One of the most successful comedy writers on British television is appearing at the Colchester Arts Centre this weekend.

And not only will Henry Normal be performing his own very personal show, A Normal Family, he'll also be imparting some sage advice to budding comedy writers.

Henry is best known as co-writer of award-winning TV and film shows such as The Royle Family, The Mrs Merton Show, Coogan's Run and producer of amongst many others Oscar nominated Philomena, Gavin and Stacey, Moone Boy, Uncle and Alan Partridge.

He has recently returned to his first love, poetry and is quickly establishing himself once again as a notable poet.

His poems have recently appeared in the Guardian, regularly on his BBC Radio 4 shows and are promoted widely by the National Autistic Society and other charities for which he works.

In A Normal Family, Henry discusses love, relationships and family drawing upon his own experience of bringing up his autistic and much acclaimed artistic son, Johnny, now 20.

Supporting International Autism Day the performance and talk has been organised by arts centre regulars Jordan Shults, aged 21 and his mum Vanessa. Jordan who is autistic is a talented photographer and will be exhibiting his work at the event and promoting Jshu Crew.

Before the show Henry will be holding a special workshop talking about his own writing and giving tips on script editing and selling to TV or Film companies.

Taking place this Sunday, March 31, tickets are priced at £12, £10 concessions for the evening performance which starts at 7.30pm and £10, £5 concessions for the workshop and talk at 4pm. Discounted show and talk ticket is £17 and £10.

For further information please the box office on 01206 500900.