After a four-year absence the much-acclaimed NINA CONTI is heading back to the stage on tour with her new show – THE DATING SHOW and it promises to be even better than before which is quite a challenge.
What is it about? Well British Comedy Award winner Nina is pioneering a new dating show. She’ll be like Cilla Black with masks. Derailed. Not so much a Blind Date as a re-voiced one. There is no promise that true love will be found but a firm guarantee that big laughs will be had in the reign of this quick-thinking queen of ventriloquism.
Nina says: “I can only dream of a land where a theatre is at full capacity and everyone is vaccinated and safe and laughing. Apparently we are on track for this in November so I’ve agreed to book a tour.
“Before this Armageddon hit I was developing a dating show where I would connive for audience members to fall in love wearing masks. Post COVID, I can’t think of anything more fitting. I think we all need to get in a room together and laugh our heads off, and if the subject can be love, so much the better”.
Nina started doing stand-up ventriloquism in 2002 and shot to fame by winning the BBC New Comedy Award that same year. Famed for her foul-mouthed ‘sidekick’ Monkey (Monk), Nina has won numerous comedy awards for her writing, acting and ventriloquism. She has taken numerous shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival. In 2016, her smash-hit solo show ’In Your Face’ enjoyed sell-out seasons in London’s West End and New York’s off-Broadway.
Nina has stormed ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘QI’, ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ – all without moving her lips. In 2012 she fronted two documentaries for BBC4: ‘Make Me Happy: A Monkey’s Search for Happiness’ saw Nina take Monk on a journey into the world of new age and alternative therapies and ‘A Ventriloquists Story: Her Masters Voice’ (currently available on Amazon Prime) in which Nina took the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to Vent Haven, which was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award. In 2013 she appeared in Christopher Guest’s HBO series ‘Family Tree’ alongside Chris O’Dowd.
More recently Nina was a runner-up on ‘The World’s Best’, a US major talent show on NBC; produced an improvised web series, ‘In Therapy’ on YouTube, which has amassed over 1.5 million views since 2018; and joined forces with award winning Shenoah Allen (The Pajama Men) to make the character comedy podcast, ‘Richard & Greta’, unqualified experts who explain how to get the most, or too much, out of your partner.
Bristol Old Vic – October 31
Alban Arena, St Albans – November 2
Assembly Theatre, Tunbridge Wells – November 4
Tyne Theatre, Newcastle – November 6
The Alexandra, Birmingham – November 8
Swan Theatre, High Wycombe – November 9
Grand Opera House, York – November 12
Richmond Theatre – November 14
Bournemouth Pavilion – November 17
Warwick Arts Centre – November 20
Corn Exchange, Cambridge – November 26
Brighton Dome – November 30
Globe, Stockton – December 4
Palace Theatre, Southend – December 5
White Rock Theatre, Hastings – December 9
Manchester Opera House – January 8
Theatre Royal, Norwich – January 12
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury – January 15
St. David’s Hall, Cardiff – January 16
New Theatre, Oxford – January 23
Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline – January 29
Theatre Royal, Glasgow – January 30
Liverpool Playhouse – February 2 & 3