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Delve into a world of words with Something Rhymes with Purple on Stage, based on Gyles Brandreth and Susie Dent’s award-winning podcast. Expect theatrical antics from the show’s affable hosts as they bring their infectious love of words to the stage with all the trademark repartee and wordplay of the podcast.
Susie Dent presents The Secret Lives Of Words Lexicographer - Best Selling Author – Countdown's Queen of Dictionary Corner Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day. Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster), and explain such oddities as the silent h in ghost and the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly (and yes, you really can be gruntled). She will look to the lexicon of the past to fill some of today’s linguistic gaps – such as the frenzied fit of tidying we all do just as guests are about to descend (that’s a scurryfunge). Alongside such forgotten stories you will hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as some startling results from eavesdropping on a group of waiters. Each evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits, and she’ll be asking the audience for theirs. In fact, she’ll be welcoming any questions about word origins, usage irritations, the dreaded impact of Americanization, and the very future of our language in her very own ‘word surgery’. - Funny, fact-filled and delightful (Jonathan Ross) - Wonderfully clever and funny . . . a national treasury from a national treasure (Richard Osman) - Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words (Pam Ayres) Susie Dent is an English lexicographer and etymologist. She has appeared in 'Dictionary Corner' on the Channel 4 game show Countdown every year since 1992.
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Writer, ranconteur, former MP, sometime actor and now a star of the West End. Just A Minute regular and One Show reporter, award-winning raconteur Gyles Brandreth has also appeared on QI, Countdown, The Matt Lucas Awards, Have I Got News For You and Desert Island Discs. 'Urbane, witty prince among charmers. Joy. Deep, deep joy' (The Scotsman) 'Incredibly funny, wildly indiscreet' (Daily Mail) 'Gyles Brandreth has a serious talent for making people laugh' (The Daily Mirror).
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