Event 345

Bill Bailey


Baillie Gifford Stage

The comedian, actor, musician and author, team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and Strictly Come Dancing champion 2020 returns to Hay. His comedy is a fusion of the surreal and the intelligent, blending stories, poetry and deft wordplay that targets the absurdities of our world, involving an array of weird and wonderful instruments. Music defines his shows, with playful interpretations of classic styles such as Tom Waits performing Old Macdonald or Kraftwerk singing the Hokey Cokey.

His work for television includes the two-part series Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero for BBC Two about the Victorian naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace, and a brilliant deconstruction of the way orchestras work in Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra.

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Bill Bailey