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Comedy at New Milton’s Forest Arts in February half-term: Rachel WD and Ruby Clyde of Shelf, Teenage Men and Lucy Mellors’ It Is I, Seagull

CAPTIVATING comedy will delight with shows for children, teens and families at New Milton’s Forest Arts during February half-term.

On Thursday 15th February, Rachel WD and Ruby Clyde, who make up the lively comedy duo Shelf, will deliver a child-friendly 2.30pm show, followed by the adult themed edition at 7.30pm.

As lifelong best friends, their on-stage chemistry is unmistakable and their ability to bounce off each other is what makes this double act so unique.

Lucy Mellors will be at Forest Arts on 16th February with her comedy show It Is I, Seagull (photo: Glen Jevon)
Lucy Mellors will be at Forest Arts on 16th February with her comedy show It Is I, Seagull (photo: Glen Jevon)

The kids show will be packed full of sketches, songs, pranks and silliness, and in the evening the adults can come back for Teenage Men, which features anecdotes, songs, jokes about performing for kids, the Instagram algorithm, confronting your toxicity and more.

The laughs continue at 2pm on Friday 16th with It Is I, Seagull, charting the fascinating story of the two female cosmonauts who raced to become the first woman in space.

Written by and starring award winning Hampshire based opera-singer Lucy Mellors, the show fuses Lucy’s own operatic experience with the true stories of Soviet cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman in space – and Valentina Ponomaryova, who was almost the first woman in space.

The production not only highlights their achievements but shines a light on the sacrifices the pair made along the way, and examines how often women have to risk their self-respect, safety and mental health in pursuit of a dream.

Recommended for a teen and adult audiences, It Is I, Seagull is Lucy’s first solo show, having previously appeared on stage with opera companies including Longborough Festival Opera, Mid Wales Opera and Grimeborn Festival.

As well as her award-winning soprano voice, the production has also given Lucy the chance to showcase her comedic writing skills, creating a hilarious and honest performance. Tickets are from £12. For more details and to book visit www.forest-arts.co.uk or call the box office on 01425 619983.

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