Arts Preview: Secret Policeman’s Ball 2016

QMU, 19th February 2015

The annual Secret Policeman’s Ball, presented by GU Amnesty International will take over the QMU this Friday. Formal dress, officer status, and discretion not required.

The award-winning comedy and variety show has become an established part of the campus calendar. Now in its 8th year, in the past it has fundraised over £1000 for human rights advocacy by Amnesty UK in one night and featured names such as Susan Calman and Eleanor Morton. With a line-up curated by host Billy Kirkwood and an after-party in Jim’s Bar ‘til late, the Ball is the reading week night out you need.

Always an event to champion student talent, there will be sets from Glasgow Stand-Up and Sketch Society and Ross Wylie, alumnus of Student Theatre at Glasgow.

Improv Wars are also on the bill, so if you like watching professional adults think on their feet risking public humiliation to entertain an audience without prior planning, don’t miss it.

Headlining this year is upcoming stand-up talent, Ashley Storrie. Her Edinburgh show last year, ‘A Very Tall Storrie’, received attention in its own right after years of performing with her mother, Janey Godley. According to Chortle, “Storrie delivers her jokes in a brash, no-nonsense manner, sometimes referring to her handwritten diaries from the age of 16”.

Entertainment aside there will be opportunity to engage with current campaigns, including awareness-raising of climate change as a human rights issue.

Co-organiser Rian Devlin says: “This is our biggest event of the year and it never disappoints. Human rights campaigning can be tough but nights like Ball make it all worth it, bringing Amnesty’s work to the attention of a wider audience in a sociable and fun setting. Oh, and the dress code is hats.”

Check out the Facebook event for more details and ticket links: https://www.facebook.com/events/1693690217514278/

[Ellen MacAskill]

 

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