Music Room

Liverpool Comedy Festival

Steve Gribbin: Shunted Again!

Veteran train traveller and stand-up comedian Steve Gribbin rails against the current state of Britain's railways. Using his very worst journeys as examples, Steve takes us on a (de)tour of cancellations, delays and overcrowding that's enough to drive you to drive. It's the antidote to Michael Portillo.

Steve shunts back into history to acknowledge the immense social change that the trains have brought. From the adoption of 'railway time' (not an oxymoron), to the movement of goods and services - even troops on their way to war.

The show is a mixture of stand-up, songs and train announcements. With everything from Beeching to Brunel, Steam H20 and HS2 to privatisation and the sheer grinding frustration of modern rail travel where the most difficult three words are not "I Love You", but 'Bus Replacement Service'.

Steve Gribbin loves trains. But like lots of regular users, he also hates them. That is what makes his mix of humour, music, poetry and impersonations such fun. You do not need to be a trainspotter to enjoy this great show.
Christian Wolmar - British journalist, author and railway historian

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