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Peachy Playhouse: A festival of socially-distanced fun

If you thought all festivals were all off in these unusual times where social distancing is de rigueur, then think again! Surrey-based production company Peachy Productions presents a festival for these times.

Peachy Playhouse is a drive-in theatre and cinema festival offering theatre shows, a drive-in cinema, music and comedy nights.

The festival is on from Sat 18 – Fri 31 July at Loseley Park, Guildford.

Festival-goers will be able to drive into their own cordoned off outdoor garden space, two metres from their neighbours. Each car will have it own speaker for high-quality sound.

Food and drink are also available to order online from the brilliant folk at The Tipsy Pigs which will be delivered to the garden space by event staff (following strict health and safety guidelines, obvs).

The full line up of events is here – but if you’re looking for inspiration here are our top five choices.

BEST FOR MUSIC: Ambassador International Event Band LIVE

Presenting an amazing evening of live music performing funk, soul, disco, garage and pop anthems across the years, this band has something for everyone. They’ve worked with some of the top artists in the world including Lady Gaga, Joss Stone, John Newman, John Legend, Jack Savoretti, Florence and the Machine and Emeli Sande. There are shows on Thurs 23 and Thurs 30 July, at 7.30pm, tickets are from £17.50.

BEST FOR LAUGHS: The Pop-up Comedy Show

Being apart doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a laugh together. These three world class stand-up comedians –  Jarred Christmas, Spencer Jones, Zoe Lyons – are on hand to offer up socially distanced Laughs. It’s on Tues 28 July at 7.30pm, tickets are from £30.

BEST FOR KIDS: Peter Pan Theatre Show

Aimed at kids from 0 to 12, this swashbuckling and magical adventure will transport you straight to Neverland – head for the second star to the right, and straight on till morning! It’s is full of songs, comedy, original script and loads of audience participation. It’s on Tues 21 July at 4.30pm. Tickets are from £17.50, kids aged 3 and under go free.

BEST FOR FILM: A Star is Born

If it’s date night, this raw and passionate loves story starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga is a good choice. There’s a great soundtrack and some pretty decent eye-candy in this beautifully shot timeless tale. It’s on Fri 31 July at 7pm, tickets are from £17.50.

BEST FOR CABARET: The Guildford Fringe Variety Cabaret

A night of laughter, song and dazzling entertainment, the line-up includes Griffin and Jones, the Pioneers of Slapdash Magic as the hosts of the evening, Ventriloquist Max Fulham, The UK’s Queen of live vocal drag Velma Celli, pint-sized character comedy powerhouse Abigail Collins, razor-sharp vocalist Chastity Belt and internationally renowned comedy opera act Opera-Lele. Recommended for ages 16+ and will contain some strong language. It’s on Sat 25 July at 7.30pm, tickets from £30.

Frontline key workers will get a 25% discount for Peachy Playhouse, and the festival has also partnered with the charity, Spread A Smile, the UK charity that supports seriously and terminally ill children, and will be live-streaming some of the family shows to the children and their families.

The Peachy Playhouse festival is at Loseley Park, Guildford from Sat 18 – Fri 31 July.

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