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A Colchester Comedy Festival Series.
In 2013 Truelove Tours’ founder Darren Gooding was commissioned to open Colchester’s inaugural Comedy Festival with a site-specific piece which took place at Colchester Town Hall within the Mayor’s Parlour. The result was “Civic Ceremonial - An Audience with A Mayor of Colchester”. Described as ‘The League of Gentlemen’ meets ‘Yes Minister’ the audience were taken on an intimate and hilarious journey into the deliciously dark heart of local government.
A Year later Truelove Tours was again commissioned by Colchester Comedy Festival to produce a short film for screening at Firstsite as a curtain raiser before all of the main features selected for the June 2014 festival. The result of the commission was “Civic Ceremonial II - The Telling of the Town Joke”. In this piece Darren returned to the strange, loquacious and decidedly dangerous world of His Worshipfulness A Mayor of Colchester, accompanied once again by repressed, grovelling Town Clerk, Mister Tymperleys, the Borough’s Highest Ranking Idiot; Counsellor Timothy St. John Mycroft Young and now aided by deeply worried Secretary Miss Abbeygate…
In 2015 came another film “Civic Ceremonial III - The Importance of Being Absent” in which His Worshipfulness and company had to deal with a trio of borough problems in the form of a new local MP, a scheming Deputy Mayor and something decidedly unexpected being unearthed in the bowels of the Mercury Theatre…
This October Colchester Comedy Festival invites you to join us for “Civic Ceremonial IV - The Beating of the Bounds”; a Comedy Tour with His Most Worshipful Absurdity.
Tours take place at 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday 12th and 2pm & 4pm on Saturday 15th. Please assemble at the Town Hall 10 minutes before the performance starts. Tickets are pay what you can but must be booked in advance from Colchester Arts Centre.
More details Colchester Comedy Festival Events can be found at www.colchestercomedyfestival.co.uk