Kids' comedy festival returns to Central Library

By on 18/02/2011 in Culture, News

Birmingham's comedy festival for kids returns to Central Library with a packed programme of free comedy acts and wacky workshops over the half term holidays.

Gigglefest, which runs from 19 to 26 February, includes workshops, silly stories, magic, daft crafts, potty poets and puppets, an open mic session, a chocolate eating contest and some of the country's best stand up comedy for kids.

Amongst those performing and leading workshops will be poets John Hegley and Murray Lachlan Young and comedienne Barbara Nice.  CBBC's Dan and Jeff's Potted Panto has already sold out.  With puppet shows for the under fives, improvisational comedy for the over elevens and plenty of events suitable for the whole family, tots, teens, mums, dads and grandparents will all find something to tickle their funny bones.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said: “Birmingham City Council's libraries hold a wide range of free and low cost activities for children and their families throughout the year.  Gigglefest adds to the quality of families' lives by providing an inspirational, entertaining and educational week of comedy acts and workshops, most of which is free.”

For more information on Gigglefest call 0121 303 2421, or visit


Media contact: Debbie Harrison  0121 303 4476 Campaign and Communications Team, House of Sport, 300 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 1TZ
Tel: 0121 303 4514 / Fax: 0121 303 4943

Notes to Editors:

Full programme of events

Saturday 19 February

  • 10.30am-12noon So You Want To Be Funny?
  • 11-11.45am  Super Silly Storytime
  • 12 Noon-1pm  The Noise Next Door
  • 12.30-1.30pm  Creaky Knee Stories presents ‘ The Roald Dahl Experience’
  • 2.15pm   Alan Seaman followed by Patrick Monahan

Monday 21 February

  • 11am-12 noon  Make a Giant Cartoon Strip with The Crazy Comic Club!
  • 12.15-12.45pm Laurence and Brian’s Big Laughter Show Part Two: The Sequel – Funnier Than Before (Just!)
  • 2.45pm  The Two Amandas
  • 1-2pm   Ian Billings
  • 2-2.30pm  Chocolate Eating Competition
  • 2.30-4pm  Crazy Comic Club! – Comic Art Workshop

Tuesday 22 February

  • 10-10.45am Giggle-Go-Round: Physical Comedy Workshops with Jane Sutcliffe for the under 5s
  • 10.45-11.30am Giggle-Go-Round: Physical Comedy Workshops with Jane Sutcliffe for 5-7 year olds
  • 11.15am-12 noon Tallulah Swirls Puppet Theatre presents “Mavis and the Green Giant from Outer Space”
  • 1-1.45pm  Mark Waddington
  • 2-2.45pm  Tallulah Swirls Puppet Theatre presents “Susie Sparkle”
  • 12 noon  James Campbell

Wednesday 23 February

  • 11am   Spoz
  • 12 noon  Gez Walsh
  • 1pm   Murray Lachlan Young – Modern Cautionary Tales for Children
  • 2-3pm    John Hegley
  • 4-5.40pm   Potted Panto Starring CBBC’s Dan & Jeff  SOLD OUT

Thursday 24 February

  • 11-11.30am  Super Silly Storytime
  • 11am-12.30pm  Stand-Up Comedy Workshop with Barbara Nice
  • 1-1.45pm   Kids Open Mic
  • 1.30-3pm   Acting Funny!
  • 2-2.30pm   Liam Jones & Harriet Dyer
  • 2.30-4pm   Daft Craft with Lorna Rose

Friday 25 February

  • 11-11.30am   Super Silly Storytime
  • 11.30am-12 noon  Laurence and Brian’s Big Laughter Show Part Two: The Sequel – Funnier Than Before (Just!)
  • 11am-12 noon   Musical Comedy Workshop with Jay Foreman
  • 12.45pm   Chris and Dave Present…
  • 1-2pm    Janice Phayre & Friends

Saturday, 26 February

  • 10.30-11am   Clive Chandler’s Punch and Judy Show
  • 12.45-1.15pm   Clive Chandler’s Punch and Judy Show
  • 2.30-3pm   Clive Chandler’s Punch and Judy Show
  • 11.30am-12.30pm  Debutots present “Frowny Clown Finds His Smile”
  • 1.30-2.30pm   Chris White
  • 3-3.45pm   Matt Pritchard

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  1. Dom says:

    Will it be on again in 2012 and what age is it for? 6-10? 11-16?