Comedians unite to support Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland
Published on Thursday, 18th October 2018
The Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle will play host to five fantastic performers, all uniting to raise funds for the local charity.
On Monday 19th November 2018, Lou Conran – a regular face on BBC, ITV and Channel 4 – will host local Tyneside comedians Gavin Webster, Lee Kyle and Hal Branson, alongside headline act Dane Baptiste from London in an evening guaranteed to give you a good laugh.
The performers are coming together to support Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland, a charity that supports women and girls over the age of 13 who live, work or study in the region, and Dane Baptiste – who made history as the first black British act to be nominated for a Comedy Aware at the Fringe – is very much looking forward to the evening: ‘I’m very excited to be part of this show, and for the opportunity to raise awareness for this issue,’ he said.
‘Over 70% of women are subject to some form of sexual trauma before they’re 19, and we need to address and stop all sexual abuse. Hopefully, we can provide enough support and laughter to help raise spirits and awareness!’
Fresh from a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Hal Branson is also looking forward to the show: ‘I’m very honoured to be involved in this event, highlighting the incredible work of this amazing charity,’ he said. ‘In the current climate, it’s really important that awareness is raised around the issues that Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland deal with, and the support they offer to people in the community who have suffered.’
Completing the line-up are former professional wrestler-turned-comedian, Lee Kyle, and UK Circuit Comedian of the Year 2014 (as voted by fellow professional comics), Gavin Webster who said: ‘It’s a real honour to be supporting Rape Crisis once again; we’ve worked together once before and they were really supportive and friendly – it warms your heart that they ask you to come back and help with more fundraising!’