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From Here To Absurdity at Spring Bank Arts

As part of its current “post-pandemic, pre-apocalypse” tour, the quick-fire satirical sketch show, From Here to Absurdity, is heading to New Mills in early spring and will perform at the Spring Bank Arts Centre on Sunday 26 March.

Written and performed by Richard Kelly (freelance contributor to Private Eye) and Ashley Hern (formerly of the Oxford University revue), From Here to Absurdity comprises 90 minutes of original comedy sketches, performed in a style that recalls the hey-day of Peter Cook, Stephen Fry and Paul Whitehouse.  It has already performed at innumerable venues across the country and has headlined at both the Edinburgh Fringe and Chicago Sketch Festivals.

Kelly and Hern will be joined on stage by Lucy Simons, a stand-up comedienne from North Wales who has headlined at numerous comedy clubs in the north-west. In the course of their set, the Absurdity trio will skewer numerous features of everyday life, including (to quote the cast) “death, divorce, Brexit, Boris and Covid”. Those with a healthy contempt for political correctness, senior managers and Nicola Sturgeon are also likely to find something moderately amusing. It is a show that is not especially suitable for those under the age of 18, yet eminently suitable for those over the age of 40.

“There aren’t too many live sketch shows around and this one certainly
lifts the spirits, even though its message is utterly downbeat. So catch it
while you can”
Yorkshire Post

So if you fancy live comedy that’s a bit different to stand-up, Spring Bank Arts is the place to be on 26 March. Doors and bar open at 7pm, the show starts at 7.30pm, and tickets, costing £12 available from Spring Bank Art Mon to Fri 9:30-12:30 01663 308202, on the door and online.

Further details of the show itself can be found at

Tickets £12
Available from Spring Bank Arts Mon to Fri 9:30-12:30 01663 308202 on the door and online

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