Sunday, September 21, 2014

Getting Straight To The Tour...

The tour is almost upon us and I'm delighted to say that the first few shows - and quite a few beyond them - have sold out already.

The first couple of work-in-progress shows at New Greenham Arts a few days ago went well. Which is a relief. The first time you perform a new show, you have no real idea as to what you're dealing with. Will it need a complete re-write or will it just need a few nuts and bolts tightening? There's no way of knowing with any certainty until it's been put in front of an audience.

Now that I've done so and discovered that it doesn't need a complete re-write, I can roll my sleeves up and get stuck in to the show. It's why I often do these work-in-progress shows in pairs - because it means I have a day without travel in which to tinker with the powerpoint... which currently stands at 629 slides. It's a time-consuming thing to tinker with. But in lots of ways this is the fun bit.

The remaining work-in-progress shows start tonight and tomorrow in Braintree... followed by Andover, Wolverhampton and Tring...
September 21st and 22nd Braintree Arts Centre Tickets
September 23rd and 24th Andover,
The Lights
Tickets
September 29th and 30th Wolverhampton, The Slade Rooms Tickets
October 1st Tring, The Court Theatre Tickets

I've had a lot of emails, tweets and facebook messages asking me if the tour will contain material from the current TV series. It doesn't. If you like the series, I reckon you'll like the tour... but there's no crossover of material. (Of course, I might take stuff from the tour and use it in series 3... but that's a different matter.)

 And then the tour proper kicks off a week on Friday...

When Where Venue Tickets Box Office
OCTOBER 3, 2014
FRIDAY
WINCHESTER Theatre Royal SOLD OUT
contact venue for returns
01962 840 440
OCTOBER 4, 2014
SATURDAY
HEREFORD Courtyard Theatre SOLD OUT
contact venue for returns
01432 340 555
OCTOBER 5, 2014
SUNDAY
SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn SOLD OUT
contact venue for returns
01743 281 281
OCTOBER 6, 2014
MONDAY
NORWICH Playhouse SOLD OUT
contact venue for returns
01603 598 598
OCTOBER 7, 2014
TUESDAY
NORWICH Playhouse SOLD OUT
contact venue for returns
01603 598 598
OCTOBER 8, 2014
WEDNESDAY
NORWICH Playhouse SOLD OUT
contact venue for returns
01603 598 598
OCTOBER 10, 2014
FRIDAY
DUBLIN Vicar Street get tickets 00353 (1) 775 5800
OCTOBER 11, 2014
SATURDAY
BRIGHTON Comedy Festival get tickets 01273 709 709
OCTOBER 12, 2014
SUNDAY
MARGATE Theatre Royal get tickets 01843 292 795
OCTOBER 14, 2014
TUESDAY
YEOVIL Octagon get tickets 01935 422 884
OCTOBER 15, 2014
WEDNESDAY
ALDERSHOT Princes Theatre get tickets 01253 329 155
OCTOBER 16, 2014
THURSDAY
HARROGATE Royal Hall get tickets 01425 502 116
OCTOBER 17, 2014
FRIDAY
IPSWICH Corn Exchange get tickets 01473 433 100
OCTOBER 18, 2014
SATURDAY
COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre get tickets 024 7652 4524
OCTOBER 19, 2014
SUNDAY
NOTTINGHAM Playhouse SOLD OUT
contact venue for returns
0115 941 9419
OCTOBER 22, 2014
WEDNESDAY
SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavillion get tickets 01702 351 135
OCTOBER 23, 2014
THURSDAY
WIMBORNE The Tivoli SOLD OUT
contact venue for returns
01202 885 566
OCTOBER 24, 2014
FRIDAY
WREXHAM William Aston Hall get tickets 01978 293293
OCTOBER 25, 2014
SATURDAY
CARDIFF St Davids get tickets 029 2087 8444
OCTOBER 27, 2014
MONDAY
ST ALBANS Albans Arena get tickets 01727 844 488
OCTOBER 28, 2014
TUESDAY
TUNBRIDGE WELLS Assembly Hall get tickets 01892 530 613
OCTOBER 29, 2014
WEDNESDAY
HIGH WYCOMBE Wycombe Swan get tickets 01494 512 000
OCTOBER 30, 2014
THURSDAY
STAFFORD Gatehouse Theatre SOLD OUT
EXTRA SHOW
ADDED ON NOV 5
01785 254 653
OCTOBER 31, 2014
FRIDAY
PRESTON Guildhall get tickets 0844 844 7710
NOVEMBER 1, 2014
SATURDAY
ABERDEEN Aberdeen Music Hall get tickets 01224 641 122
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
TUESDAY
DERBY Due to a fire in the venue, this show has been cancelled.
We tried to reschedule, but it wasn't an option.

01332 255 800
NOVEMBER 5, 2014
WEDNESDAY
STAFFORD Gatehouse Theatre SOLD OUT
contact venue for returns
01785 254 653
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
THURSDAY
BEDFORD Corn Exchange get tickets 01234 718 112
NOVEMBER 8, 2014
SATURDAY
DURHAM Gala Theatre SOLD OUT
contact venue for returns
03000 266 600
NOVEMBER 9, 2014
SUNDAY
NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal get tickets 08448 11 21 21
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
TUESDAY
LIVERPOOL Philharmonic get tickets 0151 709 3789
NOVEMBER 12, 2014
WEDNESDAY
SWINDON Wyvern get tickets 01793 524 481
NOVEMBER 13, 2014
THURSDAY
LEICESTER De Montfort Hall get tickets 0116 233 3111
NOVEMBER 15, 2014
SATURDAY
LONDON Eventim Apollo get tickets 0844 249 4300
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
WEDNESDAY
CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre get tickets 01242 572 573
NOVEMBER 20, 2014
THURSDAY
GUILDFORD G Live get tickets 0844 7701 797
NOVEMBER 21, 2014
FRIDAY
READING Hexagon Theatre get tickets 0118 960 6060
NOVEMBER 22, 2014
SATURDAY
ST ALBANS Albans Arena get tickets 01727 844 488
NOVEMBER 23, 2014
SUNDAY
SALFORD The Lowry 4pm: get tickets

8pm: get tickets
0843 208 6000
NOVEMBER 24, 2014
MONDAY
BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall get tickets 0121 345 0600
NOVEMBER 27, 2014
THURSDAY
ISLE OF WIGHT Shanklin Theatre get tickets 01983 868 000
NOVEMBER 28, 2014
FRIDAY
BRISTOL Colston Hall get tickets 0844 887 1500
NOVEMBER 29, 2014
SATURDAY
BELFAST Ulster Hall get tickets 028 9033 4455
DECEMBER 2, 2014
TUESDAY
DARTFORD Orchard Theatre get tickets 01322 220 000
DECEMBER 3, 2014
WEDNESDAY
DORKING Dorking Halls get tickets 01306 881 717
DECEMBER 5, 2014
FRIDAY
CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange get tickets 01223 357 851
DECEMBER 6, 2014
SATURDAY
SHEFFIELD Sheffield City Hall get tickets 01142 789 789
DECEMBER 16, 2014
TUESDAY
LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall - Southbank Centre get tickets 0844 875 0073
DECEMBER 17, 2014
WEDNESDAY
LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall - Southbank Centre get tickets 0844 875 0073
DECEMBER 18, 2014
THURSDAY
LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall - Southbank Centre get tickets 0844 875 0073
DECEMBER 19, 2014
FRIDAY
LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall - Southbank Centre get tickets 0844 875 0073

Hopefully see you there...

12 comments:

Dave Gorman said...

I've never been able to post something like this without getting quite a few angry messages from people complaining that the tour doesn't go near them... so with apologies, I thought I'd leave a comment here to try and head them off at the pass, so to speak.

The short answer: I don't book venues, they book me. If I'm not playing somewhere it either means they didn't book the show or they tried and didn't have dates that worked or - in the case of Oxford and Glasgow - are venues run by a company called ATG that (in my opinion) charges punters way too much for booking fees etc.

Alan JERRAM said...

Well said Sir...the tour must come within 20 miles of most people, so no complaining guys. Looking forward to Winchester....do we have a dress code? As we're front row, need to ensure you have the right view!!!! :)

Dave Gorman said...

@Alan Jerram: the only dress code is that you should be dressed. I find a naked front row off-putting. Also, I sometimes take a hot drink on stage with me, so, y'know, it involves risk.

As to the other issue - the tour doesn't come close to plenty of people... and I have no issue with people moaning. It's just that I'm not the man to moan to because I'm not responsible. People seem very keen on the idea that I have assessed their town and decided it's not worthy - as if I would turn down work based on some silly prejudice I don't possess! Like everyone else, I go where the work is!

Weyland Rance said...

Sadly no dates in the deep South West this time Dave. However, I wouldn't dream of moaning at you: it's these damned theatres thinking we only want to see Jethro or The Wurzles!

Trudi T said...

The nearest place was preston and totally sold out �� �� ��

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing you in Tring next week Dave. The venue is 5 whole minutes from where I live. Not good enough. Can you make sure your next tour gets a little bit closer to my house...

Bruce said...

The tour is in the town near my village. Not good enough. Why not the village hall? They don't book gigs? Beside the point. There's always my living room...

Mike said...

See you in Tring, Dave. Can't wait.

Ian Black said...

Wayhay, Wrexham on 24 October, good man!

The Spine said...

Nice use of HTML tables.

Anonymous said...

Just saw you in Andover, show was absolutely brilliant, very funny, very enjoyable, thanks for an entertaining evening. And here's a smiley face, just for you! :-)

Anonymous said...

Great show in Swindon last night. Re texting, my daughter's friend had a text from her mother telling her that her rabbit had died, followed by the letters 'lol'. (She thought she was sending lots of love!) :)