Month: October 2017

Watch out – writer Jon Ronson has a secretive element to his Psychopath tour when he brings onto the stage two guests with jawdropping stories

By Brian Donaldson WRITER, broadcaster and one-time keyboard player for Frank Sidebottom, Jon Ronson has spent a substantial chunk of the last decade thinking about psychopaths and, following an earlier tour, he’s taking the results of that work back on the road this autumn. His 2011 book, The Psychopath Test, followed on from other published successes such as Them: Adventures With Extremists, in which he met the likes of David Icke, Ian Paisley and Alex Jones (a right-wing conspiracy theorist who now, apparently, has an ‘in’ to the White House); The Men Who Stare At Goats, an investigation into...

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Ventriloquist Nina Conti and her famous monkey Monk are so in your face as they go on tour

By Kate Copstick DUE to phenomenal demand, award-winning ventriloquist Nina Conti is reviving her critically acclaimed tour In Your Face, which is in Brighton in November. She’s from a 100% theatrical family so, I ask Nina Conti, was there ever any chance that she might get a real job? “My dad left school at 14 but my mum was a good girl and she went to university, so I think I got the ‘good girl’ vibe from her and I did go to university and studied philosophy but…” she sighs, “they all just seemed to be having such a...

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How to create a new dance production for BalletBoyz in just 14 days by Craig Revel Horwood

By Theo Bosanquet AS he takes to our TV screens for another season of Strictly at the same time as he steps into Miranda Hart’s shoes taking over from her to play the evil Miss Hannigan in the West End musical Annie, Craig Revel Horwood is a busy man! But he took time out to speak to Theo Bosanquet about his work on the new BalletBoyz production, which is currently touring the UK and appears at the Brighton Dome in November. He says, “I had a fantastic experience with BalletBoyz a few years ago, creating a tango for two...

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My extraordinary life with elephants by TV presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton

SABA Douglas-Hamilton was introduced to her first elephant as a six-week-old baby when her mother Oria held her as she walked to greet a one-tusked elephant called Virgo. The extraordinary moment is captured on a photograph shown on the website of TV presenter Saba, whose name means seven in kiswahili as she was born at 7pm on June 7 on the seventh day of the week, and it perfectly illustrates her first experience with wild animals. Unused to humans, Virgo let Oria and Saba come close before stretching out her trunk and sniffing the baby before coaxing her calf...

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Katherine Ryan shares the secrets of her glitter room as she brings her national tour to Sussex

By Brian Donaldson EVERY year seems to be busier than the one before for London-based Canadian stand-up Katherine Ryan, but she’ll have to go some to top 2017. Among her achievements over the past 12 months was becoming only the second UK-residing comic to have their own Netflix stand-up special (the Hammersmith Apollo-filmed In Trouble). Meanwhile, her TV profile has risen further by helming Channel 4’s How’d You Get So Rich and co-hosting Comedy Central’s Your Face Or Mine in tandem with Jimmy Carr. But now she’s set to take her place back on the nation’s live stages by...

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