Every year in Harlem, Georgia tens of thousands of people descend on the town to celebrate the birth of Oliver Hardy. It’s the event of the year for that small town in the southern states of America and a fine celebration on their half of our favourite comedy duo.
But what about Ulverston? Well, we’ve had events in the past, most notably in 1990 when thousands visited for the centenary of Stan’s birth, but we’ve really let the side down in recent years. This year we plan to rectify the situation. The Laurel and Hardy museum has teamed up with the Beggar’s Theatre and Cumbria Culture to organise Another Fine Fest, to celebrate the birth of Ulverston’s most famous son.
We have a full day of events planned, there will be live comedy, theatre and performers in the streets all day. Workshops, plays and performances in the museum all free for kids and adults. Free entry to the museum too. The pubs will have music, poetry, comedy; the shops are choosing their favourite joke (L&H or otherwise) to display in the window and will be joining in by wearing bowler hats and bow ties. We’re installing a stage outside the museum with more free entertainment for everyone to enjoy. My co conspirators and I are currently thrashing out the details but we’re really excited and we hope you are too.
Of course, all these free events need to be paid for by someone. That’s why we’ve set up a campaign in Indiegogo to raise a few quid towards getting the best acts we can. Please have a look at the link there’s a video I’m sure you’ll like, kindly shot by the boys at Lucky Dog Theatre Productions, (you can see them at the festival and read my review of their Laurel & Hardy show here)and have a look at the perks available. If you can’t donate then sharing our funding page would be much appreciated.
Finally, a festival needs a headline act, and we’re proud to announce that our will be the fantastic Paul Merton and Chums. Paul needs no introduction, he’s been on our screens for many years. He’s a silent comedy fan too, a knowledgeable one at that, touring and presenting shows about Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd and of course Laurel & Hardy. Paul will be bringing his Impro Chums to the Roxy cinema in a show that harks back to Whose Line is it Anyway, taking ideas from the audience to build a truly unique show.