One very Christmassy man. Lots of stories. Far too many costume changes. Storytelling comedian Paul Richards ("immediately endearing.” – Heckler magazine), gets a bit excited about Christmas and he's quite keen to share this with you. Intentionally the most sickeningly festive show you'll ever see, this heartwarming Christmas story of all things Yuletide is Paul's most ambitious, excitable, prop-heavy show to date: expect drumming elves, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer on an exercise bike and of course the legend himself, Father Christmas, who has a confession to make. Okay, quite a few confessions...
“Sweet, grounded and self-deprecating…Paul delivers his stories with a genuine honesty that is immediately endearing.” – Heckler magazine
“Does anyone work harder than Paul Richards?” – Local Secrets
“The birth of a true comic genius…makes Woody Allen look like Russell Brand.” - BridgeWalker
“Somehow genuinely likable despite his weary, selfish cynicism.” – Broadway Baby
“A lanky bucket of confidence.” – Fringe Daily
We are a city centre venue and parking can be in short supply. If you are driving, please make sure you leave plenty of time to find a space click here for a map of where the nearest parking spaces can be found.
We recommend Kings Park Road car park:
We are about 10 minutes walk from Southampton City Centre train station (head up the hill toward the Guildhall clock tower) and on the route for most city centre buses (the Unilink U1 stops virtually outside.)
Events are generally suitable for adults, young people and older children - children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, however. Young children are also welcome to come along but be aware some poems and songs may contain adult content (although we try to keep these until after children have left!)
Most events are held on our first floor, accessible by a wide staircase with a sturdy banner. Comformatable seating is provided. We regret that, due to space and other constraints, we are generally unable to relocate our events to the ground floor for those who require ground level access - so sorry.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Events are open to all ages unless otherwise stated, however please note that our mission is to provide creative activity primarily to adults, therefore most of our programme is aimed at 16 years and over. Performances may include stronger language.
Life drawing classes are open to over 18s only.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please click here for details of how to find us.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Please don't bring your own food or drink to The Art House.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The best way is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
If you have a smartphone, we prefer that you save paper and show us your ticket on a phone.
What is the refund policy?
Tickets are not refundable unless the event is cancelled.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
As long as the person making the booking is with you, that's fine.
Experience world class, fringe and local acts up close and personal in our intimate gallery space.
Most timings for performances list the doors open time, which is usually 30 minutes before the performance starts.
We also have a full programme of regular groups, workshops and socials here - click here for more information about these and to visit our main website.
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