As we say goodbye to March, we bid April a warm Spring welcome, and with April’s more settled weather (fingers crossed anyway) also comes the 8th annual Bath Comedy Festival. We’ve already had the literature festival this year, which was absolutely fantastic, but now it’s the turn of the satires and the stand-ups. So if you are coming to stay in Bath between April 1st and April 10th, these are a few of our top events that you might like to get tickets for.
On Friday April 1st James Veitch will be at the Rondo Theatre performing his show Dot Con, which follows his past year spent replying to as many of those scam emails we all get as he can. Russian brides, long lost relatives who’ve left behind large will settlements, marooned friends in foreign countries – he’s had the lot, and now he’ll be sharing them with his audience too. It’s said to be, “quirky, fast-paced and relatable, It's theatre for the modern world, a show for anyone with a dream…and an email account.”
Saturday the 2nd sees Komedia playing host once more to it’s famous Krater Comedy Club. There is the option of enjoying an evening of wine and fine dining from Komedia’s Soil Asociation Gold standard kitchen before the main show, which has for it’s guests, Paul McCaffery, Keith Farnan, Stu Goldsmith and Jim Smallman (MC). They’ll be performing some of their very best stand-up in this truly decadent venue.
After a lie-in on Sunday you can then join a Laugh at Bath walking tour at 11:15 from outside Bath Abbey. It lasts about an hour and a half and is a “light hearted, fun, comedy, mischievous and unconventional walking tour through Bath's history.” Then in the evening head to the Mission Theatre for a 7:30pm performance of “Degrees of Error – Murder She Didn’t Write”; which is an improvised murder mystery evening created using the audience’s suggestions. It’s perfect for comedy fans and crime fiction fans alike.
Throughout the week there will also be ongoing events, as well as special performances each evening. Bath Brew House will be the home of the New Act Competition heats, in which 45 of the best up-and-coming comics in the UK compete to be crowned the winning comic. There will be five heats (Monday-Friday, 7:30pm for 8:00pm start, two and a half hour shows) each compered by a different top comedian.
Another good choice that you might like if you enjoy tend comedy within the cozy surroundings of a nice pub, is “Deceptively Simple”. In this hour-long show Noel Britten, the man behind The Bath Comedy Walk, and award-winning magician Richard McDougall, collaborate and combine their skills in order to present a skewed and irreverent look at illusion and magic. It’s will be on at Sleight (the upstairs of The Alehouse) at 8:30pm from the 3rd-6th of April.
These are just a few of the highlights of the Bath Comedy Festival of course. For the full programme and information on how to book pay a visit to the festival website at: http://www.bathcomedy.com/whats-on-full.php