Bantam of the Opera

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The Bantam of the Opera will again be filled with a weekend of strange occurrences, enthralling theatre, side splitting hilarity, jaw-dropping circus, mesmerizing puppetry and more moments of magic than you can shake a stick at. As the night draws near, check in for the Laughing Stock takeover, where stellar comedians with have you roaring ’til the cows come home, and Velveteen Valley cabaret in the wee hours late-late Saturday night…


2017 line up includes!

JOANNE JORDAN'S HULA HOOP WORKSHOP
Get ready to hula! Joanne Jordan is a hula hoop, ariel hoop, poi, fire and bed of nails performer and she is here to teach you everything she knows! Part of the Dirty Feet Productions crew, Joanne teaches regular classes at the Norwich Circus Hub. Spend an hour with Joanne and you’ll be hulaing with the best of them. Joanne will also be showing off her stellar skills in a late night Velveteen Valley performance.
ABBI BROWN
Chosen by Scope as one of their 30 disabled people under 30 who are doing extraordinary things, Abbi Brown will be teaching a workshop in beginners British Sign Language.
MARIKA MCKENNELL
A graduate of Cambridge University, Marika is a London-based actor, poet and playwright. She co-runs the Crass Menagerie burlesque troop and has written shows at the Hackney Showroom, Russet Theatre London, Clare Cellars Cambridge, Edinburgh Fringe, Etcetera theatre, CPT, and the NYT Gala at Shaftesbury Theatre. Marika was member of the Royal Court Playwriting Group 2017 and is currently a Resident Artist at the Roundhouse. A finalist in last year’s Nozslam, she will be curating a new Sunday afternoon mashup of poetry, theatre and discussion, cypher style, that poses questions to the audience.
THE STATE OF THE ARTS
A specially assembled panel of creatives from across the cultural world come together discuss the state of the arts in 2017 Britain. Confirmed speakers so far include Olivier Award winning theatre producer Louis Harsthorn, Herald Angel Award winning opera director Jack Furness and Arts Foundation Fellowship 2015 winning choral director Gregory Batsleer. Hosted by journalist Alice Hancock, currently at the Financial Times.
ANDREW SZYDLO - AS IF BY MAGIC
If you could make a substance change colour, or turn from solid to liquid, would that be magic? From a liquid that boils at room temperature, to gases heavier than air, Andrew Szydlo explores magical molecules and enchanting elements in this family event, showing practical demonstrations of the magic of chemistry. He will dazzle, entertain and educate his audience with spectacular science demonstrations. The reactions will be audibly and visually spectacular, and the lecture will explain the science behind the effects.
HUMMADRUZ
PEPPER! It was 50 years ago today! To celebrate 50 years since the 1967 Summer of Love, Hummadruz, The Black-Light Theatre of Wales, are performing the Ultimate Psychedelic Trip: A show inspired by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band!
Created especially to premiere at Nozstock, there’ll be illusions, circus, puppets in an Ultra-Violet, Multi-Coloured, Surreal, Fluorescent Spectacle that’ll transport you to Inner Space, Outer Space and Other Space!”
TALK FROM AMROU AL-KADHI
Writer, performer and filmmaker, Amrou graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA and M.Phil in the History of Art, having specialised in avant-garde attempts to queer mainstream institutions, which is something he now strives to achieve in his own work. He studied at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting as well having trained in Comedy and Writing at the Soho Theatre, and screen-writing at the National Film & Television School. He is the creative director of musical comedy drag troupe Denim and was recently selected as one of the 6 emerging LGBT filmmakers by the BFI/BAFTA mentorship programme this year, his first short film Nightstand having been executively produced by Stephen Fry. As a freelance writer, Amrou has had pieces in various publications, including The Independent, The i-Paper, i-D Magazine, Hunger Magazine, CNN, HUCK Magazine, Visual Verse, Zed Books, Saqi Books, the BFI & The Inkling Magazine, in stock at Foyles/The ICA/The Idler Academy/The Tate.
DRUMNBOUNCE
Add a heap of energy, whip up some classic aerobic moves then marinade in some drum & bass and voila.. you have the perfect session! The team at drumnbounce & dubstretch believe that a good workout relies on banging tunes, so what could be better to keep you bouncing! A class designed to get you simultaneously sweating and smiling, so if you’ve got an appetite to BOUNCE your way through basslines and fancy a dusting of dubstretch for dessert then their Saturday and Sunday morning sessions are the place for you.

 

LAUGHING STOCK TAKEOVER

If good old fashioned wit and hilarity is your thing then this is the place for you. Staging a Saturday & Sunday afternoon takeover of the theatre tent, please welcome the Laughing Stock comedians who will have you cackling your way into the stratosphere. Don’t break a rib. Seriously.

PHIL KAY
Nozstock regular Phil Kay first started having his audiences in hysterics in 1989 when he won the ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then Kay has gone on to perform shows worldwide including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With an extensive catalogue of shows and TV appearances, the experienced comedian still keeps his material hilarious and his crowds entertained. Look forward to super sharp and blunt material alongside sensical whimsy and topical thoughts.
JAYDE ADAMS
One of Britain’s best female comics will be at Nozstock this year and she goes by the name of Jayde Adams. Jayde’s story of how she began in comedy is inspirational: starting out by making up jokes for her unwell sister. Mixing music, social satire and characters into her sets, Jayde describes herself as a “comedian, dancer, opera singer, piano player, MC, beat boxer, photographer and octuple threat”.
JAYDE ADAMS
One of Britain’s best female comics will be at Nozstock this year and she goes by the name of Jayde Adams. Jayde’s story of how she began in comedy is inspirational: starting out by making up jokes for her unwell sister. Mixing music, social satire and characters into her sets, Jayde describes herself as a “comedian, dancer, opera singer, piano player, MC, beat boxer, photographer and octuple threat”.
JOE DAVIES
Joe Davies‘ set is a mix of weird, silly, surreal and downright comical. His most recent show Who’s The Daddy focuses on Joe’s discovery that he is actually the son of Perrier-nominated country singer Hank Wangford. The show was an instant success at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and cemented Joe’s reputation as a ‘glorious loon’ (John Kearns)
SIMON MUNNERY
With a very varied and interesting career, and an impressive portfolio that includes; literature, radio, television, and stand up. Simon Munnery has bought his unique and hilarious act to the comedy take over at this years Nozstock. Described by the Guardian as an “incorrigible dabbler”, Munnery is known for his sketches, characters, songs and plays; he certainly has a brilliant take on life. Look out for his loaded and dark one liners, hilarious slow burners, and his quick surreal punchlines. Not one to miss!
TOM WARD
By gaining recognition with wins and nominations throughout the high profile comedy competitions, Tom Ward is a man of many voices who certainly brings the audience with him on his bemusing skits. It’s very original, captivating and unlike anything you’ve experienced before. You will certainly see why Tom Ward unique performances have earnt such accolades.
PAT CAHILL
Winner of the 2012 Chortle Award for best newcomer, Pat Cahill, is once again bringing his comedic stylings to the farm in 2017. Cahill’s unpretentiously surreal and absurd outlook is filled with unique, offbeat jokes and songs about dying pets and ‘choice fatigue’. Straddling the line between intentional and accidental chaos, Cahill will have you on the edge of your seat, reminiscing of the eccentric and imaginative humour of Spike Milligan (Chortle).
RICH WILSON
Rich Wilson is one of the our finest comedians. He’s played all the major UK comedy clubs as well as gigs in New York, L.A and entertaining troops in the Middle East, not to mention sell out shows at Edinburgh Fringe and New Zealand Comedy Festival. With a commanding presence and impeccable timing, Rich can tame even the toughest audience.

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