Charity evening is a personal event

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A charity evening of music and comedy will take over the Kings Theatre, Southsea, next Friday night.

The show includes performances from comedy icon Syd Little, who was one half of Little and Large with fellow comedian Eddie Large, and South Downe Musical Society’s chairman and vocalist, Alan Jenkins.

Arnold Gutbucket, real name Jim Birmingham, is a performer and comedian in the Portsmouth area. He organised the event after returning from Spain with his fiance last year to look after her 93-year-old godmother, Auntie May, who was suffering from a brain tumour.

He explains: ‘We just decided that we should put on a show and raise some money for the cause. My father and my sister-in-law had brain tumours so it’s very close to home.

‘It will just be a traditional family variety performance, with something for everyone.’

The evening will feature comedy, music, and dancing, with performers such as Tony Rudd, Georgina, Roy Charles, and a video of Auntie May.

Arnold adds: ‘They’re all pals of mine so I asked them to help me raise the money, and because of shows like Britain’s Got Talent variety is becoming more and more popular.’

The evening is in support of Brain Tumour Research.

n Tickets cost £2 to £8 from the Kings Theatre, Southsea on (023) 9282 8282 or go to