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More comedy fun for local charity

Sunday 23rd January 2011 – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
Hosted by Jan Ravens

Richmond based Funny Women is the leading female comedy franchise in the UK and has now forged a winning relationship with the Orange Tree Theatre which played host to two sell out shows last year, including a heat of the acclaimed national talent competition, the Funny Women Awards.

Funny Women returns to the Orange Tree Theatre on Sunday 23rd January in support of local charity The Victoria Foundation, (formerly The New Victoria Medical Foundation) which provides medical support to help improve lives.  The show will be hosted by impressionist, Jan Ravens, back by popular request.

The show will feature another brilliant showcase of female comedy talent from Funny Women, which is best known for its annual competition, the Funny Women Awards, for new and aspiring female comedy performers.  With names like Zoe Lyons, Andi Osho, Sara Pascoe, Miss London and even the new ‘Loose Women’ presenter, Sarah Millican to aspire to, who have all come through the competition, a career in comedy is now a reality for funny women everywhere.

The Funny Women Awards were first launched in 2003 and are now the benchmark for women breaking into comedy.  The 2010 competition attracted a record breaking 350 entries, and the 2011 Awards hold the promise of even better things to come for the next generation of female comedy talent.

The show at the Orange Tree Theatre features three acts from the 2010 Funny Women Awards: the first ever winner of the new Variety Award, Gemma Whelan who performs as her spinsterly alter ego the delightfully crazed ‘Chastity Butterworth’; plus musical musings from this year’s runner up Rachel Parris and finalist Alison Thea-Skot.

The show also features Canadian Mae Martin, voted by Now Magazine as one of the funniest people in Toronto, newly fledged comic and columnist Viv Groskop, and Elizabeth Mee, finalist in the 2009 Funny Women Awards and also back at the Orange Tree Theatre for the second year running by popular demand.

Funny Women is also proud to present Mel Burgess, business development manager of Newsquest South & West London, who is brand new to the comedy scene after recently participating in the Funny Women Challenge at The Bingham in November 2010.  The event challenged five business women to try their hand at stand up, also in support of The Victoria Foundation, and Mel has extended her particular challenge to raise even more funds from this next performance.

The Victoria Foundation, a Richmond based charity, is delighted to once again be the beneficiary charity of this annual show.  100% of the funds raised at the event will provide medical support which will help to improve lives.

“We are very much looking forward to another fabulous show at the wonderful Orange Tree Theatre. The charity much appreciates the generous support of the performers who are giving up their time to take part in the show,” says Lorna Votier, development director at The Victoria Foundation.

“We are really excited to be back at the Orange Tree Theatre for another show,” comments Lynne Parker, founder and executive producer of Funny Women.  “Our local community is important to us even though we are now a nationally renowned brand.

“This promises to be another sparkling evening of entertainment and just what Richmond needs at this bleak time of year – our mantra is laughing about life to help and heal people, so please come and support these wonderfully talented women and a brilliant cause.”

Listing Information

Sunday 23rd January 2010

Doors 7.00pm show 7.30pm

Tickets £20.00

Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2SA

www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk

Box Office: 020 8940 3633

Opening hours: 10am – 7pm

Nearest tube and mainline station: Richmond (District Line, South West Trains and Silverlink)

For more information about Funny Women please visit:

www.funnywomen.com or email info@funnywomen.com

To sponsor Mel Burgess’s performance in support of The Victoria Foundation, please visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/FunnyWomen.

Cheques to be made payable to: ‘The New Victoria Medical Foundation’.

Send donations to: The New Victoria Medical Foundation, St David’s House, 15 Worple Way, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, TW10 6DG.

For further information about The Victoria Foundation contact:

Lorna Votier on 020 8332 1792 l.votier@thenewvictoriamedicalfoundation.org

Or visit www.newvictoriamedicalfoundation.co.uk .  Charity Number: 292841.

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