Once again, a traditional-style blog today, that is one which imparts information in a fairly dull and dry manner, rather than seeking to entertain or provoke thought. It should be a fun week of blogs ahead, though, including a competition to win the first printed copies of my novel; the results of Mark’ll Fix It (Possibly), where I offered to arrange for someone to cross something off their ‘I have never done’ list; probably some more agony aunt fun; the next instalment of the Very Late Review; and… wait for it… news on the first stage in the iPod chain. I am now at a stage where I’m planning my blog schedule further ahead than certain TV stations I could name plan their programming.
For today, though, I’m simply going to mention that I am doing a series of warm-up shows to ready my new show for the rigours of the Edinburgh Fringe (which you can already buy tickets for, www.assemblyfestival.com/ ) and then the extensive tour which follows. These shows will be low-key prototypes of the festival/tour show, so it’s probably not worth coming if you’re planning to see the show at a later stage, UNLESS you are the sort of person who likes watching a show develop or likes hearing the same jokes several times. Which, luckily for me, some readers of this blog are.
So, here are the confirmed dates; where possible I’ve added the names of the theatres. Some are on sale, some not. Remember if you don’t see one near you, this is only the prelude to a huge great UK and Australia tour, the details of which you can find elsewhere on this site.
June 4,5 Brake Hall, Ashford
June 7 Comedy Box, Bristol
June 24 The Theatre, Chipping Norton
July 5 Comedy Box, Bristol
July 9 Junction, Cambridge
July 10 Theatre Royal, Winchester
July 17 Corn Exchange, Newbury
July 24 Riverside Studios, London
July 25, 27 Outside The Box, Hampton
July 26 Outside The Box, Kingston
July 28 Outside The Box, Surbiton (although this one says ‘cancelled’ on the web. I don’t know why. Or if it’s true.)
…on top of this, I will be doing a London preview on May 30, which I’ll reveal details of shortly.
And even before that, headlining the Union Chapel, again in London, on May 6. This won’t be a full show of me. But the bill is excellent and so are the surroundings, though I’ve never quite got the hang of playing there.
Right. I hope some of this is accurate. I had to Google myself to check some of the details, which is never recommended. Among other things, I found a’memorial service for Mark Watson’ in the town of Liss. Hmm. Still it’s only a memorial-service-in-progress, I guess.