An anti-cuts comedy featuring sketches, songs and stand-up will tour the region in the run up to the General Election.
The Accidental Activist has been storylined by North-East playwright Ed Waugh, whose national and international comedy hits (co-written with Trevor Wood) include Dirty Dusting and Maggie’s End, which involved the death of Margaret Thatcher.
Newcastle-based stand-up comedian John Scott and South Tyneside-based comedy writer John Gibson have provided additional funnies to a show that has the backing of the Durham Miners Association, the national RMT union, Durham & District NUT and South Tyneside UNISON.
John Scott, who writes for and hosts a monthly show called Sod the Tories, at the Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle, said:
“Ed came to see Sod the Tories and thought it was great. I asked him to storyline a play against the cuts and he came up with the Accidental Activist.
“John Gibson and I added our bits and we have a show that will not only make people laugh but will also make them think.”
“We’ve called on Russell Floyd from EastEnders, The Bill and Maggie’s End to star and direct, and have enlisted top North-East actresses Rachel Adamson, an award-winner in the play Motherland, and Sammy Dobson, who was in Byker Grove and Joe Maddison’s War.”
The story is about how comedian Johnny Snowball (Russell Floyd) wants an easy life but, confronted by more government austerity measures, reluctantly enters the battle to fight the cuts.
The production will be staged at The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle (0191-300-9700) on April 27 and 28;
The City Theatre, Durham (0191-384-3515) on April 30;
All shows start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10.
> Ticket price unfortunately makes it a luxury item for many people actually on benefits.
Wot, no concessions for those on benefits ?
Source – Durham Times, 19 Mar 2015