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A little bit of banter to liven up Romford town centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 June 2015

Banter is a new venture which has been awrded funding from the Mayor's High Street Fund. Organisers Charlotte Trower and Lauren Martin

Banter is a new venture which has been awrded funding from the Mayor's High Street Fund. Organisers Charlotte Trower and Lauren Martin

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Laugh out loud with secret pop up comedy evenings that will bring a “new lease of life” to Romford town centre.

Romford Contemporary Arts Programme has launched Banter, a new comedy venture where residents can enjoy a monthly comedy club that takes place in different venues in Romford.

Lauren Martin, project manager, said: “It is really exciting as it is something different that we can give back to the area.

“It’s fun going out for a drink, but I think it can be made even better with a bit of comedy on the side!”

The programme has received funding from the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund to help promote comedy in the borough, bringing it to different locations – both abandoned and inhabited – from Fiction nightclub to the streets of Romford themselves.

Well known comedians including Maff Brown, Ellie Taylor from BBC Three’s Snog Marry Avoid? and Romford girl Sarah Pascoe are all signed up to take part in the first comedy nights taking place at the Quadrant Arcade on Friday.

Lauren said: “We’re really happy that we’ve got such a great line-up for the first night as hopefully this will encourage more people to come along.

“I don’t think anything like this has been done before in Havering so from our perspective it’s a great opportunity to provide what’s lacking and give the area in general a new lease of life.

“One day we believe we can be the centre of a cultural hub where people don’t have to leave the borough to have access to creativity.”

The first night of Banter will start at 6.30pm at the Quadrant Arcade with a £5 entrance fee – for further information visit banter-romford.co.uk


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