Sunday for Sammy
May 1st, 2012
Where else but at a Sunday for Sammy show could you see Auf Wiedersehen Pet’s Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Chris Fairbank and Julia Tobin in a hilarious sketch written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais that also featured Emmerdale’s Chris Chittell, Loose Women’s Denise Welch and Byker Grove’s Donna Air, all playing the parts of King Arthur and his court and kept in order by Merlin the Magician, played by the inimitable Brendan Healy.
Add to that a rapturous standing ovation for surprise guest Joe McElderry following his stunning rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’, another pair of side-splitting sketches written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood featuring Emmerdale’s Charlie Hardwick and Chelsea Halfpenny plus The Bill’s Angie Lonsdale and the RSC’s Peter Peverley.
Then there were brilliant young comedians Gavin Webster and Josh Daniels, a duet with a difference from Billy Mitchell, a very timely ode to a pasty from Tyneside Troubadour Pete Scott, cameo performances from grant recipients Nathalie Stern and Adam Taylor and the whole thing topped off with a rip-roaring selection of tunes from the rockin’ Sammy Bandits with vocals from Ray Stubbs, Tim Healy, Lorraine Crosby and Billy Mitchell.
Sunday for Sammy raises cash from the ticket sales at the shows and the income from the DVDs to help young performers at the outset of their careers. Since it’s inception in 2000 the show has become a benchmark for North East entertainment, the shows sell out in days and the DVD’s find their way into homes all over the world.
‘A warm, fuzzy, rocking and very funny show which was as tightly packed as a box load of jam.’
Sam Wonfor, The Journal.
‘The stars came to raise cash in Sammy’s name and the crowd simply went wild. I left with a smile on my face – I always do at Sunday for Sammy. A cracking neet oot!’
Gordon Barr, Newcastle Evening Chronicle.