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Comedy Takes Centre Stage at The Atkinson this Season

Gary Delaney

Food, Murder and Brontë are just three of the subjects covered in The Atkinsons jam-packed comedy line-up this season! 

 Big names such as Dave Spikey, Gary Delaney return whilst Rob Newman makes his first appearance at the Southport venue. 

 Former Detective Sergeant Alfie Moore tells us all about Getting Away with Murder in his latest stand-up tour. Award- winning comedian George Egg (the Anarchist Cook) demonstrates more live cooking and hilarious comedy.

 Lipservice are back with the Brontë spoof Withering Looks and we have our very own Laugh out Loud Comedy Club bringing some of the very best stand-up to Southport.

LipService – Britain’s favourite literary lunatics are back with their cult Brontë spoof Withering Looks.

 In the 200th anniversary year of Emily’s birth, the classic comic duo Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding, just couldn’t resist the urge to dust off their crinolines, wear flattering bonnets and sit at rained-lashed windows in a pale and decorative manner. Don’t miss the chance to share in the silliness too!

 Withering Looks on Friday 5 October takes an authentic look at the lives and works of the Brontë sisters, well, two of them actually, Anne’s just popped out for a cup of sugar. Who is the Brontë’s mysterious neighbour, Mr Moorcock of Ravaged Heath House? Do Lost Souls really wander the wild and heather clad moors? Who should Cathy marry? Heathcliff or David Niven? Plus, Manchester’s very own Mrs Gaskell drops by for tea and sympathy. Ages 10+ Tickets £15 adult / £10 under 16s.

 George Egg: DIY Chef comes direct from total sell out UK tours on Friday 19 October . A health scare sees George banned him from the family kitchen, but relocated to the garden shed his imagination and resourcefulness lead him to build an improvised kitchen there instead. During an inspiring and inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture, George prepares a breakfast, a lunch and a dinner using the most unconventional of methods.

 It’s funny, inspiring and absurd in equal measure. Expect power tools, gardening equipment and office supplies to be re-purposed and abused. Expect lots of laughs. Expect to learn something new. And you get to taste the food at the end… at your own risk! Tickets £14 / £12 concessions

 On Saturday October 20 we experience first-hand how it feels to be part of planning ‘The Perfect Murder’. Everything you need to know from choosing a murder weapon to disposing of the body!

 The star of BBC Radio 4 comedy ‘It’s A Fair Cop’, takes you on a thrilling and interactive journey through the art and science of murder investigation.

 Enjoy Alfie’s trademark blend of humour, practical policing experience and detailed knowledge of the law as he answers the questions ‘What makes a murderer?’ and ‘Why do they caught….or not’?

 Alfie’s TV credits include BBC Comic Relief, Bizarre Crime (BBC3), Confessions of a Police Officer (Channel 4) and he recently joined the presenting team of Criminals Caught on Camera (Channel 5). Tickets are £14.

‘Offbeat, revealing and very funny’ – Daily Mail

 Dave Spikey is a much-loved household name, but did you know he worked in the NHS for 19 years as a Biomedical Scientist when in 1987 someone uttered the immortal words, “You’re really funny, you should be a comedian” and for some reason, he took them seriously!!

 From his appearance in Stairway to the Stars, to Phoenix Nights, The Royal Variety and Parkinson, this show looks back on his journey and celebrates his 30th anniversary of his comedy career. See the man himself on October 26, tickets £16.

 Stand up legend, best-selling novelist, Radio 4 Sony Award Winner Robert Newman attempts to piece together a philosophy for our troubled times in Robert Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes on Thursday 1 November.

 He sifts through 3000 years of thought: from Pythagoras to Artificial Intelligence by way of Pavlov’s dogs, Jane Goodall’s chimpanzees and Frankie Howerd’s trousers. Tickets £15 / £12 concession.

‘He is the funniest comedian I have ever seen…A passionate, chaotically brilliant comedian.’ – Sunday Times

  Gary Delaney is one of Britain’s leading one-liner comics returns to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A Mock The Week regular and recent star of the new Live At The Apollo series, Gary’s shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this, when he brings Gary Delaney’s Gagsters Paradise to The Atkinson on Friday 30 November, tickets  £16. Please note Coolio will not be appearing.  

 On top of all this funny stuff is our regular monthly Laugh out Loud Comedy Club night. On the first Saturday of the month Damion Larkin is your host and brings three top comedians to Southport. A great night for a group looking for an alternative Christmas party! Tickets are £16.50 / doors £19 / £12.50 parties of 10+

To book your tickets for any of the shows please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call Box Office on 01704 533333.

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Booking fees of £1 per ticket apply to online and telephone sales. There are no booking fees for counter sales.

Robin Windsor: The Farwell Tour Comes to The Atkinson

One of the all-time favourite Strictly pro dancers  bids you farewell…

BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s all-time favourite professional, Robin Windsor, has decided to hang up his dancing shoes, after a long and successful career and he plans to go out with a bang!

Come and say goodbye to Robin on his last tour at The Atkinson on Thursday 15 November.

Robin, who was part of the hit TV show for five years, and whose celebrity partners included Patsy Kensit, Anita Dobson, Lisa Riley, and Deborah Meaden, is excited to create a show that will be action packed and energetic to match his personality!

Robin is no stranger to touring, having been involved in many shows over the years including Burn the Floor, on Broadway and the West End, Puttin’ on the Ritz, Keep Dancing, and most recently Dance to the Music, with former Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff.

However, Windsor feels that now is the right time to concentrate on other things. One of which is visiting dance schools around the country, teaching people to dance because he says “Dancing is what makes people happy! My aim is to get the entire country up and dancing!”

 THE ALL FUN FAREWELL TOUR takes the popular dancer across the country, 29 shows over five weeks, and Robin says it will be “full of fun, cheeky chat, plenty of sparkles, and superb dancing!”

Tickets are £28 / £24 concessions and are available from The Atkinson by calling Box Office on 01704 53333 or by booking  online at https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/robin-windsor-farewell-tour/ or www.robinwindsortour.com

There are also a limited number of VIP tickets (priced at £48) available at most venues, where people can meet Robin before the show and have photo opportunities.

Visit the website theatkinson.co.uk and join our mailing list to keep up to date with the full programme of events coming to the venue soon.

Threshold Goes to the Seaside!

Southport is set to host the latest in a series of small outdoor culture festivals appearing across the Liverpool City Region. 

Grass-roots, multi-arts festival Threshold have teamed up with Independents Biennial and The Atkinson, Southport to deliver a free, family friendly outdoor mini-festival on Saturday, July 28, coinciding with the launch of Sefton Open 2018.

The event is one of the Independents Biennial’s five special commissions taking place during the visual arts festival, which runs until October 28 in Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral and St Helens. The sister festival to Liverpool Biennial, it champions and supports emerging and grassroots art and artists on Merseyside.

The day of events by Threshold, including a mix of visual arts, performance, storytelling and music, will take place at the renowned Atkinson arts centre from 11am – 3pm.

The line-up of offerings, open to all, includes the following:

Interactive performance and theatre shows from ‘Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club’ and Storytelling from the magically talented Gav Cross.

A visual arts programme including interactive live sculptural and drawing workshops, using live performances on the day for inspiration from: Pamela Sullivan (creator of detailed and fascinating installations); and Jazamin Sinclair (creator of satirical acerbic storyboard illustration series Illustrated Prosody).

Music entertainment will come from: ‘Operation Lightfoot’, a music and arts collaboration directed by composer Luke Moore; stand-out, powerful country rock & roll from Amber Stone; and folk-punk sounds with biting lyrics & harmonies from Jazamin Sinclair.

“Threshold has grown up in the creative boom of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle as a multi-arts festival, which is fiercely independent and inclusive-roots. We deliver quality above all from grass-roots, brilliantly talented artists.” Chris Herstad Carney, Threshold Festival Director.

“Working with Independents Biennial and The Atkinson is really close to our hearts. The main focus of the day, as with all Threshold events is to enrich people through art and music, but most importantly for it to be a fun experience for all!”
Jazamin Sinclair, Threshold Festival Visual Arts Curator.

Location: The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB.

Time: 11am-3pm

Entry: FREE

Threshold Festival: http://thresholdfestival.co.uk

The Atkinson: www.theatkinson.co.uk

Sefton Open 2018: www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/sefton-open-2018

Independents Biennial: www.artinliverpool.com/independentsbiennial2018

The Southport Palette Club’s 92nd Annual Exhibition

TheSouthport Palette Club’s 92nd annual exhibition will open on 28 July this year. 

This popular event is now part of the larger Sefton Open, a large vibrant exhibition, which includes work from many clubs and societies involved in the visual arts across the whole of the Sefton area. The exhibition offers artists an excellent opportunity to show case their work, and the Palette Club will again be selecting the very best artwork to display from open submission. 

 Artists are invited to submit work for selection to the exhibition at The Atkinson on Thursday 19 July 2018 between 10.00 am and 

7.00 pm. Entry forms with all details can be found on the Atkinson website https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/sefton-open-2018/ 

The exhibition provides the ideal opportunity to purchase high quality art from local artists at affordable prices. All artists living or working in Sefton were eligible to submit works. 

The Southport Palette Club exhibition was launched in 1921. It has built up a reputation for excellence over the years. 

Club chairman Peter Owen said: “We are confident that the 92nd exhibition will continue to build on previous successful exhibitions and we look forward to welcoming both regular and new exhibitors. The Sefton Open is free to view and will run from 28 July to 25th August 2018.

Actor and interviewer Gyles Brandreth brings his hilarious show to the Atkinson.

Actor, author and One Show reporter Gyles Brandreth is coming to  the Atkinson with his new one-man show Break a Leg!

 This show promises to have everyone roaring in the theatre aisles with laughter.

Gyles said, “The new show is a celebration of some of my favourite actors – people I’ve met and admired.  The show will include the day I shared a stage with Laurence Olivier and the night I shared a dressing room with the stripper at Bernard Manning’s club in Manchester. ”

 When Gyles interviewed his dear friend Joanna Lumley (In a car park adjacent to The Absolutely Fabulous rehearsal room)… this happened as Gyles recalled…

It is 9.00 am: we are sitting in the sun, by her car (an unspectacular green Nissan), drinking take-away cappuccino from paper cups: Jo does not eat breakfast; she barely eats lunch; in the evening she toys with a lettuce leaf.  (She is a committed vegetarian, with a soft spot for cigarettes and fine wine.)  I cut to the chase.  She is beautiful.  She has energy, style, class.  For many she is a fantasy woman.  What is her fantasy of herself, I asked Joanna…she throws back her head and laughs.  ‘It changes all the time.  At the moment I’m going through a Doris Day period.  I want to wear perky, gingham dresses.  Actually, I don’t want to look like Doris Day.  I’d like to look more like Brigitte Bardot, with cute little dark glasses.  I’d either be cycling with a puppy in the front basket on my bicycle, or I’d be driven in a sports car, or possibly I’d be sitting sideways, without a helmet, on a Lambretta, whipping through Rome.”

 Gyles has starred in The West End and on TV for decades, Gyles added, ” As a performer I have appeared in pantomime, Wilde and Shakespeare. I’m privileged to know some wonderful theatre folk, from the effortlessly charming Vincent Price to the endlessly dazzling Maggie Smith.  On his ninetieth birthday, we invited the great Sir John Gielgud to join us both for lunch.  The actress Glenda Jackson made up the fourth.  When Sir John arrived, I told him how honoured we all felt that he should choose to celebrate his ninetieth birthday with us.  ‘Oh, my dears,’ he replied in that beautiful fluting voice of his, ‘I’m delighted.  You see, all my real friends are dead.”

 Gyles is one of the UK’s most recognisable names and is truly amazing live, ‘Break a Leg!‘ promises to be a side splitting evening of amazing comedic stories and one not to be missed!

Break a Leg! starring Gyles Brandreth comes to The Atkinson on
Sat 7 July at 7.30p. To book call Box Office on 01704 53333 or book online at theatkinson.co.uk.

Visit the website theatkinson.co.uk and join our mailing list to keep up to date with the full programme of events coming to the venue soon.

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