IN a sold-out Victoria Hall Theatre, Harlow Labour Party staged ‘Stand Up for Harlow’, an evening of comedy and music event which produced raucous laughter and joy, thanks to an eclectic mix of acts.
The event, which was held on 15 September, aimed to showcase topical and highly engaging entertainment and feedback from audience members of all political hues suggests that it achieved just that.
‘Voices of Harlow Choir’, opened the evening before Braintree comedian Rob Saunders and second act, ‘the unashamedly middle class’ Nick Hall warmed up the audience and set the tone for the evening with their wry observational comedy.
Next up was comic Jenan Younis who’s routine drew heavily on her upbringing as an ‘ethnic’ in a 1000 pupil Girls School in Surrey and offered a wry look at the politics of the middle eastern regions of her parents’ birth.
The second half opened with an excellent set from Harlow’s very own Valaitis Brothers, before ex ‘The Voice’ semi-finalist, and now stand up comedian Jordan Gray wrung every ounce of humour from the lived experience of a transgender female.
The evening took a joyful but surreal turn with the appearance of Kat Bond. Her act, premised on a search for her family who abandoned her at birth in ‘a bin in Bush Fair’, earned her another prestigious award at the Edinburgh fringe this year.
The final performance, Lolly Jones as ‘Burlesque Theresa May’ brought the house down and ended the evening on a tremendous high.
The evening was seamlessly MC’d by Harlow Young Labour’s Rhiannon May-Jenkins, taking on her first ever comparing role and undoubtedly a rising star to watch.
Harlow Labour Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate, Laura McAlpine said, “Thank you and congratulations to everyone who helped make ‘Stand up for Harlow’ the incredible success that it was.
“We’re excited about organizing more events like this which bring people together to have a good time and enjoy our wonderful and diverse culture. Already we are discussing an even bigger event in Spring 2019. Watch this space!”