Tickets now available for Birmingham, 7th October 2016!

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Doesn’t time fly? It only seems a minute since we were last at the Old Joint Stock, hoping that people would come and listen to us reading out loud all those secret things we wrote as teenagers. And it’s actually been a year! Or it will have been… by October.

Anyway.

bhamcomfest2016_300dpi_200x150pxWe’re back at the Old Joint Stock for another Oh Dear Diary! It will be on Friday 7th October, as part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Click here to buy tickets from the Old Joint Stock box office, or give them a ring on 0121 200 0946.

Have you got a diary?

If you’d like to read from your teenage diary at this event, please let me know as soon as possible. Yes, we’re still looking for readers! But it’s not an open mic and we do require diary readers to register in advance. (It means that you get to sit in the green room before the show… and I’ll even buy you a stiff drink, because you’ll probably need one.) Ah, go on. You know you want to.

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It’s that time of year again…

…Actually, it’s always that time of year. Because we are ALWAYS looking for new people to read at Oh Dear Diary!

TessWe’re currently planning the next live diary reading event, which will be at the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham city centre in October. If you’ve ever thought about taking part, now’s the time to tell us!

We’re looking for people who kept a diary between the ages of 12 and 20 (and still have it, of course). Wouldya, couldya think about reading some extracts from it to our friendly audience?

No need to commit just yet – but please email Emma to register your interest and tell us more.

We’re especially interested to know:

  • How old were you when you wrote your diary?
  • What year(s) does it cover?
  • Where were you living at the time?
  • What sort of subjects does your diary cover? (School? Family? Love life? Current affairs?!)

(If you don’t have diaries, but you have other stuff you think might be funny to read out, let us know anyway. The reason we like diaries is that they were never (usually) intended to be made public, and the confessional element is what makes the show tick. But ask us anyway… if it’s funny, it could work.)

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Thank you Flatpack!

Thanks to everyone who came along to Oh Dear Diary at Flatpack on Friday. We were astonished to see over a hundred people packing the 80-seater Gas Hall venue on the night!

Special thanks to our brilliant readers, who once again defied my expectations with some truly random teenage nonsense. You saw:

Alice reading from her diaryHetta – who went to parties and had no face
Emma H – who stalked Quentin Tarantino and was sure he liked her too
Alice (right) – who loved her naughty horse Tom more than boys
Elle – who had the 90s-est photos and loves her docs
Ben – who threw the cat at the lampshade
(and of course me, Emma W. I was the one who documented a five minute bus journey in minute detail and had a list of Daves.)

We also saw the wonderful Republic and heard from the Directors, Olie and Neil. Massive thanks to them for being there to introduce it (and sorry I gabbled at you when you introduced yourselves – I was surprised!) I’ve since found that some of the audience were originally from Blyth and had travelled from wherever-they-live-now especially to see it too! Worth the trip – a very funny and poignant film. You can view the Republic trailer on Vimeo here.

Special thanks must go to the Flatpack Festival organisers, especially Selina, for recommending ODD as a Flatpack event; Lucile and Sam who “got” ODD straight away, came up with the format for the evening and chose the perfect film to go with it; Mark for making sure we would have everything we needed tech-wise; and Stuart for his calming influence on the night, running the slideshows, getting the mic and light levels right and showing the film.

There was also a team of amazing Flatpack people there on the night running front-of-house, getting extra chairs in, making sure we were aware of timings, directing people, etc etc. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve forgotten the name of the main person, thanks to my terrible nerves on the night, but I think she was called Holly. This was the first show where I haven’t had to worry about any of the venue logistics, so thank you especially for that.

Want to read at the next Oh Dear Diary?

We’re looking for people who kept a diary between the ages of 12 and 20 – and still have it! – to read at the next Oh Dear Diary show in October. If you think you’d be up for it, email emma@ohdeardiary.com and let me know. Include a bit of info about the type of diary you have – the age you were when you wrote it, whether it’s a long form diary or a line-a-day, the sorts of topics you covered, why you think it’s funny now, etc. I’ll be in touch!

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An Oh Dear Diary with a difference: ODD 5 at Flatpack 10

In case you missed it, the next Oh Dear Diary show will be part of the Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham at the end of April. So we’re mixing it up a bit this time.

As well as some stonking diary readings, from brave volunteers – most of whom have never shared their teenage diaries with anyone before! – we’ll be screening a short film: Republic (2013; 42 mins).

The film was chosen by Flatpack’s Programmer Sam, who saw it earlier this year and not only fell in love with its dry humour, but immediately saw how brilliantly it would fit in with Oh Dear Diary. It was filmed in the 90s, by a team of teenagers, as Directors Neil Richardson and Olie Griffin explain: “In 1991 we were living in Blyth, a small town in Northumberland which was voted the worst town in Britain. We got our hands on a Hi8 video camera and began to document what we saw around us. 20 years later the film can finally be seen.”

We’ve only seen the trailer but we think you’ll agree it would seem to be very much up the Oh Dear Diary alley. Do come along on 22nd April and enjoy the whole thing with us!

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Announcing Oh Dear Diary 5!

Another Oh Dear Diary, you say? Oh, go on then. Yes, you can look forward to more diary readings at a venue near you (um, if you’re in Birmingham) on

Friday 22nd April 2016.

Flatpack Film FestivalWhat’s more, we are delighted to announce that April’s Oh Dear Diary will be part of Flatpack Film Festival – in the festival’s tenth anniversary year, no less! So you can expect a slightly different format, with some extra additions to the diary readings to add a bit of variety. Exciting, non? We’ll be releasing the details in good time (ie when we’ve got them).

In the meantime… did you keep a diary when you were aged between about 12 and 20? Could you bring yourself to get up on stage and read some of it to us? It’s not as scary as you think, honest! If you think you’d be up for it, and you can make it to Brum city centre on the evening of 22nd April, we’d love to hear from you. Email emma@ohdeardiary.com and tell us a bit more about yourself and your diary.

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Back in Brum! Next event: 3rd October 2015

Yes, we’re back in our comfort zone for another round of awkward cringeworthy diary readings. It’s Oh Dear Diary time again!

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After the previous two Birmingham Oh Dear Diary events sold out, we decided we’d better move to a bigger venue. So we’re delighted to tell you that the next Oh Dear Diary will be at the Old Joint Stock Theatre, which is on Temple Row West (by the cathedral) in town.

We also had some feedback from people saying they wanted to be able to stay out later, so this time it’s on a Saturday! Woohoo!

Oh Dear Diary is proudly part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival 2015

Oh Dear Diary 4
Saturday 3rd October
8pm
Old Joint Stock Theatre
Temple Row West

Tickets are £7.50 and you can book over the phone (no booking fee) from the Old Joint Stock box office on 0121 200 0946, or online via the Old Joint Stock website.

If you’ve never been to an Oh Dear Diary event before, you’re missing a treat, if we do say so ourselves. The idea is very simple: brave grown-ups read things they wrote as teenagers… things that, on the whole, they never intended anyone else to hear. Things like this…

(If you’re reading this and wondering whether to bring along your own diaries – please do! But PLEASE drop us a line first. We book the readers in advance; it’s not an open mic.)

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Manchester: one week to go!

Yep, it’s come around quickly – there’s only one week to go before we take Oh Dear Diary to Manchester!

We’ll be at Gullivers, on Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter, from 7.30 on Tuesday 14th July and you can buy advance tickets here.

Our readers have already started gnawing their knuckles as they wait to share their diaries. We’ve seen a few of the things they’re planning to read and to be honest we’re already cringing ourselves – the topics include annoying friends, snogging traumas and awful family holidays, to name a few.

Basically, if you were ever a teenager, you’ll find something familiar at Oh Dear Diary. Come along and share our teenage woes!

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“Why are we so fascinated with water?”

Fiona’s list of story ideas – ideas the then 19 year old fledgling journalist thought she might be able to pitch to magazines – made us laugh so much when she read it out at the last Oh Dear Diary, we asked for permission to reproduce it here… in all its Alan Partridge-esque glory.

  1. Weather in layman’s language: tornadoes, hurricanes, aurora borealis. Intriguing aspect of the gods playing games.
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  3. What are the people who travel the bus really like?
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  5. How do you cope with the realisation of our relative insignificance?
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  7. Journalists! A writer’s defence.
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  9. How important is money? Are our values corrupted? Is the pursuit of attaining money blown out of all proportion?
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  11. The mind: some true facts.
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  13. Witchcraft today. Yes, it does exist!
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  15. If intelligent life exists elsewhere, then how come we have no ocular, indamnable proof?
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  17. Why have denominational religions? It’s so picky and petty!
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  19. Will the Third World ever catch up? Do they want to?
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  21. Telekinesis. Can you do it?
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  23. Why do stereotypes vary from one country to another?

    • Italians: passionate, fiery, hot-blooded
    • French: romantic, sexy
    • English: staid, awkward, cultured
    • Americans: loud, brash, don’t care, fun-loving
    • Chinese: wise
    • Irish: warm hearted, backward, generous
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  25. Chivalry, billet-doux, courting, wooing, asking for the girl’s hand. Does the man at large still practise these thoughtful traditions?
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  27. The changing face of parties.
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  29. Legal ages: are they correct or do they need changing?
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  31. Why are we so fascinated with water?
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  33. What’s going to happen when the human race runs out of things to taint, pervert, explore and create? STAGNANCY may be a future reality.
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  35. Exploding the myths about poetry.
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  37. Armies. A cause of war?
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  39. The fun of rebelling: in school, in camp*, in work, in society, in life. The stigma of being unconventional.

* Fiona tells us the diary was written in Camp Windigo in Indiana, 1987.

You can watch the Fiona’s full reading from that night on YouTube (the list starts at about three minutes in).

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Oh Dear Diary… in Manchester!

That’s right, Oh Dear Diary is going on tour!

We’re really excited to announce that the first North West Oh Dear Diary will take place on July 14th at Gullivers on Oldham Street (in Manchester’s Northern Quarter), and you can buy tickets here.

If think you might be up for reading your diary, you can find the details at the bottom of this post.

Tess Simpson from IDST.  (Photo: Tom Kelly)

Tess Simpson from IDST.
(Photo: Tom Kelly)

Now, I’ve never actually been to Manchester (say whaaat?) so I’ve enlisted the help of Tess from the wonderful If Destroyed Still True to be our Northern Correspondent. She’s been just brilliant so far, finding us a venue, putting the word about, and even liaising with the Greater Manchester Fringe to make Oh Dear Diary part of the festival in July.

I know, right?! It’s almost like we’re a professional show!

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Now for the important bit…

Readers wanted

Did you keep a diary as a teenager? Have you still got it?

If you still have a diary from between the ages of about 12 and 20 and think you might be up for reading some of it to a small and very appreciative audience, we’d love to hear from you.

To find out more (don’t worry, we won’t commit you to anything until we’ve had a proper chat), email readers@ohdeardiary.com, or get in touch on Twitter or Facebook.

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Are there any spare tickets for Birmingham on the 30th?

I’ve been asked this question a lot this week so I thought I’d answer it here.

“Got any spare tickets for Thursday?”

The short answer is no.

…Sorry. We sold out very quickly this time, and unfortunately this meant a lot of people who wanted tickets were disappointed. There is a waiting list, however, and people will be coming along on the night in the hope of picking up a return, so if you’d like to be added to that you can email me or let us know via Twitter. We absolutely CANNOT guarantee you’ll get in, though.

(And if you’ve already bought a ticket but you know you won’t be using it, I’d be really grateful if you could let us know that, too, so that we can manage numbers a little easier on the night. We can’t offer refunds, though – sorry.)

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