Beer and Bats and Banter

30 September 2023, 6:30 – 10:30pm, £10

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For the first time, we are combining our classic Beer & Bats format with stand-up comedy! Featuring a 45 minute set by the comic talents of Marty GleesonAruhan GalievaJoshua Bethania and Huge Davies.

This will be followed by an exciting evening exploring the fascinating world of the bats you never knew lived on your doorstep! You will have a short training on the bats of Cody Dock and how you can use detectors to identify what species you are hearing/seeing. We will be completing the Bat Conservation Trust’s NBMP Sunset Survey together, and our bar will be open throughout.

Join us for some laughs and learn about your local bats with a drink in hand!

No bat walk experience necessary.

Huge Davies

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Huge Davies is a musical comedian who combines dark humour, surreal material and his one-of-kind customised keyboard. Huge has quickly risen to become one of the UK’s most unique and sought-after comedy acts. He was nominated for Best Newcomer for his debut Edinburgh show The Carpark, which was later featured as TimeOut’s No.1 recommended comedy show in London. Huge has gone on to create his own Channel 4 sitcom The Artists which he writes and stars in. His television appearances include 8 Out Out 10 Cats Does Countdown, Roast Battle, Hypothetical, Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club, Comedian’s Doing Lectures and Live at the Comedy Store and is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.

Joshua Bethania

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Joshua Bethania is an award-winning comedian from India. His stand-up includes observations on life in London as an outsider and what he is doing to become an insider. Joshua has previously won So You Think You’re Funny? and was a BBC New Comedy Awards Finalist in 2022. In the same year he also won King Gong at The Comedy Store and became a NATYS Finalist.

Aruhan Galieva

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Aruhan Galieva is a freshly squeezed musical comedian, intersectional environmentalist and BAT LOVER. Winner of the ’22 Luke Rollason Memorial Bursary Award for emerging Alternative Comedians and Winner of ’21 Watering Seeds Award for BAME activists working on peaceful climate action projects for her debut comedy hour ECO MANIAC.

As seen on Doctor Who and The Emily Atack Show.

She’s endearing with her obsession, and the obscurity of her passion, and its intensity, is the joke in itself

A truly unique take, expertly crafted
The Reviews Hub

She is funny but never cheap
Broadway World

Marty Gleeson

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Marty Gleeson is an Irish standup comedian kickin’ down the front, back and side doors of the UK comedy scene. Her offbeat, whimsical and dry performance style pulls you in close and takes audiences to places they don’t see coming. Winner of the Pete Nash Award for comic originality, BBC nominee, Funny Women One to Watch and Semi-Finalist, West New Act of the Year, Max Turner finalist and Soho Labs + alumni under Elf Lyons.

It’s rare to find a comic whose playful relationship with suspense has an audience laughing before they’ve even spoken, but this seems to be Marty Gleeson’s superpower.
Broadway World (5 stars)

A breath of fresh air. Funny and original deadpan comedy with an unexpectedly dark edge.
Dan Atkinson

About Beer and Bats at Cody Dock

Have you ever wondered what comes out at Cody Dock at night?

After the sun sets and the humans have gone quiet, a small flying mammal comes out to play by the water… Bats!

Bats are a regular visitor to Cody Dock, as seen by the people that live and work here, and we’re keen to gather scientific data about which species live here, and how many there are.

pipistrelle bats
Photo: Bat Alley, Robin Clark - Wiki Commons

Our ‘Beer & Bats’ nights are a monthly evening event where volunteers can come to Cody Dock and use heterodyne bat detectors to locate and identify any bats which are zipping around. You also have the chance to have a drink at our cosy pop-up bar!

Mark serving at the bar
Our lovely volunteer Marc, who ran the bar for us

Find out more about the surveys and why we’re doing them on the National Bat Monitoring Programme page.