Whitchurch: the city’s comedy festival under threat
Organizers of this summer’s Whitchurch Comedy Festival today warned it was set to be canceled due to poor ticket sales.
Funny Beesesness is set to bring top TV comedians Gary Delaney, Shappi Khorsandi, Hal Cruttenden and Mick Miller to the city’s Civic Center for a weekend in late June.
But fewer than 200 tickets were sold for the four shows from June 23 to June 26.
And organizers said today that unless there is renewed support for the festival over the next week they will have no choice but to unplug it and leave Whitchurch altogether .
Funny Beesesness has been running shows in the city since 2018, having brought Milton Jones, Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Rich Hall to local audiences.
Director Wayne Beese said: “To say we’re disappointed with ticket sales would be the understatement of the year.
“We put together four incredible line-ups in one weekend. It’s not just the TV numbers, the supports are all headliners in their own right and some of the best on the circuit.
“What’s most disappointing is that Whitchurch isn’t supporting it, only about a third of ticket buyers so far are actually from the city.
“We have people from Luton, Liverpool, Wigan, the Black Country, Wales, all coming to Whitchurch, probably to stay and boost the town’s economy.
“But it’s not sustainable if the city the event is in doesn’t support it.
“People keep telling us there’s nothing to do in Whitchurch.
“There is something to do at the end of June, an incredible weekend where people can come and forget the difficulties of the last two years, come together and laugh.
“We loved putting on shows here and are so grateful to a number of people who supported us all the way and came out to show after show.
“Unfortunately, at the moment it is far from enough and if we have to cancel this festival, we will not be returning.”
Beese said if the difficult decision was made to cancel the festival, all ticket holders would receive full refunds.
Tickets are available at www.funnybeeseness.co.uk/whitchurchcomedyfestival2022