Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor)
Comedian Adam Kay reads from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music. Absolute sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016 & 2017 and Soho Theatre 2017. The accompanying book This is Going to Hurt is a Sunday Times bestseller – and copies will be available to purchase and for signature after the performance.
‘Intersperses horror stories from the NHS frontline with a catalogue of sublimely silly spoof songs, and some blissfully brilliant wordplay’ ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday
‘Viscerally raw and passionately delivered’★★★★ Chortle
Thursday 28 June COMEDY – Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £15 / £13 members & concessions
Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries and with director Nicolas Kent, Thomas uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What’s going wrong in our NHS, how it can go right and what the future might hold for all of us.
Thursday 12 July COMEDY – Corn Exchange 7.30pm (doors & bar 7pm) £11
Cabaret star and juggler Mat Ricardo had a problem: after a 30-year career as the go-to guy for jaw-dropping dexterity, he’d run out of new tricks. So he did something stupid. He bet everyone in the world that he could learn any trick they could think of. This new show is the result of that bet.
World-class juggling, magic and illusion, escapology, sleight of hand, knife throwing, stand-up comedy, feats of strength, demonstrations of dexterity…and the only good trick that exists with a fidget spinner, all from a performer at the top of his game.
***** “Brilliant” The Herald
**** “Captivating” The Scotsman
“Very funny” The Guardian
Mat Ricardo is a TedX Speaker, Magic Circle doyen, Royal Command Performer, and the winner of the Herald Angel Award for theatre excellence, British Cabaret Award for Best Speciality Act, Stagetalk Magazine’s Show of the Year, and the Arts Award Pick of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Thursday 19 July COMEDY/ENTERTAINMENT 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £13 / £11 members & concessions
Age guidance: 10+
Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted. The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm…
Simon is well known from TV shows such as Live at the Apollo and Stand Up for the Week, and as a regular on BBC Radio 4, where his own hugely successful, acclaimed radio show Simon Evans Goes To Market returns for a fourth series in Spring 2018.
Simon also makes regular contributions in a slightly more serious vein, as a regular guest on current affairs TV shows (most recently Andrew Neil’s This Week, BBC One) and on live radio, e.g. Radio Five’s Afternoon Edition. He was also part of the comedians’ team on University Challenge: The Professionals – narrowly beaten by eventual series winners the Ministry of Justice! – and has won Celebrity Mastermind: his specialist subject was Ernest Shackleton.
“Super-sharp wit” (Time Out).
“Please clap” (Jeb Bush).
‘A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close’ ***** (The Scotsman)
“reliably funny and refreshingly intelligent” **** (The Times)
Saturday 10 November Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £15 / £13 members & concessions Age guidance 14+
As with all our shows, this price includes a £1 future fund levy.
Friday 1st March 2019 Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £19 / £17 members & concessions
On sale from 10am on Monday 30 April 2018
***** ‘On top form’ – Edinburgh Evening News
***** ‘He had the audience in stitches’ – Daily Record
**** ‘Hilarious’ – Evening Standard
**** ‘ Hugely talented’ – The Times
**** ‘Go and see Hal Cruttenden’ – Daily Mirror
Three-time Chortle Award nominee, Hal Cruttenden is a familiar face on the comedy circuit having literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo. After a 2 year hiatus from touring, he is back with a new show entitled ‘Chubster’.
Rather touchingly, he asked his teenage daughters what title would best sum him up. They said ‘Chubster’. Hal’s now on a diet.
This hilarious show not only touches on his usual moans about being a middle-aged, middle class father of fat-shaming teenagers but also introduces us to new problems like his struggles with IQ tests, political zealots and the trauma of supporting the England rugby team.
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