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Big name comedy stars lined up for 2014 Isle of Arts Festival

Tue 24 Dec 2013

Big name comedy stars lined up for 2014 Isle of Arts Festival

Some of the biggest names in comedy, as well as stars from the worlds of literature and music, have already been lined up to play the 2014 Isle of Arts Festival.
 
Over the past few years, the May event, which is held in venues across the popular town of Ventnor, has firmly-established itself as one of the south of England's most vibrant festivals, not least due to the calibre of performer it is able to attract.
 
Now, despite there being five months to go before the 2014 Isle of Arts gets underway, the next one looks set to be the biggest and best yet, with the organisers having already confirmed a number of big names.
 
Highlights look set to include the American comic Rich Hall, who will be returning to the Isle of Wight for the first time since he performed to a sell-out audience back in 2011.
 
Also due to take to the stage in Ventnor at the start of May is Monty Don, the TV presenter and writer, who will be telling tales from his worldly travels, as well as offering tips on how to harness the power of nature and tend to a healthy organic garden even in the middle of a town or city.
 
Meanwhile, Roger McGough, one of the stars of the Merseybeat poetry movement, will be making his Isle of Arts debut, with his show likely to revolve around talk of his early career and life in Liverpool, with stories of the past interspersed with favourite works from his vast repertoire of verse.
 
Additionally, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the poems of Wilfred Owen will be read by actor Timothy West against a backdrop of music by the virtuoso violinist Matthew Trusler and acclaimed pianist Martin Roscoe.
 
The Isle of Arts Festival prides itself on being "an eclectic mix of national artists, local talents, quirky performances and hands-on workshops", with organisers still keen to hear from talented groups and individuals keen to contribute.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801674542-ADNFCR

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