Comedians offer free festival tickets to former BHS staff

Paul Sinha
Paul Sinha

Comedians heading to South Tyneside for the borough’s first ever comedy festival are hoping to help former BHS staff have a laugh during a difficult time

Paul Sinha, one of the Chasers from TV quiz show The Chase, is offering 10 pairs of tickets to his show at the Customs House, in Mill Dam, South Shields, on Sunday, to former employees of the retail chain.

Paul contacted festival director Jason Cook with the idea after hearing of the company’s collapse.

He said: “It’s hard enough losing your job, but when you lose your pension, you lose part of the future you invested in. As comedians we’re not claiming to solve anything, but we’re hoping that some free tickets to festival shows might help the former BHS employees have a good laugh during a hard time.”

Jason then took the idea to other comics, who stepped up to help out.

Steffen Peddie is giving away 10 pairs to his show on Saturday, Carl Hutchinson has offered 10 pairs for his show on August 3, Adam Rowe is giving away five pairs for his show on Sunday, Jason and South Shields comic Chris Ramsey are offering 10 single tickets to their show on August 6, and Gary Delaney has pledged 10 pairs for his show on Sunday.

Jason said: “When Paul approached us with the idea I knew we had to get other shows in the festival involved, so I did a quick ring around and loads of the comedians were only too willing to help. Hopefully we can put smiles on a few faces after such devastating news for the BHS employees.”

To claim the free tickets, call the box office on 0191 454 1234, and bring along proof of your employment at BHS South Shields when collecting them.

Friday, July 29:

7pm - Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings, £8

8.30pm - Ramsey & Cook Are Mucking About, £10

Saturday, July 30:

1pm - Martin Big Pig: Funny Stuff For Happy People, £8

4pm - Tom Allen, £6

7pm - Steffen Peddie: 99 Problems and the Chips Still Ain’t One, £7

Sunday, July 31:

3pm - Standard Issue in Conversation with Sarah Millican, £10

5.30pm - Adam Rowe, £5

7pm - Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary, £10

8.30pm - Paul Sinha: Postcards from the Z List (18+), £10

Monday, August 1:

7.30pm - James Acaster: Reset, £6

9pm - Joel Dommett: Pretending to Smoke With a Breadstick, £5

Wednesday, August 3:

8pm - Carl Hutchinson: The Fixer, £7

Thursday, August 4:

7.45pm - The Geordie Rat Park Destroy Songs From the Shows, £20

Saturday, August 6:

8pm - Ramsey & Cook Are Mucking About, £10

Go to to book tickets.