Lakin McCarthy

Lakin McCarthy


Barbara Nice



Barbara Nice

Barbara Nice is an ordinary housewife, mother of five, keen ‘Take A Break’ reader and occasional stage-diver!

With her enviable track record of garnering 5-star reviews and sell-out shows, Barbara doesn't abuse the audience, she raises everyone's spirits.  She will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step.

Her four-part series ‘Barbara Nice’ was broadcast in March 2017 as part of BBC Radio 2’s Comedy Showcase.


This critically acclaimed tip-top comedy character is the creation of hugely talented writer, performer and comedian Janice Connolly BEM.

Many moons ago, in a new act competition in Manchester in character as Barbara Nice, Janice was discovered by legendary comedian Peter Kay who then asked her to play Holy Mary in Phoenix Nights. The whole cast reunited in 2015 performing Phoenix Nights Live for 15 nights raising over £5m for Comic Relief.

Janice is Artistic Director and founder member of the Birmingham-based ‘Women and Theatre’ and was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to community arts in the West Midlands.


Raffle ****  “Piggin’ brilliant!”

Squirrel Proof *****
Edinburgh Evening News

Hiya and Higher *****

Mrs Nice *****
Edinburgh Evening News



Upcoming Shows

Nov 2018

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Fri 30/11/2018 RAFFLE! Halifax Playhouse, Halifax Visit

Dec 2018

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Sat 01/12/2018 Festive Special Lowry Quays Theatre, Salford Quays Visit
Sat 08/12/2018 Festive Special The Rondo Theatre, Bath Visit
Tue 11/12/2018 Festive Special Comedy Junction, Sutton Coldfield, Visit
Wed 12/12/2018 Festive Special LST - Museum of Comedy, London Visit
Tue 18/12/2018 Festive Special Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Southampton Visit
Fri 21/12/2018 Festive Special Masham Town Hall, Masham Visit
Sat 22/12/2018 Festive Special Waterside Studio, Sale Visit

Feb 2019

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Sat 16/02/2019 RAFFLE! The Cookie , Leicester Visit

Mar 2019

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Sat 09/03/2019 RAFFLE! Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, Ellesmere Port
Thu 21/03/2019 RAFFLE! The Neeld Arts Centre, Chippenham Visit
Sun 31/03/2019 RAFFLE! Birmingham Glee Club studio, Birmingham Visit

Apr 2019

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Thu 18/04/2019 RAFFLE! Bridgwater Arts Centre, Bridgwater Visit

May 2019

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Sun 05/05/2019 RAFFLE! The Forum, Northallerton Visit
Sat 11/05/2019 RAFFLE! The Exchange, Sturminster Newton Visit
Fri 17/05/2019 RAFFLE! Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast Visit
Thu 23/05/2019 RAFFLE! Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds Visit