Young musician is remembered at event

A young musician who tragically drowned in Whitley Bay in 2013 has been remembered following a scriptwriting competition.

Saturday, 26th March 2016, 5:00 am
Left to right: Ian Payne, Kevin Wilkinson, Laura Norton, Pam Royle, Tim Healy, Jeff Brown, Sharon Barbour. Picture by John Millard.

Philip Richardson was a talented musician and popular comedian, with his friends and family putting on events and donating to the Sunday for Sammy Trust following his death.

Last year, the Sunday for Sammy Trust launched the first of an annual competition to give the winning comedy writer the chance to have their sketch professionally performed at the Sunday for Sammy event at Newcastle’s City Hall.

The Sketch for Sammy 2015 winner was Kevin Wilkinson, from Morpeth. His sketch was set in a cafe that sold hundreds of kinds of coffee and was performed by newsreaders Pam Royle and Ian Payne with Emmerdale’s Laura Norton.

After the sketch, Kevin received the Sketch for Sammy 2015 Philip Richardson Comedy Award.

Kevin, a business manager, said: “The whole experience was fantastic.”

“From the initial get together, working on my idea and seeing it performed by the Laffalang Gang at the Stand was just amazing. To have it performed at the City Hall was a dream come true.

“To have 2,500 people watching my sketch and then being applauded by them as I collected the award on stage was fantastic. It has spurred me on to writing and I look forward to more writing opportunities.”

Now, other aspiring writers will be able to have the same experience as Kevin as the 2016 competition is launched.

Well-known comedians Jason Cook and Gavin Webster are getting ready to judge initial entries before choosing ten people to go forward to a day school at The Stand comedy club in Newcastle.

The initial event will take place at The Stand, Newcastle, on Sunday, April 3, at 11am and is open to everyone aged 15 and over.

Sketches will then be submitted by Friday, May 29, and Jason Cook and Gavin Webster will choose the best six.

The finalists will then work with Ed Waugh to develop the sketches that will be performed by professional actors from the Laffalang Gang at The Stand, Newcastle, on Sunday, August 7, at 1pm.

The winner will receive the Sketch for Sammy 2016 Philip Richardson Comedy Award.