Dave’s Fave: Fire in the Blood (film screening and discussion)

Our programmer David Gillam gives a bit of thought to this eye-opening documentary. Hear his thoughts:

And come along to the screening this Friday and join in the short discussion afterward with Concern Universal:
Fire in the Blood, 22 March, The Courtyard

Laugh-in the New Year, live the healthy life… … and raise money for charity!

Did you know? Laughing for just 15 minutes can burn up to 40 calories.

So kick start your 2013 diet plans and book some tickets to see the brilliantly funny Roisin Conaty – star of BBC Three’s Impractical Jokers – who’s bringing her new stand-up show to The Courtyard for one night only on Friday, January 18th.

“Conaty, oddly, has shades of early Russell Brand, but with less misogyny, including a charming flamboyance and a turn of phrase that proves she’s a verbal gymnast as well as a pretty face.” ~ Kirstyn Smith, The List

Roisin Conaty, comedienne

Roisin Conaty, comedienne

Not only will you be doing yourself some good, you’ll be raising vital funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a cause close to the heart of organiser Melanie Denning who’s been a business development manager at The Courtyard for the last six years. ‘Our 12-year-old son Owain was diagnosed with CF at seven weeks old which was a massive shock. But his dad Chris and I picked ourselves up and decided we were going to do our utmost to keep Owain as well as possible and not let CF dominate our lives. We’re also determined to do what we can to raise money to help find a cure and Chris has done so many mad things, including three marathons, a zip wire at Man United and a tandem skydive while I’ve stuck to organising things like this comedy night, our second at The Courtyard.’

Over 9,000 people in the UK have CF, one of the most common life-threatening inherited diseases for which there is no cure, although much genetic and treatment research is going on, funded mainly by charity fundraising such as this comedy night up and down the country.

The Denning family

The Denning family

Each week five babies are born with CF and two young lives are lost to the disease although improving treatments such as antibiotics mean average life expectancy has been steadily increasing.

Melanie says she can’t wait to see Roisin, a previous winner of Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Comedy Festival, along with young Welsh comedian Dan Thomas who’ll be supporting Russell Kane later this Spring. ‘I’ve also asked Phil Pearcy, our front of house manager, to compere for us… he won our Comedy Festival’s Open Mic competition last year and is very funny so all in all, it should be a great night out for an even greater cause!’ says Melanie.

Book online or get your tickets from The Courtyard’s Box Office on 01432 340555, £15.

‘Tis the season of giving… support charities this Christmas.

The Courtyard Christmas Appeal is in full swing with members of our panto audience choosing to give some very generous donations!

All proceeds from the Appeal, which will run during pantomime Dick Whittington will be split equally between Hereford City Mayor’s chosen charities – Hereford Haven and ROBOCAP – and The Courtyard.

Could you be a good fairy this Christmas?

Could you be a good fairy this Christmas?

ROBOCAP is a charity aimed at providing “Robotics Assisted Surgery” in the Three Shires of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Worcestershire, whose main purpose is to raise £1.6 million to purchase the ‘da Vinci’ robotic surgical system designed to improve the outcomes of, in the first instance, prostate cancer surgery.

Haven provide, completely free of charge, a wide range of therapies which help people to deal with the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer. They lead the way in the field of integrated breast cancer support by offering an in-depth and individually tailored programme of care to people affected by breast cancer through their network of day centres.

“The Haven gave me a sanctuary where I could come and be calm. It was very comforting and calming –  a real lifeline.” ~ Lorna

There are many ways to give to these fantastic charities over the Christmas period. For more information go to www.courtyard.org.uk/appeal2012