Tap Dance Research Network UK present a programme of events that brings together tap dance performers, artists, scholars and researchers throughout the UK, Canada and North America.
Whether you tap dance or not, or are simply tap-curious, TDRN UK welcomes everyone to join us as we delve into the richness and diversity of research and creative practices in tap dance today.
The Research Festival celebrates the practical research of these diverse individuals by sharing embodied knowledges through practical workshops, presentations, and group discussions. We are also hosting a live music tap jam closing party. We welcome dance scholar Thomas F. DeFrantz, world renowned Canadian tap artists Travis Knights and Lisa La Touche, and connect with some of the UK’s leading tap and percussive dance artists and growing research community.
If you are looking to hit the boards with your shoes, there are practical sessions suited to all levels of experience and you can take part in the closing party tap jam where tap dancers jam with live music.
Schedule at a glance –
Tuesday 5th April – Online | 18:30 – 20:45 BST | 13:30 EDT | 10:30 PDT ‘Imagining The Perfect Ecosystem For Tap Dance’ A Discussion with Travis Knights and Lisa LaTouche
Thursday 7th April – Online | 12:00 – 13:00 BST | 07:00 EDT ‘Foot Percussion Discussion’ Panel discussion with Hannah James, Simeon Weedall, Rosamaria Cisneros
Thursday 7th April – Online | 19:00 – 20:30 BST | 14:00 EDT | 11:00 PDT ‘Writing the Rhythm: Tap Dance Histories – tap dance and the concert stage’ Thomas F. DeFrantz and Heather Cornell in conversation
Sunday 10th April | 11:00 – 18:00 – In-person event @ De Montfort University, Leicester, UK 19:00 – 21:00 | Tap Jam Closing Party, The Big Difference, 68 High Street, Leicester, LE1 5YP
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* Online day ticket (for Tues the 5th or Thurs 7th April) £10/ £8.50 concessions (includes access to a recording)
* In-person day ticket for Sun 10th April £60/ £50 concessions
* Whole festival ticket for all online events and in-person day £70/ £60 concessions (includes access to a recording of online events)
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As a non-profit organisation, TDRN UK are not able to absorb booking costs into ticket prices which will be additional to those listed above.
Delivered in partnership with C-DaRE Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University and CIRID Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Dance at De Montfort University.
In this virtual discussion La Touche and Knights will dive into their personal experiences as well as historical events to analyze and determine the keys to environments that make tap dance thrive.
If you look across sectors from comedy to music to technology, you will find points in time when a critical mass of progress was made. Why? What was special about these points in time? What were the specific environmental elements that made these booms possible? How can we apply those insights to Tap Dance?
At a certain point in time, tap dance was the most popular form of dance in North America. In this discussion, La Touche and Knights will look back and ask why, in order to inform a brighter future for the DaNcE.
This online panel explores the creative practices of percussive dance forms such as tap dance, clog dance, and flamenco. Our panellists will share their experiences working with live music in performance, as well as improvisational practices, and approaches to exploring rhythm in percussive dance. Join clog dancer and performer Hannah James, tap dancer Simeon Weedall, and flamenco dancer and scholar Rosemary Cisneros.
This discussion between dance scholar Thomas F. DeFrantz and artistic director of Manhattan Tap Heather Cornell, will explore tap dance and the concert stage with a focus upon historical context.
In his ongoing research, Thomas F. DeFrantz asks how tap dance has been historicized, and how it is that tap receives so little scholarly and literary translation? What makes it so hard to write about tap dance and why are there so few texts devoted to the form?
Heather Cornell was mentored by many Tap Masters including Eddie Brown, Cookie Cook and Steve Condos. Both as a soloist and artistic director of Manhattan Tap, Cornell has worked with many world-renowned musicians including Bassist Ray Brown. In the 1980’s and 90’s, Cornell and Manhattan Tap played an important role in bringing tap dance to concert stages internationally.
Tap dance is an African American cultural practice and embodiment of the jazz idiom. So how does this manifest in our understandings of it as ‘theatre’? What sorts of futures can jazz music offer to us as tap dancers? In this session, Cornell and DeFrantz will unpack some of the complexities that arise from making, producing, and writing about tap dance when it is presented in concert theatre spaces. This will lead into an open discussion.
Join TDRN UK for a day of tap – dancing, talking, sharing and learning. Whether you tap dance or not, or are simply tap-curious, we everyone to join us as we delve into the richness and diversity of research and creative practices in tap dance today.
For those of you that want to get your tap shoes on – there will be workshops with Ademola Junior Laniyan and Jess Murray, as well as a tap jam closing party where everyone can enjoy dancing with live music.
You will be treated to a special screening of ‘Date Leap’ by choreographer Jack Evans with the opportunity to hear from Jack as well as featured artist Lee Payne about the creative process.
Annette Walker will share insights from her PhD research into the influence of American choreographer Buddy Bradley on British dance in film and on stage. Trish Melton will lead a practical session exploring her practice based PhD research into tap dance teaching techniques and pedagogy. If you would like to learn more about developing research projects ‘Routes into Research’ session led by Karen Wood will help you navigate different approaches and opportunities both within education institutions and as an independent researcher.
The education panel led by Trish Melton and Karen Wood will explore approaches to teaching, what’s important in tap dance education and how we include history & culture in the classroom. We will be joined by Lexi Bradburn of Sole Rebel Tap, Harriet Spence of Theatre Tap and Lee Payne with pre-recorded input to the panel will be provided by Lisa La Touche (Canada) and Thelma Goldberg (US).
There will be an ‘Open Space’ event to share experiences, make connections and talk about ideas, issues and possibilities in tap dance research in all its many forms.
Join us as we celebrate the closing of the TDRN UK Research Festival with a live music tap jam hosted by Tap Rhythm Project and Ademola Junior Laniyan with appearances from many of the UK’s leading tap performers.
A tap jam is an event where tap dancers of all ages and abilities can perform with live music. It is always a great night whether you are there to watch and enjoy or to get up and dance. Enjoy fantastic live jazz from the band led by Joe Egan (guitar) and featuring Andy Tytherleigh (bass) and Steve Barwell (drums).
Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions
Venue: The Big Difference, 68 High Street, Leicester, LE1 5EP
About our featured Artists and Speakers
Lisa La Touche
As a proud Canadian and New Yorker, Lisa’s credits are world renowned. She was an original cast member in Broadway’s Shuffle Along, choreographed by Savion Glover and Directed by George C. Wolfe, where she received both the Fred Astaire Award and the Actor’s Equity Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. Her TV credits include the 70th Annual Tony Awards and Amazon’s Original “Z, The beginning of everything”. Previous highlights have also included touring with the Savion Glover production, Stepz, and also performing with both New York’s Off-Broadway and the North American touring casts of STOMP. Since 2010 she has run her own performance company Tap Phonics and has been commissioned to present for such organizations such as The Brooklyn Museum, 92Y, Gibney Dance and Fall For Dance North. As an educator and Professor she has taught for PACE University, NYU, The School of Jacob’s Pillow, University of Calgary, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Rosie’s Theater Kids and member of the creative council for the American Tap Dance Foundation. Her most recent endeavor has been writing and directing her debut film TRAX encompassing her journey back to Alberta while discovering important local black history. Above all, her proudest achievement greatest inspiration, is the gift of being a mom.
Heather Cornell is a Canadian artist Presently on faculty at Hope College in Holland, MI where she is working on creating a Percussive Music/Dance Minor. She is Artistic Director of a number of music/dance companies, most notably Manhattan Tap and CanTap. Recent projects:
“Making Music Dance” with Andy Algire, “Finding Synesthesia” with Andy Milne (commissioned by London Jazz Festival) and “Conversations (commissioned by Capilano Univ).
A leader of the rhythm tap renaissance in NYC in the 80’s and 90’s; dubbed “the Oscar Peterson of hoofing” Globe & Mail, Toronto; known for her collaborations with world class musicians; mentored by jazz icon Ray Brown; choreographed for Broadway and numerous shows and companies worldwide; featured internationally at jazz, music festivals, theaters, clubs, TV, annual live radio on WNYC; her love is to teach artists to be bilingual in music and dance. Thank you to her mentors who inspired her with their living history and their passion, keeping them vulnerable in a difficult world. Improvisation is the conversation that heals. Her 9-hour oral history was recently added to the Dance collection at the NYC Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Hannah James has been one of the key figures in the revival of English percussive dance in recent years. Renowned as one of the best accordionists on the British folk scene, her musicianship extends far beyond the tradition and flawlessly incorporates beautiful vocal stylings with both classic and contemporary applications of English clog dance. She amazed audiences across the UK showcasing all of these with her breathtaking one-woman show, JigDoll, when she unveiled it in 2015. Her most recent project, The JigDoll Ensemble, was critically acclaimed as “the highlight of the festival” at the Folk Expo Manchester in late 2017 when it was debuted, garnering a standing ovation from professional delegates from across the world.
A collaborative project which she featured in, Songs of Separation, won the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Album in 2017. Her vocal trio Lady Maisery have produced three critically acclaimed albums and have also been nominated for the Horizon award at the BBC folk awards, and her previous duo with Sam Sweeney gained a Best Duo nomination in 2013.
In 2016 she was asked to dance with Seasick Steve on stage at Wembley arena to 10,000 people, and joined him again on Jools Hollands’ Hootenanny which was broadcast nationally on BBC 2. Her music is rooted in the English Tradition but is also influenced by her travels and collaborations with many international artists and her time studying at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Annette is one of the leading exponents of a generation of tap dancers taking the stage with grace, style, and above all, rhythm. She is a dynamic and multi-skilled performer and has appeared in a variety of shows, from theatre, circus and dance, to the concert stage, television and film. Annette is an alumni Trailblazer Fellow of the Dance of the African Diaspora (One Dance UK), a freelance writer, researcher and consultant, and was the specialist in tap dance for the Royal Academy of Dance’s pilot project of Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing. She teaches both music and dance and regularly leads the Renegade Stage, an improvisation workshop for tap dancers, at the bi-monthly London Tap Jam.
In 2019 she featured as a tap soloist in the BBC Proms Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music concert at the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.
Annette often collaborates with other artists and is currently working with artistic director and award-winning jazz bassist, Gary Crosby OBE, of Tomorrow’s Warriors. She is particularly interested in the past and present relationship between jazz dance and music, improvisation, and the development of tap dance in the UK in relation to its historic American roots.
Annette is currently a PhD student in performing arts as part of the Black History of British Musical Theatre project at the University of Wolverhampton.
Jess Murray is a dance artist interested in the relationship between dance and music, or sound and movement and improvised performance. Her eclectic music background and interest in visual and performing arts have led her to collaborate with a wide range of different musicians and artists, performing in theatres, music venues, festivals and street performances. She works collaboratively with musicians to create original performance work such as the Arts Council England funded projects SoundMoves and Sound Catchers and is currently an associate artist with QuestLab Network at Studio Wayne McGregor which explores the uses of creative technologies in dance and performance.
Jess is known in the UK for her work as a Tap Dance performer, teacher and tap jam host (Tap Rhythm Jam Nottingham/ Manchester, London Tap Jam, Tap Dance Festival UK). She coordinates Tap Rhythm Project which has delivered community Tap Dance activities in Nottingham and Manchester in the UK since 2006. She has appeared at numerous venues and festivals including the Purcell Rooms as part of London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts in Soho, Band on the Wall in Manchester, Glastonbury Festival and the Olympic Opening Ceremony for the North West of England. She is currently working as choreographer for Tappin In’, a mass participation tap dancing and storytelling extravaganza taking place in Birmingham as part of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme.
Jess is currently undertaking a practice research Ph.D funded by Midland4Cities at De Montfort University researching ‘Improvisational Dramaturgy for Dance and Music Collaboration’.
Thelma Larkin Goldberg recently received her PhD in Educational Studies from Lesley University. She founded The Dance Inn, a suburban private sector dance studio serving more than 400 students weekly, in 1983. She teaches regularly at dance teacher events including the Dancelife Teacher Conference, the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap Teacher Training Program, and the Beantown Tap Fest. She received the 2015 Dr. Michael Shannon Dance Champion Award from the Boston Dance Alliance for “her sustained excellence in teaching and passionate advocacy for the art of tap dancing.” Her research centers around the experience of the tap dance educator in the private sector dance studio and she shares teaching tools and her books through Thelma’s Tap Notes.
Thelma Larkin Goldberg grew up in Cambridge, MA, where she studied dance at Bates School of Dance in Central Square. After earning her B.S. in Special Education from Lesley College in 1974, she taught in the Boston Public School system, earning her Masters in Special Education from Regis College while starting a family and relocating to Lexington, MA. After founding the Dance Inn in 1983, in the dining room of her home, Thelma eventually found her way to the rich tap scene in the Boston area, studying at the Leon Collins Studio in Brookline and meeting many of the friends and associates who have continued to inspire her since then. In 1997 she started Dance Inn Productions, a nonprofit organization producing annual International Tap Day Festivals that honored master tappers with the Tapestry Award for Teaching. Among the dancers she has celebrated are Dianne Walker, Brenda Bufalino, Sarah Petronio, Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde and Billy Siegenfeld.
She has one published article in the Dance education in Practice Journal titled “Release, Relax, Ready: A Rhythm-First, Holistic Approach to Teaching Tap Dance” (17-24). Included here is the link to the article: “Release, Relax Ready”
Travis Knights is a Tap Dancer. Born in Montreal, Canada, Travis was introduced to the rich oral tradition of Tap by his teacher Ethel Bruneau at age 10. He went on to travel the world spreading his love of rhythm across 4 continents, touring with Tap Dogs, Tapestry Dance Company, and the self-produced Tap Love Tour. He is the 2020 recipient of the Jaqueline Lemieux Prize for outstanding contribution to dance in Canada. In December 2021, in partnership with Dance Immersion, Travis, along with renowned Tap Dancer Lisa LaTouche, created and directed Legacy Series: Tap Dance Symposium which aimed to re-introduce Tap Dance to the local Black community in Toronto. He currently lives in Brampton, Ontario and hosts The Tap Love Tour Podcast, available on spotify, soundcloud and apple podcasts, (make sure to subscribe) featuring interviews of a myriad of inspiring tap dance artists.
Simeon studied at London Studio Centre and graduated with a BAHons in Jazz Theatre Dance and the prestigious Tap Award. His performance career includes Chicago International Tour, Chicago West End, Dorrance Dance New York, co-creater of About Time tap company London. He was a tap soloist for Coca-Cola, The Liam O’Conner Show, the Jiving Lindyhoppers, Will Gaines 80th Birthday Celebration, Tap World, and has formed musical collaborations with multiple jazz artists across the world. He then collaborated with Lee Payne and Theseus Gerard to create Percussive Feet tap company. Simeon joined STOMP London in 2007 and after a world tour and three U.S tours he then resided in the New York Production and totaled 15yrs in the show. Simeon was the drummer for Paradise Rocks the musical and plays for various dance classes. More recently he created a short, self-ﬁlmed percussion movie – One Man, Many Rhythms.
Simeon’s tap dance and body percussion teachings expand across every major dance school in the U.K. the U.S.A and continue to inspire the next generation of tap dancers worldwide through his online teaching school – wellmadenoise.com. He has contributed to raising money for multiple charities across the globe through his tap solos.
After 7 years of training in the arts and entertainment industry, Lee started of working with small rep companies within the swing and Lindy hop circuit. He then ventured on to music videos and stage performances for such artists as Enrique Inglesias, Garielle, Wyclef Jean, Brian Harvey, Steps, S-Club 7, The Honeyz, The Appleton Sisters and many more. Completing 2 years of touring with singers and this experience under his belt, Lee was asked to become a tutor in performing arts for 2 year in Birmingham. Learning more about himself from teaching it was then time for Lee to move on. Lee took the opportunity to head across to stage productions, Singing in the Rain, Riverdance and Magic of the dance. Fruitful and fore-filling, Gathering knowledge on route, Lee then stepped away from theatre to work in film, music and Animation. Currently a creative director for his own performance company with many works looking to be produced in 2023, Lee has also taking the time to help inspire and develop students at the Institute Of Contemporary Theatre Brighton.
With the percussive sounds of tap dancing, Lee began has created music and work in international bands to develop his skills. Staying in the creative and education field, Lee is now working to create new platforms within in all areas in the arts for professionals and new graduates.
“Art is passion, and passion is life. Never let that flame be extinguished”
Ademola Junior Laniyan
Born and raised in South East London, Ademola Junior Laniyan has tap danced on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall with the recording artist Robbie Williams; with the Canadian Tap Pioneer Heather Cornell in Finding Synesthesia for both the London and Salzberg Jazz Festivals and in The Purcell Room for Out of the Blues with his tap Mentor Tobias Tak. His credits include Riverdance, the Tony award winning Broadway show After Midnight as well as Los Sones Negros for Suma Flamenca, La Serena Festival Internacional de Jazz, and the Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project (London Jazz Festival and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club).
Tap choreography credits include Net A Porter’s online Autumn Winter shoes campaign, Sky 1’s Louis Spence’s Show Business, a commercial for Zain in Lebanon and Tap Dance consultant for London’s 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. He was also commissioned by The Space to choreograph a tap number in collaboration with British Jazz saxophonist Soweto Kinch.
Ademola Junior Laniyan has also taught extensively within the UK, continental Europe and South America. In his efforts to share his love of the dance with others, he co-founded the London Tap Jam, a regular opportunity for tap dancers to jam with each other supported by fantastic live musicians in the heart of London.
Jack trained at Bird College – Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre, graduating with distinction and as one of two recipients of the Doreen Bird Award. Whilst studying, he also trained with Tap Attack and in 2010 won the Adult Duo category at the IDO World Tap Championships with his own choreography. This achievement precipitated an early creative career and lead to an additional five choreographic world titles for Team GB. Alongside choreography, Jack is an established filmmaker for dance, most notably as the writer, director and choreographer for ‘DATELEAP’ (Short Film). Other short form works have garnered millions of views and viral successes online. For the theatre, he has written and directed ten original multi-genre dance short stories, and is the writer of ‘Feet Keep Me Flyin’ – a full length, narrative driven tap dance show. Other choreographic credits include ‘SKIN Fashion Show’ (Canary Wharf), ‘G-Star RAW’ (Kyiv / TV), and ‘Game of Talents’ (ITV).
Trish is a tap dance educator, researcher and choreographer. She runs a community-based dance school and a tap dance performance group: The Kerry Tap Ensemble. Trish also runs a global project management consultancy. A professional background in teaching and training in project management is entirely transferable to all aspects of her professional life.
Her key research area is tap dance pedagogy. She completed an MA (Distinction) in dance education with the RAD/Bath University. Her research explored the narratives of tap dance teaching: the oral history passed down through the Tap Masters and reviewed what this means for teaching today through practical action research.
Her current research interests continue to be tap dance pedagogy with one area of focus being the use of tap dance repertory in teaching and how the historical and cultural perspectives can enhance the learning experience. She is currently a PhD researcher in Tap Dance Pedagogy at C-DaRE, Coventry University.
Thomas F. DeFrantz
Thomas F. DeFrantz directs SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology. DeFrantz received the 2017 Outstanding Research in Dance award from the Dance Studies Association, and contributed concept and voice-over for a permanent installation on Black Social Dance at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. DeFrantz has taught at the American Dance Festival, ImPulsTanz, Ponderosa, and the New Waves Dance Institute, as well as at MIT, Stanford, Yale, NYU, Hampshire College, Duke, Northwestern University and the University of Nice. DeFrantz believes in our shared capacity to do better, and to engage our creative spirit for a collective good that is anti-racist, proto-feminist, and queer affirming.
Rosamaria is a dancer and choreographer, Dance Historian and Critic, Roma Scholar, Sociologist, Flamenco Historian and Peace Activist. Her PhD is in Sociology with a focus on Roma women, intersectionality, dialogic feminism and communicative methodologies. Rosamaria is involved in various EU funded projects which aim to make education accessible to vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities and sits on various Boards: Roma Coventry Project (UK), Drom Kotar Mestipen Roma Women’s Association (Spain), AWA Dance women and leadership, among others. At the moment she is an artist-researcher at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research based in the UK. She is also an independent artist, filmmaker, curator and teacher who has organised various festivals and exhibitions. She has started her own production company, RosaSenCis Film Production Co., which aims to create dance films and documentaries that capture stories and reflect embodied traditions that might otherwise be lost. She has designed and managed major EU-Funded projects and organised the Hip Hop Talking Back: artists and researcher events. Rosamaria collaborates closely with the University of Barcelona’s Centre for Research on Theories and Practices for Overcoming Inequalities (CREA). She sits on academic Journals as an editor and those include the Journal for Embodied Practices, International Journal of Romani Studies and OneDance UK’s HOTFOOT Online magazine.
Karen is a Birmingham-born dancer, maker, researcher, educator and producer. She started tap dancing at the age of 4 and it has been in her life ever since.
She worked as a freelance dance artist and teacher in Manchester, London and now Birmingham. Her work includes projects that were supported by Arts Council England, including SoundMoves with Jess Murray, and involves collaborating with other art forms, such as drawing, lighting design and music. This work has shown at venues such as Contact Theatre, Manchester, FACT Liverpool and Vivid Projects, Birmingham. She jointly ran Manchester Rhythm Tap Project and organised rhythm tap workshops. She is co-founder of Manchester Dance Consortium and Co-Director of Birmingham Dance Network and Chair of the Board for Vanhulle Dance Theatre.
She is also Assistant Professor for the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University and her research explores choreographic practices, dance education and artist development. Her recent research projects investigate artists engagement with policy making and decolonisation of cultural dance practices.
Harriet is a Tap and Jazz dancer with a specialism in rhythm tap technique and the Golden Hollywood era, as well as vernacular Jazz, Charleston and swing era dances. She is passionate about bringing tap dance technique, in all its guises, and tap dance history, to students in the UK. She is the co-founder of Theatre Tap London where she is on regular faculty at Pineapple Dance Studios, London, working with professional dancers for performance work, and with the aim of advancing tap dance within musical theatre. She is an experienced rhythm tap dance teacher, performer and choreographer and has recently taken the post of Dance Co-ordinator and Tap Dance lecturer at Leeds Conservatoire on their new Musical Theatre degree programme. As a teacher of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom and Latin. Harriet is also Assistant Principal of Go Dance Studios, a busy dance studio in Lincolnshire where she works with young aspiring dancers.
Harriet’s tap dance training has been extensively in NYC with mentor Barbara Duffy and tap masters at the forefront of their craft; Michelle Dorrance, Chloe Arnold, Ted Levy, Heather Cornell, Brenda Bufalino, Guillem Alonso, Lynn Schwab, Barbara Duffy, Derick Grant, Nicholas Young, Randy Skinner and Ray Hesselink. Prior to her life in New York, Harriet studied musical theatre and dance at the Urdang Academy London, Footprints Tap Dance Centre in Germany, Off Jazz Dance Center in France and gained an undergraduate degree from the University of Durham.
Lexi is a founder member of Sole Rebel since 2010 and is currently their Associate Director, and teacher for London, Oxford and Online. in 2020 Lexi won ‘this year’s outstanding teaching award’ through Morley College for her efforts teaching online through the pandemic! She currently runs 16 community classes across four levels per week.
Hannah Ballard, AD of Sole Rebel, runs community classes for adults and kids in Liverpool. She has recently created and is teaching – alongside a host of guest teachers from the US and UK – a Training and Performance Company for the North West supported by the Arts Council : a very exciting development for the company!
Sole Rebel love rhythm, storytelling and making music with their feet. At every stage they are excited to work across a range of other disciplines but with tap at the root, exploring innovation and creativity through new and old forms of dance and theatre, and with a variety of collaborators, and sharing this passion with their ever-growing community.
Lexi and Hannah collaborated in 2016 for their two-hander ‘Blushed’ (Vault/Brighton/Edinburgh Festivals) described as ‘funny and smart, with rich seams of comedy and rudeness’ (The Guardian), and in 2020 alongside Sean Kempton and Chris Redmond for new show ‘Off the Beaten Track’.