Theatre by the Lake plays host to two sought after and very different acts this February. The Noise Next Door, the UK's premier improvisation comedy troupe have taken the comedy world by storm and will be at TBTL on Friday 22 February with their most creative, cutting edge and hilarious show yet, Remix.
Sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe and one of the country's most sought after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door are original comedic talents and masters of off-the-cuff comedy. Audience suggestions are transformed into ferociously funny scenes and songs in the blink of an eye with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, and explosive physicality.
The group – who have appeared on numerous BBC television programmes and radio stations, performing alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Al Murray, and Harry Hill – are no strangers to Cumbria. They've adventured across the county, hiking, rock climbing and even choosing the same spot twice to film, (the latest of these ventures being their hip hop take on The Hobbit movies.) The Noise boys are now excited to be bringing what The Daily Telegraph call their ‘superior-chaos' to the TBTL stage.
Paul Brightwell's The Merzspiel is described as a séance with Kurt Schwitters, the legendary German artist who died in Cumbria in 1948, after having lived here in exile for 8 years. Refusing to let the minor inconvenience of being dead inhibit his boundless energy and creativity, Schwitters has hijacked the body of this British actor in order to re-present MERZ, his one-man art movement, live on stage on Tuesday 26 February. This is a rare opportunity to witness the man whose standing in the art world rocketed after he died, his work having an incalculable influence on the development of post-war art.
Actor Paul Brightwell's other recent stage appearances include a national tour of Pygmalion, playing Colonel Pickering opposite Alistair McGowan as Higgins, Thomas Putnam in The Crucible at Manchester Royal Exchange and the Duke in The Revenger's Tragedy at Nottingham Playhouse. On screen, amongst many other roles, he was at the wheel of James Cameron's Titanic, whilst more recently on Doctor Who he converted Bill Potts into a Cyberman.
The Noise Next Door plays on Friday 22 February at 7.30pm in the Main House. Tickets £14, £12. The Merzspiel comes to the Studio stage on Tuesday 26 February at 7.30pm. Tickets £12; Students, U16s £7.