“A Belly Full of Laughs – Post Natal Style” at
Waterman’s Theatre, 40 The High Street, Brentford, London TW8 0DS, on Saturday, 24th November, 2007, at 2-5 P.M.
They have laboured, pushed and pushed for many hours, and now The Laughing Mummies have finally given birth to A BELLY FULL OF LAUGHS. This November on Saturday 24th a group of parents, (The Laughing Mummies) will be hosting a comedy afternoon specifically for mums and dads with newborns or even older children in their thirties. The event is open to everyone not just mums so long as you are connected to a mum in some way!
The event was the brainchild of Achala Odhavj, MD of Multicultural agency Media Reach, who, as part of a personal development course, created a community project with a purpose of making a positive difference. Mum of three-year-old Aditya, Achala says, “Many parents suffer either birth trauma or post natal depression in varying degrees. My lifeline was the ‘laughter sessions’ I had with other mums and my family where we would talk about anything and everything. This really helped me feel empowered and able to believe that I am not on my own and can be a good mum as oppose to feeling a sense of failure and isolated, as often, mums do not talk about what they are going through and need to look like they are coping”.
The event will also be raising money for charities, which support women and families through perinatal illness, and also make a difference in maternity care. Two of the charities will be PNI UK and Aims. Often people know of women who suffer from postnatal depression but are not aware that it can happen at an antenatal stage as well, this is where PNI provides support. AIMS on the other hand works towards making a difference in maternity care received by women/parents.
The three-hour afternoon will aim to pump up the release of the cheap feel-good chemical, endorphin, which is naturally released from the brain following intense pain or, thank goodness, bouts of laughter. The Laughing Mummies opted for Laughter as the focus of the event, given the fact that new mums especially, have had enough of pain.
The comedy afternoon will see performances from a host of brilliant comedians including Steve Day, Sajeela Kershi, Jay Sodagar, Stuart Morrison, Darshan Sanghrajka, Wendy Wason and Ian Dennis have generously volunteered themselves for the good cause. So check out the line up below, go along and don’t forget to take your mother.
Tickets are £10 and there is an option to have an express curry for £4 at The Guru Tandoori located within the theatre premises. This can be booked at the same time as the tickets. Call Waterman’s box office on 0208 232 1010 to order tickets.
If the event is a success Achala says, “We want to have comedy promoters and clubs to create events where parents can also bring their children in their local area. Parents with babies are also being encouraged to attend and have a laugh with babe in arms – making them the youngest comedy club aficionados! You’re never too young or old for laughter! Unfortunately on this occasion we haven’t been able to organise a crèche for the older kids but are happy to have parents with babies under 6/9 months in the theatre”.