The First Broadcast: The Battle for the Beeb in 1922

A one-man 'stand-up history' show written and performed by Paul Kerensa

Touring throughout 2022 for the centenary of British broadcasting.

100 years ago...

Two rival voices in The Marconi Company unite art and science to create British broadcasting.

Arthur Burrows seeks to inform and educate. Peter Eckersley just wants to entertain.

Before Reith, this 'BBC two' duel for the soul of British broadcasting – but who will give The First Broadcast?

This one-man/two-character show is based on the The British Broadcasting Century Podcast. Do subscribe and listen (scroll down for podcast player on this page) and/or find our Facebook group or Twitter page.

Here's where it's playing...

(and it's available for other dates too, so if you have a venue and would it at your place, get in touch via the Contact Me link on this site)

FEB 2022

Wed 2nd - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Cornerhouse SURBITON

Thu 3rd - THE FIRST BROADCAST, St Nicholas Church, LEICESTER Comedy Festival

MARCH 2022

Thu 3rd - THE FIRST BROADCAST, The Mill BANBURY

Fri 25th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, The OSO Arts, BARNES

APRIL 2022

Thu 21st - THE FIRST BROADCAST, The Museum of Comedy, LONDON

Fri 29th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Alma Theatre, BRISTOL

Sat 30th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Thornden Hall, CHANDLERS FORD

MAY 2022

Sat 7th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, BLANDFORD FORUM Corn Exchange

Sat 28th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Rondo Theatre, BATH

JUNE 2022

Fri 10th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, KETTERING Arts Centre

Wed 15th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, St Saviours Church, ST ALBANS

Thu 23rd - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Matt's Comedy Club, Pavilion Atrium, WORTHING

Fri 24th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Ludlow Methodist Church, LUDLOW Fringe, Shropshire

Sat 25th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Boat Museum, WATCHET, Somerset

JULY 2022

Sat 9th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, TUNBRIDGE WELLS Fringe

Sun 31st, 4pm - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Quarry Theatre, Bedfringe, BEDFORD

SEPT 2022

Thu 8th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Northwood House, ISLE OF WIGHT

Wed 14th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, National Science and Media Museum, BRADFORD (part of symposium. Dinner + show ticket is the way to book)

Thu 15th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, King's Arms, SALFORD

Thu 29th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Yvonne Arnaud, GUILDFORD

Fri 30th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Yvonne Arnaud, GUILDFORD

OCT 2022

Fri 14th - THE FIRST BROADCAST play, St Michael's Church, BRISTOL

NOV 2022

Fri 11th - THE FIRST BROADCAST, Christ Church URC, CHELMSFORD

Mon 14th - SPECIAL BBCENTENARY NIGHT SHOW OF THE FIRST BROADCAST, The Museum of Comedy, LONDON

See you at the venue of your choosing...

And try the podcast right here:

Now stand for the National Anthem.