Projects
+ Artists

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D.A.N.C.E

Where comedians and dancers meet. Funded in 2017 by Arts Council England, this project explores what happens when you put comedians and dancers in a room together. Comedians will perform their material, with dancers reacting to what they say on stage.

 

And then they swap, with comedians trying their hand (or feet?) at dance, and dancers performing stand up comedy. A brand new way of seeing two different art forms work together.

See the documentary here https://vimeo.com/252126425

See Teaser clips here https://vimeo.com/danceproject

Read the blog on the year-long funded project below:

 
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Comedy Tag

In association with Megazone, comedy meets laser tag!

 

Each comedian will be a team captain and will give their team of audience members a battle speech before going out to play laser tag to see who the best team is, with themes such as sci-fi, western and cops and robbers this is a great night out for all involved. Previous comedians include, Joe Sutherland, Seymour Mace, Josh Pugh.

 
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Silent Comedy

In Collaboration with The Robot Needs Home Collective.

We take the concept of a silent disco and apply it to stand-up. Two award-winning comedians perform on stage, the audience put on headphones and choose who they want to listen to, while the performers compete for your attention and laughs.

 
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Cultural Comedy Tours

Cultural Comedy Tours is a collaboration between Dan Nicholas and Edy Hurst, with recent Arts council Funding.

 

Cultural comedy tours combines the most exciting comedians on the circuit with favourite cultural sites, Cultural Comedy Tours brings the best of both worlds together for an unforgettable tour.

 

We collaborate with cultural institutions to produce bespoke events that are often funny, sometimes moving, always insightful and shaped by collections, exhibitions and buildings.

 
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Lewys Holt

Lewys is an interdisciplinary dance artist. His practice, while focusing on dance, spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre. His dance practice is concerned with release and improvisation, taking influences from Skinner releasing technique, Open Source Forms and Contact improvisation. He has worked with prominent international artists including Tino Sehgal, Sally Marie, Simone Mousset, Rosemary Lee and Christopher Owen.

Lewys has received various commissions to make performance works including making a responsive performance for the Arts Council Collection's 70th Anniversary Exhibition curated by Ryan Gander. He has been supported by various organisations such as Dance4 and Yorkshire Dance to secure Arts Council Funding to develop his solo works, 'Of, or At, a Fairly ow Temperature', 'Phrases' and 'Footnotes'. He is also an Associate Artist at Attenborough Arts Centre and a Breakthrough Artist at Curve Theatre.

 
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Daniel Nicholas

Daniel Nicholas is an award-winning alternative comedian. Performing on the circuit since 2011, he has appeared at comedy clubs throughout the country and has had regular appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

His debut show Reverb (The Love Story of Terrance the Crocodile and Julia the Mannequin) was nominated for multiple awards including Best Debut Show at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, Best Comedy Show at the Greater Manchester Fringe and Best Live Show at the Midlands Comedy Awards.

 
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You Need Help

You Need Help is a sketch comedy spectacular. Part sketch show, part improv, part pop-art pantomime  blending genres together into into a hot sassy disco sludge and then make you drink it. It may be toxic or it may just be what humanity needs right now. We don't know, but we're gonna find out!

Previous performances have taken place at Leeds international Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival.

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Flip Flop

Born out of the D.A.N.C.E project, Flip Flop is a humorous dance show about big decisions. Steph and Louisa have never been very good at making decisions, except for the big ones like quitting drugs and leaving organised religion. Flip-flop sees the duo spend an hour flip flopping between dance and comedy to investigate how they choose to live now.

Ongoing development is taking place, with the plans for touring in the near future.

 
 
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Conversation Garden

Conversation Garden is an award winning improv/sketch troupe, made up of dancer Lewys Holt, theatre maker Jack Britton, musician Doug Deans, writer Matt Watts and Comedian Daniel Nicholas.

 

Conversation Garden has had success throughout the Midlands and toured nationally, as well as a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Their 2017 show ‘Conversation Garden does a British Bake Off-themed Murder Mystery’ won Best Improv Show at Leicester Comedy Festival.

 

Previous Projects 

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A Stand Up For the Mystery Show

Who will you see? It’s a mystery!
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, a special mystery guest presents their full-length stand-up show. Who will it be? We can’t tell you that! But we can tell you it will be an acclaimed comedian from the UK and international circuit - they may have even made an appearance on TV!
The man in charge is renowned Aussie theatre technician and band roadie Trevor Lewis. He's been working with some of the biggest names in comedy for over a decade, so whether the guest is a star of today, or a star of tomorrow, you know you're in a safe pair of hands ...

 
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Jess Green - A Self-Help Guide to Being in Love with Jeremy Corbyn

Written by BBC Slam Champion Jess Green, 'A Self Help Guide...' is a hard-hitting, intelligent, Performance Poetry show about Labour, Tories and the Division of the Left. The show toured between 2018-2019.

Watch the trailer for the show on Youtube

 
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A Stand Up For the Mystery Show

Who will you see? It’s a mystery!
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, a special mystery guest presents their full-length stand-up show. Who will it be? We can’t tell you that! But we can tell you it will be an acclaimed comedian from the UK and international circuit - they may have even made an appearance on TV!
The man in charge is renowned Aussie theatre technician and band roadie Trevor Lewis. He's been working with some of the biggest names in comedy for over a decade, so whether the guest is a star of today, or a star of tomorrow, you know you're in a safe pair of hands ...

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A Stand Up For the Mystery Show

Who will you see? It’s a mystery!
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, a special mystery guest presents their full-length stand-up show. Who will it be? We can’t tell you that! But we can tell you it will be an acclaimed comedian from the UK and international circuit - they may have even made an appearance on TV! Previous performers include Marcel Lucont, Ruth E. Cockburn and Marlon Davis.


The man in charge is renowned Aussie theatre technician and band roadie Trevor Lewis. He's been working with some of the biggest names in comedy for over a decade, so whether the guest is a star of today, or a star of tomorrow, you know you're in a safe pair of hands ...

Commentary

Commentary is designed to develop a new level of interaction between cinematic media, live performance and a live audience. Live comedians, poets, dancers, musicians and more create unique pieces of live performance which are supported by and interact with films and animations, creating truly unique performances. From rescripted and rescored films, fake director’s commentaries, original films created to enhance poetry or dance, or experimenting with the art of foley

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