‘Women in Comedy festival affirms rise and rise of feminist humour’ The Guardian

20th -30th October


Monday 24th October

CLOWN WORKSHOP 'How to be silly'

Ginny Evans’s workshop uses exercises for actors, comedians and non-comedians who want to explore and find ‘their clown’ in this one-day workshop. Through the play and improv we use clowning to stretch ourselves, while challenging and flexing our comedy muscles we explore ‘the clown’. This is a workshop for clowns, actors, comedians and non-comedians who do not already have much understanding of the clown. You do not have experience of a clown workshop, but do have a little performing experience and are ready and open to jumping in experimenting with a more physical form of humour.

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




£65 (£55 for Concession for students, seniors, unemployed, and Equity) BUY TICKETS

Bloody Mary and the Black Widow

Half Sisters are doin' it for themselves!" Think you know you're tudor history?  - you ain't seen nothing yet!  Leave your text books at home and and have a gander and a giggle at three of the British monarchies most formidable characters - Little Lizzie, Queen Mary and the Black Widow. Carpe Diem! 

Produced by Rosie Mitchell

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


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


£4 in advance or £6 on the door  BUY TICKETS

Open Mic at the Women in Comedy Festival

5 minutes of previously unseen material from Sally Firth, Michele Durante, Kath Morgan-Thompson, Heather Shaw, Jean Kelley, Vicky Lee and Heather Shaw hosted by Georgie Morrell

Sally Firth

Sally was Semi-finalist, Golden Jester 2015, she has also Beat King Gong at the Comedy Store, Manchester, won Beat The Frog at the Frog and Bucket, Manchester, won “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” in Leicester and won the Comedy Carousel at Birmingham Glee Club. (all 2016) Described as ‘One To Watch’ (Funny Women 2016).

Michele Durante

A long Island native, Michelle will be tackling subjects such as her own sexuality and her time on in the South Bronx as a New York City narcotics detective – she's guaranteed to be a hit at any comedy event.

Jean Kelley

Very quiet



Vicky Lee

Warm hearted Festival favourite Vicky Lee shares her skewed perspective to the world. "Genuinely funny" Llloyd Langford.



hosted by 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.


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


Doors 19:30 Show 20:00-21:00



Georgie Morrell : A Poke in the Eye

Do your other senses really get stronger? Is it wrong to crack onto your doctor?  Will I get a new eye that shoots lasers?


Just some of the many questions our heroine answers whilst telling us how she went blind but now she can see… literally. Recounting stories of doctors, sexual fantasies, binge drinking, (sometimes all at the same time) and family dramas. We hear a unique account of what it is to face inevitable blindness with her very own brand of humour. Being disabled is her excuse to do exactly what she wants, say what she wants and live her one eyed life as she wants.


"Get a look in for tickets if you can. And keep your good eye open for sightings of this remarkable actor and semi-visionary writer. It’s way better than the thing with the sharp stick."- Laura Thomas, London Pub Theatres 2015.

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

Doors 21.15pm Show 21.30-22.30pm


Supported by:

Double Bill: Dotty Winter and Nina Gilligan

Dotty Winters: Stand-up, Middle-aged Brownie, Apprentice feminist. Fan of fancy words. Purveyor of occasional wrongness

“Dotty Winters has burst onto the UK Comedy Scene, charming audiences up and down the country. Refreshingly original and more colourful than a Dulux colour chart, Dotty has a talent for finding hilarity in otherwise sombre situations. Fan of fancy words, purveyor of wrongness, Blue Peter Badge Winner.”

Dotty Winters is an award winning comedian (What the Frock Winner 2014, So You Think You are funny Semi-Finalist 2014, Joker of the Year Semi-Finalist 2014, Funny Women Finalist 2013).

Nina Gilligan exploded on to the comedy scene in 2011. This year she has been put through to the finals of The English Comedian Of the Year. 2012 saw her as a finalist in Real radio XS Comedian of the year competition, judged by BBC Comedy North and Industry professionals at The Frog & Bucket Manchester. She also reached the semi finals of the largest UK New Act Competition: Laughing Horse. Sometimes outrageous, always hilarious, observational and story telling comedy for all. A persona you will fall in love with.

The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

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


Pernilla Hammargren : Dykes on Sparkbikes (Dykes on Kickbikes)

DyKes on Sparkbikes ss a standup show written and performed by Pernilla Hammargren, with which she has been on tour with to several prides in Sweden during the spring and summer of 2016.

It´s a stand up show about; being raised by hippies, the fear of making a fool of oneself, about feeling like the only queer in school, playing Laserdome with your mom, when your kid calls you dad, about rainbow family life and the dream of starting a lesbian ”Robin Hood- gang” and living in the woods, maybe calling it L-wood and what would happen if cismen had periods? But also about stuff going on right now.

Fifty minutes stand up comedy with thoughts, pictures and one or two live emojis.

The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Doors 21.15pm Show 21.30-22.30pm



Quick listings

Monday 24th Oct

Gullivers Ballroom

20.00    Bloody Mary and the Black Widow

Gullivers Lounge

12.00    Clown Workshop

20.00    Open Mic

21.30    Georgie Morrell

The Castle

20.00    Dotty / Nina

21.30    Pernilla Hammargren

  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 year’s 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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