South Shields show’s a Laffalang matter

RETURN ... Laffalang with 'Viktoria Kay. Back, from left, Craig Richardson, Bob Stott and Paul Dunn.
RETURN ... Laffalang with 'Viktoria Kay. Back, from left, Craig Richardson, Bob Stott and Paul Dunn.

A RIB-tickling comedy show is set to make a festive return.

The Laffalang will be back on the stage at the Westovian Theatre in Pier Parade, South Shields, in December, due to popular demand.

The comedy show was first performed last December at The Stand, in Newcastle, and in July 250 people headed to the Westovian Theatre for the Summer Laffalang, which raised funds for borough charity Cancer Connections.

The show, which is made up of comedy sketches and stand-up routines, will be back at the theatre on Friday, December 5, and Saturday, December 6, with a Yuletide theme.

South Shields playwright Ed Waugh is behind the sketches and will recruit a line-up of local actors to perform the routines.

Ed is also writing three special sketches for panto legend Bob Stott, who performed as a pantomime dame in South Shields for four decades. He will star in the show as Widow Twanky.

The show’s director, Gareth Hunter, said: “The Christmas Laffalang 2014 is written and every sketch is different from last year’s Xmas Laffalang. Once again, it will be hilarious.

“The read through took a lot longer than it should have because we were howling with laughter.

“The 13 sketches include Widow Twanky being called on to do the Queen’s Speech, The Christmas Alphabet – a duet with Andy Williams and Sid Vicious, Joseph’s view of the Nativity, the End of the World and another Fabulous Five adventure. Any work groups looking for a great Christmas evening out should come along. It’ll be a cracking night.”

Tickets for the Christmas Laffalang cost £10 and are on sale at the Tourist Information Centre, in Haven Point, opposite the Westovian Theatre, either in person or by calling 424 7788.

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