Nic Wright

Manchester show aims to find next Miranda

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The Sitcom Trials returns to Manchester this month, giving audiences the chance to decide the future of comedy.

The show, held at The Kings Arms, Salford on Sunday 21 June, sees four new sitcoms are performed by a group of local actors. Writers from across the UK have entered their scripts; the audience will get to decide the winner, and to see the conclusion of their favourite sitcom on the night. Writers could then bag an opportunity to develop their script into a stage show, to be performed at the venue.

The Sitcom Trials is devised, produced, and presented by Kev. F. Sutherland (creator of the award-winning comedy show Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre). The show began in Bristol in 1999, and there are now regular events across the UK. Previous entries have included an early iteration of the hit BBC sitcom Miranda.

Once a regular fixture at the Lass O’Gowrie, the Manchester Sitcom Trials had been on hiatus since the venue changed management last year, before finding a new home at The Kings Arms.

Sean Mason, who operates the Manchester run of the show, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing this show back to Manchester and at the prestigious Kings Arms.

“As a venue it has always been hugely supportive of new talent and that continues with The Sitcom Trials.”

The Sitcom Trials, The Kings Arms, Salford, 21st June, 7.30pm. £3. Tickets can be purchased via the Kings Arms website or on the door.