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Thursday 10 December 2020

Bill Bailey Uses A Comedic Twist On Own Experiences Of Dealing With Isolation For New Brighton Centre Bound Show

Tracing lines through chaotic moments in history, in his new show Bill Bailey seeks out parallels where human resilience and our ability to endure has got us through times of strife.

He recounts his own experiences of dealing with isolation, including his thoughts on the 'sounds of lockdown'. 

This led to a greater appreciation of birdsong and how the natural music of nature in general has inspired many great composers throughout history, and perhaps led to the creation of music itself. 

Our reliance on technology has inspired Bill himself to create dance remixes of video-calling ringtones.

Through music, songs, and memories, Bill considers our changing priorities, the wonder of dogs, how little things can keep you on track and rhapsodises on his new-found love of skydiving. 


In a show who's title Bill had written before we'd even heard of COVID, En Route To Normal has become not just a funny, heartwarming mix of stories, music and history, but a personal mission to find our way through these Strange Times.


"As a young man, the temptation was to drink the minibar dry. I did all that — now I prefer to get outdoors." 

"We have a rule that we will always do something on days off. We ride bikes or go birdwatching, otherwise you get cabin fever."

Having made his debut with Cosmic Jam in 1995, like many comedians, Bill honed his live skills at the annual Edinburgh Fringe, earning a prestigious Perrier Award nomination for his 1996 follow up Bill Bailey Live. 

The festival also enabled Bill to branch out as a dramatic actor, firstly in an extremely well-received production of 12 Angry Men and two years later as the slouchy, unkempt Oscar in the equally acclaimed, The Odd Couple.

Having played the first ever Comedy Session at the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall, Bill has always been a regular on the festival circuit with previous appearances at both Kew The Music and the Reading and Leeds Festival, to name but two. 

A personal festival highlight, in 2011 Bill was invited to perform at The Sonisphere Rock Festival in Knebworth. 

Headlining alongside rock gods Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, Bill rocked out with some 60,000 metal fans, in what was one of the biggest comedy gigs in the world.

Bill Bailey will be appearing at The Brighton Centre on Wednesday 5th January 2022. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 11th December 2020 at 10am priced from £35. CLICK HERE for more info.


by: Mike Cobley




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