UK comedy legend Bill Bailey brings his brand-new show to Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo this year

UK comedy legend Bill Bailey brings his brand-new show to Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo this year

The UK’s best loved comedian is returning Down Under.

Having scored the thumbs-up from immigration, UK comedy icon Bill Bailey will return to Australia this year for a huge nationwide tour.

Marking Bailey’s first in Australia since 2018, Australian audiences will witness his brand-new show, En Route To Normal, encompassing his trademark blend of satire and surrealism, stories and dismantled jokes, crowd sing-alongs, weird instruments and musical showstoppers that we’ve come to know and love.

The key takeaways

  • Bill Bailey announces Australian tour for brand-new show
  • Bailey will bring the show, En Route To Normal to Victoria with stops in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Melbourne
  • General public tickets go on sale Monday, May 24

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The appropriately-named tour will kick off in Toowoomba in late October before taking the hilarious Bailey around the country for 15 more dates with stops including Bendigo, Geelong, Ballarat and of course Melbourne, before wrapping up in Newcastle in November.

Receiving rave reviews and sold-out theatres in New Zealand earlier this year, Bailey’s new show ponders the questions surrounding our current state of being, many of which we’re sure we’ve all asked ourselves over the past 12 months.

With questions like, ‘how did we get here?’, ‘how do we find our way through this?’ and ‘exactly who are we again?’, the British Comedy Award winner muses these through music, songs, and memories, and considers our changing priorities, the wonder of dogs, how little things can keep you on track, and rhapsodises on his new-found love of skydiving.

In a show that’s being coined ‘solid gold’, Bailey also recounts his own experiences of dealing with isolation, ruminating the ‘sounds of lockdown’ which led to a greater appreciation of birdsong and perhaps led to the creation of music itself, and how our reliance on technology has inspired him to create dance remixes of video-calling ringtones, something I’m sure a few of us will be able to relate to.

Naming the show before COVID-19 even existed (what a time), the En Route To Normal show has become not just a funny, heart-warming mix of stories, music and history, but a personal mission to find our way through these strange times!

Garnering a huge following down under in his years of touring, En Route To Normal will be the seventh show that Bill has brought to Australia, delivered with the energy the multi-faceted entertainer is known for.

Irreverent and immensely talented, you can bet tickets for these shows will sell out.

Bill Bailey will bring his ‘En Route To Normal’ tour to Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo on November 12; Costa Hall, Geelong on November 13; Civic Hall, Ballarat on November 14; and Palais Theatre, Melbourne on November 15.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.