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Wednesday, June 13 2012

This week's parish notices are on the Old Vic Tunnels and Balham Free Festival, plus Foyles pops its comedy cherry

Old Vic Tunnels

• Comedy is coming to the atmospheric Old Vic Tunnels (pictured) – the former storage facility for trains which has in recent years become a playground for theatremakers, bands and DJs. From June 28-30 the Old Vic Tunnels Comedy and Variety Festival will feature dozens of acts across four different rooms, with the party continuing till 2pm on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th. Among the comics performing are Scott Capurro, Patrick Monahan, Tom Rosenthal, Marcel Lucont, Lucy Porter, Henning Wehn and Jay Foreman. For full listings info click here or go straight to booking here. Boom-Tish! and Putney's Duke's Headliners are behind the festival.

• Speaking of three-dayers ... the Balham Free Festival is back. The annual showcase of the PBH Free Fringe up in Edinburgh takes place at the rather magnificent Bedford pub in Balham between July 27-29. About 80 shows will take place – mostly comedy but also theatre – across four rooms, and you'll be able to see the likes of Josie Long, Helen Arney, Kate Smurthwaite and Wil Hodgson.

Foyles on Charing Cross Road – a London institution and, for our younger readers, a "bookshop" – is the latest unlikely location for a gig later this month. A "friendly, smart, and literate comedy experiment" will take place on June 28 at 7pm, with stand-ups Bridget Christie, Nat Luurtsema, Tiernan Douieb and John-Luke Roberts. Entry is any book from Foyles costing minimum £5 – email for booking and show your receipt on the door.


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