Sunday for Sammy: past shows & DVDs
Sunday for Sammy 2016
The show opened with something new, 'Not the Great North Run' starred Denise Welch, Charlie Hardwick, Angie Lonsdale and Brendan Foster, he's not happy with their training regime or the route they took!
Nuggets in the laughter-packed show include Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' latest Auf Wiedersehen Pet adventure into classic Greek mythology - Denise Welch as Helen of Blyth, anyone? Dennis, Neville and Moxey have never looked better in togas and Stephen Tomkinson's Zeus was a tour de force.
There's a new comedy quiz show, 'Mock the News for Yous Like” given a regional flavour by its cast of Jason Cook, Steffen Peddie, James Baxter, Vicky Elliott, Rosie Ramsey and Peter Peverley as a returning Bobby Thompson. The winning sketch from the 2015 'Sketch for Sammy' competition had the audience in stitches, customer Ian Paine got himself in a right state trying to buy a coffee from Pam Royle and Laura Norton.
There’s also hilarious takes on local sporting rivalry in 'Derby Day' and a suggestion for the future in 'The Mackems and the Geordies' which features Denise Welch, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately and Jill Halfpenny with the exhilarating Newcastle College Chorus. Act two opened with a moving tribute to Brendan Healy, stalwart of Sunday for Sammy since its inception. There were tears of laughter and sadness and a standing ovation both front of house and backstage.
The all-star Houseband featuring Billy ‘the glue’ Mitchell and backing vocalists the Sammyettes raised the roof and musical highlights were provided by the wonderful Jill Halfpenny; Ray Stubbs produced gritty R&B; Pete Scott had us in stitches with 'Kuala Lumpur Clegg'; Lorraine Crosby gave us a barnstorming 'Proud Mary'; Charlie Hardwick charmed us with her group 'Kissed' and returning hero Ray Jackson starred in a stunning finale with some Lindisfarne classics. We've said it before but this has never been more true, Sunday for Sammy 2016 really is the best one yet!
The Very Best of Sunday for Sammy Vol.1
The 'cream of the crop', the 'pick of the bunch', the 'cherry on the cake'.... all of these superlatives can be used to describe the fantastic performances featured on this DVD taken from the shows staged between 2004 and 2008.
Produced and Directed by Geoff Wonfor.
Olympic athlete Brendan Foster as the Emperor's Messenger? World champion boxer Glen McCrory and Newcastle United Fairs Cup hero Cap'n Bob Moncur as Roman Soldiers? Where else but on stage in Sunday for Sammy 2014 would you experience these dramatic delights? It's a measure of the enduring appeal of Sunday for Sammy that sportsmen of their caliber are prepared to put on the costumes and make-up and join the cast of celebrity North East performers to enchant the audience at what has become the flagship entertainment event in the North's calendar.
The now legendary Clement and La Frenais 'Auf Wiedersen Pet' sketch was set on Hadrian's Wall and Tim Healy, Kevin Whately and Christopher Fairbank were joined in this tale of Roman bricklaying and matrimonial misdemeanors bt Denise Welch, Julia Tobin, Peter Peverley, Lesley Saint John, Pam Royle, Ingrid Hageman and Jeff Brown in addition to the three illustrious sportsmen. All were kept in check by the Emperor's Tribune, played with gusto by the inimitable and hilarious Brendan Healy.
Early in the show Billy Mitchell gave the audience a short history of Sunday for Sammy before introducing Sammy newcomers Chris Ramsay and Jason Cook (Hebburn) plus Laura Norton (Emmerdale) Simon Donald (Him off the Viz) and Charles Lawson (Coronation Street) who joined Charlie Hardwick, Joe Caffrey, Angie Lonsdale and Les Robson in two hilarious sketches written by Trevor Wood and Ed Waugh. (Apologies in advance to Ant and Dec and Lee Hall).
Comedian Steve Womack and songwriter Pete Scott had the audience in stitches, Chelsea Halfpenny and Tom Mitchell performed a stunning duet, the Kids from Sage gave us a glimpse of the future and Sunday for Sammy grantee Immy Williams sang one of her outstanding songs.
As usual at Sunday for Sammy the music rocked the house, with duets from both Tim Healy and Lorraine Crosby and Jill and Chelsea Halfpenny. Ray Stubbs and Billy Mitchell gave us music that shook the City Hall to its foundations; all accompanied by the magnificent Geordienaires and Scarlet Street.