• 23
  • 10
  • 2016
  • 04.00
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Please note this is an 18+ event

Penelope Solomon : I was a penis at the Royal Festival Hall

Comedian, actor, singer/song-writer Penelope Solomon brings her brand new solo show I was a penis at the Royal Festival Hall back home to Manchester.  Born in Salford and raised in Sale, Penelope returns home armed with wigs, jokes, gherkins and … a penis (sorry Mum). Join her in this autobiographical romp as she blends stand-up, character comedy and a sprinkling of her own songs to explore the highs and lows of a life on stage and screen, her Jewish identity and parenting.

Penelope’s TV credits include: Goodnight Sweetheart (BBC/Alomo); Fist of Fun (BBC); Cuts (YTV) by David Nobbs. On radio she performed in 2 series of Sony nominated King of the Road (BBC Radio 2) and Redeeming Brian by David Nobbs (BBC Radio 2). She has written sketches for Comedy Nation (BBC Two) and The Warehouse (Carlton). She created/co-wrote Tower of Bagel (Soho Theatre/Royal Festival Hall). Penelope is a TV Critic for BBC Radio London and has guested on BBC Radio 4 (Today, World Tonight).

With the stage presence of a second Janet Mcteer, this striking woman has star potential – talent-spotters please note.’  THE STAGE

‘A complex self-deprecating defiance’ ***** FINANCIAL TIMES

‘An individualistic and highly entertaining show.’   ***** THREE WEEKS

‘Are you really doing a show called I was a penis at the Royal Festival Hall?’ NICK ROBINSON (BBC Radio 4 ‘Today Programme’)

‘It’s embarrassing’ PENELOPE’S MUM   

The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Doors 15.45 Show 16.00-17.00

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Ginny Evans : Dykonomics 

In her debut comedy show Ginny Evans experiments with a work-in-progress tale of self-discovery and acceptance. From globetrotting to languishing at home in lesbian lunacy, Ginny reveals her light-hearted desire for dominatrix moves, and her preoccupation with cats, co-habiting and convention. In her kaleidoscopic vision of the world Ginny invites you in with a smile and leaves you feeling you have been to places you have never been before.

Ginny Evans has been performing comedy since she climbed out of her mother’s womb, but now she is transferring the eclectic humour to the stage. Inhabiting an ‘off the wall’, animated and confessional imaginative style, she makes you loosen up and settle back straight away.

The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Doors 18.15pm Show 18.30-19.30pm


Notflix – the improvised musical

Funny Women and Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Semi Finalists 2015 and Sunday Times and Elle Magazine pick of the Edinburgh Fringe, Waiting For The Call present their sell out show Notflix.

Think of a terrible plot, think of awful characterisation, think of twists so frustratingly illogical that you yearn for the narrative simplicity of Memento.

Waiting For The Call: The Improvised Musical presents Notflix, the most horrible and least recommended original movies generated from the ghastly depths of audience suggestion.  How could it possibly get any worse? Did we mention the cast are  making it up as they go along? Did we mention its a musical? Oh. Featuring a live band and original improvised songs. Notflix. The worst movies ever made, worsened with music

The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Doors 19.45 Show 20:00-21.00


Lauren Pattison : Reet Petite

One of the brightest young talents on the Northern comedy scene who is beginning to make her presence known across the country. Finishing runner-up in 2014’s Funny Women competition, she went on to be the only female finalist in 2015’s Chortle Student Comedy Awards. Fresh from performing at Latitude Festival and supporting Katherine Ryan on tour, this baby faced comic is one to watch out for. ‘Sharp writing’ (Guardian). ‘A solid act’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Definitely one to watch’ (Funny Women). ‘You. Are. So. Funny’ (Katherine Ryan). ‘Rising star’ (Narc Magazine).

The Castle, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

Doors 21.15 Show 21.30-22.30