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October 25, 2023

As the solemn, rhythmic intonation of the shipping forecast turns 100 years old in 2024, bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Charlie Connelly’s hilarious and informative one-man show brings the quirky broadcast vividly to life as never before.

How did a weather forecast for ships capture the hearts of a nation, from salty old sea dog to insomniac landlubber? How is it possible for ‘rain later’ to be ‘good’? And where the hell is North Utsire?

Delving into the history of the forecast and telling the stories of the geniuses and crackpots who made it, Charlie explains what the forecast’s curious phrases actually mean, charts its wide cultural impact way beyond just predicting the weather, shares riproaring adventures from his own extraordinary journey through the 31 sea areas – there’s the only country he’s ever been winched into and the time he was accused by the British press of trying to annex Rockall from the British government – and presents his case for the shipping forecast being our proudest achievement.

Inspired by Charlie’s bestselling book, which has sold more than a quarter-of-a-million copies worldwide, this pacy, informative, moving and hilarious full-length show takes you from Viking to South-East Iceland via Hebrides, Fastnet and German Bight to ensure the shipping forecast will never, ever sound the same again.

“Charlie Connelly is one of the funniest people I have ever had the pleasure of sitting in a studio with. He has a natural wit that doesn’t get crushed by an overzealous ego and I heartily commend him to any producer in search of a brain with a lovely personality attached to it.” Fi Glover, Broadcaster

“Charlie is always warm, funny and engaging…I actually sent him a fan letter – and I’ve never done that to anyone in my life before.” Bernard Sumner, New Order

Tickets Pay What You Can
Doors open 7.30pm, Show starts 8pm


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Wed, October 25, 2023
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Colchester Arts Centre
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