Where the comedy seeds are sown: exploring Exeter's budding arts scene
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21st February marked start-up Creative Culture South West’s second Open Mic Comedy Night, hosted generously by The Barnfield Theatre in Exeter where a host of local and national acts performed to a sizeable and (mostly) game audience.
Image courtesy of Creative Culture South WestThe Barnfield is a mainstay of the quirky, the alternative and the creative. With the venue’s support, Creative Culture provided a much-needed jump-start to the heart of Exeter’s amateur arts scene. Steve Hogarth kicked us off with straight-from-the-90s anecdotal musings of hard bass, hard drugs and a hard time growing up. Then, triumphantly squashing the “women aren’t funny” cliché, Niki McCretton and Shelley Szender dominated as stand-out acts of the evening. McCretton brought us biting, hawk-like observational comedy that hurt so good, with excerpts from a book of top tips she had amassed from her wealth of experience as a “barren, childless, lonely spinster”. Szender is the kind of woman who could make comedy from chip shops and flower beds. Her acute and raunchy poetry was saturated with a cultural awareness that the audience immediately identified with.
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