No Direction Home (virtual) tour
Following the huge success of the summer Zoom gigs, and an online performance in Edinburgh, No Direction Home is taking to the (online) road for a series of stand-up comedy performances this autumn.
The virtual tour will visit:
Edinburgh (21 August) – tour preview featuring Sindhu Vee, with Just Festivals
Camden (12 September) – featuring Mo Omar (pictured), with Camden People’s Theatre > Full details and booking (live captions)
Sheffield (20 September) – guest headliner tbc
Bristol (27 September) – with Bristol Refugee Festival and Bristol Student Action for Refugees (STAR) > Full details and booking
Leicester (4 October) – guest headliner Dane Baptiste (pictured), with Journeys Festival International & Big Difference > Full details and booking
London (22 November) – with Southbank Centre
Plus there are dates Coventry, Aberystwyth, Bradford and Kent to be confirmed . Follow the No Direction Home Facebook page for updates, booking information and guest headliners for each date.
About No Direction Home
No Direction Home is a pioneering project featuring stand-up comedians from refugee and migrant backgrounds, mentored by award winning comedian Tom Parry.
Counterpoints Arts runs No Direction Home as part of our Pop Culture and Social Change (PopChange) programme. Created in partnership with Camden People’s Theatre, it’s an ongoing project of workshops, mentoring and performance for new comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Since 2018 they have performed more than 15 gigs around the country, including at the Southbank Centre in London.
Guest headliners including Romesh Ranganathan, Nish Kumar, Sindhu Vee, Joel Dommett and Suzi Ruffell have also spent time with the group and shared tips and advice. Media coverage has included BBC News and BBC World Service.
Nish Kumar says: “The No Direction Home comedians are a very exciting, interesting and creative bunch of people to be around. And they are very funny! The material is really good.”
In 2020 No Direction Home has been running new groups online and staging our very first gigs on Zoom.
Feature article by Brian Logan in The Guardian “Coached by Tom Parry, the comedy collective No Direction Home are bucking stereotypes about refugees and migrants – and thriving online during lockdown”
Feature article in Red Pepper magazine “With casual xenophobia a comedy circuit blight, No Direction Home is a welcome tonic.”
Watch Tom Parry chatting with Nish Kumar about No Direction Home on Facebook Live
Photo: Jose Farinha