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full length evening show
Alive Again!
Comedy, a cappella soul & time-travel for all ages
Directed by John Nicholson of Peepolykus

‘a cross between Monty Python and a Barber Shop Quartet’ Clee St.Margaret
'Exquisite harmonies’ Bruce Gomersall
‘took us to places I could only ever dream of' Towersey Festival

‘musicality and life enriching’ Rod Clements Lindisfarne

Comical musical interactive time-travelling adventure with Italian chefs. Dr Who without the intrusive glamour. Directed by John Nicholson of the side-splitting Peepolykus Theatre Company.

Three really Italian chefs travel through Time & Space & History and back again before last orders. Meet Michelangelo, Noah & his family, an Egyptian pyramid roofer and a host of modern-day names. Travel the globe. Feel its bigness. Make new friends.

With songs by Joe Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Ry Cooder, The Everly Brothers, Iggy Pop, Coope Boyes & Simpson, Lou Reed, The Spooky Men's Chorale and other iconic grooves of our Time. Performed by Jim Howden , Adrian Mealing & William Tooby .  

This is also a tribute to the spirit of Italy and one Marco Ceretti, the first Italian to sell Gaggia coffee machines to a grey post-war 50’s Britain . His smile was wide as the Tiber . He later triumphed as President of Rome’s Baseball Club. His spirit breathes amongst us.  

‘I haven’t seen my husband laugh like that in ages’ Whissendine Village Hall
‘think Coope, Boyes & Simpson and The Old Rope String Band!’ Karen Tweed
‘a really classy act’ William Wilson, Lyth Arts Centre
‘makes Green Wing look sensible’ Upton Village Hall
'So bizarrely brilliant and effortlessly charming, we wanted to take them home.' Tolmen Centre

As featured on Rick Stein’s Food Heroes and at Edinburgh Comedy Festival 08, The Big Chill, Glastonbury Festival Comedy Marquee, Sidmouth, Towersey Festival… Alive Again! has toured a lot of England and the Scottish Highlands & Islands .


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The Big Hum produce steaming à cappella soul and rock'n'roll at the drop of a chapeau. Three men with golden larynxes and silver lamé reputations lasso their vocal chords around tunes by Joe Jackson, The Chiffons, Iggy Pop & The Beatles as well as hits from their own à cappella back pockets

'extremely funny and massively melodic à cappella cum theatre' Niels Eiriksson the Spectater
'kitchen knife wit, great gig, great atmosphere, great future' Marcus Moore Cheltenham Literature Festival
'I didn't know that was possible'
Café Subterranea
'incredible vocal talents' Jules Benjamin The Beatless


Co-cooked by Jim Howden, Adrian Mealing & Will Tooby.

Page last updated:  05 May 2010