A charity which helps vulnerable families with young children in Aberdeen is to get an unexpected cash boost – with a side order of belly laughs – from the city’s own laughter merchants The Flying Pigs.
For the comedy troupe are to stage an exclusive one-night only performance at His Majesty’s Theatre – called A Bit of Crackling – on Saturday, July 18, in aid of Home Start Aberdeen, whose volunteers give practical and emotional support to local vulnerable and isolated families in their own homes.
As it is likely to be the only chance to catch The Flying Pigs in full flight at HMT this year, tickets are expected to fly out the door when they go on sale this Thursday (February 19) online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty's Theatre.
“This fundraising performance means a great deal to Home-Start Aberdeen,” says Georgette Cobban, scheme manager, Home-Start Aberdeen. “The scheme works with up to 150 local families per year, however we currently have over 30 on our waiting list.
“It is hoped that we can use the funds raised from The Flying Pigs’ show to recruit and train the additional volunteers that we so desperately need to assist these families as quickly as possible.
“Our home visiting volunteers perform a vital role by working with referred families to help them access relevant health and welfare services, manage family budgets and nutrition, engage with their communities and – perhaps most importantly – enjoy family life again.
“We are very grateful to The Flying Pigs – and to the show’s main sponsor Stewart Spence and The Marcliffe Hotel – for supporting us in our quest to continue to meet the growing needs of our local communities.”
One of the Flying Pigs, John Hardie, says: "We're delighted to be able to support Home Start. Many of us have young children ourselves and we know how rewarding and how challenging being a parent can be.
“Any charity that helps people to give their children the best possible start in life deserves support."
The Flying Pigs – Moray Barber, Andrew Brebner, Elaine Clark, Simon Fogiel, Greg Gordon, Susan Gordon, John Hardie, Craig Pike and Steve Rance - first met at Aberdeen Student Show in 1997.
Within the year, they performed their first show, Last Tango in Powis at the Lemon Tree Studio, which was a sell-out, setting a trend for the next 17 years.
Where Seagulls Dare, was followed by a headline spot in Aberdeen Arts Centre’s first ever Comedy Festival in October 2001 and sold out there again in 2002.
At His Majesty’s Theatre, their first show was The Seagull Has Landed which was followed by Desperate Fishwives, How to Look Good Glaikit, The Silence of the Bams and a two-week run of Finzean in the Rain in November 2013.
In 2007 The Flying Pigs recorded the first of three series of Desperate Fishwives for Radio Scotland, and a half hour TV pilot for BBC Scotland was filmed on location in Aberdeen and surrounding nether-regions in April 2010 and broadcast in the following December.
In April 2008, the troupe performed at the civic reception to honour Scotland the What? as they received the Freedom of the City of Aberdeen.