Comedy writers to be given their chance

Ray Laidlaw and Patricia Richardson.
Ray Laidlaw and Patricia Richardson.

Talented scriptwriters are being the chance to have their work professionally produced.

New comedy writers are being helped after north east talent-supporting charity, Sunday for Sammy, teamed up with Laffalang.

The show, which is open to the public, will feature seven sketches by north east writers, and takes place at The Stand in High Bridge, Newcastle, at 2pm on Sunday, August 16.

The sketches, which range from a funeral sermon delivered by an unconventional priest to the Geordie way to cure the smoking habit, will be augmented by a number of skits from Sunday For Sammy and the Laffalang.

Ray Laidlaw, Sunday for Sammy Trust administrator, said: “It will be a fantastic event showcasing some of the north east’s most talented new comedy writers.

“The Laffalang team of actors are seasoned professionals who thrive on new work, they can’t wait to get their hands on the scripts.”

The Laffalang ‘Sketch for Sammy’ event has been supported by a donation to Sunday for Sammy by the family and friends of musician and stand-up comic Philip Richardson who died in 2013.

Philip’s mother Patricia said: “Philip had a particular interest in music, comedy and the arts.

“After his funeral we had a collection and then his friends organised a tribute night at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle that raised even more money.

“We felt the Sunday For Sammy Trust was the most appropriate charity to donate to because Philip was always helping people. The buzz around the whole event is magnificent. He’d have been thrilled.”

Ray is keen to make the competition an annual event: “It is a celebration of new regional comedy writing.

“The sketches are terrific and we know the Sunday for Sammy and Laffalang audiences – and anyone else with a sense of humour – will love them.”

The show will be presented as a script-in-hand performance and north east comedian Steffan Peddie will link the sketches.

Tim Healy, from the Sunday for Sammy Trust, said: “Sparkling, original writing is the lifeblood of actors and comedians.

“I’m thrilled that the Sunday for Sammy Trust is taking the initiative to encourage new comedy writing in the region and I’m really looking forward to the results.”

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