A Geordie Nativity and The Boxing Day Dip will be among the seasonal skits at a “Christmas Laffalang”, which brings together local writers, actors and musicians in a bid to raise laughs, and cash, for charity.
The show is being hosted at The Stand comedy club in Newcastle on December 10 in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice, which provides free care for those in the region with life-limiting conditions.
On the programme will be festive sketches written by Tyneside playwright Ed Waugh alongside stand-up comedy delivered by Geordie comedian Gavin Webster, while Lindisfarne’s Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell will be trying their hand at acting alongside old hands such as pantomime favourite Bob Stott. The idea for the fundraiser came about after Les Robson from St Oswald’s Hospice saw Waugh’s sketch, A Geordie Nativity, make its Newcastle debut last December at a night in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
He’d already worked with the playwright in organising a previous St Oswald’s fundraiser – a music gig at The Cluny which attracted around 300 people and was, he said, “a fantastic night”.
“I was looking to do another event and, after I saw Ed’s wonderfully funny Geordie Nativity for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the idea of a Christmas sketch show came.”
The Christmas Laffalang promises an ideal festive night out for friends or colleagues and also on the programme will be a Christmas club go-as-you-please; Christmas Crisis: The Musical; Alan Pardew Bingo; carol singers and Fenwick’s Window. Meanwhile, Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell from Lindisfarne will try their hand at acting and Bob Stott, the local panto legend, will dress up as Widow Twanky to perform three specially–written sketches.
Also among the performers will be Helen Russell and Gwen Doran, original cast members of Dirty Dusting, the comedy created by Waugh and writing partner Trevor Wood, and cast members from their play Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather.
Christmas Laffalang has two performances at The Stand, High Bridge, at 5.45pm and 8.30pm on December 10. For tickets, £10, call Les Robson on 0780 549 6518 or The Stand on 0844 693 3336. All profits go to St Oswald’s.