Coming soon: School of Comedy does Red Nose Day

Coming into my work inbox this afternoon arrived an announcement from School of Comedy, the comedy improv clubs for children that spawned the E4 sketch show and  numerous Edinburgh Fringe show. I interviewed some of the gang for The Stage Podcast in August last year as they rehearsed for a short spell in Edinburgh, and then took cast and crew photos for a preview screening of the second E4 series the following month.

With Comic Relief Red Nose Day coming up, the latest batch of funny kids will be performing a charity improv show on Saturday. From SoC organisers Laura Lawson and Tara Carr:

Huge apologies for the late LATE notice, but we are going to do a sponsored non-stop improv session for an hour and a half for comic relief, hosted by the original School of Comedy troupe including Jack Harries, Beth Rylance and The Narnia Blockbuster star, Will Poulter. So, that’s all 80 children from our London clubs, and the cast of the E4 show, on stage together, to raise money for comic relief – and what better way to support comic relief than with the future of British comedy … our amazing kids! BUT IT HAS TO BE THIS SATURDAY!!!

The event will be at the Tabernacle Theatre in Notting Hill (more location information on Google Maps), on Saturday, March 12 at 2pm prompt. The show is expected to last an hour and a half, and will cost £10 on the door.

If you can’t make it, but want to donate to Comic Relief, there is a School of Comedy Comic Relief donation page enabling you to do so online (UK residents, don’t forget to select the Gift Aid option so that your donation goes even further).

A Very Musical Evening, Wilton’s Music Hall

It’s a sobering thought, but every 24 hours in Britain, another six young people are diagnosed with cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust is working to provide dedicated units within hospitals to provide specialist support for young people and their families.

Anthony Drewe, one half of Honk! and Mary Poppins writing duo Stiles and Drewe, will at the end of October embark on a gruelling trek through the Himalayas to raise much needed funds for the charity (you can donate at his JustGiving page). And for the same charity, he and Elliot Davis (who will also be trekking) put on Sunday night’s fund-raising concert.

And it was a superb, unique evening that it was an intense privilege to attend.

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It’s all for charity

On the night where the BBC concentrates on [raising money for Children in Need](, time to celebrate children who are raising money for others…

To commemorate their school friend who was killed in a road accident earlier this year, pupils at Guisborough’s Laurence Jackson School initially raised £5,000 for the local air ambulance, and have now supplemented that with a further £1,000 by doing a sponsored swim in the North Sea.

I don’t know much more than that, other than what is in [this news story]( And that only came to my attention because one of the pupils presenting the cheque is my namesake, Scott Matthewman.

I don’t know him. If we’re related, we’ll be very distant relations indeed. But to even share a name with someone who’s doing such good work for charity is humbling.

If you’ve come to this site looking for someone who does good work, you’ve found the wrong Scott Matthewman. You don’t want me, you want the other one.