Catch the Breeze
Published Tuesday 7th August 12
Summer is set to be a breeze for visitors to Clifton Park this month with an extravaganza weekend of comedy, music and theatre.
Running from Friday, 17 August, 2012, to Sunday, 19 August, 2012 and set within the beautiful grounds of the parkland, the days promise family fun and entertainment, whilst towards sunset the mood shifts with the summer haze to a more heady mix of rock and 'rolling in the aisles'.
Principal Officer at Clifton Park Alistair Farr said: "The park lends itself wonderfully to such unique outdoor events with the newly built Garden House and Walled Garden , the amazing Georgian architecture of Clifton Park Museum and acres of stunning parkland.
"Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery Funds, we have secured a line up which promises to be a unique blend of history, popular culture and children's entertainment, featuring appearances by such legendary figures as King Arthur and 'Bob Dylan', with an evening of belly laughs thrown into the mix."
Organised by Rotherham Borough Council in association with Rotherham Theatres, the weekend opens with the 'Funny Friday' Grin and Tonic Comedy Club, a brilliant evening of amusement for adults (over 18s only) featuring the latest talents in comedy.
Following its successful debut in July, Rotherham's very own regular comedy night moves to the central park's Garden Room for one evening only before it returns to the Civic Theatre in September.
This special event is held in association with the Last Laugh Comedy Club which hosts regular comedy nights at Sheffield City Hall and Sheffield universities featuring some of the best names in UK stand-up.
Appearing at this event will be:
Matt Reed, one of the most in demand acts and comperes on the UK comedy circuit. Described by The Independent as a "fantastic and talented up and comer", his affable style has won him fans across the UK
Johnny Candon, one of Ireland's most sought after comedians. He supported Ricky Gervais on his hugely successful tour 'Animals' with Ricky describing him as "The new Dave Allen". Johnny was a founding member of the critically acclaimed 'Robin Ince's Book Club' performing with acts including Steve Merchant, Russell Brand, Stewart Lee, and Simon Amstell
Eddy Brimson, who has emerged as one of the most interesting, considered and thoughtful comedians on the stand-up circuit. Quoted by Sky as being "quite simply brilliant" and in The Guardian, "The crowd loved him", Watford boy Eddy has performed in such far flung places as the first ever Altitude Festival in the French Alps and the Sydney Cracker Festival in Australia.
A bar, hog roast and rare breeds' barbeque will be available on the night, giving guests the chance to try traditional, slow maturing varieties of pork and beef, which many top chefs extol not only tastes better but is better for you.
On Saturday, from 12 noon there will be a family fun day in the Garden House including live music, activities and metalworking with rare breeds' barbeque and bar in the Garden House and surrounding area. The event is free but there will be a charge for the barbeque and bar.
In the evening, Dirty Dylan UK, supported by local singer songwriter Phil Sinclair, will bring you all the classic Bob Dylan hits including 'Like a Rolling Stone' and of course 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'.
On Sunday, families are invited to join Cambridge Touring Theatre at the atmospheric Roman Granary as they romp through the world of magic and mystery with their robust and comical musical performance of 'King Arthur & the Sword in the Stone'.
Merlin needs to find a pupil and chooses a local boy named Wart. They set off for the tournament in London and Wart learns important lessons about how to be just and wise. When they arrive the biggest competition is 'The Sword in the Stone' pulling contest ... but who will win?
Two performances will take place during the afternoon with a special children's workshop at 12 noon. Refreshments will be available on location as well as within the Granary Café inside Clifton Park Museum .
Friday, 17th August, 2012
Grin and Tonic Comedy Club (Funny Friday)
Doors opens at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets cost £9. Suitable for 18+
Saturday, 18 August, 2012
Open-air family theatre with live music
12 noon to 5pm. Free.
Dirty Dylan UK
From 7pm. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12.50 on the door.
Sunday, 19 August, 2012
King Arthur & the Sword in the Stone
Performance and workshop is suitable for all ages. Places are limited so please book early.
Children's workshop at 12 noon. Tickets cost £2 per child.
Performances at 1.30pm and 5.30pm. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £10 for children/concessions, family ticket £40 (two adults and two children or one adult and three children).
Tickets for all performances can be booked via the Civic Theatre website or call the Rotherham Box Office on 01709 823621. Please note: Tickets for the 'King Arthur and the Sword' workshop can only be booked by phone.
Clifton Park has two on-site pay and display car parks, one located at the Museum accessible from Clifton Lane and the other near the children's play areas accessible from Doncaster Road.