ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT by Tom Guest

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Interview with the new Sedgefield Comedy Club

Q. Tell us about yourself?
A.My name is Peter Vincent and I’m a stand up comedy programmer and promoter. I program comedy for Ten Feet Tall, a Middlesbrough based company bringing big names to the town hall like Sarah Millican & Jimmy Carr. They have 5 regular comedy gigs across the Teesside area including the popular Catch 22 at ARC. I also work for Jason Manford programming his chain of 16 comedy clubs around the UK.
Q. What made you decide to run a comedy night in Sedgefield?
A.I was in Sedgefield and happened to come across the Parish Hall. After taking one look I knew we could run a great night there. If any residents of Sedgefield fancied a night out at a comedy club they’d have to travel to Stockton or Middlesbrough which can end up being expensive if you include taxis. This way, we can bring quality stand up comedians to the intimate setting in the Parish Hall.
Q. What can we expect at the comedy club?
A. We’ll have 3 comedians on and a professional MC to hold the night together. We run a very reasonably priced bar, doors open at 730pm with the show starting at 8pm and we expect to finish around 1030pm. I see hundreds of comedians a year so I’ve picked the best to come along and entertain the people of Sedgefield.
Q. Ok, when’s the next night and who’s on?
A. The Full Monty Comedy Club is back on Saturday 9th June with MC Mike Wilkinson, local comedian Fran Garrity, Brian Bell and the wonderful Eddy Brimson will be closing the show.
Tickets are £10 from Tickety Boo or via the website www.fullmontycomedy.co.uk or find us on FaceBook/fullmontycomedy Peter Vincent


Ferryhill dreaming of a White Christmas

It seems an odd thing to be thinking of as summer is making its welcome appearance, but this is exactly what we’re doing at Ferryhill Stage Society. Rehearsals for our November production of Irving Berlin’s spectacular, White Christmas, have begun and we are looking for friends old and new to join us on stage for this amazing show. If you enjoy dancing, singing or acting, or indeed all three, then this is just the thing for you. We particularly would like to meet with a young girl (age 9 – 13) who can belt out a song and dance like a dream, to play the part of Susan, a smart, sassy character who can steal the show. If this is someone you know please get in touch. We meet from 7– 9pm on Thursdays in Mainsforth Community Association Hall, Ferryhill Station and would love to welcome new faces to join us in this exciting venture. For further details contact Elsie McGowan on 01740 621161 or 07765313538.


Sedgefield Gardening Club visit

On Tuesday 24th July we are having an evening visit to Fir Tree Cottage Garden at Stokesley, leaving Sedgefield at 5pm, returning at 9pm. We will have a tour, of the garden, with a chance to ask questions, a short talk on Pelargoniums, then refreshments. This is open to members and non-members. A deposit of £7.50 is required to put your name down. Please contact Suzanne on 01429 882250


Players’ Success at Saltburn

Last month I reported on the Players’ success at the Richmond Festival with their production of ‘The Jewish Wife’. Following this performance the play went onto the next round at Saltburn. Sadly, our play did not win, but it was highly praised for the outstanding visual ideas of the piece and it’s style, and awarded the adjudicator’s award accordingly. The winning group, Saltburn 53 Society, compete in early June with their production of ‘A tiding of Magpies’ by Sue Pierce, a worthy winner. The Players will present their award winning piece, alongside a host of other Brecht plays at the Parish Hall from the 14th to the 16th June. It will be an interesting evening’s entertainment as the group have decided to break with tradition and perform the piece on a thrust stage, in the auditorium instead of on the actual stage itself. It will certainly be worth a watch and tickets are available now from the Players Website and Tickety Boo. Get them while you can as seating is slightly limited due to the style of the piece.