Roaring Success For First Scilly Laughs Festival

scilly laughs festival 2015_2More stand-up comedy events will be coming to Scilly after organisers of June’s inaugural Scilly Laughs Festival say they are delighted with the support they received.

They’re planning an event for next year and potentially one-off sessions before Summer 2016.

The programme of three comedy nights on the islands and one evening at Penzance was the brainchild of Brighton-based comedian Julie Jepson.

Julie is passionate about Scilly from her time living and working on St Martin’s.

She convinced three fellow comics to come over for a week and perform in aid of the Cornwall Air Ambulance. £428 was raised.

Julie says she knew that the sessions were going to be well received after walking out on stage at the Old Town Inn on the first night, and getting a “deafening roar from the crowd.”

The group stayed on Tresco and Julie says they were being stopped constantly by people who had enjoyed the show.

The comics added some local observations to their comedy and Julie says the crowd loved having one island “lovingly” played off against another.

This June the comedy tour took in St Mary’s, St Martin’s and Tresco. But Julie says it will be “bigger and better” next year, with a St Agnes event as well.

She’s in talks with David Jackson of the Islands’ Partnership about next year’s festival and the possibility of adding some one-off shows beforehand.

She’s sure that the session will encourage visitors, based on comments made by people who have attended her Brighton gigs and are keen to come to the islands.

It’s likely that a similar time, the second weekend in June, will be chosen for next year.