Two of the wild cards on the British comedy scene – comedians Bill Bailey and Ruby Wax – are both taking their new shows to Aberdeen’s Music Hall next year as part of UK tours.
Stand-up funnyman, musician, actor, TV and radio presenter and author Bill Bailey will stage two shows at the city venue on Monday and Tuesday, October 19 and 20, following his sell-out show at His Majesty’s Theatre last year.
Comedian, writer and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax will make her first visit to the Music Hall when she brings her new show, Sane New World, to Aberdeen on Saturday, May 9.
Tickets for both shows go on sale to the general public this Friday (December 5) online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre. And APA Friends get priority booking for Ruby’s show this Wednesday (December 3).
Best known for his live performances and tours Dandelion Mind, Tinselworm, Bewilderness and Part Troll, Bill Bailey’s television work has included his own shows like Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza, Baboons With Bill Bailey and Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero, as well as captaining a team on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, a starring role in the award-winning Black Books and guest appearances in Spaced, Doctor Who, QI, Jo Brand’s Big Splash and many others.
In 2010 he appeared at the O2 for Channel 4’s Comedy Gala to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and followed that with an appearance as Farmer Macreadie in Emma Thompson’s feature film, Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang.
US-born Ruby Wax started out as an actor at the RSC, and went on to write and perform in her own television shows, script-editing the entire series of Absolutely Fabulous.
More recently she has also become a mental health campaigner and gained a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University.
Her new show, based on her critically acclaimed book Sane New World, will be staged at Aberdeen’s Music Hall on Saturday, May 9, as part of a UK tour.
Described as a passport to saner living, Sane New World is a user’s guide as to why people sabotage their sanity with their own thinking, showing how to rewire one’s thinking to find calm in a frenetic world and how to become the master, not the slave, of one’s own mind.
With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, Ruby explains how busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts can lead to anxiety and stress. If the cycle is to be broken, there’s a need to understand how brains work, rewire the thinking and find calm in a frenetic world.