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WHAT’S ON MARCH: Lubna Kerr – Where Are You Really From?

Lubna Kerr is confused about her identity. She was born in Pakistan, raised in Glasgow, married a man from Lanarkshire, has two Welsh children, one Scottish child and lives in Edinburgh. A trained pharmacist who now thinks Laughter is the best medicine. Lubna explores her identity as a Scottish Pakistani Muslim women living in a world dominated by fat, blond white men…

As seen on Still Game, Scot Squad, Armchair Detectives and (soon) Two doors down. Pharmacist, actress, comedian, writer, social entrepreneur and mother. Which hat fits? ‘One to watch’ Funny women.

FRIDAY 29 March 2019 – YES BAR, Drury Street, Glasgow G2 5AA

NEWS: WHYTE & MACKAY GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2019 PROGRAMME

The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival (GICF) reveals its full programme, as this hugely popular event in the comedy calendar returns for its 17th year from Thursday 14 – Sunday 31 March 2019.

Top flight stand-up lined up for the 18-day festival includes: Limmy, Julian Clary, Reg D Hunter, Larry Dean, Jerry Sadowitz, Al Murray, Jasper Carrott, Elaine C Smith, Foil, Arms & Hog, Russell Kane, Des Clarke, Rich Hall and Scot Squad star Cameron Miekelson.

From the cerebral to the joyously daft, the programme has something for every taste and budget: An Evening With Eric & Ern evokes memories of Britain’s best loved double act; the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas offers a comedic exploration of topical issues from online privacy to toxic masculinity; Matt Winning takes on the most pressing (and depressing) issue of our times – climate change; and there will be two nights of comedy in the unusual surroundings of the Hunterian Museum.

The Glasgow Women’s Library will present the Women of Colour Comedy Collective, while Phil Differ and Janey Godley will be in conversation in two evenings at the City of Glasgow College. Some of the scene’s most innovative and creative comedians can be found at the Vacant Space – Josie Long, John Luke-Roberts, Helen Duff and Ben Target will all stage solo shows at the Finnieston gallery.

The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival always features the very best of Scotland’s home grown talent: Phil Kay, Iain Connell, Rob Florence, Ashley Storrie, Mark Nelson, Chris Forbes and Gary Meikle are all set to appear. The festival also provides a platform for rising local stars, this year including Christopher MacArthur Boyd, Susie McCabe, Stephen Buchanan and Marc Jennings.

 2019’s roster of international humour brings together hugely popular audience favourites and hotly-tipped must-see performers: Tony Law, Sofie Hagen, Bobby Mair, Desiree Burch, Dave Fulton, Evelyn Mok, Sara Barron, Olga Koch, and Catherine Bohart will all be making the trip to Glasgow in March.

As well as stand up shows in some of the city’s biggest venues and intimate gigs in pubs, the Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival features plays, sketches, improv, film and comedy for kids. Short Attention Span Theatre at the CCA features four new twenty-minute plays from Chris McQueer, Karen Barclay, Tom Brogan, and Catriona Duggan. Keith Farnan, James Campbell and Comedy with Baby! At Dram! provide laughs for all the family. Cinephiles can catch silent comedy and classic animation at the Britannia Panopticon, and special showings of Trainspotting and Gregory’s Girl at Sloans.

Comedy (and hip hop) fans on the look out for something a little bit different can catch the reliably anarchic CHUNKS collective’s ‘An Indeterminate Amount of Comedians Attempt to Perform 1993’s Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) in Full Live’ at The State Bar. For the more historically-minded, Scot Squad’s Karen Bartke will embody Mary Queen of Scots in a one woman show about life, love and hating your cousin. Avoiding the (very strong) temptation to declare GICF a Brexit-free zone, Ambush present The Salon Brexit Special at The Old Hairdressers – an idiosyncratic comedy cabaret which aims to distract us from stockpiling and blue passports in (at time of going to press) our final days of EU membership.

Events take place every day throughout the festival and tickets for all shows are on sale now, with some performances already selling out.

Sarah Watson, Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival Director, said: “Whether you’re a dedicated comedy fan seeking out the next big thing, or you’re thinking of catching some live stand up for the very first time we’ve got some great shows for you this year. It’s brilliant to see venues like The Old Hairdressers, The Bungo, Vacant Space and Yes Bar really get behind the festival with comprehensive programmes and a huge variety of shows across our run. Let’s face it, good news might be in short supply come late March, so GICF is hoping to provide a valuable public service by giving everyone something to laugh about for a few weeks at least!”

Ruairi Perry, Head of Blended Whisky Brands at Whyte & Mackay, said: “In 2019, we proudly celebrate 175 years of Whyte & Mackay. It’s our birthday year, we’re 175 years young and still surprisingly smooth. We’re delighted to start our birthday year celebrations by partnering with the biggest comedy festival in Europe- the Glasgow International Comedy Festival 2019. Let’s raise a dram to toast the biggest and best year yet! Slàinte mhòr.”

The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival is supported by Glasgow Life and EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Councillor David McDonald, Chairman of Glasgow Life, said: “Looking at the line-up for the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, you get a strong sense of the range of exceptional talent that will be appearing in the city in March 2019. Having so many local comedians among the headliners makes this festival so special and I am looking forward to some great nights out and some unforgettable performances. Whether you are enjoying the latest tour from one of your favourite acts or setting out to discover the stars of the future, we are all in for a great 18 days of comedy.”

 Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival promises to be another great event this year. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the strength of the 2019 GICF programme is testament to that fact, with a variety of shows and venues, as well as big comedy acts and local talent there is undoubtedly something for everyone at the festival.”

Keep up to date with all the latest news by registering at glasgowcomedyfestival.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @glasgowcomedy.

WHAT’S ON MARCH: Bossnappers at the CCA as part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival

Bossnappers by Tom Brogan a full length play at CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Sunday 22 March, Monday 23 March and Tuesday 24 March 2015 at 19:30

Tickets: £8/£6

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The women of Donachie’s Biscuit Factory put up with long hours, hazardous conditions and sexist remarks. It’s not fun, but you have to make a living somehow. Right? Then one day a rumour starts. Could their jobs be moved overseas? Are they being made redundant?

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Their boss is reluctant to reveal his plans, but when he decides to get as much work out of his staff as he can the women decide there’s only one thing left they can do. Kidnap him.

But what exactly do Sheena Easton and Dolly Parton have to do with it?

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A new play by Tom Brogan.

Cast and Crew

Rose – Janis Marshall Reilly

Meg – Jamie Lee McPherson

Gwen – Louise Henderson

Helen – Nicola Clark

Alice – Ros McCue

Les – John Winchester

Janis Marshall Reilly – Since graduating from University in 2005 with an MA in Theatre Studies Janis has worked extensively as a freelance actor, director and producer, workshop practitioner and arts events co-ordinator. She also produces her own theatre and film work with UNSCENE and gives other creative professionals a platform to do the same.

Jamie Lee McPherson – As an actor Jamie Lee’s theatre credits include ‘Mirror God’, ‘Julius Caesar’, ‘Another Road’ and ‘Some Just Can’t Bite’. Television includes ‘River City’.

Louise Henderson – Louise makes her acting debut in ‘Bossnappers’. Similar to her character, Gwen, she’s a self confessed digital whizz-kid. When she’s not hatching plans to kidnap her fictional (or not?) boss, Louise can usually be found with her sidekick Louie, a rescue Westie, playing softball, or singing Sheena Easton songs on the ukulele.

Nicola Clark – Nicola ‘s theatre includes ‘Serve Cold’, ‘Cuttin’ a Rug’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Tenement 12’. Television includes ‘Outlander’ and ‘Panorama’.

Ros McCue – Ros works as a drama teacher. Theatre includes ‘The Daphne Disaster’, ‘Steaming’, ‘The Steamie’ and ‘Party Suzie’. Film includes ‘A Small Piece of Paradise’ and ‘One Life Stand’.

John Winchester – John trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes ‘Teechers’, ‘Where’s Ellie’, ‘Black Watch’, ‘Moby Dick: Inside the Belly of the Beast’, ‘You Me Bum Bum Train’, ‘Scrooge on The Farm’ and ‘Love’s Labours Lost’. Television includes ‘Once Upon a Crime’, ‘Grandpa in My Pocket’ and ‘Ha Ha Hairies’.

Tom Brogan – ‘Bossnappers’ is Tom’s fifth produced play. The others are ‘Odds and Sods’ (2009), Cinderella Boys (2011) (both written with Fraser Campbell), Great Lengths (2013) and Good Times Never Seemed So Good (2014). As an actor Tom appeared in the pilot and first series of the BBC sketch comedy ‘Limmy’s Show’.

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: Bossnappers by Tom Brogan plays this year’s Glasgow Comedy Festival

Following his success at last year’s Glasgow International Comedy Festival, talented writer and actor Tom Brogan presents his new play Bossnappers at the CCA.

When the all-female workforce of Donachie’s Biscuit Factory discover their boss’ plans to move their work abroad they take inspiration from one of their favourite films and decide to keep him hostage until he changes his mind.

Bossnappers will be at:

CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Sunday 22 March

Monday 23 March

Tuesday 24 March

at 19:30

£8/£6 

More info: http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/shows/1081

www.tombrogan.co.uk

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: New plays presented as part of Glasgow International Comedy Festival

New playwright Stephen Brackenridge  presents two new plays in this year’s Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

In Potato Artist, after the party at dawn, Baz waits at the primary school where her ex is a teacher. Baz is going to play a love song on guitar and they’ll get back together again. Jamie, Baz’s BFF, tries to talk her out of it, while fending off nosey dogwalkers.

Sandwich shows workers at lunch in a dystopian future, where workers live extremely limited lives. Some begin to naively question conditions, while others raise suspiciously bizarre objections. The play also delves into the present, a time before The Cusp, when the characters and their bosses worked in the same factory.

The Govanhill Baths

Wednesday 25 March
Thursday 26 March
Friday 27 March
Saturday 28 March 19:30

Ticket information: http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/shows/1080

REVIEW: Star Stricken Double Bill – CCA, Glasgow

Presented as part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Star Stricken a double bill of new comedy writing by Karen Barclay and Tom Brogan is certainly a bill of contrasts.

First up, Emily Entwistle by Karen Barclay pitches us headlong into the world of big business: a crisis has happened in an unnamed factory and corporate business solutions expert Elfrida (Frankie McEachen) is sent to sort the damage, with of course, less than successful results.

Heavy on the corporate speak (which considering the audience reaction was not a world we are as familiar with as the writer) and light on storyline and laughs, Barclay’s piece lacked cohesion and smacked a little of self-indulgence from the choice of heroines the play takes its name from to the I’m clever than you attitude which the writer seemed keen to demonstrate throughout. What did shine through was the talent of the actors, in particular Johanna Harper as Margo who deftly handled the machine-gun delivery of the complex dialogue, managing to raise what laughs there were to be had.

In contrast Tom Brogan‘s Good Times Never Seemed So Good is a sparkling little gem of a relationship tale set against the backdrop of the tribute act circuit.

Long-time loser with a big heart Mark (Paul Kozinski) has tried his hand at every daft scheme he can think of to make a living and girlfriend Laura is getting heartily sick of it: so she issues an ultimatum to pick something and stick with it, that something turns out to be a Neil Diamond tribute act. Despite no resemblance to the man in question and certainly filling the costumes slightly differently to Mr.Diamond, Mark soldiers on, climbing the ladder of success one slippery rung at a time. Just when he thinks it’s going to happen the ever-elusive big break remains out of reach. But what price fame? Is it worth losing the love of his life for?

Choc-full of laughs from start to finish this is a heart-warming little charmer. The references spot on the mark, completely relatable and met with roars of approval from the packed audience.

Ripe for TV adaptation hopefully it will have a life beyond the Comedy Festival and Brogan is certainly a name to watch for in the comedy writing world. A wee Scottish comedy gem.