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Liz Carr

Writer, radio presenter (BBC Ouch podcast), theatre maker, raconteur and creative thinker. Liz Carr, author of: 'It hasn't happened yet' is one of the most outspoken sit down comics on the comedy circuit. Her passion for controversy has become legendary. No subject is taboo. Her irreverent spirit and unique take on life is the reason we are friends and sparring partners. She was born in Bebington (the posh wooly backs of the Wirral). I was born in Birkenhead, the one-eyed city, shunned by Wirralians and scorned by scousers. Liz and I are currently working on: "It Should've Happened to Crazy Jane" for the delights of fans and former lovers everywhere. (Planned for August 2014)

Jan Derbyshire

Performer, playwright, theatre maker, director and comedian. Jan's work involves solo performance, community and artists collaboration, traditional playwriting, experimental storytelling, video, words on paper and stand up comedy. Her creation companies are Squid Ink , Myth Universe and Human Writes. Co-artistic director of Theatre on Earth and artistic associate of Stage Left, Calgary and Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver. She rides a bike, spells badly and believes nothing should be taken for granted - particulary sanity. My favourite piece of hers: 'Funny in the Head'.

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David Roche

David Roche

An inspirational humorist David reckons his face distinguishes him from all other presenters and motivational speakers. What really makes David unique, however, is his remarkable spirit, warmth, wit and integrity. David has transformed the challenges and gifts of living with a facial disfigurement into a compelling message that uplifts and delights worlwide audiences. His heroic journey from shame to strength has inspired standing ovations from the Kennedy Centre and the White House to the Sydney and Vancouver Olympics Arts Festivals. Author of: The Church of 80% Sincerity, David is a luminary, a brilliant wit and one of the funniest, darkest comedians I know.

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Ruth Gould

CEO of DaDa Festival, Liverpool, Ruth has grown the company from a small community arts concern to one of the most competative Disability Arts companies on the international platform. Ruth is a talented physical theatre artist in her own right. She has devised shows in UK, Australia and NZ. One of the celebrated 'Women to Watch 2010'. DaDa Festival remains one of the key events on the Disability Arts calandar and a key feature of Merseyside's creative industries.

Packie Manus Bryne

Born in Corkermore, Ardara, Donegal in 1917, Packie has been a drover, solicitor's clerk, smuggler and one of the most popular characters on the English Folk scene since the '60s. My greatest mentor and dearest friend, Packie now aged 94 is one of the most mischievous performers I have ever worked alongside. A traditional Seannachie, Packie considers himself a professional liar: 'Never let the truth get in the way of a good story' is his favourite catchphrase. His moral guidance for long life and success: 'Don't let no other one tell you what to do. The like of that will get you into trouble.'