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Thu, 17 Aug


St Martin's Church

Incurable Optimist

Comedy writer Paul Mayhew-Archer presents his one-man show with special guest Colin Sell at the piano. In support of Parkinson's UK.

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Incurable Optimist
Incurable Optimist

Time & Location

17 Aug 2023, 19:30 – 21:30

St Martin's Church, London Rd, Worcester, UK

About the Event

Paul Mayhew-Archer 

co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley

presents his one-man show with special guest 

Colin Sell at the piano 

(from Radio 4's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue)

When comedy writer, Paul Mayhew-Archer, was told he had Parkinson’s he refused to take his serious illness too seriously. Instead, he started doing jokes about it, with appearances at the Royal Albert Hall and London's Comedy Store. In 2015 he made an award-winning documentary about it called 'Parkinson’s - The Funny Side’,  In 2018, he started performing his one-man show about it, “Incurable Optimist” and recently, along with Jeremy Paxman and Rory Cellan-Jones, he’s started doing a podcast about it called ‘Movers and Shakers'. Meanwhile his wife lives in constant hope that a cure will be found so that he'll finally shut up about it.

Colin Sell is a major talent on the piano, as well as being a composer, musical director and humorous songwriter. He has been the pianist on Radio 4's long-running, award-winning panel game I’m sorry I haven’t a clue since 1975, just after it had started. This led to two major live-show spin-offs: first, Barry Cryer and Willie Rushton’s brilliant Two Old Farts in the Night, and secondly and concurrently Barry’s own excellent one-man show, which went through many titles and permutations, and came to Worcester several times over the years. In 2018, Colin presented a Silent Film Night in St Martin's Church, playing and helping to fundraise for the Seiler grand piano which we were then able to purchase.

Presented by the Worcester Festival

In support of Parkinson's UK

Adults £15 (booking fees apply). Tickets available from Eventbrite

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