Henry Normal - Everything and More
I usually pick a topic for each tour. In this new show I’m concentrating on everything. Jokes, poems and stories digging deep into the subject of every single thing in the universe and beyond. A show honed perfectly for everyone in particular.
Henry is a writer, poet, TV & Film producer, founder of the Manchester Poetry Festival (now the Literature festival) and co-founder of the Nottingham Poetry Festival. In June 2017 he was honoured with a special BAFTA for services to Television.
He co-wrote and script edited the multi-award winning Mrs Merton show and the spin off series Mrs Merton and Malcolm. He also co-created and co-wrote the first series of The Royle Family.
With Steve Coogan he co-wrote the BAFTA winning Paul and Pauline Calf Video Diaries, Coogan's Run, Tony Ferrino, Doctor Terrible and all three of Steve's live tours and the film The Parole Officer.
Setting up Baby Cow Productions Ltd in 1990, Henry Executive Produced all and script edited many of the shows of it's 17 and a half year output during his tenure as MD.
Highlights of the Baby Cow output during his time include the Oscar nominated film Philomena, I believe in Miracles, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle, Marion and Geof, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Red Dwarf, Hunderby, Camping and Alan Partridge.
Since retiring in April 2016, Henry has written and performed 10 x BBC Radio 4 shows combining comedy, poetry and stories about family. His 11th BBC Radio 4 show ' A Normal Journey' will be recorded this autumn. Born in St Anne's Nottingham in 1956, Henry now lives in Fairlight, Nr Hastings with his wife and screenwriter Angela Pell and their son Johnny.
In April 2018. Two Roads publishers released his book of memoirs 'A Normal Family' which was writthen with his wife Angela Pell, drawing on his family expereience. It immediately became a best seller on Amazon and has already been reprinted. The paperbavk was released on 21st March 2019.
Henry performs poetry at Literature Festivals around the UK and has eleven poetry books available from Flapjack. On 15th August this year Henry’s 12th poetry book entitled 'Collected Poems Volume 3' will be released, Henry’s 13th book 'A Moonless Night ' is also set for release on 28th February 2024.
He was recently given an honorary doctorate of letters by Nottingham Trent University, another by Nottingham
University and has a beer and a bus named after him in Nottingham!
Succinct, heartrending and peppered with gentle punchlines’ Hannah Verdier, The Guardian
Shove up National Treasures. We need to make room for Henry Normal" Simon ';Hagan - Radio Times
"the Alan Bennett of poetry" The Scotsman
"Dovetails bittersweet poetry with a sublimely observant wit" The Guardian
"A mixture of the absurd and downright wacky...a gentle giant of stand-up poetry" The List
"The poetry itself is stuff of proper substance, marrying the suburban beauty of Beatles ballads with the blunt candour of the kitchen sink"The Guardian
"Witty and uncannily accurate with his observations"- The Stage
"Distinctly funny" - Time Out
It’s a rare and lovely thing: half an hour of radio that stops you short, gently demands your attention and then wipes your tears away while you have to have a little sit down - The Guardian
" a real treat to hear a seasoned professional like Henry taking command of this evening comedy spot to deliver a show that's idiosyncratic and effortlessly funny
"Not heard anything that jumps from hilarious to moving in such an intelligent, subtle way as Henry Normal"
Thursday 22nd February 2024
The Apex, Bury St EdmundsBuy tickets
Saturday 24th February 2024
The Subscription Rooms, StroudBuy tickets
Sunday 25th February 2024
The Komedia, BathBuy tickets
Saturday 2nd March 2024
The Savoy, MonmouthBuy tickets
Sunday 3rd March 2024
Exeter Corn ExchangeBuy tickets
Tuesday 5th March 2024
The Playhouse, OxfordBuy tickets
Thursday 7th March 2024
Warwick Arts CentreBuy tickets
Friday 8th March 2024
The Halls, WolverhamptonBuy tickets
Friday 22nd March 2024
The Astor Theatre, DealBuy tickets
Sunday 24th March 2024
The Black Box, Belfast (as part of the Imagine! Festival of Ideas and PoliticsBuy tickets
Thursday 28th March 2024
The Cadogan Hall, LondonBuy tickets
Thursday 4th April 2024
The Maltings, Berwick-Upon-TweedBuy tickets
Friday 5th April 2024
The Tolbooth, StirlingBuy tickets
Saturday 6th April 2024
The Lemon Tree, AberdeenBuy tickets
Sunday 7th April
The Gardyne Theatre, DundeeBuy tickets
Tuesday 9th April 2024
The Assembly Rooms, EdinburghBuy tickets
Wednesday 10th April 2024
Mackintosh Church, GlasgowBuy tickets
Monday 22nd April 2024
The King's Hall, IlkleyBuy tickets
Tuesday 23rd April 2024
The Playhouse, NottinghamBuy tickets
Wednesday 24th April 2024
EPIC Studios, NorwichBuy tickets
Thursday 25th April 2024
Stephen Joseph Theatre (The McCarthy), ScarboroughBuy tickets
Saturday 27th April 2024
St James (as part of the Guernsey Literature Festival)Buy tickets
Wednesday 11th September 2024
The Pound Arts Centre, CorshamBuy tickets
Thursday 12th September 2024
The Minack Theatre, CornwallBuy tickets
Friday 13th September 2024
The Gateway Theatre, SeatonBuy tickets
Saturday 5th October 2024
Seamus Heaney HomePlaceBuy tickets
Friday 11th October 2024
The Lakeside Arts, NottinghamBuy tickets
Monday 14th October 2024
Central Hall, SouthamptonBuy tickets
Tuesday 15th October 2024
St George's Hall, BristolBuy tickets
Wednesday 16th October 2024
Stamford Corn ExchangeBuy tickets
Sunday 20th October 2024
Chorley TheatreBuy tickets
Wednesday 23rd October 2024
21 Soho, LondonBuy tickets
Thursday 24th October 2024
Brewery Arts, KendalBuy tickets
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