BREAK UP ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with regret that we announce that Conversation Garden has come to AN END. (THAT’S RIGHT END. And by that we mean on hiatus/sabbatical. We don’t want it to be forever, but who knows?) We’ve all had a fun and exhausting couple of years doing this thang, but there comes a moment in every chat-show’s life when you have to step back and never talk to your co-hosts again. (Despite the living arrangements – it’s very awkward) We’re not saying we’re never going to talk to each other again.  Or that we’re going to deliberately miss each other’s weddings. We’re not saying that.  What we are saying is that we’re ready to move on and want to do new exciting things. Lewys has got a great new performance, ‘Of Or At A Fairly Low Temperature’ exploring the notion of being cool…Jack has found love, he also has a piece, ‘1.9’ about his first love, parkour, so he’s the real winner here .Shitbag. And Dan will be going into a recording studio, to make his first solo album. Is making some new shows. A solo show ‘Reverb (The love story of Terrance the Crocodile and Julia the Mannequin)’, and a sketch/ stand up show  ‘Yours Desperately, Dan and Lydia’ with fellow comedian Lydia Rickards. We have also formed a collective with Dance Artist, Katherine Hall called Tetrad and are putting a performance platform night on at Embrace Arts, the first night of ‘Us and Them’ is on the 23rd of November, and will be featuring some great artists as well as Lewys’ very own  performance.

 

Thank you to everyone who has supported and followed our journey, it really couldn’t have been done without you. It’s been an amazing experience we’ve done so many things that at one point or another seemed like insane, crazy ideas. There’s too many to mention but notable thanks must go to all those who worked with us/ gave us opportunities when we weren’t expecting them/got really fed up of Dan being a strain on their lives:

Heather Forknell, Robert Hardaker, Bone Cult, Joe Ross Williams, John Helps and Handmade Festival, Holly Holdsworth, Joe Richards, James Langley, Yusef Mustafa, Sam Plummer and the guys at Demon Media, Jonny Mclean, Kirsty Mealing, Paul Rodgers, Naomi Galliford Sam Javid, Elizabeth Arthur  and all our guests. Marilyn Minx and Bella Bardot, all the acts that performed at our cabaret nights, Georgie Tansell, St. Martins Coffee, Lydia Rickards, Sean Morely, Dave Taylor, Cliff, and all the venues on the tour. James Hissett, Briony Latter, Ash Brown, Claire Gemma. And last but not Least Gary, Sally and Verity at Upstairs at the Western without whom none of this would have been possible.

Between January 2013 and October 2014 we’ve put together over 60 online videos, 8 different shows one of which was in our very garden, streamed live on the internet. Held a series of events at a Coffee Shop. We did the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and have now finished a (small) UK tour.  We’ll be doing a small screening of our online videos in Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival next year. But for now, we’ve been Daniel Nicholas, Jack Britton, Lewys Holt. We are Conversation Garden.

And That’s It.

Autumn Tour

And now we are going on tour, from the end of September to the end of October we’ll be going on tour, We’ll be visiting:

 

September
20th – Nottingham  – The Lord Roberts, 24 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AN tickets here (or at the Tourism Centre on Smithy Row Call: 0844 477 5678)
25th – Bristol – the Cube cinema – Dove Street South, BS2 8JD Bristol, more info here– tickets can be bought at the Bristol Ticket shop or the Here Gallery
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October
2nd  – Sheffield – The Riverside – 1 Mowbray Street, Sheffield S3 8EN – As part of altcomcab
7th – Birmingham – The Victoria – 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham B1 1BN – more info here
10th – London – Etcetera Theatre – 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU tickets here
24th- Brighton – Caroline of Brunswick – 39 Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1 4SB tickets here
31st – Leicester  – Upstairs at the Western – Western Road, Leicester, Leicestershire LE3 0GA tickets here
Photo by James Hissett
Design by Heather Forknell

LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE SHOW BEFORE EDINBURGER

Things are certainly hotting up as the boys prepare for their final preview. Dan is full of resentement for the press after doing an interview with a newspaper, for a story about local comedians going to Edinburgh Fringe. They didn’t run the story. Not even a mention.

 

Never fear though maybe, those at the press office just wasn’t sure about who exactly he was. If only he had sent them a Press Release before hand with an image like a day before (he had.)

Well in a bed to get more attention, and full of bile he wrote this. Judge for yourself whether that was a good idea:

 

 

Dan Nicholas’ Conversation Garden Upstairs at the Western 19/07/2014 Anti-Press Release

 

Like a lingering smell, the Conversation Garden Boys are back. With local comedian Dan Nicholas (shortlisted for the BBC Comedy Award 2013) hosting a chat show like no other. Assisted by his two house mates Jack Britton and Lewys Holt they bring to you a fun filled evening of songs, arguments and audience interaction for the last time before they set off to conquer the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

If you haven’t heard of Dan Nicholas’ Conversation Garden yet then you’re missing out, or their social media presence isn’t nearly as big as they hoped it was. The trio have spent the last year RELENTLESSLY doing shows in Leicester and really haven’t gained that much more of an audience. They have wasted their time sending press releases out, making lo-fi youtube videos, and some pretty sketchy tweets to a lack of acknowledgement from virtually anyone but their friends who think it’s ‘nice that they’re keeping themselves busy’.

After pulling off three different shows in Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, with the third being performed in their garden and streamed LIVE ON THE FUCKING INTERNET. Which was barely watched, even by their friends. IT WAS FEBUARY FOR THE FUCKS SAKE.*

Their latest endeavour has been to be put on a series of events at new hip happening place St.Martins Coffee, from Speed dating to Treasure Hunt via a Cabaret Night, this has seen an interest in the trio by almost 100%. Followed up with a debatably successful performance at Handmade Festival, it could be said Dan and co. are on fire right now.

Being literally one of the coolest things in Leicester at the moment, the three people are spending the rest of the year focusing on one show, their masterpiece, something they are going to hone to perfection, pulling out all the stops before they take it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then across the country in a small DIY tour which is expected to end in Leicester in the Autumn. You can see it in it’s rough stages as they return to their second home Upstairs at the Western on the 19th July. It’s a fiver, but as your press you would probably get in for free and could see what all the fuss is about. Speaking of fuss here’s a quote that you could use to insert into a two page spread about the show (you could even do a timeline, we’ll send you a detailed time line of the past year upon request, marking upon youtube videos and when they were created, from Dan getting his haircut on stage by an audience member to that time when Lewys and Jack ran for president.). Dan says this about the show:

‘it’s going to be fucking great. Otherwise I’m ending it. The show. My comedy Career. My life. It’ll feature extracts of a new musical about Jurassic Park that we’re working on, also some performance art/naked wrestling** Lots of ego-centred arguments, stand up comedy. And a whole host of challenges to put audiences in positions they would never excepted when they came out that evening. We’re focussing on making it more game-show like since i found out that prick Tim Vine already does a chat show where he interviews audience members. And so does everybody else it seems.Nothings original these days’

This is the last show Dan, Lewys and Jack are doing together where they are all living together as housemates, as time goes on, the future past October is uncertain for the team. But one thing’s for sure they will go out with a bang. This could be one of the final chances to see them. And regret is ugly.

What are you waiting for pick up the phone and ring me.

Dan

*the whole show can be found on YouTube  (Thanks Desmond Media/ Jo and James for filming that for us, we never really plugged it – watch this space)

**N.B we’ve decided on doing a recreation of Sliding Doors Instead.

Previews and Parting Ways

Hello neglected website how have you been?

 

We really haven’t been on top of things as much as we should on here. There once was a time when only the website got updated, now that has become a faded past as it’s all about the faecesbooks and the twitters, SOCIAL MEDIA. Websites don’t really ever get a look in. THIS WILL STOP TODAY!

We are in a dawn of a new time, a new age, a new world. Where this website might get updated a bit more, fingers crossed.

Since the last post, a lot of things have happened. There is a lot of change in the air.

Before all that, if you are one of the people who saw us in the well advertised Leeds show, or the less- advertised –because-Dan-Got-Caught-up-in-life-Birmingham Gig, thank you. They’ve been great and confidence for most of us at the moment is through the roof. So much so that Jack has signed up to Skydiving classes this Wednesday, Dan’s signed up to teach them. Lewys is doing Lewys type things.

With the momentum at its highest we had our last event at St.Martins Coffee in the form of ‘Another Cabaret Night’, thanks to all the performer s and the people who came down, you can check the photos on our facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/DanNicholasConversationGarden

 

But Alas it is an end of an era, as we got kicked out of our house. And by that we mean, our tenancy came to a drastic and most horrible end, and by that we mean, it was just the end of the contract.

And we parted ways…..kind of. Jack moved in with his girlfriend (yes he has a girlfriend, sorry ladies) leaving Lewys and Dan to find themselves a flat. There wasn’t an emotional goodbye, no tears were shed. No word was said. Dans just been listening to a lot of Suede.

 

I’m sure a lot of you may have be wondering, ‘what happened to the mattress, and the beloved bathtub, it’s bound to be worth a lot of money some day’ …..we are not at liberty to discuss the whereabouts of these objects.

 

WHAT’S NEXT YOU CRY, IS IT OVER!?!?! WITH JACK GONE WHAT WOULD BE THE POINT IN CONTINUING? Well in case you haven’t heard us rave about it we’re going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for the full run. Are you planning on coming? Maybe you’re not sure? Perhaps you’ve been thinking of a weekend away from that annoying loved one/housemate/family member for sometime, and you need an excuse to flee the country with out any notice. FEAR NOT WE’LL BE THAT EXCUSE!!! Come see us, we love moral support, also bring food. We’re on everyday at the George Next Door (apart from Tuesdays) at 1.20pm

https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/dan-nicholas-conversation-garden-1

 

BUT BEFORE THAT WE’RE DOING ANOTHER SHOW IN LEICESTER! (ohnoreally?youguysareonallthetimegettingalittlesickofyounow) YA RLY! Upstairs at the Western on the 19th of July at the more reasonable time of 8pm get tickets here http://upstairsatthewestern.com/event/dan-nicholas-conversation-garden-so-far/ as Dan is beginning to panic that we have too much of a student audience, and all the students will have left = no audience PROVE HIM WRONG AND COME ALONG. If you’ve seen the show in Handmade Festival, then you’ll know it’s good, and there’s even some extra new bits added in! If you haven’t seen the show in Handmade Festival then rest assured it’s very good. Better that we could have imagined (and that’s basing it on two previews – arguably all the amount of previews you need, right? RIGHT?)

 

SEE YOU THERE.

Another post Updating you on our whereabouts

SO THE TREASURE HUNT IS OVER.

And what fun we had, two people had asthma attacks, and one person threw up. (people were encouraged to run, they didn’t have to we’re not liable for anything) our events are DANGEROUS (they’re not really, they’re what you make of it).

WEALSOHADALOTOFFUNATHANDMADEFESTIVAL

You can see a post-show interview here

 

And then we went quiet as we’ve got nothing on for a while till the end of  June, in the mean time we’ve been refining the show to make it the perfect. Thus so far through a series of meetings, Dan has is on the third draft of the introduction.

 

We are announcing shows in the Autumn soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

BUT BEFORE ALL THAT WE HAVE ‘ANOTHER CABARET NIGHT’,

 

It’s all very exciting. We have regular updates happening on our facebook and twitter page (@DNConvoGarden)

So check them out.

 

 

 

TREASUREMOTHERFUCKINHUNT

Well hello there,

 

It’s been  a while.

How have you been? We’ve been busy, Dan’s visited Bristol to see friends from yesteryear. Jack has spent the week reading how to train your dragon and Lewys has been doing Lewys type things. That and we did Handmade Festival. We had a great time there – if you saw us thanks for coming, if you didn’t. Don’t worry about it we’re previewing the show in a number of places before we take it to Edinburgh.

 

BUT BEFORE ALL THAT.

THIS WEEK IS TREASURE HUNT.

We have only a very limited amount of tickets on sale and you can buy them here

You can also get tickets to ‘Another Cabaret Night’ on that link as well, we’re excited as we’ve got some fantastic acts booked for it, more details to be announced soon.

 

For now though, why not look for that Treasure?

Handmade Festival

Our favourite time of year, Handmade Festival at the start of summer is here.

 

We’ll be on at St.Martins Coffee shop today at 6.30pm and it’s FREE check us and what else is on here:

 

http://handmadefestival.co.uk/

FESTIVALS

We have some exciting news, we will be playing not one but two festivals this year (so far)

After having a lot of fun last year, we will be returning on the 3rd of May we will be returning to Handmade Festival to perform a preview of the show that we will be taking to Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Handmade Festival has a fantastic line up of music and comedy, and the Art has been curated by our very own photographer Heather Forknell.

 

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The show will feature some of our favourite bits from the past year as well as a new convoluted story line. Expect audience interaction and Challenges a plenty.

 

We have a number of previews/dates for you to put in that dusty black diary..

3rd of May – Handmade Festival at St.Martins Coffee Shop

19th June – Preview in Leeds

30th June – Half hour preview at The Roadhouse in Birmingham

19th July – Preview at Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

2nd- 24th August – Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Bistro Bar and Kitchen

 

If you’re in any of these areas at any of these times come along watch the show, buy us a drink etc.

and of course we still have the events at St.Martins Coffee Shop, with the first Cabaret Night being this evening!

You can get tickets for that  here

and more information on Handmade Festival and what’s on can be found here: http://handmadefestival.co.uk/