New Variety Lives produces the Non-profit making ‘The NATYS’(New Acts of the Year) , and has conducted at the east ends Rich Mix, auditions of just over 100 acts.
The theatre group CAST held the first New Variety auditions at the Old White Horse in Brixton in the early 80s With help from Greater London Council they were able to set up an across London circuit of eight one night venues Introducing artists such as Julian Clary Paul Merton Benjamin Zephaniah French and SaundersCurtis Walker Attila the Stock Broker Felix Dexter and Capt. JJ Waller and many more; some became household names in the exploding galaxy of live modern comedy. In 1986 CAST New Variety took on the almost forgotten Hackney Empire and there through its ‘New Acts’ policy of encouraging new acts to audition, formulised into the annual NATYS. On leaving their Hackney venue twenty years later the show transferred to the Barbican theatre and other venues. From 2013 the NATYS have found a home In London’s leading comedy venue the Bloomsbury Theatre. Anxious to continue their encouragement of diversity the NATYS has increasingly emphasised the importance of the variety BILL, it isn’t a competition of rival artists but a celebration of all the talent on stage. At the end of the Final NATYS bill a panel of comic Cognoscentidrawn from the live comedy world will judge which act will be acclaimed ‘Top of the Bill’ . Last year’s top spot Paul F Taylor will perform at the end of the show.
And the Finalists of The NATYS 2014 are:
CANDY GIGI MARKHAM
TINA T’URNER TEA LADY
The Bloomsbury Theatre | Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AH
£12.50 | 7:00pm | Sunday 26 January | 020 3108 1000 | www.thebloomsbury.com