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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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Tickets for ODD2 now on sale!

We’re very pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the second Birmingham Oh Dear Diary and you can buy them on Eventbrite here.

It’s at Cherry Reds, John Bright Street, on Thursday 30th April. Doors open at 7.30 and it will start at 8.00.

emma readingWe’ve taken on board comments from the previous Oh Dear Diary – a few people mentioned that it finished rather late for a school night, so we’ll have shorter breaks and aim to finish by 10.30.

Space at Cherry Reds is limited, so buying in advance means you won’t be turned away at the door on the night. Last time we sold out before the event and it was a bit of a squish… so, as well as buying early, we recommend arriving early on the night to make sure you get a seat!

Visit the Oh Dear Diary Eventbrite page to find out more.

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Oh Dear! It’s happening all over again!

Yes, we’re making plans for the next Oh Dear Diary. In fact … (whisper it…) we’re making plans for the next TWO Oh Dear Diaries!

We loved putting on the first event in Cherry Reds last October and – woohoo – it seems like the rest of you loved watching it too. So we’re going to do it all over again. But first… we’re going to need some more readers.

Did you keep a diary as a teenager? Have you still got it? We’d love to meet you!

Do you still have have a diary from between the ages of about 12 and 20? Think you might be up for reading some of it to a small and very appreciative audience? We’re looking for people to read at Birmingham in April, and potentially Manchester in July. If that sounds like you, please let us know. And if it sounds like someone you know, please tell them all about Oh Dear Diary!

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

I know what you’re saying. “Oh, but mine’s really boring…” But the thing we’ve found about teenage diaries is… nothing is too banal or boring! Sometimes, the dull bits are the best (one of the funniest lines from last year’s ODD was when Ged told us she “got followed home by a dog”. Why is that funny? No idea. It just is).

If you’ve got diaries, but you’re not sure about sharing them, please email us anyway. If you’re local we could even meet up and have a chat about it.

And in the meantime, have a look at some of the videos from last year’s event – here you can hear our previous readers… and see some of the, er, amazing artwork they were kind enough to share with us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Dear pals… thank you!

Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who came to our very first Oh Dear Diary on Thursday!

photo: Gayle Kelly

photo: Gayle Kelly

It was a sell out, so apologies to those who were unable to join us. However, the small room made for a cosy, intimate atmosphere which we think added to the ambience (and made it a bit less scary for those of us on stage!)

In the end, we had TEN readers on the night. They were:

Emma – who addressed every diary entry to her “pals” and wanted to abolish Wednesdays
Fiona – who called herself Fifi and stalked Jase around Cotteridge (but she’s OVER HIM now!)
Gayle – who wrote letters to Loobylou and went on holiday all the way to Malvern
Ian – whose Goth songs included an ode to, er, “floaters”
Pete – who didn’t remember writing a “disterbing” poem
Angie – the rock and roll disco champion who met Bros and made a lot of concoctions
Ged – who spent long evenings in Toad Hall with Paulo, and once got followed by a dog
Caroline – who didn’t have much to tell us, so she told us what was happening in Neighbours
Ben – who went off on his bike to collect his thoughts… as Omar Sharif once said
Helen – who had a shrine to Terry Christian – and when she listened to him on the Feast advert, he turned her on.

Gayle and Ian (Photo: Gayle Kelly)

Gayle and Ian (Photo: Gayle Kelly)

Thanks to all our readers! We’re putting together some videos from the night so that you can relive all of these moments – and those will be available on the Oh Dear Diary YouTube channel very soon.

If you took any photos or videos on the night, we’d love to see them. You can share them with us on our Oh Dear Diary Brum Facebook page or @ohdeardiarybrum on Twitter.

If you came along on Thursday, we’d love to know what you thought of the night so that we can plan Oh Dear Diary 2. So, with the help of Eventbrite and Surveymonkey, we’ve put together an Oh Dear Diary survey – here’s the link. (If you bought tickets via Eventbrite, you’ll probably have had an email about it already.) Your answers will help us put together an even better event next time, so make sure you click through, fill it in and tell us what you thought. Cheers!

Oh Dear Diary 2…?

Yes, we’d LOVE to do it again!

Did we inspire you to dig out your old diaries? Want to read them out at the next one? Email to sign up now!

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Go Oh Dear Diary!

Well, it’s been a hectic few weeks but everything is falling into place for the very first Oh Dear Diary event. Woohoo!

We now have (fingers crossed) EIGHT brave diarists willing to share all on stage in just over three weeks’ time, including some very earnest song lyrics and poetry, and some amazingly accurate* sketches of teen crushes.
(*I have no idea if they’re accurate. If they are, then there were some funny-looking people around in the 80s.)

I'm still trying to decide which of my own diaries to read from... They're all as mortifying as each other

I’m still trying to decide which of my own diaries to read from… They’re all as mortifying as each other

If you haven’t got a ticket yet, get yourself over to Eventbrite to buy online, or hope for the best and buy on the door. Doors will open at 7.30 on 9th October, so make sure you can get to Cherry Reds in good time to get yourself a seat.

See you there!

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Tickets now on sale!

You can now buy tickets for Oh Dear Diary on Eventbrite!

Yep, the first Oh Dear Diary event will be taking place at Cherry Reds in town on 9th October and we’d love you to come.

eventbrite-logo-There are a limited number of Early Bird Advance tickets available – which will get you a whopping 50p off the door price – then, when these have gone, it’ll go up to the standard price of £5.

Visit the Oh Dear Diary Eventbrite page to find out more.

Space at Cherry Reds is limited, so buying in advance means you won’t face being turned away at the door on the night because we’re just too jam packed to take any more. Well, I hope that’s how it’ll go, anyway…!

See you there!

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Oh Dear Diary: Teenage diary readings

I’m very pleased to announce that the first Oh Dear Diary will take place in Birmingham this autumn, as part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

oh-dear-diary-logo-400x400-webDATE: Thursday 9th October 2014
TIME: Doors 7:30 for an 8pm start
PLACE: Upstairs at Cherry Reds, John Bright Street, B1 1BN
PRICE: £5 on the door or in advance via Eventbrite (details to appear here shortly)

I’ve still got my teenage diaries! Can I read mine?

Want to read your diary? Absolutely! If you’d like to read from your diary on 9th October, please email to sign up.

Aagh, no. I just want to watch.

…And that’s fine too (scaredy cat). Tickets will go on sale over the next couple of weeks – I’ll announce it all over the place as soon as they do.

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