The cream of South Tyneside’s comedy scene aims to raise a few laughs – and funds for a local theatre.
Jason Cook, Chris Ramsey and Sarah Millican will all appear at the Customs House, in South Shields, on Sunday, February 15.
The comics will be joined by the cast of Hebburn and some special mystery guests for The Customs House Charity Gala Night. They will be putting on two shows to raise money for the theatre in Mill Dam, South Shields.
Jason, who wrote and starred in BBC2 sitcom Hebburn, said: “It’s going to be amazing. It will be a night of specifically South Tyneside comedy, which means you can get away with local references and I can speak at my normal speed, which is the big thing.
“It started one night when I was chatting to Ray Spencer about the Customs House. I’d had a pint so told him I’d put on a night to raise some money for the theatre. Everyone I asked said ‘yes’ straight away, even when we had to change the date.
“I’ve played there before, so have Sarah and Chris, and it’s a venue close to all of our hearts.
“It does a lot of great things to support talent in South Tyneside, staging new writing and plays by local people, and Ray has always been fantastic to us, so we wanted to do something in return.”
The night will be similar to one held in January, last year, by Ramsey, in aid of children’s charity CLIC Sargent. The South Shields comic organised the event in memory of young cousin, Alfie Leggett, who lost his life to a brain tumour.
It saw Ramsey and Cook take to the stage alongside Jarrow comedian Carl Hutchinson, Lindisfarne’s Billy Mitchell, Pub Landlord comic Al Murray, and singing superstar Ed Sheeran, who was a surprise mystery guest.
Jason, from Hebburn, added: “It’s going to be like South Tyneside Live Aid. We don’t get to see each other very much since we’re always travelling up and down the country, so this is a great way for us to get together to do something for a good cause. Everything on the night is going to be special. Hopefully it’ll be one that people will never forget.”
Customs House executive director Ray Spencer said: “It’s wonderful nationally established stars like Jason, Chris and Sarah give their time so generously to help secure the future of a local asset which serves their community.
“We really appreciate the support we are receiving to help us move forward and continue our work in the community and to help generate the stars of tomorrow. This will be one of the highlights of our milestone year and those who manage to get a ticket will not be disappointed.”
Tickets for the gigs, at 3pm and 7.30pm, are £30. Go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call box office on 454 1234.