Sarah Singleton looks at the up and coming shows in Swindon this week

  • A rising star of the comedy world, Tom Allen is arriving for a sell-out show at Swindon Art Centre tomorrow night.

Allen has appeared on plenty of popular television shows - including 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, the Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Virtually Famous, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 - as well as Radio 4’s Just a Minute.

In the last year, Allen has supported Sarah Millican on her tour around the world, sold out his Edinburgh and London runs and even passed his driving test. A fan of Noel Coward, who trained with the National Youth Theatre, his new show Absolutely is about his efforts to lead an aspirational life and save for a house.

  •  Comedian Tim Vine performs for a second night at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre tonight, with his quirky show Sunset Milk Idiot. Suitable for an audience aged 12 and over, the show involves lots of silly new jokes, daft ditties and new homemade props. The show begins at 8pm and tickets are £27.
  •  Ahir Shah brings his show Control to the Swindon Arts Centre on Saturday night at 8pm. Shah is an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for Best Show, and he explores the current global socio-political turmoil in a show about freedom, fascism, history, hope and resistance. Tickets are £14.50.
  • Enjoy an Evening with the Kentwood Show Choir in the Place at the Wyvern Theatre on Saturday night, presented by the Wyvern Theatre Foundation, a charity supporting young people in the performing arts. The show begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £10.
  • International stars from the worldwide wrestling federations will descend on Swindon for Superslam Wrestling at the Wyvern on Saturday night. Expect five exciting matches, including a spectacular showdown between Vampire Gangrell, and Oliver Grey, in a super heavyweight challenge clash. Tickets are £14.50, children £10.50, with a family ticket for four at £48.
  • Keep the family entertained at a half term Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast, at the Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday. Disney’s film will be shown with on-screen lyrics so everyone can join in. Shows take place at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are £17, with £5 discount for children and family tickets available.
  • Lloyd Griffith, fresh from a tour supporting Jack Whitehall and Rob Beckett, brings his show in:Undated to the Swindon Arts Centre on Sunday at 8pm. Tickets are £11.50.