Browned-off City Hall

Not on My Patch, Lad by Mike Pannett (Hodder �7.99)
Not on My Patch, Lad by Mike Pannett (Hodder �7.99)

MRS Brown is on the way to Sheffield. After selling out dates at five venues this June, the stage version of TV sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys has extended its tour to other UK cities next year including Sheffield. There will be performances of Good Mourning Mrs Brown, featuring the character created by and starring Irish writer-performer Brendan O’Carroll, at the City Hall from March 21-23 2012.

Good Mourning Mrs Brown is the second of the Mrs Brown Trilogy of plays (there’s actually five). Audiences elsewhere in the North of England and Scotland first discovered Mrs Brown ten years ago, long before Mrs Brown’s Boys made its debut on BBC One in February of this year, attracting more than three million viewers prompting the Beeb to commission a second series for later this year.

Cop tea with author

FORMER policeman turned best-selling author Mike Pannett is on our patch today (Thursday) offering readers the chance to take tea with him. He will be at branches of WH Smith at Meadowhall from 11am-1pm and on Fargate from 2.30pm to 3.30pm signing copies of his latest book drawing on his experience as a country copper in North Yorkshire, Not on My Patch, Lad, pictured. Anyone who buys a copy will receive a packet of Yorkshire Tea.

A new book, Just the Job, Lad, is due out in hardback in July to be followed next year by the fifth and final volume drawing on his rural experience. After that he plans to write about his early days on the beat in South London. “It will be altogether grittier stuff,” he promises.

Roughing up Tavern

SUNDAY’S Magners Funhouse Comedy show will be headlined by New Barrack Tavern favourite and Mackem motormouth Mark Rough. In a career which has gone from the Northern circuit to performing all over the world he now has more than 3,000 shows to his name. A great gag merchant as well as a cracking storyteller, he was described by the Times as “a Wearside Billy Connolly.”

In support the hyperactive Andy Watson whose manic performance skills have drawn comparisons with Lee Evans, along with his high-speed delivery underpinned by a charming and likeable personality.

Also featuring two promising newer acts on the circuit, Will Morris and Tom Allsop, the show will be compered by affable Derby lad Pete Smith.

Magna festival off

A NEW Blues festival due to take place at Rotherham’s Magna Centre has been cancelled due to poor advance ticket sales.

The three-day event was due to start on Saturday April 30 and feature an international line-up, including former Cream bass player Jack Bruce.

But today organisers said advance ticket sales were too slow and they’d decided to cancel the event.

A spokesman said: “The financial implications of running the event without the support of advance ticket sales were too great.

“The festival’s core aim was to raise money for really deserving local and national charities so this decision was certainly not taken lightly.”

Those who bought tickets in advance will be contacted in the next few days and be reimbursed in full.