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On Tour in 2021: SK Shlomo

Now on sale: Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure For Kids! Tickets available here!

World record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo makes mad music with his mouth. Become one of this sonic superhero’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101!

“SETS YOUNG IMAGINATIONS ALIGHT” ★★★★ The Times

World record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo is bringing his critically acclaimed 'Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure For Kids' back to venues across the UK this year.

To celebrate, he has also decided to #BraveTheShave and cut off 18 months of lockdown ponytail during a charity livestream, to raise money for the homeless charity Crisis. The more you donate, the more he shaves! Link here 

“MESMERISING!” ★★★★★ Primary Times

“SUPER MEGA AWESOME” ★★★★★ Deadline News

SK Shlomo first burst into the mainstream after appearing on BBC2’s Later… With Jools Holland, collaborating with Björk and performing with famous fans from Damon Albarn, Lily Allen and Jarvis Cocker to Imogen Heap, Martha Wainwright and Rudimental. 

He soon became the first ever World Looping Champion and taught his friend Ed Sheeran some tricks. He became Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, played the main stages at Glastonbury, won rave reviews for his autobiographical one-man shows and even became the subject of an award-winning feature documentary, The Beatbox Choir.

But everything changed at the age of 27 when he became a father. Frustrated and exhausted by late nights on the road, SK Shlomo started thinking about ways to teach his skills to the younger generation and so he devised Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure For Kids. The show became a phenomenal success, with five star reviews and sell out shows from the Royal Albert Hall to the Edinburgh Festival.

At the start of 2019 Shlomo was preparing to set out on a UK wide 100 date tour with Beatbox Adventures for Kids when lockdown sadly forced the cancellation of the tour.

Not being one to concede defeat, he immediately created Homeskool Beatbox Adventures, a weekly livestreamed interactive show empowering kids and their families to find their true voices and create their own music. For 30 minutes every Thursday, families around the world learnt new vocal skills from SK Shlomo and his talented friends including Bastille, KT Tunstall, Bill Bailey, Basement Jaxx, Jason Mraz and BBC Radio 1’s Dr Radha. Over the course of six weeks, the Homeskool Beatbox Adventures community created an anthem of their own featuring hundreds of families worldwide singing, beatboxing and performing together, and helped raise over £2000 for charity.

Now, it’s finally time to get back out on the road and experience the excitement and amazing energy of live audiences across the country.

“Staggering!” ★★★★★Families Edinburgh

“Joyous...the parents were having just as good a time as their kids” ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby.com

“Outrageously talented” ★★★★ The List Edinburgh

“A perfect show… sets young imaginations alight” ★★★★ The Times

SK Shlomo travels from London to Manchester, Doncaster to Newbury, plus lots of towns in between - full dates and ticket links here

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News story posted on 07-06-2021 10:00

Toby Hadoke scoops Royal Television Society Award

This week comedian Toby Hadoke recieved by courier his Royal Television Society Award, which he won during lockdown, at a virtual award ceremony in September. 

Toby's show 'The Doctor Who Cookbook - Revisited' won the award for 'Best Factual Entertainment' at the Royal Television Society West of England Awards 2020, up against long running shows Countryfile, Rick Stein’s Secret France, and Beat the Chef - shows with much larger budgets.

The feature, produced by Moon Balloon Productions, went in search of the magic behind one of the most obscure pieces of Doctor Who merchandise ever released, the Doctor Who Season 23 Blu-Ray set. It was produced by Chris Chapman, narrated by Masterchef’s India Fisher and featured Toby Hadoke enticing brave cast members, including Colin Baker, Janet Fielding, Nicola Bryant, Frazer Hines, Sarah Sutton and Terry Molloy, to tackle their original recipes from the 1986 cookbook, written by Gary Downie.

The judges described the winner as 'Original and clever, an intelligent and fun idea that served a niche superbly'.

The Royal Television Society West of England Awards hails the very best in the fields of on screen talent, craft, animation, regional television news and across a range of factual programming including natural history and documentary.

"The West of England is now, rightly recognised as an international centre of excellence in film, tv and digital production and our judges had a really tough job this year, with entries from an impressive range of programmes from our public service broadcasters and streaming platforms, like Netflix.

In the year that welcomed Channel 4 to the West of England creative community, these awards are a great reflection of the exciting talent in the region.” said RTS chair, Lynn Barlow, who is Assistant Vice-Chancellor Creative and Cultural Industries at UWE, Bristol, and a documentary producer.

Watch a clip of the show here, where Actor Fraser Hines and Toby take on the challenge of putting on their chef hats and recreating a classic dish from the Doctor Who Cookbook - Vegetable Soup with Dalek Krotons a recipe by Patrick Troughton

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News story posted on 05-05-2021 10:00

Flixton Comedy Festival

Nodding Dog Comedy and Gag Reflex present: Flixton Comedy Festival!

Taking place at Flixton Cricket Club, in Urmston, Manchester on Saturday 10th July 2021, 12pm until late.

This very special event is in two halves, so families can enjoy the daytime, and at night we can turn up the comedy for the grownups!

The Family Festival runs from Midday until 5pm, with award winning stand up comedy and entertainment for kids and families! Featuring the very best from festival favourites and children’s TV, including Wacky Woody, Katie Pritchards and Foxdog Studios. Add to the mix a street market, attractions, food trucks, music and a bar...it’s a fantastic afternoon out for the whole family.

Tickets: Family Day (2 x adult, 2 x child) £22.50. Adult Day £7.50. Child Day £5 (under 3s free). Available to purchase here

The Night Festival runs from 6pm until late. At night, the entertainment is equally as impressive. Top stand up comedy from some of the very best from the UK circuit, including Chris Washington, Lloyd Griffith, Arielle Souma, Brennan Reece, and Yuriko Kotani!

Away from the festival stage you can immerse yourselves in a superb street market, fill up on food from the BBQ, pick a pizza from the pizza oven, hop on a fairground ride and grab a drink from the outdoor bar. Bring your picnic blankets and garden furniture if you wish. There will even be a joke competition, with prizes for anyone that fancies themselves as a bit of budding comedian.

Ticket: Adults £15.00. Available to purchase here

With some surprises to be added along the way, Flixton Comedy Festival is a day and night out not to be missed!

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News story posted on 04-05-2021 09:00

Jamie MacDonald chats to The Sunday Post

Comedian Jamie MacDonald chats to The Sunday Post, ahead of his new BBC Radio 4 series ‘Life On The Blink’

Read the full article here

'Adapt, improvise and overcome. If the slogan was good enough for the US Marine Corps, it was equally good enough for Scotland’s artistic community during lockdown.

With live venues from theatres and comedy clubs to grand concert halls and dingy music bars shuttered many actors, comedians, poets and musicians have been forced to take a job outside of their profession.

However, for comedian Jamie MacDonald adapting and improvising has not been as much of a problem as finding the time.

The stand-up filmed an advert with David Beckham for the football idol’s new aftershave just before lockdown began, and he is ending the latest lockdown with a new Radio 4 series, a BBC2 travelogue show and a BBC Scotland sitcom.

“This last year for everyone in the arts has been a nightmare, so I felt really happy but also a bit guilty that I had a ray of sunshine to look forward to,” said Jamie, as he talked about new Radio 4 comedy, Life On The Blink, which begins this week. “We were told in July it was being commissioned, which couldn’t have come at a better time because every comedian was floating dead in the water by then, so it was nice to start working towards something again.”

Life On The Blink is about him coming to terms with being diagnosed with a progressive degenerative eye disease while still in his teens. Ultimately, it was losing his sight that led to him becoming a comedian – and it’s also what brought him to David Beckham’s attention as he was cast in the former Manchester United footballer’s Bold Instinct aftershave advertising campaign.

I’m still not quite sure how it happened,” said Jamie. “My agent told me he’d put me forward for it and that they wanted to talk to me. Suddenly, I’m down in this mansion in Highgate having my hair cut and getting dressed up.

“He was a nice guy and we had a good chat. The idea behind the advert was to feature people who had made bold decisions in their careers, and mine was going from banking to comedy without being able to see.”

That journey is also the premise for the four-part radio show which 40-year-old Jamie made with fellow Scottish comic Julia Sutherland’s Dabster Productions.

I’ve always had eyesight material in my shows, because a degenerative eye condition is an obvious topic for comedy,” he smiled. “But this is the first time I’ve looked at it as a whole, from my mid-teens to being 40.

“It starts with me as a schoolboy denying my eyes and hiding them, which I could do because they weren’t that bad. Then we go to my mid-20s when I really should have been using a white stick but I wasn’t, and then on to when I did start to use the stick, at which point I felt I lost my identity.

Read the full article in The Sunday Post, here

JAMIE MACDONALD, LIFE ON THE BLINK, BBC RADIO 4, transmits on the 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th May, at 11pm.'