Event Date: 30th October, 2017
A high profile line-up of comedy stars joined forces in Islington’s Union Chapel, London, on 30 October to raise cash for the Integrated Education Fund. The “Class Acts” show was hosted by comedian and actress Wendy Wason who also supported the IEF at the “Stand Up for Integrated Education” night in Belfast in 2016.
The stars taking to the stage at the historic venue were Al Murray, Sara Pascoe, Carl Donnelly, Shane Todd, Aisling Bea and Jarlath Regan. After the comedy the audience enjoyed music from ‘new tone Ska’ band HeavyBall, who played an acoustic set.
As well as bringing some of the UK and Ireland’s best-loved comedic acts together, Class Acts also highlighted the reconciliation and understanding that is the result of educating Northern Irish children together regardless of their religion, race and nationality.
Wendy Wason said
“My husband is from Northern Ireland and is a supporter of integrated education there. After attending a couple of IEF events with him I knew I wanted to do something to support their amazing work. Northern Ireland has made so much positive progress over recent years but we need to do what we can to support efforts to sustain and build on it. That’s why I’m so pleased to do my bit for the IEF.”
IEF’s campaign fundraiser, Ronan McCay added:
“As well as expressing enormous gratitude to Wendy, who has been a driving force behind the “Class Acts” show, I want to convey a big ‘thank you’ to all the acts giving so generously of their time to help us. It’s been a really good night and from the laughter generated I would say the whole audience would agree with me. I also want to record our appreciation to the Irish Post for being our media partner for this event. All that goodwill is deeply appreciated.”
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