Stand Up And Be Counted

Posted on: March 16th, 2015 by Trevor | No Comments

Having helped kill off Margaret Thatcher in Maggie’s End, Ed is now taking aim at the current crop of politicians in a new play.

The Accidental Activist is an anti-cuts play that includes additional funnies from Sod The Tories regulars, top Newcastle-based stand-up comedian John Scott and John Gibson.

“It’s like a cross between The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and Citizen Smith with a bit of Russell Brand hoyed in. It’s canny funny!” said Ed.

Featuring sketches, songs and stand-up, the Accidental Activist will be directed by our mate Russell Floyd (EastEnders, The Bill ) who starred in the London run of Maggie’s End and our play Photo Finish and who performs in this with top North East actresses Rachel Adamson, an award winner in Motherland, and Sammy Dobson, from Byker Grove and Joe Maddison’s War.

The play follows comedian Johnny Snowball (Russell Floyd) who wants an easy life but, confronted by more government austerity measures, reluctantly enters the battle to fight the cuts.

Ed added: “None of us is a member of any political party but we are all angry and frustrated that the rich are get disgustingly richer at a time when there are food banks, inadequate housing, zero hour working and young people with no future.

“It’s simply untrue that there is no alternative to cuts and austerity. Sadly that voice is not being aired by any party at the moment.”

The tour will coincide with the run-up to the General Election.

Tickets at all venues cost only £10.

The Accidental Activist will tour as follows (all shows start at 7.30pm):

Monday & Tuesday, April 27 & 28: The Stand Comedy Club, Newcastle (0191) 3009700

Thursday, April 30. The City Theatre, Durham,  DH1 3RA (0191) 384 3515

Friday, May 1, Westovian Theatre, South Shields, NE33 2JS (0191) 454 4167

Saturday, May 2, The Dun Cow (Head of Steam), Sunderland, SR1 3HA

(0191)  567 2262 or 07854048155