Friday, 16 April 2010

Comedians - production photos

Well, today is the press night of Comedians and it coincides with my last day in the office and having seen the quality of the production photos I am leaving the blog on a high. They look smashing.

So there will be a few changes going on here over the coming months. A new Octagon blogger, a new face in our department as well the fruition of some other projects that have been going on in the background - more to be revealed at a later date. Exciting times...

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Beating Berlusconi! - Reviews

Beating Berlusconi! is on tour and is getting some really nice reviews. It arrives here on Thursday 29 April. If you are, dare I say it after the run of And Did Those for fear of upsetting all those Wanderers, a Liverpool FC fan or just a fan of Liverpool then this show is unmissable...

"A must for anyone, theatre fan, LFC fan or otherwise. Any play that can genuinely bring out the laughter and tears in equal measure is worthy of any stage." LIVERPOOL DAILY POST Read more here...

"That's the magic of this production: it's not the story of one man, it's the story of many men and as the many characters make up the play, these many men make up Liverpool and their shared experience of one day in Istanbul is part of the cultural glue which binds them...It's not a play about football, it's a play about the heart of a city and how and why it beats." LIVERPOOL ECHO Read more here...

"Footage from the history of the city, the club and, most importantly, Istanbul adds to the intensity and reality of the raw emotion in the show. This play may have been tailor-made for local audiences but it is this that has made it such a nationwide success.

Whether or not Liverpool go all the way and lift the Europa League this season, the homecoming performances of 'Beating Berlusconi' at the end of May which relive one of the greatest nights in sporting history makes this show a must-see for anyone, football-obsessed or otherwise." CLICK LIVERPOOL Read more here...

Monday, 12 April 2010

Five Reasons to See Comedians...

There is a nice little piece on the What's On Stage website on the reasons to see Comedians according to Richard Moore who stars as Eddie Waters. You can read the piece in full here...

I have also just seen some of Bolton Camera Club's exhibition being put up in the Bar. They went into rehearsals of Comedians and have taken some really nice photos of the cast preparing for the show. You can see some more of their photos here.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Free Comedy event - Late Night Geek Fight

activ8 have taken a leading sketch comedy group and put them together with a group of local young people and given them one week to rehearse.

Young people from across the town - some performing for the very first time - have been making new friends, leanring new skills and creating comedy gold for your enjoyment.

These brand new sketches are made entirely by them and are all about the world they live in. You never know. You might see yourself up there?

Date: Saturday 10 April 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Octagon Theatre Bolton
Tickets: Free!!

Free comedy workshop for young people

There is such a thing as a free lunch. If you are aged 11 - 15 why not come and join activ8 for some free food and a comedy workshop? You don't need any experience - you just need to be up for a laugh!

A free lunch will be provided and then you and your friends can take part in a comedy workshop with professional performers and other young people from Bolton.

There's no need to book, you can just turn up. If you want more info call activ8 on 01204 556501.

Time: 1pm
Date: Saturday 10 April 2010
Venue: Trinity Church, Tonge Old Road, Tonge Fold

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Easter Opening Times

Just to let you know our opening times over the Easter period:

Good Friday
Ticket Office: 4pm-8pm
Stage Door: closed

Ticket Office: 10am -7.30pm
Stage Door: closed

Easter Sunday
Ticket Office: closed
Stage Door: closed

Easter Monday
Ticket Office: 4pm-8pm
Stage Door: closed

Comedians - meet the line up...

As these apprentice comedians prepare to perform their acts in front of a live audience, Eddie Waters [above], aka The Lancashire Lad, is delighted to introduce the stand out line up for Comedians (opening on 15 April) . Which of these comedians are set for stardom and which will fall at the final hurdle?

On the bill are:

Name: Mick Connor
Occupation: Builder
Hometown: Somewhere in Ireland
What they say
"I want to be famous. I want to be rich and famous. What's wrong with that...?"

Name: George McBrain
Occupation: Docker
Hometown: Belfast
What they say
"Tonight you will see...something! I have what it takes. And when you have God you have it!"

Name: Gethin Price
Occupation: Van Driver
Hometown: Clayton
What they say
"I don't like telling what to think. That's all. I don't want telling what to feel"

Name: Ged Murray / Phil Murray
Occupation: Milkman / Insurance Agent
Hometown: Blackley
What they say
Ged "When are you gonna face it; you're not funny. You're a straight. You can't work on your own but I can."
Phil "I'd done clubs..Like the bloody wild west, both of 'em. There was nothing wrong with me. My troubles started when I took you on, believe me."

Name: Sammy Samuels
Occupation: Club Owner
Hometown: Middleton
What they say
"I wouldn't be seen dead working in a club like mine. I want the tops, I want TV, I want the Palladium"