20th -30th October

‘A very positive event, attracting massive headline acts.‘ Manchester Evening News

 
 


Sunday 23rd October


Ban the Ban on Barmaids!


Barmaids Ban is a political theatre comedy that re-enacts a protest in Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter of 100 years ago. Local Manchester MP Winston Churchill tried to ban women from working in bars, which would have taken away their livelihood. The ban was apparently to protect women from inebriated customers and to stop men being lured to drink by attractive servers. Social activists Esther Roper, Eva Gore-Booth and her sister Constance Markievicz rode to Stevenson Square in a carriage driven by four white horses to oppose the ban - and they won.

Take part as a protester, be a member of the audience.
Whatever you do, don't sit back.
Turn up, carry a banner, use your vote.


Join us first to re-enact the protest
13.00 Gather at Stevenson Square M1 1DN
1.10pm Promenade to Frog and Bucket M4 1LJ
13.15/13.25 Arrive at Frog and Bucket for a performance start of 13.30



The Frog and Bucket, 102 Oldham Street, Manchester


  

Meet at Stevenson Square 13:00

Doors 13:00 Show 13.30-14.15pm


£3 or free to unwaged BUY TICKETS


Accessible venue please call 0161 236 9805 for additional information




Barbara Nice (all ages show)


Mrs. Barbara Nice is a much loved headline act throughout Britain – Mother of Five from Stockport she believes in bargains and getting the most out of life – Ergonomically correct she doesn`t drive and travels the country by National Express coach –her husband knows nothing of her burgeoning comedy career –he thinks she`s either at Bingo or dog sitting.



The Frog and Bucket, 102 Oldham Street, Manchester


  

Doors 14:45pm Show 15:15-16:15pm


  

Advance single tickets:  BUY TICKETS

Adults £7  | Children (under 16) £4 | Under 5’s free

      

       Group tickets:

      x1 Adult,   x2 Children    £13.50 in advance

       x2 Adults,  x2 Children    £20 in advance

       x4 Adults,  x8 Children    £54 in advance

       x10 Adults, x20 Children  £135 in advance


Accessible venue please call 0161 236 9805 for additional information






Jackie Hagan : Some People Have Too Many Legs


Jackie Hagan is a working class, one-legged scouser who undercuts awkwardness and taboo with smart, loving wit. She believes on the power of live art to effect lasting social change.

 

In 2013 Jackie Hagan went into hospital with a mystery disease and started writing a poetic-comedy show about it surrounded by pooey commodes and Take a Breaks. They cut her leg off so she drew a face on it and started touring  'Some People Have Too Many Legs' (a NRTF/Contact commission) it has won some awards and you can win a Fray Bentos pie if you go to see it (or some onions). It has bedsit-special effects, some crap puppets, bonus depth and theatre-y type words.


The Frog and Bucket, 102 Oldham Street, Manchester


  

Doors 17:00 Show 17.30-18.30pm


  

Pay what you like  RESERVE SEATS FOR THIS SHOW


Accessible venue please call 0161 236 9805 for additional information


Donations will go to Seymour Poets - a organisation Jackie runs empowering isolated adults to engage in the arts, incorporating weekly workshops, one to one projects, performance events and publications.




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Bethany Black (solo show)


"Bethany Black has the comic ability to keep the audience rapt by her stories... the clever observations and the intelligence that she holds the stories together are more than entertaining enough to ensure that people will return to see her again." **** British Theatre Guide


"Bethany Black should prepare for world domination" - Bruce Dessau, British Comedy Awards Magazine


"The individual anecdotes are pitched perfectly... very funny." Steve Bennett, Chortle


The Frog and Bucket, 102 Oldham Street, Manchester


  

Doors 19:15 | Show 19:45-20:45


  

Early bird tickets £7 or £10 on the door BUY TICKETS


Accessible venue please call 0161 236 9805 for additional information




Barbara Nice (adults show)


'Barbara Nice - ordinary housewife extraodinaire - has given up the domestic bliss of Tupperware and Poundstretcher shops for the unpredictability of the comedy circuit (her husband thinks she's at the bingo). No audience is too rowdy for her to handle - she's already raised five teenagers. She believes in bargains, Take a Break magazine, getting the most from life. Oh and Stage-diving! This well observed comedy character is so likeable that she draws even the most cynical of audiences and takes them along for a ride. 'A hybrid between Victoria Wood and Mrs Merton' - The Times.

The Frog and Bucket, 102 Oldham Street, Manchester


  

Doors 21.00 Show 21.30-22.30


  

Early bird tickets £7 or £10 on the door BUY TICKETS


Accessible venue please call 0161 236 9805 for additional information




Victoria Cook

THREE GUESTS (A COMEDIAN/A MUSICIAN/A POLITICIAN) share their personal experiences/anecdotes on the topic ‘changes’ in the form of a monologue.


Victoria Cook is a comedian, actor and writer. As an obese, Geordie child with a mullet, Victoria found comedy difficult to relate to. Staying up late to watch Not the Nine O'Clock News was inspiring, if slightly inappropriate for an eight-year-old, on reflection.


In 2011 Victoria won BBC's Jesting About 2 competition as a sketch writer, which led to performing in the BBC radio sketch show of the same name.


As well as appearing in Hebburn, BBC's Jesting About  CBBC's Jedward's Big Adventure,  Inside Out,The Dog Ate My Homework and All Over The Place Victoria appears as a regular sketch artist and the character Davina Wave on CBBC's BAFTA nominated news spoof sketch show DNN. She also hosts a music show on BBC Newcastle (Saturday's 6am-9am).


She no longer has a mullet.


Gulliver's Ballroom, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW


  

Doors 16:45 Show 17:00-18:00 


  

Pay what you like  RESERVE SEATS FOR THIS SHOW



Hayley Ellis : FOMO

Hayley Ellis has Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO to the kids). Join award-winning Ellis (tour support for Rob Delaney and regular contributor for BBC Two's Russell Howard’s Good News) for her follow-up hour to find out how neurotic we all really are. ‘Engaging’ - Scotsman ‘Destined for comedy greatness’ (XFM). **** (Gigglebeats.co.uk). ‘Ellis made everybody laugh’ – The Independent ‘An engaging and quick witted performer’ – Fest ‘Hayley Ellis is fast becoming Manchester’s funniest female’ (Steve Wright, BBC Radio 2). As featured in the top Fringe jokes of all time in the – Scotsman and the Independent.

Gulliver's Ballroom, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW


  

Doors 18:15 Show 18:30-19:30



£3 in advance or £5 on the door BUY TICKETS


Special offer see Eleanor Tiernan and Hayley Ellis for only £5 in advance or £7 on the door



Eleanor Tiernan : What's My Motivation Here? - A Work in Progress


Irish over-thinker Eleanor Tiernan comes to Manchester with a work in progress show that again misses the point of things completely. Items up for discussion include house-hunting, hand dryers, struggle envy & button management systems. Known for her roles in the IFTA-nominated RTE political satire show Irish Pictorial Weekly, UK comedy fans may know Eleanor from The Alternative Comedy Experience on Comedy Central curated by Stewart Lee. She has been invited to perform at  festivals all around the world including Montreal Just for Laughs, Glastonbury, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her National Therapy Project was nominated for the First Fortnight Award in the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2014.

Gulliver's Ballroom, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW



Doors 19:45 Show 20:00-21:00



£3 in advance or £5 on the door BUY TICKETS


Special offer see Eleanor Tiernan and Hayley Ellis for only £5 in advance or £7 on the door




Workshop: Taking Your Act Abroad 


Join Allyson June Smith and Kate McCabe in a workshops specifically aimed to help acts take there show and book more gigs overseas








Gulliver's Lounge, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW



Doors 12:15 Show 12:30-13:30



Early bird tickets £5 BUY TICKETS




Stand up Comedy workshop: Kerry Leigh


Are you secretly harbouring the desire to perform stand up? Do you watch wistfully from the audience thinking 'I can do that?' Find your funny with this 4 hour introduction to stand up comedy workshop facilitated by comedian Kerry Leigh -  available for up to 12 participants with the opportunity to perform at an open mic on Friday 28th October.


Participants are welcome to bring any 'material' they are already working on. The workshop will cover such aspects as mic technique, delivery, timing and confidence...and, most importantly, biscuits.


Kerry has taught stand up to various groups over the years on behalf of Laughology, including during the 2013 WIC festival to 12 women who all shone on their performance night - half of whom have gone on to become regular comedy performers and public speakers.


Gulliver's Lounge, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW



Doors 1:45 Show 14:00-18:00



Early bird tickets £15, £20 after (max 12 ppl) BUY TICKETS

Includes entry to comedy showcase on Friday 28th




Daphna Baram : Beggin’ To Differ


Daphna Baram, a middle-Eastern Mary Poppins, says it as it is - though sometimes she probably shouldn't. The comedian/ journalist/ ex-Israeli-human rights lawyer/immigrant offers a first glimpse of her fourth solo Brighton Fringe offering.


"masterful ... . Her fantastic way with words and bone dry humour have the audience in fits of laughter... Superbly refreshing" (Bunbury Magazine).


Directed by Amanda Baker.


Gulliver's Lounge, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW


  

Doors 18:15 Show 18:30-19:30


  

Pay what you like  RESERVE SEATS FOR THIS SHOW




Open Mic


5 minute sets from acts such as Georgie Morrell, Mel Medford, Marie Golbourne, Jennifer Banks, Hannah Platt hosted by Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow


Hannah Platt

Hannah Platt deadpans her way into your very soul

 





Jennifer Banks

When Jen isn’t improvising with ComedySportz, she’s usually busy hiding all her socially unacceptable pursuits from those who know her – these include hours spent perfecting her terrapin impression, practicing for her attempt at the eye-popping world record (see photo) and organising her sock drawer in reverse chronological order. She also loves guacamole and Fleetwood Mac.



Marie Golbourne

Local cat loving, cake loving comedian

 





Georgie Morrell

Being disabled is Georgie’s excuse to do exactly what she wants, say what she wants and live her one eyed life as she wants.

 



Mel Medford

Mel has been gigging for the last couple of years doing opening and middle spots in the North West including Laughing Cows, Comedy Balloon, A Laugh in Stockport, Dead Cat, Women in Comedy Festival and North West Comedy Collective.  She tells funny stories. Quite rude.


Penelope Solomon

Penelope’s TV credits include: Goodnight Sweetheart (BBC/Alomo); Fist of Fun (BBC); Cuts (YTV) by David Nobbs. On radio she performed in 2 series of Sony nominated King of the Road (BBC Radio 2) and Redeeming Brian by David Nobbs (BBC Radio 2).


hosted by Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow

Host and compere of The Boi Zone, Manchester's premiere Drag King night, Lydia is a natural entertainer

 


 



Gulliver's Lounge, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW



Doors 19.45 Show 20:00-21:00


  

Pay what you like  RESERVE SEATS FOR THIS SHOW





Jeanette Bird Bradley : Context, people!


Waste hours on the internet amazed by ridiculous 'niche' products? Seek creative ways to get revenge on those you love? Value the work of questionable action heroes?


NCF 'New Comedian of the Year, Finalist in 2015, Jeanette Bird-Bradley is here to share your shame, doubt your choices and

put things into perspective!




Gulliver's Lounge, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW



Doors 21.15 Show 21.30-22.30


  

Pay what you like  RESERVE SEATS FOR THIS SHOW





Penelope Solomon : I was a penis at the Royal Festival Hall


Comedian, actor, singer/song-writer Penelope Solomon brings her brand new solo show I was a penis at the Royal Festival Hall back home to Manchester.  Born in Salford and raised in Sale, Penelope returns home armed with wigs, jokes, gherkins and ... a penis (sorry Mum). Join her in this autobiographical romp as she blends stand-up, character comedy and a sprinkling of her own songs to explore the highs and lows of a life on stage and screen, her Jewish identity and parenting. 


Penelope’s TV credits include: Goodnight Sweetheart (BBC/Alomo); Fist of Fun (BBC); Cuts (YTV) by David Nobbs. On radio she performed in 2 series of Sony nominated King of the Road (BBC Radio 2) and Redeeming Brian by David Nobbs (BBC Radio 2). She has written sketches for Comedy Nation (BBC Two) and The Warehouse (Carlton). She created/co-wrote Tower of Bagel (Soho Theatre/Royal Festival Hall). Penelope is a TV Critic for BBC Radio London and has guested on BBC Radio 4 (Today, World Tonight). 

 

With the stage presence of a second Janet Mcteer, this striking woman has star potential - talent-spotters please note.’  THE STAGE

‘A complex self-deprecating defiance' ***** FINANCIAL TIMES

‘An individualistic and highly entertaining show.’   ***** THREE WEEKS

‘Are you really doing a show called I was a penis at the Royal Festival Hall?’ NICK ROBINSON (BBC Radio 4 ‘Today Programme’)  

‘It’s embarrassing’ PENELOPE’S MUM   


The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE



Doors 15.45 Show 16.00-17.00


  

£7 in advance or £10 on the door BUY TICKETS




Ginny Evans : Dykonomics 



Sister Rainbow stars with Vada Vulva puppet in a tale of self-discovery in the Church of the Warrior Clowns. Let them take you to places you’ve never been before in an alternative, ‘off the wall’ comedy. Absurdist feminist comedy, cabaret where there will be music, burlesque and puppetry, all wrapped up in to 1 hour show.



The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE



Doors 18.15pm Show 18.30-19.30pm


  

Pay what you like  RESERVE SEATS FOR THIS SHOW





Notflix - the improvised musical


Funny Women and Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Semi Finalists 2015 and Sunday Times and Elle Magazine pick of the Edinburgh Fringe, Waiting For The Call present their sell out show Notflix.

Think of a terrible plot, think of awful characterisation, think of twists so frustratingly illogical that you yearn for the narrative simplicity of Memento.



Waiting For The Call: The Improvised Musical presents Notflix, the most horrible and least recommended original movies generated from the ghastly depths of audience suggestion.  How could it possibly get any worse? Did we mention the cast are  making it up as they go along? Did we mention its a musical? Oh. Featuring a live band and original improvised songs. Notflix. The worst movies ever made, worsened with music




The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE



Doors 19.45 Show 20:00-21.00


  

Pay what you like  RESERVE SEATS FOR THIS SHOW




Lauren Pattison : Reet Petite


One of the brightest young talents on the Northern comedy scene who is beginning to make her presence known across the country. Finishing runner-up in 2014's Funny Women competition, she went on to be the only female finalist in 2015's Chortle Student Comedy Awards. Fresh from performing at Latitude Festival and supporting Katherine Ryan on tour, this baby faced comic is one to watch out for. 'Sharp writing' (Guardian). ‘A solid act' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Definitely one to watch' (Funny Women). 'You. Are. So. Funny' (Katherine Ryan). 'Rising star' (Narc Magazine).

The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE



Doors 21.15 Show 21.30-22.30


  

Pay what you like  RESERVE SEATS FOR THIS SHOW



 








Quick listings

Sunday 23rd Oct

The Frog and Bucket

13.30    Barmaids Ban

15.15    Barbara Nice

17.30    Jackie Hagan

19.45    Bethany Black

21.30    Barbara Nice

Gullivers Ballroom

17.00    Victoria Cook

18.30    Hayley Ellis

20.00    Eleanor Teirnan

Gullivers Lounge

12.30    Act Abroad

14.00    Comedy Workshop

18.30    Daphna Baram

20.00    Open Mic

21.30    Jeanette Bird-Bradley

The Castle

16.00    Penelope Solomon

18.30    Dykonomics 

20.00    Notflix 

21.30    Lauren Patterson


  1. *All tickets are subject to a 50P OR 7% booking fee. To keep booking fees down your tickets will not be posted out to you. Please arrive at the venue 15 minutes before the show is due to start with your e-ticket.

  2. *Pay What You Like (PWYL ) options are available for many of this years shows. This scheme has been devised to give you an opportunity to see new comedy without the financial risk and to offer affordable options to those on limited income. Additional donations can also be made on the night after the show but advance tickets are highly advised as we expect a vast number of our shows this year to sell out. #supportliveart

  3. *Please note all line  ups are subject to change.

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