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Adam Kay - Triple award winner

Former junior doctor Adam Kay's memoir ‘This is Going to Hurt’ has been named the winner of the ‘Books Are My Bag’ Readers' Choice Award, as well as the Non-fiction Book of the Year, as chosen by the public.

Around 40,000 people cast the vote in local bookshops, with Kay beating Man Booker prize winner George Saunders’s Lincoln in the Bardo and Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage.

The book – which started life as an Edinburgh Fringe show – comprises diary entries written between 2005 and 2010 when Kay was a junior doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology.

It reads as a dark comedy about the harsh realities of working in a hospital, with a sad sting in its tail, but also a timely plea to health secretary Jeremy Hunt to boost health service funding and not to demonise junior doctors.

Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before an experience on the ward caused him to reconsider his future. This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor is the product of a diary Kay kept throughout his training, interspersing tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis.

The shortlists for the BAMB Readers' Awards are curated by booksellers and voted for by the public, but the BAMB Readers’ Choice Award is voted for by the public without an initial shortlist.

Kay said he was “beyond thrilled” to win the prize. “Thanks so much to the wonderful bookshops and booksellers who chose me for the shortlist, and to the bookbuyers who voted for me.  Lovely and humbling as it has been to read nice words about the book in the newspapers, I wrote it for readers not newspapers, and that’s what makes this such an honour. When the junior doctors were coming under fire from the government for ‘being greedy’ it was so heartbreaking that the medics were struggling to get their story across. (Presumably because they were working 97-hour weeks.) Hopefully I’ve done my little bit to help people understand what it means to be a junior doctor and how ridiculous the government’s position is”.

It’s a triple celebration for Adam this week, as he was reveled by Blackwell as their Debut Book of the Year, which are voted on by Blackwell’s booksellers. As a result of the internal poll, the books will now be promoted in shops and online throughout Christmas.

 

Adam Kay - Triple award winner

News story posted on 22-11-2017 13:00

Bowjangles: Excalibow

On Tour in 2018 - Bowjangles: The singing, dancing, comedy, cabaret, variety, theatrical string quartet.

It's difficult to describe how unique this group is – they were never satisfied sitting still and playing their instruments, so over the years they added more and more dimensions to their performances, and now they create their own theatre shows, where they provide our own musical score, and they love to play.

Quirky, sexy, hilarious and completely unique, they offer an incredible eccentric Vaudeville style performance, like nothing you have seen before.

Bowjangles have travelled the world extensively performing in theatres and halls, at arts festivals and street festivals, in schools, hospitals, the occasional prison and even in a forest in the dead of night. They also love performing at cabarets, private events and functions, and occasionally youll see them on TV, or doing a street show. 

"Superb musicians, tuneful singing voices and a surprising gift for physical comedy "
– Broadway Baby

Bowjangles are on tour in 2018 with their new show ‘Excalibow’ all over the country – full dates and venues available here

Bowjangles: Excalibow

News story posted on 17-11-2017 12:00

Tape Face USA 2018

Every once in a while, something magical reminds us that we all have an inner child that must be fed.

Through simple, clever and charming humor aimed at satisfying that hunger, silent marvel and worldwide star Tape Face has created one of the most accessible and enjoyable shows the world has ever seen.

Tape Face has just announced another huge USA Tour for 2018, full dates available here. Some pre-sales available today, most go on general sale tomorrow

Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking – drama with no acting. Tape Face has to be seen to be believed. So what does he do exactly? Well, simply mentioning any aspect of this diverse show would be a disservice – the less you know the more you will enjoy this show. Tape Face is a character with universal appeal. Delightful, wry, many-layered and hilarious, he transcends the barriers of language and culture. You’ll laugh, you’ll scream and ultimately end up like Tape Face – lost for words.

Secure your tickets now, some VIP meet & greet pacakages available

Tape Face USA 2018

News story posted on 15-11-2017 12:00

Lili la Scala 'All Together Now'

Excited to confirm that Lili la Scala will be performing as one of “The 100” - a unique panel of music experts and performers from all over the UK on BBC1’s prime time entertainment show ‘All Together Now’.

Hosted by comedian Rob Beckett and Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, each episode, filmed at MediaCity in Salford, sees a range of talented performers (solos and groups) take to the stage to perform in front of ‘The 100’, an audience of great singers with big voices and even bigger opinions. If any of The 100 like what they hear, they stand up and join in. The greater the number that stand up and sing along, the higher the contestant’s score.

The 100 are made up of specially cast members of the public all with singing credentials, from right across the UK. With a real mix of musical backgrounds, the singer will be confronted with 100 people all with something to say - tough crowds don't get any tougher.

At the end of the show, two performers progress to the Grand Final for the chance to win a big cash prize. All Together Now is for anyone who believes their voice could win them big, and surprise a lot of people in the process. The new show, billed as a “singing contest with a twist” will run as a six-part series on BBC One in 2018.

Lili la Scala enthralls and enchants with every performance she gives, so we have no doubt she will go on to capture the hearts of the other Panelists, and cant wait to see her in action.

"It’s about celebrating talent, uniting people from all walks of life, feeling good AND singing! It’s a whole lot of joy standing up together on a Saturday night”
– Geri Halliwell

 

The show was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning and Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor, BBC Entertainment.

James Fox, Joint Managing Director, Remarkable Television, says: "This isn't the search for the next big pop act - instead we're looking for performers from all kinds of musical backgrounds and with all levels of experience who think they can give that brilliant performance to get The 100 on their feet and singing along. We can't wait to bring this uplifting, funny and inspiring new format to Saturday nights on BBC One in 2018."

"We’ve had a blast making it, I’m humbled by the talent surrounding me. I’ve spent time with old friends and made new ones. Eyes on your sets in January!”
– Lili la Scala

 
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News story posted on 14-11-2017 12:00

Total Sell Out Shows 2017 - Edinburgh Festival Fringe

It may seem as though August is in the past, however we have just received official recognition from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that Colin Cloud, Ben Hart and Juliette Burton all received TOTAL SELL OUT SHOW 2017 laurels for their shows during this years Fringe.

Massive congratulations to them all, this is a real achievement when you consider they were performing at the worlds largest arts festival, competing with literally thousands of shows, every day.

Colin continues his Total Sell Out run from 2014-16 and adds yet another year. His show 'DARE' at the Pleasance Grand was a critically acclaimed smash hit; "mind-trickery and charisma serves up a perfect show. Flawless" ★★★★★

Read all about his show this year, here

Ben's show 'Belief?' at the Gilded Balloon was dark, beautiful, baffling and wickedly funny; "he did things that left me, a man who sees a lot of magic, dumbfounded” ★★★★ Broadway Baby

Read all about Ben’s show this year, here

Juliette brought 'Butterfly Effect' to the Gilded Balloon, she also sold out her runs at the Edinburgh Fringe in '15 & '16, proving her determination and talent; "a force to be reckoned.. a must see" ★★★★★ Ed Fest Mag

Read all about Juliette’s show this year, here

A relatively recent innovation, the Fringe Sell-Out logo is awarded to shows or performers which genuinely sold all their tickets during a previous Fringe run. Performers are granted the cache of adding it to subsequent posters and flyers, and it guarantees the audience that this is a major act in Fringe terms. The copyrighted logo was introduced to combat a growing tendency for shows to advertise a "total sell-out" when they had in fact, only sold out for one night of the run.

Huge congratulations to the acts, agents, PR's, technicians and venues involved, for their hard work, determination and team work in achieving this incredible accolade 

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News story posted on 09-11-2017 12:00

Colin Cloud to perform at the Royal Variety Performance

The Royal Variety Performance has been staged since 1912 and is now watched by over 152 million TV viewers worldwide, making it the most successful and longest running entertainment show in the world.

Being invited to perform is a huge honour – and this year the illusionist Colin Cloud is thrilled to have been asked to take to the stage.

There isn't a show in the history of show-business, nor indeed in the history of television, that compares to the Royal Variety Performance; 88 shows over 104 years is a feat unsurpassed, and the very best in entertainment from around the globe has been presented year after year since the show's origins in 1912.

The quality and diversity of legendary performers over the years is both extraordinary and breathtaking, but then, Colin Cloud is the best and maybe even the wisest man you’ve ever known. Cloud has performed for professional sceptics like Penn and Teller. He has wowed the hard-to-please Simon Cowell. He has certainly left people convinced that he does indeed have mystical skills of reading minds and influencing outcomes. Performer, after dinner keynote speaker, consultant, coach, comedian: the entertaining and endearing Colin Cloud is THE forensic mind reader and you know you want to see him.

Cloud has the wit of a comedian, the intensity of a hypnotist and the allure of Sherlock Holmes himself. He’s become known the world over as a man who can reveal your deepest, darkest secrets. He continues to be a hugely popular guest on ITV’s This Morning (his revelation of Holly Willoughby’s embarrassing childhood memory of her interaction with a trampoline went viral). He has since caused amazement and more than a few red faces on Radio and TV Broadcasts around the world. Colin also worked with co-creator and writer Mark Gatiss on the online presence for the Sherlock Christmas Special for BBC1

Colin Cloud’s show was a complete sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 to 2017, he is the Star of The Illusionists Broadway & West End, and was a Semi Finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent

The show this year will be hosted by Miranda Hart, and Colin will perform alongside musical acts; The Killers, Louis Tomlinson, James Blunt, The Script, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball, Paloma Faith and Seal. Kelsey Grammer will be performing with the cast of West End show Big Fish, while there will also be extracts from 42nd Street and Annie, which Hart recently starred in.

The 2017 Royal Variety Performance will be staged at the London Palladium on November 24 and air on ITV in December, and we cant wait to see Colin blow everyones minds!