Camberley Comedy Festival line up announced!

We are super-excited about this! Tickets go on sale via the Camberley Theatre website on 31 January….including some very limited Early Bird tickets for just £13!

After last year’s sell out event, we have booked a bigger tent, more facilities and more comedians!


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Thanks so much to everyone who attended our sold out first ever Camberley Comedy Festival on Saturday! It all took place inside a gorgeous tipi in Camberley Park.

Here’s a breakdown of the day, starting with the empty park……







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The first children arrive for the Kid’s Comedy Workshops at 10am



We had wet weather in the morning but the generator (and tipi) was dry!


Will from The Cabin and Natalie from Camberley Theatre after the children’s workshops, getting ready for the comedians.



2:45pm The audience start to arrive..



The Cabin’s pop-up bar is in action.




More people arriving…the sun started to shine.

image000283pm First up, the very funny Mark Simmons. Mark was working on ideas for Edinburgh, we were treated to some hilarious one liners.


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Relaxing in between the acts.

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4pm Next, Anil Desai, brilliant quick-fire impressions. He had us in stitches with his Robert De Niro before he even spoke!



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All over by 5pm! See you next year! 🙂


Next up – the Carnival on 22 June! #CIF19

Comedy Clips!

With ten days to go until the Camberley Comedy Festival we thought we’d share a couple of clips of the two comedians we have!

First up, here’s Mark Simmons from his 2017 Glastonbury performance!



and Anil Desai at Chortle’s Fast Fringe


You can see either of these comedians for £4 or both for £6 (plus £2 transaction fee)! All in the gorgeous surroundings of our lovely tipi. Rustic chairs and fairy lights inside the tipi, along with Camberley’s award winning watering hole, The Cabin will be providing a pop up bar, selling snacks, tea, coffee, wine and beer. It’s a cash only bar so please come prepared!

Tickets for Mark Simmons

Tickets for Anil Desai

Camberley Comedy Festival!

And so we move on to the next part of our year long, Camberley International Festival.

We are delighted to bring you the first ever, Camberley Comedy Festival!

On Saturday 11 May we will bring a beautiful 40 capacity tipi to Camberley Park, behind the theatre and will be hosting a day of comedy.

First of all, we are hosting two children’s comedy workshops. One for Primary School aged children and the other for Secondary Children. These are both free to attend. 1 ticket will get you the child’s entrance plus a chance for two people to attend the mini show cases.

Spaces are very limited – to get your tickets please visit the Camberley Theatre website.


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After the children’s workshops, we have two hilarious stand-up comedians. The Cabin will be providing a pop-up bar all day, serving drinks and snacks.

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Tickets for all three events can be found by clicking here.

Last catch up on some of the events!

Sorry it’s taken a while to get the rest of these photos up – ‘normal’ life has kicked in a bit post the C.I.F., but here at last are a few wonderful memories from some of the events not already covered that took place across Camberley from 20 – 23rd June 2018.

On Thursday 21st June along with the Film and Animation Festival which took place at Camberley Theatre, we had local writer Joe England host an evening of discussion at The Cabin on the London Road. Joe shared conversation with fellow author, John King. Each talked in general about their themes and then interviewed one and other.

Here’s Joe asking John questions.

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Then a switch round and John is talking to Joe.

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John is the author of ‘The Football Factory’ and Joe’s debut novel will be available soon through East London Press who have also published his football fanzine anthologies PUSH.

Music on the evening was performed by CIF favourite, Will Whisson. Some of the CIF team went down to The Cabin for a post film festival drink at about 10:30pm and were delighted to see Will up and singing a special set to a very rapturous crowd!

Friday 22nd June

Camberley Theatre played host to a sold out crowd who watched adoringly as The Unthanks performed.  The band walked on stage and said ‘We’ve never played Camberley before. Hello’ and the crowd cheered and laughed with delight. There followed two beautiful sets of glorious Northumbrian folk music.

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Two very funny comedians played at The Cabin on the Friday night. A packed bar laughed uproariously (and in some cases looked just a little bit bemused) as Mark Simmons and Matt Rees plyed their craft brilliantly!

Here’s Mark…

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And here’s Matt….

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After the Carnival on Saturday 23rd June it was back over to Camberley Theatre for two events. Upstairs in the studio there was a script reading event. Woking playwright Liz Lennie had the premier of her new play ‘Tinkler!’ and Frimley’s Brightlight Theatre Company shared their play ‘The Fire Stack’.

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While in the theatre’s main auditorium the hilarious and very talented Jon Culshaw kept the audience hugely entertained with his impressions. He actually called a local pizza delivery company in the voice of Surrey Heath MP, Michael Gove!

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Thanks to Laura Woodrow for all these photos – except the script reading ones, thanks to Robin Lennie for those.

We held a few live streaming events over the course of the festival. Thanks to The Peas who performed outside Bill’s on the opening day…


and to poet Steve Larkin who performed in Schmidt’s on Pembroke Broadway and then did a second set up at the Obelisk!


We also filmed a live stream from the kitchen of Wagamama’s (‘here comes the sauce!’)and the film and animation industry experts panel at Camberley Theatre.

Thanks also to everyone who took part in the 2018 CIF. Sorry there are no photos of Gregory Norminton and Murray Rowlands who discussed Gregory’s new book ‘The Devil’s Highway’ and Murray’s new book ‘Hampshire at War 1939 – 45’ at Camberley Theatre on Thursday 21st June. That night also hosted the Echoes poetry group with readings also from Daniel Jeffery. Thanks to Jack Mason who performed at the Carpenters Arms on Friday 22nd. Camera ‘phone shot from the audience!


Thanks to John Peddie who filmed lots of performances – we’ll be sharing his highlights film very soon. Phew! See you in 2019!