Jon Holmes 

Fri 29 July 8pm 

Two Sisters’ Theatre 

‘Its sharpness left me slack-jawed.’
The Times

The Skewer is BBC Radio 4’s multi-award winning ‘satirical river of sound’, where current affairs melts into music, movies, and popular culture soundbites. Re-imagined as a DJ set, up-to-the-minute events melt into a collage of composition, packed full of surprising songs and satire. If you’ve never experienced a satirical DJ set before (you haven’t, there isn’t one) let The Skewer transport you to some comedically dark places as creator Jon Holmes brings the spirit of radio to the stage and haunts your senses with sound. Dance if you wish, drink if you must (no one will judge you, it’s been a rough couple of years), or just sit back on a hot summer’s night and let the soundscapes of The Skewer wash over you.  

‘A surreal flow of snippets – news and views, music and memories – melded into a huge orchestral piece of compelling originality. The Skewer is satire at its cleverest, both biting and beautiful. If you could listen to a Francis Bacon painting, this is what it would sound like.’  
2021 Radio Academy Awards

Awards for The Skewer include… 

2022 Audio Production Award for Sound Design    

2022 Audio Production Award for Best Comedy    

2021 New York Festival Award for Innovation    

2021 New York Festival Award for Sound Art   

2021 New York Festival Award for Best Comedy    

2021 Radio Academy Award Best Comedy   

2021 Radio Academy Award Best New Show 

‘He loves playing with words and formats. Holmes’s mind works more quickly and more weirdly than almost anyone else on radio; only Danny Baker comes close.’  
Miranda Sawyer, Observer

JON HOLMES is a double Bafta award-winning and nine-time Radio Academy award winning writer, comedian and broadcaster.  

He’s hosted his own shows on BBC Radios 1, 2, 4, 5Live and BBC 6 Music, written for the likes of Harry Hill, Graham Norton and Stephen Fry, thrown week-mocking jokes at Mock The Week, helped to develop the CBBC hit Horrible Histories from its journey from book to screen, (along with co-writing the first 5 series) and worked alongside Armando Iannucci on both radio and TV. His recent Radio 2 show ‘Jeremy Vine: Agony Uncle’ was a huge hit with critics and listeners. He’s also the host of the podcast The The One Show Show which is very silly as it analyses TV’s The One Show as though it was The Walking Dead or Westworld or some such. His brand new show for 2020 The Skewer is already an award-winning hit for Radio 4. He recently won Gold in the ‘Best Comedy Producer’ category at the 2020 Audio Production Awards, along with Bronze for ‘Best Sound Design’ for The Skewer.  

Also on TV, Jon hosted Channel 4’s 11 O’Clock Show (after the other bloke left), occasionally crops up on things like Newsnight or The Wright Stuff and recently made acting debuts in Crackanory and Channel 4’s controversial drama 100 Days of Ukip. 

His BBC Radio 4 series Listen Against (4 series to date) is ‘sublime, glorious’, ‘a worthy successor to ‘On The Hour’ or ‘so funny that it rearranges everything you thought you knew’ depending on which newspaper you read, he co-created the multi-award winning Dead Ringers and you may know him as the short one from off of BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show. He also regularly hosts the BBC Radio 4 Extra Comedy Club. 

Alongside all this, he hosted the Xfm Breakfast Show in London for 3 years (where he was twice nominated for ‘Presenter of the Year’), and hosted the weekday afternoon show on talkRADIO, which brought a daily satirical take on current affairs mixed with hard news and political interviews, yet seamlessly segued into spinning stories around deliciously surreal flights of fancy. Jon’s coverage of the Westminster Bridge terror attack, live on air as it unfolded, was widely praised. 

Jon is the author of four books, the latest ‘A Portrait Of An Idiot As A Young Man’ (“Poignant, charming… a masterclass in comedy writing” – Press Association) is was published in paperback by Orion.  

He is also an award-winning freelance travel writer, most regularly for the Sunday Times for whom he travels all over the world to look at it and write about it. 

His radio documentary Saving Mountain Gorillas recorded in the jungle on the Rwandan / Congolese border earned him a ‘Best Broadcast’ nomination at the Travel Media Awards. His BBC report from the St Kitts Music Festival saw him nominated in the same category. He is ‘Highly Commended’ as Travel Writer of the Year 2020 and winner of ‘Best Feature’ for his attempts to help rebuild an ancient wall in Portugal.  He is nominated again for both ‘Best Worldwide Feature’ and ‘Best Travel Writer’ 2021 in the British Guild of Travel Writers’ Awards.  

Once, he had to get into a four poster bed with the late actor Stratford Johns in order to wire him up to a car battery. Long story. 


Reserved covered seating
£21.50 (Friends and Castle Members £19.35) 

Reserved Uncovered Seating
£20.50 (Friends and Castle Members £18.45) 

Grass Tickets
£19.50 (Friends and Castle Members £17.55) 

A limited number of grass tickets are available for those who wish to keep away from our allocated seats.

Please note the view from these areas is restricted. Call the box office to book on 07379 488477.

Discounted Joint Theatre and Gardens ticket  
£33.55 Adult  
£28.65 Child  

Pre-theatre suppers can be reserved with your ticket purchase. 

Two Sisters’ Theatre

Our main theatre with allocated, covered seating in the Centre, East and West Tiers. There is additional uncovered seating in the Centre Tier.
A limited number of grass tickets are available for those who wish to keep away from our allocated seats. Please note the view from these areas may be restricted. Call the box office to book on 07379 488477.
Pre-Theatre suppers are available to book with your ticket purchase. The Guthrie Pavilion will be open before the show for drinks and snacks.