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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Andy Parsons

Peak Bullsh*t

Event 53 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Andy Parsons

Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about the NHS? Education? Climate change? World War III? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. As seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Q.I. etc – and repeated on Dave.

Price: £14.30

Amy Macdonald

In Concert

Event 54 Venue: Tata Tent

Amy Macdonald

A Hay debut for the Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist with the achingly beautiful voice, and the lyric gift and rapturous beats that move hearts and dancing shoes. Macdonald released her debut album This Is the Life in 2007. The singles Mr Rock & Roll and This Is the Life were chart hits. Earlier in 2017 she released her album Under Stars.

Price: £26.30

Joanna MacGregor and Chris Riddell

The Illustrated Goldberg Variations: A 30th Anniversary Commission

Event 104 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Joanna MacGregor and Chris Riddell

Renowned pianist Joanna MacGregor is one of the greatest contemporary interpreters of JS Bach’s iconic set of 30 variations on a sarabande aria. She plays the piece accompanied by the Bach-lover, cartoonist and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, who will draw 30 pictures inspired by the music, live on stage. The drawings will be shown on-screen.

Price: £13.30

Adam Walker (flute) and James Baillieu (piano)

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 1

Event 178 Venue: St Mary’s Church

The first of four recitals broadcast live from Hay this week. Mozart’s Andante in C, K315 and Rondo in D, KAnh 184; CPE Bach’s Flute Sonata in G, H550 (Hamburger); Schubert’s Introduction and Variations on Trockne Blumen D802. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

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Lisa Dwan

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Samuel Beckett

Event 185 Venue: Tata Tent

Lisa Dwan

Dwan’s sensational performances of Beckett’s Not I and No’s Knife in London, on Broadway and around the world have perfectly captured the rhythms and beauty of his language.  In this specially commissioned Poetry Hour she introduces and reads his poetry and drama.

Price: £9.30

Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel

I Can Spin A Rainbow

Event 203 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel

An intimate concert-performance unveils the first full-length collaboration between Palmer and Ka-Spel, founding member of visionary Anglo-Dutch psychedelicists The Legendary Pink Dots. Both artists’ stories, song fragments, poems, and lyrics became wholly meshed with loops, melancholy piano playing, melodic beds, and strange rhythms. The results range from the enchantingly minimal The Clock at the Back of the Cage to the luxurious theatricality of the album-opening Pulp Fiction.

Price: £9.30

The Comedy Store Players

The Return of the Kings and Queen…

Event 254 Venue: Tata Tent

The improv comedy superstars Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart, Neill Mullarkey and Josie Lawrence are joined once more by Marcus Brigstocke of this parish. They spin audience suggestions into silly, surreal, delightful comedy gold. #joy

Price: £15.30

Eric Ngalle Charles, Chantal Erraoui, Hannah Lloyd, Elena Carys and Joe Tweedle

Play: My Mouth Brought Me Here

Event 259 Venue: Cube

Eric Ngalle Charles, Chantal Erraoui, Hannah Lloyd, Elena Carys and Joe Tweedle

Deep in a forest, a hunter comes across a skull, he steps on the skull and the skull speaks saying, “My mouth brought me here”. Based on an African proverb, the play features a power-hungry ruler, a few foolish guards and a courageous hunter. In a world where telling the truth has become a game, no one knows the rules. The production is brought to life with live music and enchanting story telling. Directed by Peter Scott and written by Eric Ngalle Charles. Following the show, Ngalle will talk to Owen Sheers.

In association with PEN Cymru Wales

The playwright Eric Ngalle Charles from Cameroon is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
Price: £7.30

Jim Eliot and Mima Stilwell: All day YA Songwriting Workshop

Event W55 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Jim Eliot and Mima Stilwell have written and produced records with some of today’s biggest pop stars, including Ellie Goulding , Kylie Minogue and Will Young. They started out by writing music in a band and touring festivals and venues in the UK then a lucky break took them into the pop writing world. Since then they have honed  their pop-writing craft to produce No 1 chart singles, hits and soundtracks. Come and work with them to combine classic songwriting with cutting-edge production skills giving you insight into the art of writing commercial hits. Bring a packed lunch.

5 hours
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Quator Voce

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 4

Event 325 Venue: St Mary’s Church

The last of our four recitals broadcast from Hay this week. Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, K421; Beethoven’s String Quartet in C, Op59 No.3. Concert introduced by Clemency Burton-Hill.

Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Please arrive in good time.

Price: £8.30

Ken Dodd

The Ken Dodd Happiness Show

Event 344 Venue: Tata Tent

Ken Dodd

Ken Dodd is a comedian of legendary status; an icon and national treasure who has been entertaining audiences for a lifetime of happiness and laughter.  He returns to the festival for a 30th anniversary celebration show.

Come and be absolutely discumknockerated (that’s Knotty Ash for ‘over the moon’) by a truly tattifelarius (fun-filled) evening of laughter and songs presented by a comedy genius. 

Enjoy a fun-filled variety show for all the family, with non-stop gags and a selection of songs in Ken Dodd's unique Happiness Show.

Price: £22.30

George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

In Concert: Breaking the Spell of Loneliness

Event 347 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

Hay regular George Monbiot and the folk singer and songwriter Ewan McLennan join their considerable forces for an evening that plays with songs and the human stories that inspired them. Mining the themes of loneliness and social isolation and the ways people overcome them, the interplay of words and music is poignant and encouraging.

Price: £10.30

Emmy the Great, Ina Shai and Simeon Hammond Dallas

The Canopy Festival

Event 351 Venue: Oxfam Moot

An evening of live music, spoken word and poetry inspired by trees and woods, culminating in a live performance by the sublime, magically engineered folk-mixer Emmy the Great, with a VJ set of woods/trees with visuals from a host of contemporary visual artists.

Price: £7.30