A distant Robins, pictured from the lofty heights of the Komedia balcony!
We are in the full swing of preview season! This means comedians up and down the country are presenting their work in progress shows for the first time, working towards a full hour of material to present at the Edinburgh festival fringe in August. Luckily for us, lots of shows will be coming to Bath for our viewing pleasure – and boy do we love a work in progress show!
Before we show you some of the great previews coming to our city, let’s talk a little bit about arguably the best (well, joint best) Edinburgh show of 2017; The Darkness of Robins, by John Robins.
On the 18th of April (on one of the few gorgeous warm days we saw this month!), John Robins brought his Edinburgh award winning show to our very own Komedia. The main room and balcony were full, and thoroughly welcoming of Bristol legend Robins (he’s played this room many a time). We sincerely hope those who missed seeing him at the Rondo due to snow earlier this year were in attendance, as it is really quite the show to behold – although perhaps due to its soul-baring, emotive nature it would’ve been better suited to the smaller, floor-level stage of the Rondo, with the audience focused in a more intimate group, as there were a few poignant moments within the performance where the room really needed to be silent for maximum effect and in Komedia this simply isn’t possible. However, it is really pleasing that so many people in Bath wanted to see this show, and Komedia’s main room is a welcome host to such a large crowd. As a long-time fan of Robins’ stand up, it is heartening to see him in his stride, ditching his quite middle of the road, gentle observational past, and wringing out the humour of his very real grief.
One delightful feature of an increasing amount of tour shows is the inclusion of new material at the end or, in the case of John Robins, start of the night. It’s quite a treat to see an act testing what works and what doesn’t, and making progress right before your eyes. It’s about as immediate and thrilling as live comedy gets, and we’ve got a load of it coming to Bath…
Wednesday the 2nd of May at Bath Brew House:
Katie Pritchard returns to the Brew House following her phenomenal headline set at the International Women’s Day event in March! This time she’s treating us to an hour of brand new (and very snazzy) material in preparation for her new Edinburgh show.
WINNER Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2016
FINALIST Musical Comedy Awards 2017
★★★★ “Sometimes surreal, often unusually perceptive, and always original and entertaining” (Female Arts Magazine)
“Inventive and hilarious” (Broadway Baby)
Supporting Katie on the night is fellow IWD favourite and excellent local comic, Laura Ollerton!
Up The Antics are a group of miscreants, vagabonds and rebellious spirits from Bristol, United Kingdom. They perform sketch and improv comedy, including appearing at their own monthly night “The Antics Joke Show” and appearing in places such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Komedia and the Bristol Improv Theatre. They are going to be performing an hour of new sketches and improv ahead of their Edinburgh run this year.