Legacy award for the Tiswas team

Legacy award for the Tiswas team

On April 16th 2022, Chris Tarrant, Sally James, John Gorman, Bob Carolgees and Benny Mills (The Phantom Flan Flinger), reunited for an evening of fun. They were accompanied by Matthew Lewis who reprised the performance of the Watership Down theme BRIGHT EYES that he gave, dressed as a rabbit, as a five year old in 1980.

The performers were also there to receive their Legacy Awards, given in recognition of creating significant new work in the medium of silent and visual comedy.

Below are some pictures from the evenings entertainment, courtesy of David Betteridge

Chris Tarrant and John Gorman
Chris Tarrant and John Gorman
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Tiswas Stars Reunite for One-Off Reunion

Tiswas Stars Reunite for One-Off Reunion

Our slapstick season finished on an absolute high, with the stars of the classic children’s TV series Tiswas reuniting for an evening of fun and mayhem.

Chris Tarrant, Sally James, John Gorman and Bob Carolgees, along with Spit the Dog, were among those that took to the stage on April 16th for this special event.

Sally James unmasked the Phantom flan Flinger, who turned out to be retired Birmingham taxi driver Benny Mills, now 87.

Matthew Lewis reprised the performance of the Watership Down theme BRIGHT EYES he gave as a five year old in 1980 accompanied by his daughter Nova, five, wearing the original rabbit costume.

The event concluded with The Four Bucketeers and Phantom Flan Flinger receiving the Slapstick Comedy Legacy Medal, honouring those entertainers who continue the comedy traditions of the silent film era.

Tiswas: The Reunion was a co-production between Bristol’s Slapstick Festival and Bristol Ideas and was a fund-raiser for Childen’s Hospice South West.

Below are some pictures from the evenings entertainment, courtesy of David Betteridge

Chris Tarrant and John Gorman
Chris Tarrant and John Gorman
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Slapstick Sunday

Slapstick Sunday

Our last full day of festival events began with Paddington (2014), introduced by Andy Day, and concluded with Lee Mack’s hilarious Desert Island Comedy Flicks.

In between there was a moving tribute to the late great Barry Cryer hosted by his friend and long-time comic collaborator Les Dennis, with Barry’s Son Bob Cryer along with regular collaborators on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Graeme Garden and Colin Sell.

This event was followed by the awesome Tim Vine, who paid a tribute to comedy legend Kenny Everett.

Below are some pictures from the evenings entertainment, courtesy of David Betteridge

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Tiswas: The Reunion

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Tiswas: The Reunion

Date: Sat 16th April 2022
Time: 20:00pm
Venue Website: St Georges Bristol
Map: St Georges Bristol
Price: £12-£25 Plus booking fees

In collaboration with Bristol Festival of Ideas and for one night only, a unique opportunity to see TV comedy legends Bob Carolgees, John Gorman, Sally James and Chris Tarrant as they re-unite on stage to discuss their much-loved show Tiswas.

It’s been 40 years this April since the launch of the programme, a Saturday-morning highlight for many children – and perhaps even more adults – from 1974 to 1982.  This is a rare chance to see all four Bucketeers together in person as they share their Tiswas memories with Bristol Ideas Director and passionate fan of the show, Andrew Kelly.

The performers will be presented with Slapstick’s Comedy Legacy Medal for their phenomenal achievement in comedy which followed in the footsteps of the late great silent comics but with their own brand of anarchic/slapstick humour – from the Dying Fly and Spit the Dog to the Phantom Flan Flinger and endless custard pies.

In support of Children’s Hospice South West.

The Big Comedy Bash 2022

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The Big Comedy Bash 2022

Date: Tuesday 12th April 2022
Time: 20:00
Venue: Hexagon: Queen Walk, Reading. RG1 7UA
Price: £24.50 / £22.50 (including booking fees)

Hosted by Al Murray, with the following acts: Angela Barnes, Rory Bremner, Shazia Mirza (plus two more names TBA).

Slapstick Festival’s annual comedy fundraiser is back at Reading’s Hexagon theatre for a fourth year running and this line-up is better than ever!

Six standout stand up comedians top the bill at this one off evening of mirth and laughter – and all to raise funds for Slapstick, the not-for-profit silent/classic comedy festival that’s been celebrating the finest in vintage comedy for almost two decades. 

Hosted by the comedy legend Al Murray’s Pub Landlord, Al will be introducing a bevy of top comic talent for the evening including the Impressionist and satirist Rory Bremner, award-winning “live at the Apollo’ star Angela Barnes, the trailblazing iconoclast and stand-up comedian Shazia Mirza, stand-up comedian and talented mimics Luke Kempner, and winner of the Mercury Comedian of the Year award Alasdair Beckett-King

Join us for this unforgettable night of laughter and fun.  

Trafic (1971)

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Trafic (1971)

Date: Sat 2 April 2022
Time: 6.00pm
Venue Website: Arnolfini
Map: Arnolfini
Price: £8.50 / £6.00 concs

Over looked by many, Tati’s Trafic sees the bumbling Monsieur Hulot, kitted out as always with tan raincoat, beaten brown hat, and umbrella, take to Paris’s highways and byways.

In this, his final outing, Hulot is employed as an auto company’s director of design, and accompanies his new product (a “camping car” outfitted with absurd gadgetry) to an auto show in Amsterdam.

Naturally, the road there is paved with modern-age mishaps. This late-career delight is a masterful demonstration of the comic genius’s expert timing and sidesplitting knack for visual gags, and a bemused last look at technology run amok.

Trafic 1971

Playtime (1967)

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Playtime (1967) + Onstage Discussion

Date: Sat 2 April 2022
Time: 2.15pm
Venue Website: Arnolfini
Map: Arnolfini
Price: £8.50 / £6.00 concs

Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with his 1967 film Playtime.

For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a baffling modern Parisian world.

With every inch of its super wide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, Playtime is a lasting record of a modern era tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.

Introduced by Matthew Sweet (Radio 4’s Free Thinking) and followed by an onstage conversation with Matthew hosted by festival of ideas Director Andrew Kelly discussing Tati’s legacy.

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Mon Oncle (1958)

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Mon Oncle (1958)

Date: Sat 2 April 2022
Time: 11.15am
Venue Website: Arnolfini
Map: Arnolfini
Price: £8.50 / £6.00 concs

Slapstick prevails when Jacques Tati’s hero Monsieur Hulot is set loose in Villa Arpel, the geometric, oppressively ultramodern home of his brother-in-law in the suburbs of Paris. Young Gérard Arpel is very fond of his gauche uncle and the children in his neighbourhood but his disapproving parents resolve to get Hulot a job or a wife.

The disastrous outcome is a masterpiece of design and symmetry and of technically brilliant gags.

The heart-warming ending is true to Tati’s vision of the modern world as a confusing place that is ultimately full of charm and humanity.Jaques Tati’s multi-award-winning third feature, Mon Oncle is his first colour film and is a supremely amusing satire of mechanized living and consumer society that earned the director the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.
With specially recorded onscreen introduction from film historian and archivist Serge Bromberg.

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Tati Day: Pass to all 3 films

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Tati Day: Pass to all 3 films

Date: Sat 2 April 2022
Time: 11:15 – 20:20
Price: £20.00 / £15.00 concs

  1. Mon Oncle (1958): Film screening with introduction (U / France / 117 mins) 11:15-13:30
  2. Playtime (1967): Film screening with introduction and discussion (U / France / 124 mins) 14:30-17:15
  3. Trafic (1971): Film screening with introduction (PG / France / 96 mins) 18:30-20:20

Watch all three films with our Tati Day Pass, alternatively you can buy a ticket for each fim separately.

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This programme is part of Opening Up the Magic Box, a heritage element of Film 2021 which marks the centenary of the death of Bristol-born film pioneer William Friese-Greene and the 125th anniversary of the first public cinema screening in Bristol, which took place at the Tivoli on 8 June 1896, as well as celebrating Bristol – a UNESCO City of Film since 2017. It is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Tati Day is also part of Future City Film Festival. The festival normally takes place every two years in the autumn but had to be postponed last year due to the pandemic. It will now run through 2022 as a series of special events. We are grateful to the British Film Institute for their support for the festival. 

Barry Cryer: An Audience With A Comedy Legend

Barry Cryer

We will be issuing an update shortly, following today’s very sad news 27-01-2022

An Audience With A Comedy Legend

Date: Sun 27th March 2022
Time: 3:30pm
Venue Website: Redgrave Theatre
Map: Redgrave Theatre
Price: £18 – £16, plus booking fee

Barry Cryer is currently 86 and a third of his life has passed already! He invites you to join him in a decorous orgy of comic nostalgia in this ‘slapstick conversation’ onstage and in person with his host, BBC’s very own Alex Lovell.

Barry’s long standing career has been nothing short of outstanding. His unique brand of comedy has spread across generations like wildfire, having written for some of the all time comedy greats like Tommy Cooper, Bob Hope and Richard Pryor.

He embodied that golden age of comedy where comedians seem to just glide onto the stage and have you in a laughing fit before they even reach the mic.

Still working today, a testament to his persistent professionalism, Cryer continues to claim his long standing seat on the ubiquitous panel show ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’. 

Join for Jokes, stories and much more as Barry discusses his incredible unmatched life in comedy. A life packed full of memories…if only he can remember them…?!