Barristers stand up for Headway

May 19, 2016

On Wednesday 22 June, four barristers, including two Queen’s Counsel, from St John’s Buildings are swapping the courtroom for the stage to try their hand at stand-up comedy. Their aim is to provide some laughs, shout down the hecklers and raise money for Headway, the Brain Injury Charity.

Head of Chambers and Manchester’s Barrister of the Year 2016 and 2015, Sally Harrison QC, will be joined by Frances Heaton QC, Samantha Hillas and David Watson. The four will be supported by two professional comedians – so laughter is guaranteed.

Debra Jane Appleby will be MC for the evening. She is a previous winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year and Funny Women Comedy Award, and is fast becoming one of the most popular comedians on the circuit.

Laurence Clark is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, presenter and disability rights campaigner who will headline the evening. Laurence was born with cerebral palsy and uses his line of work to alter the general public’s perceptions of disabled people.

All are welcome to attend. Tickets cost £20 and are available from the Contact Theatre Box Office or call 0161 274 0600.

The event forms part of St John’s Buildings’ year of fundraising for Headway, the charity that aims to improve life after brain injury. St John’s Buildings are Charity Baton Holders for Headway throughout 2016.

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