world, animal band, ways to live, ways to die. Sucked off by God.

If that sounds like your kind of thing then come and meet me in my imagination. Unless you're a little kid, then f*ck off!

***** Times

***** Gigglebeats.co.uk

"For Seymour Mace the rules of conventional stand-up are irrelevant" **** Scotsman

"Bananas!" ***** Chortle.co.uk

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4082585



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

Wednesday 10th April, 2019

White Collar Comedy

Date: Wednesday 10th April, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.30pm for 7.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £10

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Three middle-class, middle-aged, middle England vicars performing comedy. What could possibly go wrong?

White Collar Comedy are:

Rev. Maggy Whitehouse, former BBC faith presenter, featured on Nationwide's 12 Voices of Christmas, out-faced a seven-foot barracuda and described by a head of BBC Religion & Ethics, as 'terrifying.'

Rev. Ravi Holy, former wild child who tried to sell his soul to Satan – who took out a restraining order. Now a regular on BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought.

Rev. Kate Bruce, who used to work at the hot end of a crematorium and is now a chaplain somewhere so important that she's not allowed to tell us.

Together, they are performing in an unholy trinity of laughter.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4071504



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Arthur Smith accompanied by The Smithereens - Syd

Date: Wednesday 10th April, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 1hr
Price: £15 / £12 concs (see below *)

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Arthur's brand new show tells the enthralling story of his father Syd, P.O.W. and P.C. on night duty in 1950s London - an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary times.

Syd Smith fought at El Alamein, became a P.O.W. and ended the war in the notorious Colditz Castle in Germany.

Arthur, accompanied by The Smithereens (Ali Day and Kirsty Newton), tells this enthralling 20th Century story with songs from Ray Davies and others.

"A triumph" **** The Times

"Nice one, Arthur" **** The Telegraph

"The Smithereens are sensational" ***** Fest

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4069754



Links: http://www.arthursmith.co.uk/

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Friday 12th April, 2019

New Act Competition - Semi Final 1

Date: Friday 12th April, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 5.30pm for 6.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl intervals
Price: £5 or pay what you feel

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title and the Lovehoney Newcomer Award.

After twelve heats, the best acts battle it out for a place at the Grand Final on Sunday 14th April, (details here).

Compere for the semi-finals is competition co-organiser Geoff Whiting - with over 20 years on the stand-up circuit, Geoff is an established comedian and popular compere with a wealth of experience in working at all the notable comedy clubs in Europe.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4088968



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New Act Competition - Semi Final 2

Date: Friday 12th April, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 8.30pm for 9.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs incl intervals
Price: £5 or pay what you feel

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title and the Lovehoney Newcomer Award.

After twelve heats, the best acts battle it out for a place at the Grand Final on Sunday 14th April, (details here).

Compere for the semi-finals is competition co-organiser Geoff Whiting - with over 20 years on the stand-up circuit, Geoff is an established comedian and popular compere with a wealth of experience in working at all the notable comedy clubs in Europe.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4088973



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Sunday 14th April, 2019

New Act Competition - Grand Final

Date: Sunday 14th April, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 6.45pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: ~3hrs incl intervals
Price: £10

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The Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition sees over 100 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete for the title and the Lovehoney Newcomer Award.

After twelve heats and two semi-finals, the best acts battle it out in tonight's Grand Final, judged by a panel comprising comedy industry heavyweights including Graham Smith, Alan Nixon and Jill Edwards, guest judge and master comedian John Moloney plus Bath Comedy Festival Director Nick Steel.

The winner will be presented with the coveted Lovehoney Newcomer Award.

Previous finalists include Pete Latham, Sunjai Arif, Pav Rao, Tamar Broadbent, Bethan Roberts, Archie Maddocks, Paul Revill, Larry Dean, Garrett Millerick, Rob Beckett, Joe Lycett, Matt Richardson, Mickey Sharma, Lindsay Sharman, Harriet Kemsley and James Alderson.

Competition co-organiser and tonight's compere is Geoff Whiting - with over 20 years on the stand-up circuit, Geoff is an established comedian and popular compere with a wealth of experience in working at all the notable comedy clubs in Europe. Geoff is also the driving force behind Mirth Control - the largest independant comedy booker in the UK, currently booking comedy shows into more than 80 venues nationwide.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4071480





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Sunday 5th May, 2019

Nick Harper - 58 Fordwych Road

Date: Sunday 5th May, 2019
Venue: Widcombe Social Club
Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Duration: 2hrs
Price: £15

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STOP PRESS - Snow update: We're very sorry to announce that Nick can't make it here tonight due to thick snow, so we've had to postpone the date. New date is Sunday 5th May. Your tickets will still be valid for this date, or you can apply for a refund via Brown Paper Tickets or See Tickets.

Nick Harper is one the UK's best kept musical secrets. Those who have witnessed the spellbinding, one-man show will tell you this.

A childhood growing up surrounded by the musical prowess of some of the 60's most revered songwriters & musicians, not to mention being son of Roy Harper, along with 20 years of crafting songs & touring the land has spawned a truly one-off, original guitarist & songwriter who stands alone as a UK great, to be cherished & revered.

'58 Fordwych Road' is an all new show that centres around a living room in a small flat in Kilburn, London in the mid 1960s. Then the abode of up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper & his wife Mocy. The flat was an after hours hang-out for the legends who played at Les Cousins in Soho at the height of the acoustic explosion in swingin' sixties London.

People like Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn, Paul Simon, Marc Bolan, Sandy Denny & others dropped in, to drop out, jam & try new tunes. But, all along, there was someone else there...a toddler, part of the family, inhaling the music & absorbing the vibe; Roy's young son, Nick Harper. Nick later carved out his own career in music, but in this unique & one-off show he plays tribute to the time, the place & to the music that became the centre of everything for him & the rest of this 'family'.

The show will run over two halves. The first will see Nick delve into the deluge of songs he heard direct from the greats when growing up. In the second Nick will trace the journey of how these luminary figures' music evolved & helped shape popular music beyond the sixties & revisit the eternal themes that run from then to now in songs of his own fine repertoire.

"Harper has so much musicianship in him it just leaks out all over the place" - The Times
"He deserves to become a major figure in his own right" - The Guardian
"Dylan for the iPod generation...Betjemen with a guitar" - Guitarist
"My musical discovery of 2016!" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
"One of the finest guitarists of his generation" - Mojo
"Acoustic Hendrix!" - Guitar Magazine
"Hey, the boy is good!" - Robert Plant
"That boy is too good." - Bert Jansch

FIRST SHOW OF NATIONWIDE UK TOUR!

In association with RMT Music Productions

SUPPORT ACT ANNOUNCED:

We are delighted to be joined by the wonderful James Hollingsworth - "One of the best song writers in the country" - Bristol Rocks.

Ace guitarist and acclaimed songwriter James Hollingsworth plays a great range of music from folk and blues to rock and psychedelia. He is incredibly talented both as a vocalist and guitarist, with a mean harmonica style to boot.

James will be on stage at 8pm. Nick Harper on stage 8.45pm (two sets and interval). Show ends approx 10.45pm (but may be later!)

Bar opens at the venue 7pm.

Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881

Online booking: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3627797



Alternative booking: See Tickets
Online booking: https://www.seetickets.com/event/nick-harper-58-fordwych-road/widcombe-social-club/1286003

Links: https://www.harperspace.com/
http://www.jameshollingsworth.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/NickHarperOfficial

Twitter: harperspace

Download poster:
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Supported by Independent Venue Week and Williams Bros, brewers of Amped Up Lager

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