Tuesday, August 16

Tag: Northern Comedy Theatre

Spotlight on Nigel Planer – writer of All Above Board
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Spotlight on Nigel Planer – writer of All Above Board

As we look forward to Nigel Planer’s new play ‘All Above Board’ coming to the stage in partnership with The Northern Comedy Theatre, we asked Nigel about playwriting, his views on comedy and where did the idea for his character Neil from ‘The Young Ones’, come from? For further details of ‘All Above Aboard’ including tour dates and booking information, follow this link to The Northern Comedy Theatre’s website - https://northerncomedytheatre.com/ Your new play ‘All Above Board’ is due to premiere in New Brighton on the 23rd August.  Without giving away too much, can you give us a brief summary of the plot of the play? Well, it’s a farce, so the plot is a bit intricate, but I’ll have a go. Timothy Upton-Fell has quit the world of banking and now - for all the wrong r...
Chatroom – Northern Comedy Theatre
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Chatroom – Northern Comedy Theatre

“You just need to know someone’s listening. That’s enough, isn’t it?” Irish playwright Enda Walsh’s chilling dark comedy ‘Chatroom’ finds its way to a digital adaptation presented by the Northern Comedy Theatre. Originally written in 2005, Chatroom delves into the lives of a group of bored and restless teenagers – William, Jack, Eva, Emily and Laura – who occupy the dark corners of the internet in anonymous chat rooms, swapping stories about dysfunctional families, discussing obscure pop culture and even attempting to solve the troubles that plague them, together. However, the light-hearted banter and the occasional jibes take a dark turn when a new member named Jim joins the chat and shares his thoughts about his struggles with depression, anxiety and suicide. As relevant as the day i...
Doing The Pub Quiz – Northern Comedy Theatre Zoom Live
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Doing The Pub Quiz – Northern Comedy Theatre Zoom Live

Following on from their live Zoom show ‘Doing Shakespeare’, the new addition to the Northern Comedy Theatre’s repertoire is ‘Doing the Pub Quiz’.  Once again, The Felching Players are together, but this time they are using their free time to enter a pub quiz.  Teaming up with writer David Spicer who wrote their previous Zoom Live ‘Doing Shakespeare’, The Felching Players are taking on other pub teams in a bid to be victorious.  Tom (Robert Stuart-Hudson) set up the team (apparently to get off the booze after his wife left him) and likes to be in the driving seat, organising everyone.  The imaginatively named ‘We are Smarticus’ pub team have got through the qualifying round and are now battling against 31 teams to be top dog of the pub quiz league; they just need to ...
Doing Shakespeare – The Northern Comedy Theatre Zoom Live
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Doing Shakespeare – The Northern Comedy Theatre Zoom Live

Established in 2015 by Artistic Director Shaun Chambers and Tom Platt, the Northern Comedy Theatre have been gradually expanding their repertoire and are now working with playwright David Spicer. The theatre’s previous plays include ‘The 39 Steps’, ‘Noises Off’, ‘Abigail’s Party’, ‘The History Boys’ and ‘Dead Funny’. The first of Spicer’s plays to be performed by the company was ‘STOP! … The Play’ and they then collaborated on a second Spicer play ‘Health and Safety’ which they are hoping to tour in Autumn 2020. In a play written for theatre online, this Zoom production once again crafted by David Spicer, uses the Bard as its subject or Shakespeare’s plays to be exact. The Felching Players are to put on a play written by good old Will, but no-one appears to have thought it important to...