Headlining this year’s comedy line-up is familiar face of TV and familiar voice of radio Mark Watson. Ever since his Perrier Award and Barry Award nominations for “Best Newcomer” in 2005 and 2006 respectively, Mark Watson has been taking the comedy world by storm. 10 years on, he’s a well-established part of the British comedy scene and one of the funniest men in the country. Satire and hilarious observations about family, everyday life, and politics make Mark a great fit for the Deer Shed Festival.
Opening the ‘Comedy Night at the Big Top’ is comedian, actor, dog walker, and parent Justin Moorhouse. A familiar face on TV after appearing on Live at the Apollo, The Comedy Store, and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mancunian Moorhouse will be bringing his trademark northern charm as he discusses life after 45. He will also be introducing Mark Watson and Tony Jameson (and making sure the Deer Shed Audience don’t get out of hand!).
Yorkshire man Tom Wrigglesworth is now firmly established as one of the UK’s most distinctive and sought after talents. Since his Edinburgh Comedy Award nomination in 2009, he’s continued to gain momentum as a phenomenal live performer, accomplished TV presenter, and star of BBC Radio. He’s enjoyed several nationwide tours with live shows, has written and starred in 4 self-titled series for Radio 4, and been invited to perform at comedy festivals across the globe including the prestigious New Zealand, Sydney, and Montreal Comedy Festivals. Now he brings his globe-trotting comedy to the Deer Shed Festival with a show that is a gorgeous testament to his granddad’s small-scale heroism. Hilarious, moving, and not to be missed.
The North-Easts answer to the question: “Hey, North-East, which of your comedians used to be a college lecturer and ruined his life with football manager?”. With his carefully woven tales of the everyday, and fun riffs from his man-child lifestyle, Tony is guaranteed to light up any room … or Big Top. As well as four successful shows at Edinburgh Fringe, he has been entertaining audiences all over the country with his effortless charm. At the Deer Shed Festival, Tony will be bringing laughs, hilarity, and more than a few quotable lines.
Comedian and TV quiz fiend – he’s won both Celebrity Mastermind (with 27 points) and Celebrity Weakest Link – Rob Deering will be at Deer Shed performing his trademark comedy with music. Using a guitar, a loop pedal and his voice, Rob creates impressive rock and pop soundscapes … he also tells jokes, of course. Not only a well-loved part of the British comedy circuit, a staple of the Edinburgh Fringe, and a familiar face and voice on both radio and television, Rob’s performed throughout the world with shows from the Middle East to Melbourne, Shanghai to the South of France and now Baldersby Park.
Mrs Barbara Nice
Mrs Barbara Nice will be making a welcome and popular return to the Deer Shed Festival this year. This mother of five from Stockport believes in getting the most out of life … and bargains! Whilst her husband believes she’s at the bingo or out dog sitting, Barbara Nice has been entertaining audiences across the country. Not only is she full of comedic wit, she also offers a vital community service acting as an agony aunt to the audience. Prepare to be mothered! Barbara Nice is the alter ego of the award winning comedian, Janice Connolly, who is perhaps best known for her roles in Coronation Street, Phoenix Nights, and That Peter Kay Thing as well as her part in the critically acclaimed play White Open Spaces.
Tiernan Douieb is pronounced ‘Eee-Waaaah Crunk’ according his comically untrustworthy website’s “about Tiernan Douieb” page. It also claims he’s the 6708th most hirsute person on his street and that his full time job is ‘beard wearer’. The truth, of course, is that Tiernan is a brilliant stand-up comedian working around the country. He is the regular host of Comedy Club 4 Kids, winner of CBBC’s The Slammer, and warm up for BBC’s Dick & Dom. Tiernan performs silly stand-up for kids and bigger kids. That’s children, not baby goats. No baby goats allowed. Ages 6-99.
Superbolt Theatre Presents: Dinosaur Park - the Jurassic Parody
Teenagers have decided to hire out the local community centre to hold a memorial screening of their palaeontologist mother’s favourite movie, Jurassic Park. Disaster strikes when the VHS tape (ask your parents) goes missing and the teenagers are left to act out the film themselves! This splendidly silly super spoof comes to the Deer Shed Festival after a very successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe. [★★★★★ – The Londonist]
This trio of beat boxers are known for some pretty remarkable covers of chart toppers and can count Dizzee Rascal, Kiesza, and Jamie Cullum amongst their numerous celebrity fans. They’ve wowed audiences at Soundwave Festival, Leeds Festival and even performed at Wembley Stadium during the NFL game. Urban beatboxing at its finest.
Rayguns Look Real Enough
We know what you’re thinking: Not another cabaret, comedy, rock and roll duo boasting ill-fitting tiger suits, punk-rock sensibilities, and invisible ensemble music...or maybe not. Rayguns Look Real Enough might just be the most unique duo in the UK right now. Coming off the back of an excellent Edinburgh Fringe, they’ll be entertaining the Deer Shed Audience with their wacky humour and excellent mashups. They’re the world’s greatest stadium rock band, don’t you know?
The Kagools are the silent, strange, but friendly duo who (through the magic of mimed sketches, audience participation, and interactive multimedia) take their audiences on some incredible adventures through time, space and realms. Their universal appeal has made them a huge success at both Edinburgh Fringe and Leicester Comedy Festival. Mime has never been so good!
Javier Jarquin - Card Ninja
Javier Jarquin is just like any other mild mannered kiwi card player … until he turns into a silent assassin using playing cards as weapons. The multi-award winning Card Ninja is a one-man comedy show with upbeat humour which promises a riotous and dazzling mix of hilarity and card stunts. Perfect for anyone who's ever wanted to be a little bit Ninja!
Critically acclaimed, festival favourites Racing Minds are returning to Deer Shed Festival 7 with their brilliant improv performances. The boys will be building whimsical stories around audience suggestions and they welcome a challenge!
Film-themed improv at its finest in this spontaneous play around Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s seminal super sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. What case will Sherlock need to solve? How will he solve it? With the audience deciding the key plot points and the actors improvising the plot, this is going to be anything but elementary.
It wouldn’t be Deer Shed Festival without skies full of bubbles. Always a favourite among the kids (and adults), self-titled bubbleologist Samsam Bubbleman is back with his ever-popular bubble shop and unmissable performance in the Big Top. Jarvis Cocker once told Sam “Your bubbles blew my mind” and who are we to argue with the great Mr Cocker?
KO Productions Dance
KO Productions are award winning urban street dancers who are returning to the Deer Shed Festival after a successful stint in 2014. They will amaze you with this explosive show which includes stunts, tricks, and high-impact dance moves set to charts songs and underground hip-hop.
Hyde Park Brass Band Movie Mash Up
All your favourite movie soundtracks beautifully blended into an upbeat brass band performance from the Hyde Park Brass Band. Pick out your favourite themes, dance along, and enjoy. This group will also be providing lots of walkabout sessions throughout the weekend.
HandMade Theatre presents: Flying The Nest
Welcome to Hatchling College, an eggciting place to learn all about native birds and how to be a good birder. Sit in a giant nest and get involved in this interactive eggsperience led by our three eggstrodinary professors. Filled with a fantastic mix of music, puppetry, facts and fun, this humorous show brings to life native bird characters in a new and engaging way. A fantastic new interactive show for young explorers.
Same difference theatre – where is Wendy and few feet up
Established in early 2015, Same Difference combine street theatre skills with contemporary art practice to create simple interactive performances which engage audiences of all ages. After very successful performances of 'A Few Feet Up' at Bradford Festival, Same Difference have continued to grow creating engaging theatre that interacts with both their audiences and their surroundings. When it comes to the new performance “Where’s Wendy?”, think Where’s Wally? without the copyright issues.
Henry Raby & Chris Singleton
Watch out for roaming poets! Henry Raby & Chris Singleton will be out and about writing and performing poems especially for you! Challenge them to create a completely new unique poems based on your ideas, or even about something you’ve seen or done at the Festival.
G&G Theatre Company, in association with Royal Central School of speech and drama presents
Breaking News - The star of long awaited movie 'Mancanti', is missing! The world has been waiting with baited breath to see this momentous production, but just two days from the end of the shoot everything has unexpectedly ground to a halt. Popolare Productions is appealing for your help in solving this mystery and to finish this important film!
This children's theatre company based in York are bringing their new show “Major Mole's Musical Menagerie” to the Deer Shed Festival. It promises to be a veritable feast of larger than life props, music and quirky wit which children and adults alike can engage with. Telling the futuristic tale of the discovery of an ancient relic (an iPod) by a wise mole. As animal scientists work to figure out just how this strange, enchanting sound is made, the animals just can’t decide which type of music is best! Lots of music, fun, and interactive brilliance with this one.
Anonymous Bosh Theatre
Grumbly Bear is a cranky, cantankerous young bear. The residents of Grumbly Wood are fearful of his bellyaching, and enlist the help of fairy-tale celebrity Little Red to help the out. Through stories, songs, and sock puppetry, you can join Anonymous Bosh as they explore the Grumbly World. Can the residents of Grumbly Wood learn to appreciate Grumbly Bear for his many talents?
Wrongsemble Show and walkabout
“Theatre for the young of passport to the young at heart” is the tagline for this theatre group from West Yorkshire. Whilst their shows are suitable for kids aged 3+, parents will enjoy it as much as the kids. Three is certainly the magic number for these guys: three actors and three tales all staring the number three. This energetic storytelling weaves original live music and classic tales to create an experience which everyone will enjoy.
Rowdydow Theatre Company from E15 Acting School
Dearly Beloved is a family-friendly, fantastically frantic frenzy of fun; a street theatre piece devised by a group of East 15 Acting School graduates, Rowdydow Theatre Company. Dearly Beloved invites you to attend a wedding and a funeral ... but not as you know them. Chaotic from beginning to end as everything goes spectacularly wrong, this street theatre uses elements of mime, clown, movement, music and physical theatre to create an exhausting but exhilarating performance.
The Northern Panel - The North Will Rise Again?
The North Will Rise Again? brings together a group of prominent people involved in the arts to tackle topics surrounding the cultural differences between England’s North and South. BBC Leeds presenter, screenwriter, and chief theatre critic for the Yorkshire Post, Nick Ahad; Labour MP and Shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham; poet, comedian, and writer, Kate Fox; The Unthanks’ Adrian McNally; and ex-Kenickie member and Arts Council guru, Marie Nixon will be going head-to-head under the watchful eye of Guardian journalist Dave Simpson as they debate hot topics such as: What has changed about the Northern cultural scene in the past decade? Are arts in the North given the same exposure as in the South? And can Northern culture act as a foundation to build a stronger North?
Brix Smith Start
Brix Smith Start is best known for her work in The Fall at the time when they were perhaps the most powerful and influential anti-authoritarian postpunk band in the world. At Deer Shed she will talk about her memoir The Rise, The Fall and The Rise, which tells her whole extraordinary story.
With Benjamin Zephaniah stating ‘I can’t take my ears off her’ and Kate Tempest describing her poetry as ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’, Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She will be joining us at Deer Shed to perform poems and chat about her latest book, Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood, with fellow poet Kate Fox.
In 1974 Michael Bradley joined his friend’s band which consisted of two guitars and no singer. Four years later that band recorded “Teenage Kicks” and became one of the most fondly remembered UK bands of the post punk era. In this talk, Michael Bradley will be discussing his incredible life as an Undertone as documented in his book.
Kate Fox is a Northern stand up poet who has appeared everywhere from BBC1 to Radio 4 with funny, satirical poems about everything from running to politics, Northernness, perfect bodies and failing to be middle class. Working towards a PhD in Northernness and Performance, Kate Fox is as insightful and thought-provoking as she is entertaining. Think a sort of edgier Pam Ayres. "Funny, quirky and a wonderful writer" - Sarah Millican.
Martyn Bedford wrote five novels for adults before publishing Flip, his first for teenagers and young adults. A former journalist, he is now a senior lecturer in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University. Between them, his novels have been translated into fifteen languages. Martyn brings his creative writing expertise to Deer Shed with a talk for young adults – and older ones are very welcome too.
Strange Face - Adventures With A Lost Nick Drake Recording
A humorous, poignant and award winning one hour spoken-word show with Michael Burdett. This is the retelling of one man's journey round Britain with a camera and a lost Nick Drake recording, recovered from the bottom of a skip. It’s guaranteed to enthral, entertain, and, above all, make you smile.
Philosophy at the Movies with Nick Wiltsher
If you’re really scared of horror films, why don't you run out of the cinema? Is it OK to enjoy ethically dubious films? What is our role as a film audience? Lots of films raise philosophical questions: questions about ethics, identity, reality and fantasy and Nick Wiltsher (whose work encompasses the philosophy of art and culture, natural and human aesthetics, the imagination, and feminist psychology) will be discussing these questions and more in his talk “Philosophy at the Movies”. Bring along your burning questions and enjoy an entertaining talk which will show you films like you’ve never seen them before.
Kjartan Poskitt is the well-loved and bestselling author of many hilarious books for children including Agatha Parrot, Borgon the Axeboy and the Murderous Maths series, translated into over 30 languages. With a background in children’s television, he is a tireless and brilliant performer. Kjartan will bring his fun-filled Murderous Maths show to Deer Shed this year.
Author and school workshop provider, Stephen Pass, will read from his book Madge the Mermaid about a mermaid created from recycled materials. He will also show how he made his book and recite some of his poems. Educational and lots of fun! Suitable for children aged 7-10 years.
Katie Harnett is an author and illustrator from Sheffield. Her first picture book Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat explores how one well-loved cat can change a lonely woman's life and bring a small community together. She will be reading from 'Archie Snufflekins' and running a cat-themed crafts workshop.
With our brand new Bedtime Stories tent, we’re introducing our comfiest, cosiest festival storytelling experience ever. Joining festival favourites Lorna Mallet, and Pip Theatre is local children’s author, Miss Trout, who twists classic fairy tales into something refreshingly different. With unbounded creativity and refreshingly nerve-jangling villains, Miss Trout turns storytelling into an art. Mud Pie Arts, on the other hand, will need you the audience to help them build characters, plot, and settings to create the ultimate interactive storytelling experience for the whole family. Weave words, create worlds, and let your imagination run wild!
Dad’s Army – plus Q&A
When Dad’s Army first reached our screens in 1968 in grainy black and white, it would have been an optimistic person who’d have believed that nearly 50 years later those most-beloved of sitcom characters would be returning to the forefront in their very own feature length film. This fantastically funny homage to the original tells the tale of how the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.
A significant investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund was integral to bringing the much-loved iconic British comedy to Yorkshire and to the big screen and the Deer Shed Festival is celebrating this with a Dad’s Army Q&A. Join Screen Yorkshire’s Hugo Heppell along with some cast and crew from the film as they chat about making the 2016 film with Yorkshire Post’s Nick Ahad.
Prince Charles Palace Cinema Presents
Considered the favourite independent cinema in the UK, The Prince Charles Cinema is also home to the best interactive cinema events around. Come along and experience Pitch Perfect and Tangled like you’ve never experienced them before. Get a team together and practice your favourite Pitch Perfect number to be in with a chance to win the title 'Aca-Champions of Deer Shed 2016'! If singing isn't your forte, don't worry – there will be a Cup-Song Challenge to enter, a mermaid dancing show and many other fun moments to get involved in with too! For Tangled: sing along to all the wonderful songs, dress up as your favourite character for a wonderful costume parade and cheer and boo all the characters in the film.
Prince Charles Palace Cinema will be bringing world-class comperes to host a fantastic film quiz! Get your geek on with a movie inspired fun quiz for you all to enjoy later in the evening! Come and enjoy an evening’s family entertainment and fun 'At the movies' with the Prince Charles Cinema at this year’s Deer Shed Festival cinema screen.
Do You Own The Dancefloor? – A documentary about the Haçienda auction
‘Do you own the Dancefloor?’ tells what happened when the legendary Manchester nightclub the Haçienda was knocked down and sold off. In November 2000, many of the key elements from the iconic venue were split into 69 lots at a charity auction before the building was demolished to make way for a block of apartments. This auction resulted in parts of the nightclub - the epicentre of Manchester’s pop culture in the 1980s and 1990s – being scattered across the world. The film follows the journey of these lots and the people who own them. Interviewees include Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, Liam Gallagher of Oasis, and Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order.
Leeds Young Film Festival
The prestigious Leeds Young Film Festival are bringing a selection or the best animated short films from their collection including a programme of 11 films curated by Ciné-Jeune International Film Festival and a programme of 12 films screened at the 17th Leeds Young Film Festival. These films showcase the very best of tomorrow’s film-makers, animators, and visual storytellers as well as Golden Wings Audience Award winner Thomas Babbitt’s popular “The Something”. All the films run between 30 seconds and 10 minutes and are created with children 4-11 in mind.
Starring Deer Shed Festival headliner, Beth Orton, in her first acting role, Light Years is the startling story of loss, hope, and the deepest of human connections. Rose longs to see mum. But nobody will take her. Ever. Dad disappears to work. Sister waits for a boy on a damp golf course while their brother communes with spirits online. But Rose reckons a family’s like a constellation - connected up there in the infinite. Stars feel each other, even if they’ve died millions of years ago, even if they’re lightyears apart. Taking destiny into her hands, Rose slips out at dawn into England’s forgotten edge lands. Her departure provokes a family to change, to search for Rose and each other, until discovering the truth of their own awesome inheritance.
Tim Ineaux makes good time collages for the information era, mixing video streaming live from the internets. In a field! His sets feature music videos, soundtracks and mashups, interspersed with clips from film & TV. His Deer Shed show samples all the dance floor fun from cinema classics.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
From the imagination of Steven Spielberg, The Goonies plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling, surprise-around- every-corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys... and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love. A family adventure classic from start to buccaneering finish, is a cinematic treasure trove of breath-taking action, dazzling effects and shiver-yer-timbers thrills!
Eleven-year-old Dylan (Ed Oxenbould – The Visit, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) is getting a hard time from a school bully, whilst his father (Sam Worthington - Avatar, Clash of the Titans) is at home grieving over the death of Dylan's mother. When a regional paper plane tournament is announced at Dylan’s primary school, he soon discovers his natural talent for creating the ultimate paper plane. During a whirlwind adventure that takes him all the way to Japan for the world championships, Dylan meets the junior Japanese champion, Kimi, and they develop a close bond challenging each other to build the most beautiful paper plane ever made.
Songs of the Sea
The enchanting Irish animation Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. SONG OF THE SEA, directed by Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny.
Deer Shed Studio Presents Faulty Tourz
Hey you! Do you love movies? ‘Course you do - who doesn’t love movies? Join your expert guide as they take your through the real* sets of some of your favourite blockbuster movies. Experience hit scenes from films played out by the actual actors*. Step right into the middle of the movie making magic* to experience movies like you’ve never experienced them before.
DISCLAIMER (as insisted upon by stuffy, fun-sucking, prison-threatening Hollywood lawyers): Sets won’t be “real” in that they’re actually from the movies; they are real because they’re not imaginary! There will be actual actors – just not ones from the films … or any recognised acting medium. Tours won’t contain any actual magic … or will it?
Ambient Zone 2
The fifth instalment in the hugely popular Just Music Café series of compilations, these twelve tracks perfectly encapsulate quiet introspection, comfort in solitude, and promise of the new. Contributors include a combination of new names alongside familiar Just Music artists and alumni. Each artist responded to feeling evoked by a beautiful series of carefully selected photo images. Shot in one continuous take, the video features footage of a ballet dancer performing a live visualization and interpretation of the album. As you watch, you cannot help but be drawn in with utter wonder and intrigue as the mind tries to make sense of the stunning imagery.
Rockahula Rave and Circus Performances
Rockahula are a talented bunch. As well as running workshops throughout the weekend, they will be hosting a huge party onsite with their Big Top Rave. They can also do circus tricks (of course they can!) and will also be putting on a pretty special circus tricks performance on the buskers stage.
Morning rave with Spike and Sponge
Spike and Sponge are hosting an early morning uplifting pop-up rave at Deer Shed Festival. The morning rave is to bring festival goers together in a positive, happy environment where families and people of all ages can dance, socialise and be energised by uplifting music ready for the day ahead!
Urban Kaos – Neon Club Rave
Club Groovy is a sell-out daytime dance phenomenon created for the coolest kids and funkiest families! A dance and show event that is guaranteed to get you and your mini movers GROOVIN' to top tunes underneath the disco ball. Team Groovy will take you on a totally funky journey with performances to watch, party dances to follow and an awesome introduction to disco theatre! A magical, energetic experience not to be missed.
As well as exciting returns from staples of the riotous Deer Shed Festival rave scene DJ Cranked to the Max and Across the Tracks, we’re also welcoming Rory Hoy with his debut Deer Shed DJ performance and Hide & Seek with a kid’s silent disco. Lots of opportunities to shake your stuff at Deer Shed 7.