January 21, 2013
The Vicar of Dibley co-writer visited Teignmouth recently and had a packed audience at Bitton House rolling in the aisles…
Comedy writer and producer Paul Mayhew-Archer, co-writer of The Vicar of Dibley with Richard Curtis, presented an evening of stories and jokes illustrated by TV clips as an exclusive benefit evening for The Helen Foundation.
With a delicious buffet provided by Shaldonian Rockpool Catering Services (Angie Harrison – thank you Angie!), an auction of signed comedy DVDs and a raffle, the evening raised nearly £1,500 for the charity. The Foundation’s Chairman Roger Kirk wrote:
“We have had such a lot of positive feedback for this charity benefit evening! All of us hugely enjoyed the event. Paul is an immensely gifted comedy script writer and producer, having worked on some of TV’s best known comedy shows. Currently working as script editor on Mrs Brown’s Boys, he spends increasing amounts of time on charitable fund-raising. His evening in Teignmouth was a brilliantly well-judged blend of anecdote, explanation and truly funny jokes. As impressive to everyone, too, was the way Paul handled the Q&A session in the second half. Listening sympathetically to the questions and answering in detail, Paul also managed to weave in further remarkable stories that took us off into the wilder realms of comedy-writing. Paul is a personal friend of the Kirk family and when he learned of Helen’s death he could not have been more supportive. He pledged to help the Foundation and this evening presentation was further generosity on his part, including as it did the gifting of the signed DVDs for auction and refusing any payment for his travel from Oxfordshire. We are very grateful to Paul for a truly memorable evening.”
DVDs of the evening, filmed by Blackboard Associates Media are soon available from The Helen Foundation with profits going to the charity. Please get in contact with us if you are interested in purchasing a copy.