Written by Hannah Dolan


The Weekend’s Top 5

Comedy, cinema and jumping in puddles? That’s the next few days sorted, says Hannah Dolan.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Rachel Fairburn

Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Rachel Fairburn of All Killa No Filla. Photo by Siân Bevan.

What: Leicester Comedy Festival
Where: Various locations, Leicester
When: All weekend (ends 26 February)
Cost: Various
For two and a bit weeks every year the streets of Leicester are infested with dirty comedians. For most it’s usually the first full performance of their 2017 Edinburgh show, all panicked eyes and trying not to read off their notes. Or it’s a walk in the park and probably part of a tour after Edinburgh last year.
This Saturday and Sunday has a bloody awesome selection for you to nibble at (watch shows). From Standard Issue’s army you can go see Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Rachel Fairburn with their live serial killer podcast All Killa No Filla, Abi Roberts, Pritchard-McLean and Kath Hughes’ famous new material night Suspiciously Cheap Comedy (including Gein’s Family Giftshop, Goose, Lazy Susan and Dog Brown), Rachel Parris AND NOT TO FORGET our In Conversation with Standard Issue show. Woop woop. Don’t forget to sit at the front if you’re not a prick!
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child running through puddle
London Puddle Jumping Championships
Where: London’s Wetland Centre, London
When: All weekend (ends 19 February)
Cost: FREE
Do your kids need to get out and let off some jumpy energy? PERFECT! At first glance London’s Wetland Centre seems to have really struggled to come up with something to grab people’s attention but who the fuck doesn’t like jumping in puddles? I watched a kid in my local park playing in the same TINY puddle for a good five minutes; what delightful idiots. So going to the Wetland Centre and getting a sticker to show off how marvellous a puddle jumper they are is surely the dream?
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What: Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival-London
Where: Hackney Attic, London
When: Sunday, 7pm-10pm
Cost: £5
What’s better than a normal length comedy film? If you answered a much shorter length comedy film, then you’ll bloody love this. On Sunday, you can gobble a load of delicious short shorts like they’re popcorn chicken (or just normal popcorn) with 50 per cent of the ticket sales going to two of their chosen charities.
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Barbara Loden, star and director of Wanda.

What: WANDA, Feminism and the Moving Image
Where: Various, Belfast
When: All weekend
Cost: Various
Well this is right up our alley, WANDA Belfast serves up a glorious platter of feminist cinema and related events for the people of Belfast to get their activist entertainment on. Among others they’re showing Wanda (1970), a film the organisers like so much they went as far as naming their whole damn project after it. They’ve also got a short film selection for you to check out and there’s even the Smash The Hetero-Patriarchy Yacht Rock Karaoke night which sounds like a super low-key kind of thing, dead chilled out, take a book.
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ice skating
Ice Cube
Where: Millennium Square, Leeds
When: All weekend (ends 19 February)
Cost: Various
Not the fella from Fuck Tha Police and those kids’ films about a camper van, and also not literally a big ice cube, this is Leeds’ annual outdoor ice rink like cities have now. There are also some sort-of-cold-related other attractions, including a ‘glacier adventure simulator’ (no idea), the ICE JET (possibly looks like a merry go round?) and one of those ones where your legs dangle off and you’re up really high that you’d never get me on in a million fucking years, but then I am one biiiiig fucking wuss-bag. Go for the ice rink, stay for the ice rink.
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Written by Hannah Dolan

Hannah Dolan is getting better at making eye contact but only just. She likes biscuits and knitwear, even in summer, and quietly sings to herself if she forgets where she is.