Albert Smith, Comedy Baker
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th March 2014, 4pm at Loaf
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Highgate-based Albert moved to the UK in 1996. The grandson of a baker, his first job in the UK was as a nurse but he eventually left the profession due to personal issues and health problems. After a series of jobs including taking in people’s ironing he turned to bread-making and to the recipes of his youth, making bread to order for personal customers, small bakeries and social enterprise schemes. Still suffering from personal confidence issues, he happened upon a ’Comedy in the Community’ workshop run by Janice Connolly of Women in Theatre (aka comedian Barbara Nice) and not only ‘found his voice’ in terms of speaking in public but realised he had an aptitude for comedy and story-telling. His comedy act, which is a unique combination of his two loves, baking and making people laugh, is a winning formula that has already played to packed audiences at the Birmingham Comedy Festival and which may even be booked at the Arts Alive Festival in Eldorado Park, South Africa, a stone’s throw from his family home and where he learned how to make bread from his grandfather, Frederick.
Call Ox Boffice 0845 680 1926 There are no credit card or booking fee charges but additional costs apply for the production & postage of paper tickets.
Art Soak 2014 is run by Selly Oak Constituency Arts Forum, a network of artists, arts organisations and community organisations who share a common interest in developing arts activities in their local area. The forum acts as a contact point for artists/organisations working in the constituency, and provides opportunities for artists/organisations to meet, share experiences and knowledge, and form partnerships.
Photos by Georgina Stylianou