Andrew Dipper

Summer Laffalang for South Tyneside charity

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North East comedians, writer and actors hope to bring laughs and raise cash in aid of a South Tyneside charity.

Written by Ed Waugh, the Summer Laffalang will be performed at the Westovian Theatre in Ocean Road, South Shields, on Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 July, and features comedy sketches performed by comics and actors from the region.

One of the sketches will be Bobby Elliot, a piece written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, and performed by Chris Ramsey at the 2014 Sunday for Sammy shows at Newcastle City Hall in February.

While Micky Cochrane, who performed his debut show at Jesterval in June, will host the event.

Director Gareth Hunter said: “Following the huge success of the Xmas Laffalang at The Stand in Newcastle last December, which raised £1400 for St Oswald’s Hospice, we wanted to put on the Summer Laffalang in our own borough for a local charity and we are delighted to be associated with Cancer Connections.”

The South Shields-based charity supports people diagnosed with cancer and their families.

Cancer Connections co-founder and services manager Deborah Roberts said: “Dealing with cancer is stressful and upsetting. People need laughter and this will be an ideal tonic.

“The Laffalang will be a fantastic show. We would encouraged people to come along to help the work of Cancer Connections and to have a great laugh at the same time.”

Summer Laffalang, Westovian Theatre, South Shields, 25 & 26 July, 7.30pm, £10, 0191 424 7788/07751246176.