Laughter is best medicine
What do you get when you put Sanjeev Kohli, Darren Connell, Gerry McGlaughlin, Stuart McPherson, Paul McDaniel, Whitsherface, Robert and May Miller, Who Fed Benny and the fabulous Caitlyn Van Beck all on stage at one event?
The first EVER Just For Breaths Comedy Gala is what you get, and what a night it was! I decided to arrange this event in aid of the wonderful Butterfly Trust who support people living with Cystic Fibrosis and their families in Scotland. As ambassador for the trust I’ve always said I would do my very best to raise as much awareness for cystic fibrosis, the Butterfly Trust and also the importance of organ donation as I can. However with my hectic filming schedule, I always feel guilty that I’m not able to donate loads of time to doing this so this brand new annual event is my way of raising awareness for this great cause. My friend Lisa, who thankfully had a life saving double lung transplant last November, told me that comedy and laughter was and still is such a massive thing in her life to keep her focused and positive, so I decided that a comedy gala would definitely be the best way to go about things.
I cannot thank my incredible friends from the world of comedy, and also our outstanding vocalists, enough for giving up their time to perform for all of the guests, and I have to give special mention and huge thanks to Robert Miller who used all of his sound equipment and ran the sound for all the other acts before performing an awesome set with gorgeous May. What a truly brilliant man. I also have to thank lovely Ford and her team at the Alea Casino Glasgow for providing a gorgeous venue to us and donating staff for the event too.
The aim for Just For Breaths is to increase it every year in the hope that one day we may be able to sell out a whole theatre for the event. Until then we are so thrilled to have such a lovely venue hosting the event for us.
Here’s to next year! Watch this space!
The River City Cast are officially on oor summer holidays! Well I say holidays but there won’t be much fun for me this summer with intensive physio sessions to help me walk again after my Achilles’ tendon rupture.
It might not be fun but it’s so important and to say I’m excited at the thought of being able to walk again is a massive understatement.
Three and a half months on crutches is really beginning to take its toll.
This week I was thrilled when my physio said he’s confident that I will be back on my two feet for the next dates of my new show: Leah MacRae: My Big Fat, Fabulous Diary which are August 4 and 5 at the Village Theatre in East Kilbride and Rutherglen Town Hall.
I’m so excited to be back working at these lovely venues.
There are still limited tickets available for each date so grab them fast if you want to come along - see www.sllcboxoffice.co.uk for details.
Supporting a great cause from River City at the night Leah was joined by some of her colleagues