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Previews, reviews, interviews, and recommendations with Steve Cooke

PREVIEW of Old Court Room Comedy Night

Attention comedy lovers! Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter and fun at the latest Old Court Room Comedy Night - a great opportunity to see some of the best comedians in the business.

‘A line-up of comedians ready to tickle your funny bone and keep you entertained all night long. ‘From witty one-liners to hilarious stories - you'll be in stitches!’

Ace Lips’ Rick Attwood tells us about the comedians involved:

MC Liam Pickford

‘Well, what can we say about Liam? If Stewart Lee, Jack Dee, and Morrissey ever had a child together then Liam is who they would call son. Liam started performing stand up in Manchester in June 2012. His unique style is a breath of fresh air to the circuit with Liam has crafted his own unique brand of stand up, mixing cleverly honed material and punchlines with excitingly unpredictable audience interaction. All this, mixed in with a hint of ‘whimsy’ and clever observations whilst delivered in a wonderfully unenthusiastic and grumpy style. Liam has become a circuit favourite and is destined for big things. A highly intelligent writer and fantastic performer who is as capable doing sets and compering. Liam is an act you will want to see time and time again.’

Percy Savage

‘Percy reached the semi-finals of So You Think You’re Funny in 2021. 2022 included a 4-star review in the Lancashire Post, 2nd in Comedy Cellar Act of the Year and Finalist in Southport New Act of the Year. He is now gigging regularly for Manford’s Comedy Clubs, Laughing Pug, Stagefright and has been on the line up for Ace Lips smashing his set.’

‘Mike Carter - a stand-up comedian from Liverpool

‘He's been performing since 2015 after unknowingly completing a comedy course designed for the severely mentally ill. Since then, he has been a finalist in six national competitions and a semi-finalist in So You Think You're Funny as well as winning both Beat The Frog & King Gong multiple times.’

Alex Camp

‘Alex is an upbeat, musical act, blending sharp, absurd jokes with catchy irreverent songs and combining his flair for crowd work with guitar skills to generate unique, hilarious sets that are a little different every time. Starting out in Tokyo, Japan with the renowned Stand-Up Tokyo crew, opening for Aziz Ansari, Phil Wang, Lou Sanders, Neal Brennan and many more, he moved to Manchester just before the pandemic but has racked up spots at the Frog and Bucket, Hot Water Comedy, Alexander’s and more.’

Karen Bayley

‘Karen is a midlands-based act hailing from Birmingham. Karen has been on the circuit for over a decade. She made a name for herself early on in her career reaching the semi-final of the prestigious BBC New Comedy Awards and was later crowned the winner of the 2001 Komedia New Act prize, Karen Bayley followed by becoming the first ever female winner of the prestigious Comedy Store King Gong award as well as reaching the finals of both the BBC New Comedy Awards Showcase and Babycham Funny Women.

Delightfully saucy, her friendly and confident stage presence, combined with a killer wit, an infectious giggle and some devastating one-liners make her a comedic force to be reckoned with a warm and welcoming with a delightfully saucy and spiky edge, her bold, no-nonsense attitude strikes a perfect pitch with men and women alike.

Karen can be seen performing at all the established clubs and bookers across the UK. Karen has also been the tour support for Joe Lycett!’

Ace Lips Events’ Comedy Night is on Friday 28th April at The Old Court Room in Rochdale.

Tickets are limited, so don't delay! Book now to secure your spot at this comedy-lovers must-attend event.

Phone: Rick Attwood 07720849866

28 Apr, 20:15 – 23:15

The Old Court Room, Flying Horse Hotel, 37 Packer St, Rochdale OL16 1NJ, UK.

Ace Lips events can also be seen around the Rochdale, Littleborough and Oldham area with some of the best comedians on the circuit.

PREVIEW of Poetry in the Park

Poetry in the Park promises to be an inspiring day of poetry, writing, performance, and discussion at Littleborough’s Hare Hill Park.

Including a free poetry workshop with published poets:

Introduction to Poetry with Eileen Earnshaw

Freeform Poetry with Gaia Holmes

Perfect and Polish with Seamus Kelly

Although free booking your chosen workshop is essential – Email:

Also, An Afternoon With James Nash – this Yorkshire poet is the author of 8 poetry collections with the latest being a collection of sonnets, Heart Stones. James is a popular teacher, workshop leader and speaker and a regular guest at literary festivals.

Book on Eventbrite ‘An Afternoon With James Nash’ or use URL

Tea and coffee will be available at a small charge. Take your own lunch or use the local cafes and shops within walking distance.

This event is sponsored by the Pennine Township RBC.

Saturday 22 April

Hare Hill House, Hare Hill Park, Littleborough, OL15 9BG


Sunday 23 April

Level Up by Legacy Dance Academy

Legacy Dance Academy presents Level Up, our second dance, theatre and acro show since opening. Including performances from all children in the dance school, we look forward to welcoming parents, carers, aunties, uncles, grandmas, grandads, friends and more to share with you everything that we have been working so hard towards.

Tickets from £12.50

Phone: Middleton Arena 0300 303 8633 



Middleton Arena, LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton M24 1AG

Thursday 27 April

National Theatre Live – GOOD

by C.P. Taylor, directed by Dominic Cooke

David Tennant (Doctor Who) makes a much-anticipated return to the West End in a blistering reimagining of one of Britain’s most powerful, political plays.

As the world faces its Second World War, John Halder, a good, intelligent German professor, finds himself pulled into a movement with unthinkable consequences.

Olivier Award-winner Dominic Cooke (Follies) directs C.P. Taylor’s timely tale, with a cast that also features Elliot Levey (Coriolanus) and Sharon Small (The Bay). Filmed live at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.

*This production will not be broadcast live via satellite. It will be recorded in advance of the release, filmed in front of a live audience.

Certificate: 15

Tickets from £10

Phone: Middleton Arena 0300 303 8633 



Middleton Arena, LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton M24 1AG

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