THE Bradford Fringe Festival is drawing ever closer, with one particularly impressive act already booked in for a weekend of comedy gigs.
Luisa Omielan, who was crowned BAFTA Breakthrough Comedian 2019 will be performing three shows between July 19-21 at The Underground venue on Duke Street in Bradford.
She has already performed popular stand up tours such as What Would Beyoncé Do? and Am I Right Ladies?! as well as appearing hosting the 2018 BBC show Politics for Bitches.
One of Bradford Fringe’s organisers, Laura Brooks, said Ms Omielan is booked in for these three nights as a way of honing her set ahead of the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe in August.
Tickets cost just £11.37 and can be bought through an Eventbrite link on the Bradford Fringe Festival Facebook page. You can contact the organisers directly at [email protected] for tickets too.
Comedy and theatre fans have plenty more to enjoy at the festival, which runs all the way from June 28 to September 8.
Ms Brooks enthused: “There will be plenty of local Bradford acts performing and our opening night on June 28 is at the Delius Centre (Great Horton Road) from 5:30pm.
“Bruce Gulland, a spoken word artist, will be performing and so will young artist Poppy Eaglesham, who is only 13.
“She will be performing at our Girls Rock Bradford event in July. It is a female rock night and we’re hoping to have it at Wireless Bar on North Parade
“In July, she will also be playing at the Beat Herder festival in Lancashire (which features acts like Rudimental, Groove Armada and Basement Jaxx).”
Ms Brooks said over 65 events have been organised for the festival, and she hopes to give confirmation on all times and dates within the next week or so.
One event she is particularly excited about is Welcome to the Punderdome, which is open to all male and female acts wanting to do puns.
Those events take place at the Ale House Exchange on July 10, July 31 and August 21, although there will be more general male and female comedy nights during the festival.
The festival will see open mic nights and poetry slots. It will also be catering for sports fans via the world of theatre.
Ms Brooks said: “It’s a festival that might not normally appeal to sports fans but we’re looking to do shows about Bradford City and Bradford Bulls.
“The City play is called The City Gent, and looks at their rise to the Premier League 20 years ago, while the Bulls offering will be a one man show called A Mighty Fall From Grace, charting their fall into administration.
“We don’t know exactly where they will be held yet, but they should be good and it would be great to get the clubs themselves involved.”
Most of the events at the festival will allow attendees to “pay what they feel like” and for more information, email [email protected] or go to Bradford Fringe at Facebook.