Comedy Soirée Ashburton

Comedy Soirée Ashburton

Thursday 26 August 2021
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre

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A new night at the arts centre is looking to make 2020, the year of no laughs, a long and distant memory.

Come, be amused by our eclectic group of established and award winning comedians in a stylish Soirée setting. With a theatrical vibe, this evening will be unique – a side step away from your regular spit and sawdust comedy set up. Dress to impress, with prizes rewarding creative extravagance. Expect to be charmed from the moment of entry, by our welcoming and mysterious supporting Soirée hosts.

Providing a healthy dose of the sparkle and human connection so very absent in the previous year, we welcome…

suzy bennettSuzy Bennett

Funny Women Awards 2006 winner. Suzy has been described as “a dynamo of a comic, with a uniquely warm and chatty stage presence”.
“Vibrant, gorgeous and extremely funny” – BBC
“A naturally funny person – very funny indeed!” – Jimmy Carr
“That was great! See you on the telly” – Jo Brand


richard jamesRichard James

Stand up comedian originally from Ashburton Devon and member of The Comedy Avengers.
“Quick wit and hilarious anecdotes” New Life Magazine
“Intelligent writing” Eminent Banter


David Arnold

david arnoldDavid Arnold is a loveable Welshman who never fails to deliver a well-rounded and polished performance that has his audience laughing throughout. Since his first gig in late 2012 David has become a firm favourite of comedy audiences throughout the South West, his first year culminated in a headline slot at The Boardmasters Festival in Newquay and a semi-final place at So You Think You’re Funny at The Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh. More recently he won the Bristol Comedy Gladiators new act grand final, and has even performed at the Download Festival!

christian russell-pollockChristian Russell-Pollock:

Plymouth based award winning comedian, Christian Russell-Pollock is a rising star on the UK comedy scene. A charming and disarming presence, guaranteed to make the evening as smooth as a Galaxy Silk choccy bar!


Hosted by ‘The Soirée Crew’

Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Thu 14 October: some minor changes below to make clearer, and adding a request to take a Lateral Flow Test before coming to an event at the Arts Centre

Mon 19 July: We will continue with everything listed below, which have been in place since 17 May. We have added a new protocol for sitting in the balcony, making face masks compulsory there:

  • As levels of Covid infections are increasing again in this area (on 14 October), we request that everyone take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and that you don’t come if this is positive. In this case, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the end of the event, by emailing
  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. This may mean that the ambient temperature is similar to outdoors, and audience members should dress accordingly. From October, when necessary, we are switching on the electric heaters in the main hall, even though the windows are open. This makes the central part of the hall warmer. The seats at the sides under the balcony don’t get as much benefit from this.
  • We recommend wearing face masks whenever inside the building. We particularly ask everyone to wear a mask when in the bar area, unless medically exempt; and…
  • Anyone who sits in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with no exceptions. This is: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask – the seats in the balcony are naturally separated; and (b) as virus particles when airborne are generally heavier than air, this helps to mitigate the risk of transmission from people sitting in the balcony to audience members below.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available as well as soap and water in the toilets; please use these frequently.
  • Bar service at the Arts Centre is carried out by volunteers. If enough are available, they will take orders at your seat, and bring drinks to you. Otherwise, you can order drinks at the bar, one person at each end of the bar at a time, and take them immediately to your seat.
  • All members of the audience should wear a facemask while indoors, except if medically exempt, or when eating or drinking. Our experience is that this is one of the things most important for making some (perhaps more vulnerable) members of the audience feel safe to attend concerts. Whatever your opinion of the efficacy of facemasks in preventing the spread of the virus, please help to reassure others, and showing that you’re thinking of them, by complying with this.
  • There are posters inside the building showing the QR code that’s connected to the NHS Track and Trace app – please use this. We will also keep a record of all ticket buyers for the required period, and pass this on to the NHS or Devon Public Health if requested.