Rory motions to the Spa for comic night

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RORY MOTION headlines tonight’s comedy bill at the Spa Suncourt.

The poet, singer, songwriter, comedian and tree impressionist boasts a deceptively laid-back style, keen intelligence and quirky wit.

A regular contributor to national radio, he has appeared on comedy shows, the literature panel game Booked with Roger McGough and Miles Kington, and written and presented his own programmes on Radios 4 and 5.

In 2001, Rory and fellow poet Matt Harvey created a series of programmes called One Night Stanza which, in a victory for poetry lovers everywhere, made the coveted 6.30pm Radio 4 comedy slot. In the same year Cassells published Rory’s collection of poems, Neither is the Horse.

Rory’s fascination and facility with language has led him to perform in other tongues. In his French-speaking persona, Raymond Bizarre, Rory enjoyed a network radio hit in France with his epic homage to Eric Cantona, and in a triumphant accolade for the Englishman abroad, the disc was played before international matches at the Parc de Princes on several occasions. Tonight’s support acts are Phil Pagett and Curtis Threadgold. Next week’s headliner, Noel James, “stands out like a droll giant in a comedy land of trite dwarfs”, according to a review in the Independent.

Noel “liberates the lunatic side to our personalities – brilliantly,” reckons Time Out.

Apparently, the first words of his act are: “My name is Infact Noel James, although I never pronounce the Infact”.

For eight years, Noel has performed comedy throughout the UK. He does it for a living and has performed at all the major clubs and festivals. Glastonbury, Reading, Edinburgh to name but three.

Before entering showbiz, Noel tried his hand at teaching. Without much success, he taught English as a foreign language: he taught it as Welsh.

Sharing next week’s bill are Marvin Cheeseman, Hayley Ellis and Ste Porter. The shows are due to start at 7pm.