You’ve probably seen the adverts and may be thinking it’s a load of overhyped bull, but we’re here to tell you that Udderbelly has some rather brilliant acts on during its eight week pasture in London. The giant, upside-down, purple cow opens its… actually, we don’t want to think what it opens, but for now we’ll say ‘doors’, on 27 May with a 30 quid (ouch) performance from Joan Rivers.
In our opinion, some of the comedy highlights are Arthur Smith (7 July), if.commedie award winner David O’Doherty (2 July), the much-talked-about Maxwell’s Fullmooners comedy show (19 June), Josie Long and friends (including Pappy’s Fun Club) on 8 July, Andy Zaltzman’s Political Animal (4 June, 9 July) and Reginald D Hunter (11-12 July).
You can catch a mix of circus antics and thumping music with the Tom Tom Crew, poet and playwright Lemn Sissay telling you why he doesn’t hate white people and OAP hip-hopper Ida Barr hosting bingo afternoons. There’s stuff for the kids too; we like the sound of Yarnbirds (29-31 May), improvised family comedy from Richard Vranch and Leisa Rea.
There’s room for just 400 people inside the cow’s belly, so don’t spend too long ruminating on which show to see: tickets are bound to be remooved from the box office quickly.