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Facilitators of Mirth

Aaron Simmonds: 'Disabled Coconut' at the Soho Theatre

Performing at the prestigious Soho Theatre this April - recent signing, Aaron Simmonds

Join 2017 BBC New Comedy Award finalist & wheelchair enthusiast Aaron Simmonds as he tells you about how his first paid gig led to him performing on the BBC a year later, & what happens when you are being trolled online for not being disabled enough, in his critically-acclaimed show.

As seen & heard on BBC Two, BBC Three, ITV2, Radio 4 & Radio 5 Live.

British Comedy Guide - Recommended Show.

Tickets available here for just two very special performances, in London

"an assured debut from a lover and a fighter”
– ★★★★Metro


"a talented comedian who has the audience in the palm of his hand”
– ★★★★Broadway World


"a refreshing stand-up routine about the ridiculousness of everyday life”
– ★★★★ The Wee Review

Aaron Simmonds: 'Disabled Coconut' at the Soho Theatre Aaron Simmonds: 'Disabled Coconut' at the Soho Theatre

News story posted on 31-01-2020 10:00

Platinum & Gold Awards at the Nielsen Bestseller Event

Adam Kay truly cleaned up at the Nielsen Bestseller Awards in London last night

The awards are to honour authors of the most successful books of 2019, identifying and celebrating the UK’s bestselling books. Books selling over 250,000 copies, in print and e-book sales, are awarded Silver status, those selling over 500,000 are awarded Gold status, and those selling over 1,000,000 books are awarded Platinum status

Held in the prestigious Coutts atrium, authors from across three primary categories – Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s – received top honours for significant lifetime sales of their titles as measured by Nielsen BookScan and PubTrack Digital across both print and e-book formats. 

The authors being recognised have all reached significant sales milestones and have helped contribute to another robust year for the UK book industry, totalling 191m print books sold last year to the value of £1.7bn.

Adam Kay’s ​Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas achieved a Gold Bestseller award for sales of over 500k in print and e-book, following on from the success of ​This is Going to Hurt ​which won a Platinum award for selling over 1.5 million copies. 

Once again, we’re delighted to host and honour some of the bestselling authors in the UK. 2019 was another strong year for the industry, with sales keeping pace with the highs of recent years. My warmest congratulations to all the winners, it is always a pleasure to celebrate with so many of you at our annual ceremony.Andre Breedt, MD, Nielsen Book Research International. 

The multi-award-winning This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, has been a literary sensation since being published. It was the bestselling nonfiction title of last year, is the bestselling e-book of all time, has been translated into 37 languages, with more than 2m copies sold and a record-breaking number of weeks at No 1. Adam is currently adapting the book into a series for BBC Two, whilst touring the UK with his highly acclaimed stand up show of the same name. Live dates available here

Platinum & Gold Awards at the Nielsen Bestseller Event Platinum & Gold Awards at the Nielsen Bestseller Event

News story posted on 24-01-2020 18:00

The Parapod Movie: in Cinemas Nationwide

The first podcast to be turned into a feature length film, The ParaPod Movie follows Ian Boldsworth and Barry Dodds as they visit the most haunted village in the world, the home of the world’s most violent poltergeist, the underground labyrinths of Edinburgh, and everywhere in between, as Barry tries with increasing desperation to find some proof to convince his cynical friend that ghosts are real.

What follows is a journey of true discovery, of shocks, emotional turmoil and a bewildering climax, peppered with The ParaPod’s trademark conflict and hilarity. You won’t believe it… but he will.

***The movie will be followed by a live Q&A with Barry Dodds and Ian Boldsworth (except in Glasgow, where Ian will be appearing solo)***

UK Premiere at the Prince Charles Cinema, London's West End, 7th Jan 2020. What the audience said:

#TheParaPodMovie is not only an hilarious and often touching piece of cinema, it's also genuinely terrifying at times. Standing ovation after the credits rolled and bloody well deserved it was too.@gabundy

Following a smash hit podcast @InfiniteHermit and @Barry_Dodds (and everyone involved) have made something truly wonderful and truly shit scary!!! The standing ovation at the end said it all...go and see it.Jonny Awsum

“Disappointingly for me, it was not s**t.” – Richard Herring

9th March 2020
The Everyman Cinema, Bristol LTD AVAILABILITY

13th March 2020
The Storyhouse, Chester LTD AVAILABILITY

1pm, 14th March 2020
Birmingham Midlands Arts Centre NOW ON SALE

8pm, 14th March 2020
Birmingham Midlands Arts Centre SOLD OUT

17th March 2020
Everyman Screen on the Green, Islington, London NOW ON SALE

19th March 2020
The Savoy, Nottingham NOW ON SALE

3pm, 25th March 2020
The Everyman Cinema, Glasgow NOW ON SALE

8.30pm, 25th March 2020
The Everyman Cinema, Glasgow SOLD OUT

19th April 2020
Chapel Square Arts Centre, Halifax NOW ON SALE

2nd May 2020
The Carriageworks, Leeds - NOW ON SALE

10th May 2020
Sale Waterside - NOW ON SALE

Run time: 1hr 45 mins, plus live Q&A

Book now to avoid disappointment - More dates being added soon, check theparapod.com

The Parapod Movie: in Cinemas Nationwide

News story posted on 24-01-2020 12:00

4MG: The Boyband of Magic, ON TOUR

NOW ON TOUR: 'magic boyband' 4MG

Reaching the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2019 catapulted 4MG: The Boyband of Magic into the public eye.

Since then, thanks to the overwhelming support of their fans and the British public they continue to wow audiences with their innovative performances. Each member of 4MG have their own unique style of magic, separately they are amazing, and together they are utterly mind-blowing.

Harry (The Influencer) specialises in magic of the mind. He can appear to predict the future, control your actions and tell you what you are thinking; Theo (The Cardshark) handles a simple deck of 52 cards with balletic precision; and Dean (The Manipulator) appears to make objects vanish, switch, float and transform right before your eyes. In a unique twist it is you, the audience, who complete the line-up. You are the fourth member of the group as the boys ask for plucky audience members to get involved in the magic on stage.

No group like this exists in the world of magic and on this, their debut UK tour, you are guaranteed a show that is fast-paced, fresh and lots of fun.

Suitable for all ages.

"Dazzling! You’re fresh and exciting, Amazing magicians and incredible magic
David Walliams


"You're amazing. I really like you guys; I think you have a great career ahead of you
Simon Cowell


4MG perform at the Lowry in Salford, on the 10th April 2020, with further dates to be announced. Further information, and tickets, here

4MG: The Boyband of Magic, ON TOUR

News story posted on 24-01-2020 12:00

Fringe World, Perth 2020

Fringe World takes place in Perth, Western Australian, and is the third largest Fringe in the world; the 2019 Festival recorded more than 800,000 attendees! Its the most popular annual festival in Perth, and annually hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the incredible array of entertainment on offer, at more than 150 venues all over Perth and regional WA. 

Rosco McClelland performs there this year, with his brand new show ‘Of All My Things’

Eccentric and high energy storytelling from star of BBC Scotland’s ‘Up For It’ & Scottish Comedian of the Year Winner. Edinburgh Festival Fringe Sell out 2018/19.

"There are unquestionable shades of Billy Connolly to his style" Chortle
★★★★ EdFestMag
"natural ability as a storyteller & miner of laughs.. well written & delivered. Definitely a comic to watch" ★★★★ One4Review
"his gravelly and animated onstage presence emitted continuous laughter from the audience" The Skinny

Catch Rosco at the Roof Deck, at The Court, from the 2nd to the 16th Feb at 6.15pm


Rosco also performs his children’s show: ‘Rosco From Scotland : The Curse That Got Worse’ at the Red Room at The Court on the 23-25, 27 & 28, 30th -2nd Feb, 8&9 and 16th Feb


Paul Pirie has also made the journey to the other side of the world, and brings his new show Pirie Pirie ‘Sourced’

Scottish comedian Paul Pirie came off stage without shoes, a bleeding knee, torn trousers, & no memory of how he got in that state; he realised something needed to change. Cut to the present day, two years sober, dedicated family man, prolific writer, in demand in the UK comedy circuit, & the only comic who can perform an entire show without a microphone. The only thing that's flooding through the waves of blood in his veins is funny, a natural comic who realised that it was his natural ability to make people laugh...he didn't need liquor to fuel the funny.

"Hilarious rubber-faced clown" The Scotsman

"a most impressive physical comedian" Chortle

"inherently funny" Edinburgh Guide

"Seemed to channel Robin Williams at his most excitable, Pirie's act is absolutely hilarious" Daily Record

See Paul at the Red Room at the Brass Monkey Hotel, from the 22nd Jan to the 1st Feb at 7pm