Comic Ray Bradshaw heading for Arts Centre

By Barrie Hudson - 30 August 2023

Arts and Culture
  • Ray Bradshaw

    Ray Bradshaw

International award-winning comic Ray Bradshaw has announced a Swindon gig as part of his 2024 'Doppleginger' tour.

The tour kicks off in Southend in February and will finish in Salford, April 2024, with an appearance at Swindon's Arts Centre in Devizes Road on 1 March. 

Tickets go on sale at 10am tomorrow - Friday 1 September - and are available via

Ray is forever being told: “You look just like my mate…” wherever he goes.  It’s been happening for years, and he’s worried about it.  Either someone is cloning generic bald men or, there’s a ginger bearded bald man out there who’s doing a bad job of stalking Ray.  

In his brand-new show, Ray is going to use the latest in genetic research (the internet) to try and put an end to this once and for all.  He’s on a quest to find the person who looks most like him.

Doppelginger is billed as a funny, heartwarming comedy show about a silly search for a man with an orange beard who’s follicly-challenged.  

He said: "If you have a bald, ginger bearded friend in their 30s (true at time of writing), then bring them along.  You never know – they could be The One."

Ray’s last show, Deaf Com One, was a huge success and sold out theatres across the world. The show was all about growing up with deaf parents, every show of Doppelginger will have a BSL interpreter.

Ray spent 2021 and 2022 touring the UK as John Bishop’s handpicked support act, having been described by John as one of the best comedians in the country.

Ray was the first comedian to win a Scottish Culture Award and is a regular host of Scotland’s most popular radio show, Off the Ball. He has performed sell out solo festival shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, all to critical acclaim. 

There were rave reviews for his Deaf Comedy Fam show, which sold out its run at the Edinburgh Fringe and went on to win the Innovation Award at the Adelaide Fringe 2018 and be nominated for Best Comedy at Perth Fringe.

It was the worlds’ first comedy show performed in both sign language and English by the performer and allowed hundreds of deaf people to come to a comedy show for the first time.

Ray said: “I'm really excited to be going back on tour and finding lots of doppelgingers; maybe even doing a gig to a room full of them in what must be the best-looking audience ever.”



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