NI: The Ball is coming to Belfast

Special Live and uncensored screening of the Secret Policeman's Ball to take place at the Black Box

Tickets have just gone on sale for a special live and uncensored ‘cinecast’ in Belfast of Amnesty International’s legendary comedy and music show, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, which takes place in London on 14 October. Stars such as Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Chevy Chase, The Mighty Boosh, Jennifer Saunders and The Zutons will be broadcast live and direct to the Black Box in Belfast’s on Saturday 14th October.

This will be a one-off chance to catch the uncut show outside the Royal Albert Hall. The performance will be beamed simultaneously, live and uncensored, from The Hall to just one venue in Ireland, Belfast’s very own Black Box in the heart of Cathedral Quarter.

Tickets are now available for just £8, from the Belfast Welcome Centre in person or on 028 9024 6609.

Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland Programme Director for Amnesty International said:
“The Secret Policeman’s Ball has always been about ‘firsts’. This year we’re using the latest technology to bring cutting edge comedy and unexpected collaborations to a wider audience. The Ball launches Amnesty’s 'Protect The Human Week’, when we want to inspire as many people as possible to join us in standing up for humanity and human rights.”

“It’s exciting to be able to bring the Ball to Northern Ireland – live by satellite and on a big screen. Normally we might miss out on the excitement of an event like this, but now people can come along to the Black Box and have a great night, all in the name of human rights.”

Thirty years ago in 1976, Amnesty International, with a little help from John Cleese and his friends, began producing world-changing comedy shows that promoted human rights. The series, collectively known as The Secret Policeman’s Balls, consisted of seven shows and lasted until 1991, taking the UK public by storm.

Re-invented for the 21st century, The Secret Policeman’s Ball in 2006 – which launches Amnesty International’s ‘Protect The Human Week’ – will feature Al Murray, Chevy Chase, Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Jennifer Saunders, Jimmy Fallon, The Mighty Boosh, Jon Culshaw, Meera Syal, Omid Djalili, Jessica Stevenson, Ronni Ancona, Seth Green, Richard E Grant, Andrew Maxwell, The Gorillaz characters, The Zutons, and The Magic Numbers in a night of never-before-seen material and collaborations.

Comedian Jimmy Carr said, 'I support Amnesty International because who knows when I'll be chained to a radiator and beaten with a rubber truncheon. I think it's Thursday, 4.30, Soho but I'll have to check my diary.'

Tickets are now available for just £8, from the Belfast Welcome Centre in person or on 028 9024 6609.

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