Laugh­ter is best medicine

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Leah MacRae

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!

Shield­inch Shenani­gans

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.sll­cbox­of­ for de­tails.

Sup­port­ing a great cause from River City at the night Leah was joined by some of her col­leagues

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