BBC Writersroom announce the 2016 Salford Sitcom Showcase

If you’re interested in sitcoms then Salford should rock your world on the 5th and 6th July because the 2016 Salford Sitcom Showcase is coming to town!

BBC Writersroom, in collaboration with Salford University, MediaCityUK, is running a series of panels and masterclasses for aspiring writers and comedians. Running on both dates, these will include insights into development, pitching, writing, and commissioning processes from a pool of industry talent.

We’ll be giving details of these sessions, including how to book your place for them, very soon!

So what else is happening at the Showcase? Lots!  Over two nights, from 6.30pm until 8.00pm, studio audiences will be treated to live theatrical performances of three exciting new projects, as well as an exclusive screening of a comedy pilot.

The two shows that audiences will see on Tuesday 5th July are:

The Late Late Morecambe And Wise Show

Imagine having The Morecambe And Wise Show back for an evening. Olivier-nominated Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens star as the unforgettable double act, together with their special guests, performing brand new material.

The Russ Abbot Sketch Show

Russ is back with a 2016 reinvention of the sketch show and a brand new band of exciting live performers. The show is full of big memorable characters, some old friends and a roistering sense of energy and fun that only Mr Abbot can deliver.

On Wednesday 6th July, audiences will watch two different shows:

Home From Home

Home From Home sees Johnny Vegas playing family man Neil Hackett, who is overjoyed to finally buy his very own lodge in the picturesque Lake District. What should be the perfect ‘home from home’ rapidly dissolves into the stuff of nightmares… when he discovers he is living next door to the effortlessly superior Dillons, played by Emilia Fox and Adam James.

Lodger

A live theatrical performance of a new sitcom. Eddie needs space to iron his socks. Sally needs space to line up her vodka shots. Can these two really live under the same roof together? Written by Kim Tserkezie and Miles Jupp with Andy Milligan.

The ballot for audience tickets is now open, with free tickets available for these events. Simply visit the SRO Audience website and click on ‘current shows’.

Dates: 5 & 6 July 2016

Source: BBC Writersroom

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