Arthur Smith-Laughter, Music, Thoughts And The Odd Poem

Derby Theatre Productions
Saturday 24 September 2022

Join comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution ARTHUR SMITH and bask in an evening of laughter and off the wall humour with one of the ‘alternative comedians’ who shook up the world of light entertainment in the nineteen eighties and nineties.  

Expect an evening of sublime playfulness, crammed with jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems, songs (at least 1 from Leonard Cohen) and readings from his memoirs ‘My Name Is Daphne Fairfax’ which has won praise from literary critics. He will also tell the story, as well as a portrait of his late father PC Sad Smith, survivor of Colditz POW camp and London copper. 

The second half of the show consists of Arthur telling the funny, terrifying story of his father Syd, POW and PC on night duty in 1950s London - an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary times. 

In Edinburgh last year, Comedian Arthur Smith led the Smithereens in a musical about his father. Here is the slimmed down Arthur only version

Syd Smith fought at El Alamein, became a P.O.W., and ended the war in the notorious Colditz Castle in Germany.

In the 1950s PC Syd patrolled London’s South Bank and met a gallery of characters, whom he tried his best not to arrest.

Arthur tells this 20th Century story with laughter, amazement and a hilarious photo.

Smith’s show was The Times ‘Critic’s Choice for Top Comedy Pick’ and The List ‘Top Tip’ show!

Arthur is simply one of our funniest and most original comic performers and is guaranteed to bring you a night of hilarity, beauty, mirth and scandal...with a touch of rudeness thrown in for good measure

A BBC regular, well-known for his appearances on TV’s ‘Grumpy Old Men’, ‘Q.I.’, ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘The One Show’, Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’, ‘Balham Bash’, and host of Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club, and Radio 2’s ‘Smith Lectures’. He is a ‘Spirit of The Fringe’ award-winning Edinburgh Festival stalwart and Olivier nominated playwright for ‘An Evening With Gary Lineker’

“A touching and funny tribute to Arthur Smith's own father. Beautiful” ★★★★★

 “There are Fringe legends and then there is Arthur Smith” Bruce Dessau – Evening Standard

Arthur is delighted to name stand-up comedian, writer and performer, Paul Bryne as his support act for his tour. Paul was a police officer in the Metropolitan Police where he progressed to the rather intense roles of missing persons and calling the shots as a  Firearms Tactics Commander on firearms incidents and hostage-takers.  He worked as a Detective Sergeant in the Murder Squad before becoming a Detective Inspector.  Paul recently left the Met Police after 25 years deciding the life of comedy is more for him, and what a plethora of experiences he has been able to select his material from.

As his comedic guru, Arthur Smith has mentored Paul as he instantly recognised and appreciated the original, surrealist humour Paul portrayed.

Running time: 
95 mins

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