AN afternoon/evening of comedy and variety is set to be staged in what is claimed to be the world’s first undercover drive-in theatre in Manchester.
The family-friendly socially distanced event on Saturday, October 3, starting at 2pm, features stars from Britain’s Got Talent show including ‘Lost Voice Guy’ Lee Ridley, Ben Hart, Steve Royle and Nabil Abdul Rashid.
Lee was the first comedian to win Britain’s Got Talent in 2018. Prior to that he had made his first stand-up appearance in February 2012, and has performed on The Royal Variety Show, Live At The Apollo and the New Year edition of The Last Leg. He also appeared at over fifty venues across the country on his debut UK tour.
In 2017, magician Ben made it to the final with his outstanding close-up conjuring skills. Before that success, As a 16-yearold Ben was awarded the prestigious Young Magician of the Year and is one of the youngest ever members of the Inner Magic Circle. He has starred on TV in Killer Magic, Ben Hart’s Life Hacks Hoax, Now You See It, The One Show, Len Goodman’s Partners in Rhyme.
This year Steve wowed the show’s TV judges with his comedy juggling skills. Steve also an actor and writer is a regular headline act at The Comedy Store and his television appearances include Phoenix Nights, Max And Paddy’s Road To Nowhere, Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got The Pop Factor…, and Stand-up Britain. He was also featured on the Granada programme Behind The Scenes and That’s Entertainment and was voted Entertainer of the Year at the inaugural Red Rose Awards
Comedian Nabil was one of the judge’s Golden Buzzer act’s this year and will be hoping to go one better at this year’s live semi-finals. In 2010 he became the youngest black comedian to perform stand-up at the Hammersmith Apollo and has performed at Comedy Cafe, Comedy Store, Jongleurs and Choice FM Comedy Club and was chosen to perform at the premiere of the film of Omid Djalili’s film The Infidel
Daliso Chaponda, who will compere the event, has appeared at comedy events around the world and is also a writer, creator and host of the Rose d’Or nominated BBC Radio 4 show Citizen of Nowhere.
Tickets are priced at £18 per person and can be purchased by following the link here – driveinside.co.uk
The event is being held at the pop-up DriveINSIDE Theatre, Medlock Street, Manchester, M15 4GU
A spokesman for event organiser Gag Reflex said: “When arriving on site at Medlock Street each car will be allocated its own marked area where they will be able to sit in a ‘bubble’ at a safe distance from the next group. LED screens hung over the stage will relay performances and a full PA rig will ensure that everyone will see and hear all the action.
“Staff will be circulating with soft and alcoholic drinks, and the audience are also welcome to bring your own food and beverages. Anyone wishing to sit outside their vehicle is welcome to bring folding chairs, or there is a hire facility on site. Safety and hygiene will be paramount which includes regular cleaning of the onsite toilets and touch surfaces.”