With extensive touring experience and a stack of TV and radio appearances behind her – notably in Peter Kay’s comedy vehicles Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road To Nowhere – Barbara Nice has become a familiar face on the UK’s independent comedy circuit, not to mention securing a top spot as one of Birmingham’s most popular comperes and hostesses.

Nice has perfected her brand of interactive comedy over the years, performing as much with the audience at gigs as to them, in the role of an opinionated suburban housewife and mother of five from Stockport: the upbeat agony aunt who has a heart-warming answer to most of life’s problems.

Janice Connolly, who plays Nice, is the co-founder and artistic director of creative organisation Women and Theatre and has a wealth of acting, writing and directing at her disposal – no doubt one of the reasons she’s able to consistently produce brilliant new material each year.

Amidst the madness of the festive season, spending an evening in her cheery and slightly madcap company is a proposition that will surely appeal to even the most antisocial Scrooges amongst us, particularly in the cosy surroundings of the Old Joint Stock’s theatre.

We’re talking the old-fashioned staples of a good night out – singing, dancing, sharing and perhaps a spot of crowd-surfing (yes, really!). What’s so fantastic about Nice’s performances is that no one show is the same, but all shows definitely result in one thing – a life-affirming live experience.

The Old Joint Stock Theatre, 4 Temple Row, B2 5NY
18-22 December

You can also catch Barbara at mac, Cannon Hill Park on the 7th December with her ‘Christmas Cracker’. Tickets are £5.

Words Lyle Bignon

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