Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long brings her latest show, Tender, to the Epstein Theatre in March

Posted on 30 January 2020
By Khyle Deen
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The three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee is finally back on the road next year with a brand-new show about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood, but it is also about kindness, gentleness and joy.

A cult-optimist herself, Josie wants her audiences to feel optimistic about the future, although in this current day and age, that’s a big ask. But at the very least there will be some silly voices. Of course, its Josie Long: society’s biggest issues that we’re facing today, from climate change to Boris Johnson, cannot be ignored, but Tender’s main focus is about bringing new life into this ever- changing world.  

Having started performing comedy at just 14, Josie went on to win the BBC New Comedy Award, Chortle Best Newcomer, Best Newcomer at the 2006 Edinburgh Comedy Awards and then was nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards three years running. She has since sold out West End runs, performed at the most prestigious comedy festivals in the world, written five solo tours and sold out shows in LA and New York.

On screen, Josie has been seen on 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Never Mind the Buzzcocks (BBC2), You Have Been Watching (Channel 4) and Skins (Channel 4), for which she also wrote. She has presented on BBC 6Music, was nominated for a Radio Academy Award for her adventurous short documentaries Short Cuts on Radio 4 and earned a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award nomination for her two short feature films, Let’s Go Swimming and Romance and Adventure and her recent feature film, Super November, was nominated for a BIFA Discovery Award.

In 2011, Josie started an ongoing project called the Alternative Reality Tour; an anti-cuts, pro-youth, no-profit performance in a bid to fight for social justice and support public art. Josie is also the co founder of Arts Emergency, a charity which provides mentors and opportunities to support marginalised young people into higher education and creative careers. At each venue on the tour, Josie will be collecting donations so that Arts Emergency can launch more mentoring projects across the UK.

Josie’s new podcast Speaking With Shadows is available now at www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/inspire me/speaking-with- shadows/episode-1/

Her previous show, Cara Josephine, is available to watch on Soho Theatre on Demand at www.sohotheatreondemand.com/show/josie-long

All The Planets Wonders and Josie and Jonny Are Having a Baby (With You!) are available to download via Josie’s website. www.josielong.com


Fri 17th CAMBRIDGE, Junction 01223 511 511 https://www.junction.co.uk/
Thurs 23rd COVENTRY, Warwick Arts Centre 024 7652 4524 https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/
Sat 25th FOLKESTONE, Quarterhouse 01303 858500 https://www.creativefolkestone.org.uk/
Fri 31st OXFORD Old Fire Station 01865 263980 https://oldfirestation.org.uk

Sat 1st NORWICH, Playhouse 01603 598 598 https://www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk/
Sun 2nd NOTTINGHAM, Playhouse 0115 9419419 https://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/
Weds 5th CRAWLEY, Hawth 01293 553636 www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/The-Hawth
Sat 8th MANCHESTER, Dancehouse 0161 237 1413 https://www.thedancehouse.co.uk/
Sun 9th SHEFFIELD, Leadmill 0114 221 2828 https://www.leadmill.co.uk/
Weds 12th ALDERSHOT, West End Centre 01252 408040 www.westendcentre.co.uk
Thurs 13th LEICESTER, The Y 0116 2557066 https://www.leicesterymca.co.uk
Sun 16th GLASGOW, The Stand 0844 335 8879 https://www.thestand.co.uk/glasgow/
Mon 17th NEWCASTLE, The Stand 0844 693 3336 https://www.thestand.co.uk/Newcastle
Thurs 20th BATH, Komedia 0845 293 8480 https://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/
Fri 21st GREAT TORRINGTON, The Plough Arts Centre 01805 624624 https://www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/
Sat 22nd WORTHING, Pavilion Theatre 01903 206206 https://worthingtheatres.co.uk/
Tues 25th BIRMINGHAM, Old Rep 0121 359 9445 https://www.oldreptheatre.co.uk/
Fri 28th HERTFORD, Hertford Theatre 01992 531500 https://www.hertfordtheatre.com/
Sat 29th READING, Concert Hall 0118 960 6060 https://www.readingarts.com/

Sun 1st LEEDS, City Varieties 0845 644 1881 https://www.cityvarieties.co.uk/
Thurs 5th LIVERPOOL, Epstein Theatre 0844 8884411 https://www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk/
Fri 6th KENDAL, Brewery 01539 725 133 https://www.breweryarts.co.uk/
Sun 8th NORTHAMPTON, Royal & Derngate 01604 624811 https://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/
Thurs 12th SHREWSBURY, Theatre Severn 01743 281 281 https://www.theatresevern.co.uk/
Fri 13th BURTON ON TRENT, Brewhouse Theatre 01283 508100 http://www.brewhouse.co.uk/
Sat 14th LONDON, Blackheath Halls 0208 4630100 https://www.blackheathhalls.com/
Mon 16th GLASGOW, Oran Mor 0141 3576200 www.oran-mor.co.uk
Thurs 19th LINCOLN, Engine Shed 0844 888 8766 https://www.engineshed.co.uk/
Fri 20th MATLOCK, Grand Pavilion 01629 584675 https://www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk/

Sat 9th TIVERTON, Comedy Hall 07443 502523 https://www.comedyhall.co.uk/
Sun 10th BRISTOL, Old Vic 0117 9877877 https://bristololdvic.org.uk/
Fri 15th CARDIFF, Sherman 02920 646900 https://www.shermantheatre.co.uk/
Sat 16th WINCHESTER, Theatre Royal 01962 840440 https://www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/

Thurs 4th NORWICH, Playhouse 01603 598 598 https://www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk/
Fri 12th BROMSGROVE, Artrix 01527 577330 https://www.artrix.co.uk/
Sat 13th LANCASTER, Dukes 01524 598500 https://dukes-lancaster.org/
Sun 28th CANTERBURY, Gulbenkian 01227769075 https://thegulbenkian.co.uk/