Comedy and Conversation
New events for 2017
We're pleased to announce a new programme of events for 2017
featuring comedy and thought-provoking conversation. The
line-up of star comedians includes Hal Cruttenden and Darren
Harriott, and comedy-song duo Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden.
Conversation will be led by historian David Starkey, presenting his
latest research which links Henry VIII's tyrannical government with
politics in the modern day, and in June Professor Lord Robert
Winston will explore the science and ethics of genetic
modification. These events are run in partnership with The
Pound Arts and Bath Comedy Festival.
WED 5 APR 8PM
BARRY CRYER & RONNIE GOLDEN
Comedy songs and gags galore from a well-loved duo, proving
they're still alive and that old's cool. With a combined age of
more than twice that of One Direction, they sing of Nicola
Sturgeon, killer stair lifts and mobile phone starers, with some
shiny new chestnuts alongside a whole aviary of Barry's parrot
'I laughed incontinently' The Guardian
Find out more!
FRI 28 APR 7.30PM
Henry VIII is the only king whose shape you remember. He bestrides
our history like a colossus and the decisions he took still
reverberate today. The Reformation is the first Brexit; his
ministers devised the doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty and his
tumultuous personal life pitted religion against politics as
brutally as in our own age of Isis. Historian David Starkey draws
on his unique knowledge of Henry's reign on the one hand, and his
insights as a leading commentator on modern politics on the other,
to illuminate both the Tudor age and our own.
SUN 4 JUN 8PM
HAL CRUTTENDEN SUPPORTED BY DARREN
Host of Live At The Apollo and star of Radio 4, Hal visits for a
preview of new material before his return to Edinburgh. Hailed as
'an absolute joy to watch' (The Scotsman) and 'hugely talented'
(The Times), he appears regularly on TV shows including Great
British Bake Off - Extra Slice and Mock the Week. Darren Harriott
recently supported Jimmy Carr on 'Russell Howard's Stand Up
Central'. His captivating comedy deals with everyday observations,
subverting stereotypes, and religion.
WED 21 JUN 7.30PM
PROFESSOR LORD ROBERT WINSTON
History shows that humans are obsessed with their genes. Does the
sequencing of the human genome really herald a new opportunity for
medicine or is there a darker side that we ignore? IVF treatments
now mean we can help 65 year-olds to conceive, store eggs in deep
freeze for several hundred years, and screen embryos for serious
genetic disorders. Will ethical considerations prevent us from the
next step - manufacturing stronger, more gifted and very
intelligent children? Or will our imperfect knowledge mean that
there are some major surprises in store?
Find out more!