Top laughs for Newcastle University comedy award winner

A student of Newcastle University has been awarded the chance to have their comedy sketch performed at Newcastle’s City Hall.

Alison Scurfield, an English Literature and Creative writing student at Newcastle University, will see her script come to life, in a performance at the next ‘Sunday for Sammy’ concert.

Miss Scurfield’s unique sketch, which featured a computer illiterate elderly couple in ‘internet banking’, was met with a wave of success.

In her childhood, through television programmes such as Bottom and The Catherine Tate Show, Alison fostered her love for comedy, and now, as an adolescent, her interest has been transformed into reality.

As well as the winning the chance for her sketch to be performed, Alison was also awarded the ‘Sketch for Sammy 2016 Philip Richardson Award’.

Alison told The Courier “it was so exciting to hear that I had won the award.

“The Laffalang Gang who performed my sketch were amazing yet, considering the competitive cohort that they were up against, I was very surprised to win.”

The award was created in memory of Philip Richardson, a musician who tragically drowned in Whitley Bay, in the November of 2013.

His tragic and unexpected death sparked a wave of donations to his memory to celebrate his musical and comic talents.

Philip Richardson was a talented musician and a regular on the ‘open-mic’ comedy circuit in the North East.

The Philip Richardson award is also in partnership with the Sunday for Sammy Trust.

The Trust is a North East charity that organises biennial entertainment extravaganzas, which are held in the memory of the late Sammy Johnson.

The charity also provides financial support for young performers to help them develop their arts and talents. It also gives young artists the chance to perform on stage with some high profile professionals from across the region.

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