Comedy makes fun of austerity measures

ANTI-CUTS COMEDY ... Rachel Adamson, left, and Sammy Dobson star in The Accidental Activist.

ANTI-CUTS COMEDY ... Rachel Adamson, left, and Sammy Dobson star in The Accidental Activist.

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A COMEDY with a political message is set to tour the region.

The Accidental Activist, penned by South Shields playwright Ed Waugh, aims to send out an anti-cuts message in the run-up to next month’s general election.

Britain is the seventh richest country on the planet and yet since 2010 we’ve seen hard-working people being forced to rely on mushrooming food banks, inadequate housing, dehumanising zero-hour working and young people with no future.

John Scott, comedian and writer

The show – made up of sketches, stand-up routines and songs – has been co-written by comedian John Scott and fellow South Tyneside writer John Gibson.

It will visit South Shields, Sunderland, Durham and Newcastle.

Its cast includes Eastenders and The Bill actor Russell Floyd, award-winning stage star Rachel Adamson and former Byker Grove actress Sammy Dobson.

Scott, host of a monthly political comedy show at the Stand in Newcastle, said: “We are overwhelmed by the support we have had for the show.

“Already, 200 people have reserved tickets, and we are expecting a fair walk-up.

“The cuts are affecting people from every walk of life.

“It’s a reflection of the deep anger that runs in society as ordinary working people are having their living standards butchered while the rich are getting even richer.

“We are particularly delighted with the support we have had from the unions who are in the front line of attacks on living standards and struggling to maintain public services.”

The Accidental Activist is about how comedian Johnny Snowball, played by Floyd, wants an easy life but, confronted by more government austerity measures, reluctantly enters the battle to fight the cuts.

Scott added: “Britain is the seventh richest country on the planet, and yet since 2010, we’ve seen hard-working people being forced to rely on mushrooming food banks, inadequate housing, dehumanising zero-hours working and young people with no future.

“Sadly, because no party exists that, in reality, opposes the cuts and austerity, the number of voters in this general election will sink to an all-time low.

“People feel disenfranchised, and that is a dangerous thing.

“The Accidental Activist is non-party, but it poses an alternative to the cuts.”

The show can be seen at the Stand on Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28; Durham’s City Theatre on Thursday, April 30; the Westovian Theatre in South Shields on Friday, May 1; and the Dun Cow pub in Sunderland on Saturday, May 2.

Tickets, priced £10, are available from each venue. The Westovian Theatre can be contacted on 454 4167.

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