Comedy Spoken Word Theatre

Tuesday 8 April 2014 in London

By | Published on Wednesday 2 April 2014

Frank Sidebottom

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature a last-minute boost of April Fooldom c/o Jamie Demetriou, Cariad Lloyd and Massive Dad, Django Reinhardt as Orpheus, and ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ author Jon Ronson’s side-view of the late, very great, and very strange Frank Sidebottom…

COMEDY: Gits N Shiggles’ April Fools feat Jamie Demetriou/Cardinal Burns/Cariad Lloyd/Massive Dad, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 8 Apr
Slimy taxi driver and tonight’s MC Brian Gittins acts as middle-man at this slightly tardy array of April Fools Day comics, providing intros for the likes of the evening’s headlining act, young gun Jamie Demetriou, plus Channel 4’s many-faced Cardinal Burns, improv’s First Lady Cariad Lloyd, and volcanic skit-artists (in that they’re about the blow up) Massive Dad. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Jon Ronson’s Frank Story, Kings Place, 8 Apr (pictured)
Author Jon Ronson, in case you don’t know, was once the keyboardist in big-papier-mâché-head-sporting-oompah-pop-iconoclast Frank Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band. In his solo show, part-movie diary, part-real story, Ronson looks back on his time with the strange and private Mr Sidebottom, and also talks through what it was like to co-script ‘Frank’, the Michael Fassbender-starring film based loosely by Sidebottom’s life, which premieres in May. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Orpheus, Battersea Arts Centre, 8-17 Apr
Back again at the BAC following its acclaimed first gambit last spring, Little Bulb Theatre’s jazzy slant on a mythical fave imagines the Orphic hymns taking place in 1930s Paris, with guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt playing Orpheus. Audiences are promised “cheeky theatrics”, outlandish moustachery and a smoky opera, swing and chanson score. Details and tickets here.

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