Lauren in The Fifteen StreetsSunderland actress Lauren Waine is repaying the faith the Sunday for Sammy Trust has in her by appearing in the Sketch for Sammy show that will be held at the Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle on Sunday, August 7.

Lauren, 20, a former Monkwearmouth School pupil, will be one of the Laffalang Gang who will perform new comedy sketches by new writers and some established Laffalang favourites.

Lauren, who lives in Seaburn, studied at St Peters College, Sunderland, before becoming an attendee of the prestigious Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, which she joined in September 2014 thanks to financial support from the Sunday for Sammy Trust.

A former member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, which she attended in 2010, her honours include the 2011 Pride of South Tyneside Award for Young Performer of the Year and last month she was awarded the nationally acclaimed Laurence Olivier Bursery Award.

After performing at the Edinburgh festival in August, Lauren will return to Liverpool in September for her third and final year.

Lauren explained: “Thanks to the wonderful work of Sunday for Sammy I am able to do the things I’m doing. The support from the charity has been invaluable and I’m delighted that I can repay some of their support by being involved in the brilliant Sketch for Sammy.”

Lauren will also be appearing in the Summer Laffalang at Westovian Theatre, South Shields, on Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24. The evening will be a celebration of  South Tyneside comedy legend Bob Stott. The profits from the show will be donated to Children’s Heart Unit Fund at Freeman Hospital.

Judging for this year’s Sunday for Sammy Sketch competition takes place at The Stand on Sunday August 7th at 2pm with Geordie legends including Ray Laidlaw, Billy Mitchell and Geoff Wonfor making that all important decision as to who has written the funniest sketch. The winning sketch will be featured in the next Sunday For Sammy Concert in 2018.