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Artful Dodging

A look at what you can see in and around Dartmouth

by Max Brandt

(Opinions expressed are those of the writer – who sometimes feels that he is talking to himself!)

Spring will soon be sprung - please! – and a young man’s fancy turns to pursuits of an outdoorsy nature. That’s a young man’s fancy; personally, I’ll be quite happy to see lots of bums on seats at all the amazing things that are happening in and around the locality in March. We are, to coin a phrase, across the board this month: comedy, music, movies and live theatre. So, strap on your safety helmet, make sure you bring plenty of tissues to mop up the tears (not only of laughter but those of poignancy too) and be prepared to be royally entertained!


COMEDY FESTIVAL It’s that time again and The Flavel, quite rightly, proudly present their annual comedy festival. Those who read these musings on a regular basis will no doubt be aware of my apathy towards some of the ‘comedy’ on display, not only here, but generally. However, it strikes me that this festival appears to be growing into itself and becoming an event that warrants attention. You only have to look at the line-up this year to see that, once again, we are privileged to be playing host to a group of comedians with international reputations...and some of them even made me laugh. Not quite a first, but we’re getting there. All the performance details are available at The Flavel, and on their web-site, but let’s just have a quick look at what’s going on. It seems that we are even developing a ‘fringe’ element at the festival, with comics appearing at Alf Resco’s (local boy Matt Harvey on 10th March – price includes supper!) and at The Royal Castle on 11th March you can see Andrew Clover (price includes a curry). There are shows for the family, in the afternoon of 12th March, with Fairy Tales and the Black Sheep Comedy Kids’ Workshop (with the Fairy Tales cast) beforehand at 1.45pm. There are only limited places at the workshop, so you’ll need to book your tickets as soon as you can. Thursday 10th March sees Boothby Graffoe pitching up,

Chris Addison

guitar in hand and wry vitriol on tongue, to entertain. Here’s a man that had me laughing, although I can quite understand that his existentially twisted view of things might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Or glass of poison. Friday 11th March and Arabella Weir is on at 7pm. This lady has had people laughing on TV in the Fast Show, but I have to say that my particular favourite was a little-known programme she did on the BBC with Richard E. Grant, called ‘Posh Nosh’. Have a look on the interweb thing if you don’t, it’s brilliant stuff. Later the same evening is a show called Joy of Wine. I can tell you nothing, other than it features free wine and nudity...I dunno, all this nosh and libation, it’ll be the undoing of civilisation as we know it. Great! Saturday 12th March...mmm. Not sure about the way this has been lined up. Two superb comedians, both of whom deserve a full-house (and they’ll probably get it) but it seems a little disappointing that they are appearing on the same night. It’s a lot cash to fork out in one hit; how’s about a ‘season ticket’ next year, all you good Flavel people? But, nevertheless, it’s been arranged thusly and we’ll have to deal with it. At 7pm you can take your seats to see Anil Desai. This man, if you’ve never seen him, is amazing. Garnering huge accolades at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, he was one of only twenty five international comedians to be invited to perform at the Bulmer’s Comedy Festival in Tipperary. Fifty absolutely spot-on impersonations in less than an hour? Seen it done and it’s quite jaw-droppingly incredible. THEN, later the same evening (he’s on stage at 8.30pm) is the wonderful Mr. Chris Addison. If you’re a comedy panel show watcher, then you will have seen him in programmes like ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’. He was also in the political comedy ‘The Thick of It’ (written and produced by Armando Iannucci, this has awards coming out of its ears and was even made into a very successful film in 2009, called ‘In The Loop’) playing Oliver Reeder. Just real chuckle-worthy observational, and not so observational, comedy. His blurb says it best: Daftness! Whimsy! Jokes! Lies! Smartarsery! Flapping about! Yeah, we can do that. But buy your tissues before you get to the theatre, they don’t sell them at the bar. The 5th Dartmouth Comedy Festival runs at The Flavel from 9th – 12th March. Check out the web-site or call into the theatre...if they can make me laugh, you’ve got a fair shot at being entertained!

Arabella Weir

MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC! The last time Ola Onabule was at The Flavel, it was a sell-


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