PREVIEW: Sequins On My Balcony, North Shore, St Peter’s, Sunderland

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NO matter how cold it is outside, a one woman show promises to provide some winter sparkle.

Written and performed by Yvette Cowles, this shimmering show of dance, drama and comedy promises to “kick cancer’s ass with laughter.”

Yvette is a former marketing director turned belly dancer and comedienne who is living with cancer.

Being diagnosed with cancer for the third time in 2010 and learning that the disease had spread to her bones, Yvette decided to turn her back on corporate life once and for all and to devote herself to belly dancing, clowning and laughter therapy.

Her show takes the audience on a surreal and surprising journey spanning Hoochie Coochie Girls, hospital corridors, the banks of the Nile and the boudoir of Mata Hari – with some Benny Hill and Morecambe and Wise thrown in for good measure. The show is being hosted by Farida Dance, run by Sunderland-based teacher and performer, Kay Taylor. She has put together a celebration of dance by local performers.

There will also be information stalls, belly dance goodies and opportunities for selfies with Yvette’s inflatable co-star Dick Rogers.

During the afternoon Yvette will be signing copies of her new book, Belly Dancing and Beating the Odds.

The event is supporting Annie’s Dreams, a local group fund-raising for breast cancer charities in the North-East, 0and Just Because, a UK-based charity supporting women with breast cancer

•Sequins on my Balcony is at North Shore, St Peter’s, on Sunday from 2.30pm-5pm. Tickets are £10/£8 concessions, with £1 per ticket donated to breast cancer charities. Tickets are available from Farida Dance on Tel. 565 2920 or www.faridadance.com.