Comedy in comfort
Pre-conceptions are a powerful thing. Tell someone you’re going to ‘The Theatre’ or ‘a Gig’ and you will get 2 completely different reactions. In 2010 there are now many 'acts' playing both. The one normally involves comfy seating and the other has carpet that seems to be made of glue.
I discovered last week there is one exception, the brand new and improved Little Civic. Seating if required and nice non-attaching floorcoverings. Tony Law headed a fantastic Comedy night at the venue, now just round the corner from the equally fantastic Grand Theatre Comedy Nights. Check out 'Bellyfull of Laughs' at the end of March and some big names later in the year.
Further afield in Telford comedy nights are becoming more popular too. A Telford Theatre spokeswoman Maria Smallcombe says: “At the end of a long cold winter people are in need of a good laugh, and this season we’re providing some of the UK’s funniest and best-loved comics" If you fancy a trip out head for Oakengates Theatre.
In my opinion the funniest due to perform is the least known. You may have seen Reginald D Hunter on many a TV Panel type show in the last few months and not remember his name. This can’t be said of his performance. 6’3’’ afro carribean man from New York who permanently sounds like he’s about to say “wha ya talkin bout Willis?!”- ring any bells?
If music, drama or even clairvoyance is more to your taste there are plenty of other highlights worth leaving Wolvo for a night. You’ve survived a particularly bad winter so why not treat yourself? If under 26 there may be no excuse at all. Ask Oakengates Theatre staff about the Arts Council Scheme that provides free tickets!
A little bit closer there's the hidden gem of Bridgnorth - The Theatre on the Steps. Upcoming events include Julie Felix who just before her last appearance at the Theatre was a guest at Sir David Frost’s 70th birthday!
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