PAUL KERENSA - The First Religious Broadcast: Re-staged

08oct7:00 pm9:00 pmPAUL KERENSA - The First Religious Broadcast: Re-stagedFor the first time in 101 years, experience a seminal moment in media + religious history, recreated: a new performance of old words, part show/talk/sermon/eventEvent Type Community,TheatreStylehistory

Event Details

A (potentially) historic live event from writer / performer / broadcast historian Paul Kerensa.

Britain’s first religious broadcast has recently been rediscovered – not a recording, just the words. The tale is a fascinating one… “I have preached the Gospel by wireless to the largest and most unique congregation ever man had.” Dr Boon: ‘The first man to use a Great Invention for the declaration of God’s Love to Man’

British Comedy Award-winner Paul Kerensa has written for TV shows inc. BBC’ s Miranda, Not Going Out, Top Gear, Buble at the BBC, ITV’s Royal Variety Show and C4’s TFI Friday and radio shows inc. The Now Show, The News Quiz and Dead Ringers.

As a religious broadcaster himself, Paul is a regular on BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show’s ‘Pause For Thought’, has presented BBC Radio Sussex/Surrey’s Sunday Breakfast, Radio 4’s Sunday Worship and appeared on Beyond Belief.

As a performer, Paul has over 3,000 stand-up gigs under his belt, from The Comedy Store to Leicester Cathedral, via Spring Harvest, Greenbelt and Edinburgh Festivals. He won ITV’s Take the Mike Award and was a finalist in the BBC New Comedy Awards. His children’s play Let My People Go, based on Moses, played a packed Royal Albert Hall. His stage re-enactment of The First Broadcast: The Battle for the Beeb in 1922 brought to life the BBC origin story, based on his popular podcast The British Broadcasting Century. As a broadcast historian he has presented at several media history conferences and advised on BBC documentaries. Paul’s books include So a Comedian Walks Into a Church, rated by The Independent as one of their top books of 2013, People’s Book Prize finalist Hark! The Biography of Christmas and a range of children’s books. His first novel, Auntie and Uncles: The Bizarre Birth of the BBC, is out in 2023. Paul teaches Screenwriting at the University of Winchester, as well as for BBC Writers Room and London Screenwriter’s Festival.

“A brilliant writer, fantastic communicator, deep thinker & philosopher but most importantly, extremely decent bloke.” CHRIS EVANS

“Looking for someone with mirth, heart, and message? Paul is your man. Book him for your event right now. He’s the real deal. You won’t be disappointed.” JEFF LUCAS, author/pastor

All ages welcome
Unreserved seating // Disability access // Licensed bar
Estimated running time 110mins (including interval)



(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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