December 7 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Comedian Eddie Izzard will make a surprise visit to University of East Anglia as part of the fringe festival celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The stand up performer, who was made an honorary UEA graduate in 2003 in recognition of his promotion of foreign languages, will perform Stripped: tout en français, entirely in French.
He was invited back to take part in the anniversary celebrations by head of the School of Language and Communication Studies, Dr Roger Baines.
Dr Baines said: ”Eddie Izzard has always been a prominent advocate of the value of foreign languages. His show performed in French puts that commitment to foreign languages into admirable practice and is an example to language students everywhere. We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming him back 10 years after his last visit.”
Mr Izzard has previously performed Stripped: tout en français at the Soho Theatre in London; Largo in Los Angeles and at Z Space in San Francisco. He also performed the show at L’Olympia and La Cigale in Paris.
The show will be at 10pm on Saturday, September 28, in the UEA’s Drama Studio, immediately following a performance by the university’s resident French theatre company, Sacré Théâtre, which will perform extracts from two plays in French, Les Bonnes by Genet, and Fin de Partie by Beckett, featuring another UEA graduate, renowned comedian and linguist, Arthur Smith.
He will be performing his own show in the Festival Fringe at 6pm.
Former UEA student and winner of the 2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Best Newcomer Comedy Award, John Kearns, will perform his recent Edinburgh show, Sight gags for perverts at 8.45pm on September 28.
Tickets are available now for Stripped: tout en français, and Sight gags for perverts, together with Arthur Smith and other performances in the Fringe Festival, from UEA Box Office: www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk or 01603 508050.
The full festival programme can be downloaded at www.uea.ac.uk/50years/festival-weekend.