The actor, comedian and writer Dave Johns, who played the lead role in Ken Loach’s acclaimed film I, Daniel Blake, has been confirmed as the headline act at The Big Comedy Feast.
The Big Comedy Feast is a new addition to the Bishop Auckland Food Festival. On April Fool’s Day, Wallsend-born Dave will be entertaining foodies and comedy lovers alike with his famous comedy show.
During his career, Dave Johns has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats, Harry Hill, and Alan Davies’s As Yet Untitled. He has also starred in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in the West End, alongside Christian Slater.
The Big Comedy Feast will also feature the Irish stand-up Chris Kent. Chris has appeared on Russel Howard’s Stand Up Central and The Stand Ups, and performed sell-out shows at the Edinburgh and Perth Fringe Festivals.
The MC for the evening will be Matt Reed, from Sunderland.
This year’s Bishop Auckland Food Festival (Saturday April 1st and Sunday April 2nd) will feature an enlarged food and artisan drinks quarter. Foodies will be able to eat their way around the world, with food on offer from places as diverse as America, Greece, Thailand and Mexico.
Visitors will also be able to sample some of the North East’s best cuisine, thanks to stalls from our region’s top food producers.
Plenty of family fun will be laid on with children’s cookery workshops and chocolate-making classes. Kids can learn how to hand-pipe a chocolate lollipop, make a marshmallow caterpillar and design their own pizza.
They can also learn how to bake their own bread and concoct fizzy mocktails.
The Big Comedy Feast will take place at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Saturday 1st April. The doors will open at 7.00 pm and the show will start at 7.30 pm.
Tickets cost £12.50, though some early-bird tickets will be available for £10. Tickets can be purchased from Durham’s Gala Theatre on 03000 266 600 or from Bishop Auckland Town Hall on 03000 269 524 or in person.
Tickets can also be bought online at www.bishopaucklandfoodfestival.co.uk.
I, Daniel Blake follows the struggles of an unemployed Newcastle craftsman. The film won a Bafta Award as well as the Palme d’Or in Cannes.
Though a Newcastle jobcentre manager recently criticised the film as presenting too negative a view of the jobcentre’s work, Ken Loach and others argued back, insisting the film offers a realistic portrayal of the benefits system.
Meanwhile, a recent report highlighted that benefits claimants in the North East are significantly more likely to get sanctioned than those in other parts of the country.