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Laughing for Amnesty

A COMEDY show in support of Amnesty International is taking to the stage this Friday.

Held in the Lerwick Legion, the event will provide a local twist on the long-running Secret Policeman’s Ball series held in aid of the human rights organisation.

The gig will feature improv comedy from local ensemble The Imposters, as well as stand-up from recent Edinburgh Fringe festival successes Marjolein Robertson and Les Sinclair.

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While there is no entry fee, donations are welcomed and all funds raised will go towards Amnesty International.

Amy Garrick-Wright, chair of the local Amnesty branch, said she is “proud” to take the Secret Policeman’s Ball up north in conjunction with the Shetland Comedy group.

“Since the first ball 40 years ago, Amnesty International has worked hand-in-hand with comedians to raise funds and awareness of human rights,” she said.

“We at Amnesty Shetland are proud to continue this tradition, and are very excited to be working with Shetland Comedy for a night of home-grown improv and stand-up for a good cause.”

Robertson, who is also the leader of The Imposters, added: “The Secret Policeman’s Ball has always held an air of mystery, so I am excited that we will have a Shetland Comedy Secret Policeman’s Ball, this time merging improv and stand up.

“You should come, you can laugh and enjoy yourself – for a good cause.”

Doors will open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. The organisers added that “no guarantees can be made that the material will be suitable for under 18s” due to the unscripted improv on stage.

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