When: 18th – 22nd January 2017
Where: Arnolfini, Bristol Old Vic, Colston Hall and Watershed, Bristol
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Festival passes are also available
What is it?
The Slapstick festival of vintage screen comedy returns to Bristol, from 18th to 22nd January, with screenings, talks and celebrity guest events.
Victoria Wood and Rik Mayall will be among the comedy giants being celebrated at this year’s festival, with special tribute events. The five-day festival will showcase 100 years of stand-out film and television hilarity, and see veteran entertainer Roy Hudd, the taboo-busting stand-up Shazia Mirza, Hi-Di-Hi star Jeffrey Holland, and two stars of the UK’s first alternative comedy sit-com, making their Slapstick debuts.
Rory Bremner will be hosting the festival’s centrepiece Silent Comedy Gala, featuring live musical accompaniments by a 25 piece orchestra to films starring Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy.
Festival highlights will include Marcus Brigstocke joining Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle on a revisit to the anarchic 1980s series The Young Ones (much of it shot in Bristol). Simon Callow hosting an early evening show, dedicated to the earliest films of his silent comedy hero, Charlie Chaplin. Robin Ince introducing the film which paired Samuel Beckett with Buster Keaton.
Other highlights will include Neil Innes unveiling a newly-found edition of the Colour Me Pop series, starring the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (led by sometime Bristol resident Viv Stanshall). Bill Oddie unveiling a treasure trove of silent comedies accidentally preserved on 16mm. Barry Cryer recollecting his work and friendship with Tommy Cooper. Lucy Porter contributing both to Slapstick’s tribute to Victoria Wood, and to its salute to an earlier funny lady, Colleen Moore.
More info: www.slapstick.org.uk