CinePunked presents A Comedy of Madness & Tony Slattery at Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, 6-7 Nov 2019

Slattery, Simpson and Ross. Edinburgh 2019

CinePunked continues its series of mental health events at the Crescent Arts Centre this November with two linked events on 6th and 7th November.

CinePunked’s Robert JE Simpson will be conversing with comedy historian and friend, Robert Ross in A Comedy of Madness on 6th November. Ross is the UK’s leading comedy expert, and official Carry On historian. He guested on the CinePunked podcast earlier this year. The conversation will look at some of their personal comedy heroes and the impact mental health issues had on their work.

On 7th November we present Sincerely, Tony Slattery in Conversation with Robert JE Simpson. Slattery is one of the UK’s most famous improv comics and actors, with a four decade career on stage and screen. Perhaps best remembered as a dynamic talent in Channel 4/HatTrick’s Whose Line Is It Anyway, Slattery’s experiences with mental health have been very public and we’re delighted that he’s coming to Belfast to share stories of his life and career in this exclusive event. This will be his first stage appearance in Belfast since 1983 when he was supporting The Flying Pickets at the Grand Opera House during the 20th Belfast Festival at Queen’s. Slattery’s parents were both from Ireland, so we hope you’ll join us in welcoming him back to the island.

Tickets for both events are now on sale – pre-booking is advised. Details and links below.


Wednesday 06 November 2019
Time 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
£10 | £8
Doors 7.15pm
Tickets from:

The heritage of comedy is a troubled one – littered with the shells of those whose genius is inextricably linked with mental health struggles. From Spike Milligan to Marty Feldman, Tony Hancock to Stephen Fry, Kenneth Williams to Robin Williams, their comedy pushed boundaries while they struggled in their private life.

From sectioning to suicide, debasement to depression, this event explores the genius and instability of some of our comedy legends. Of changing attitudes to mental health language and treatment and the challenges of owning conditions of the mind in the public gaze.

Presented by acclaimed comedy historian Robert Ross and film historian Robert JE Simpson in association with CinePunked, this is a special event focussing on male mental health-related issues

Tony Slattery, photographed by Robert JE Simpson


Thursday 07 November 2019
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
£15 | £13
Tickets from:–tony-slatter-in-conversation-with-robert-je-simpson

Tony Slattery is a legend of the British comedy scene.

The King of Improv.

As a member of the Cambridge Footlights, his dashing good looks and sharp surreal timing made him a star as a regular on Whose Line Is It Anyway and his extensive tv and theatre appearances include Stinkfoot, Just A Gigolo, The Cat and the Canary, Rocky Horror, Coronation Street, Carry On Columbus, Kingdom and The Crying Game.

In the 1990s Tony suffered a very public breakdown, after which he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since then Tony has continued working in stand up and improv comedy, whilst campaigning for mental health awareness.

Hot on the heels of his Edinburgh Fringe run, Tony will be in conversation with Robert JE Simpson discussing Tony’s work as a comic and his mental health battles.

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