Red nose show draws crowd at Norwich church
People of all ages enjoyed an evening of entertainment at the Big Red Nose Show at a Norwich church which raised over £300 for Comic Relief.
By Mark Sims
Thursday 17 March saw 64 people of all ages show up at The Norman Centre
in Mile Cross for ‘The Big Red Nose Show’, an evening of entertainment in aid of Comic Relief organised by King’s Community Church
, who run a church service and activities at the centre, along with their main site on King’s Street.
The evening involved face-painting and refreshments, including a multitude of colourful cakes that I gorged myself on prior to the main event, a two-act play created by both the youth and adult sections of Loose Change Theatre Company, written and rehearsed over a couple of months.
It spoofed a typical Comic Relief TV night; hyper-enthusiastic presenters, heart-rending appeals, the Comic Relief song, etc, except with the twist that this was African Red Nose Day, raising money for the UK towards such worthy causes as preventing the cruelty of children’s paper rounds and the persecution of Leprechauns.
Event organiser and play director Tim Hughes described the evening as "Fantastic. It’s wonderful to see all sorts of different people coming together to make something like this happen. I felt very privileged to be a part of it. It’s a rare thing, an evening of people celebrating others and what they have to offer. I hope we can facilitate more and more of that."
Highlights of the show included, ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of IKEA’ and Queen Elizabeth II performing Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ (i.e. beat poverty) from the youth theatre, mostly made up of local children, some of whose parents also attended. One mother commented that her child really enjoyed Loose Change and talked about it all the time.
The adult actors were also on good form with ‘The African Apprentice’ as well as the ‘official’ African Comic Relief single, ‘The Sound of the Underground’, as performed by that well-known Girls Aloud African tribute act, The Louder Girls, of which I am happy to say I was a member. As a Loose Change Theatre participant, I enjoyed performing in the play and I’m glad that so many came to watch us make fools of ourselves for charity. King’s Mile Cross churchgoer and resident of nearby Hellesdon, Sharon Copland
, said that the performances were of “a good standard all around.”
African Comic Relief’s ‘grand total’ was 20,000,000 Zimbabwean Dollars, which we estimated, possibly inaccurately, to be about two Pounds Sterling. In reality, the event raised over £300 for Comic Relief. City Council Community Engagement Officer Emma Penfold
, also present, added that “Loose Change Theatre is enabling local young people to grow in confidence and social awareness; last Thursday's Red Nose Show celebrated these achievements through a fantastic fun evening with the community, supporting both the budding actors and Comic Relief - community spirit at its best!”
Loose Change currently have space for a few more group members in both adult and youth groups. To find out more, check out www.kings-norwich.com/loosechange or ring Tim Hughes at the King’s Centre on 01603 765795.