Edinburgh Festival comedy to create new National Forest wood

A UK forest is to be created with a novel fundraiser - an Edinburgh Festival comedy event.

Leicester Comedy Festival is taking their show ‘Comedy in the Dark’ to Edinburgh Festival, with proceeds of the show helping to create Comedy Wood in The National Forest.

Comedy producer Geoff Rowe said: "Each night for two weeks, two comedians take to the stage in the pitch dark. Performers generally rely on feedback from seeing their audience, so this is really quite challenging.  We’re getting a lot of well-known comics wanting to try this – like having their security blanket removed.

"Turning all the lights off is a rather dramatic way of getting performers and audiences alike to think about the carbon footprint of a show.  It’s a bit of fun, but also a way of getting the message across.’

National Forest Company head of fundraising Lynne Richards said:  "Comedy Wood will be a real woodland in The National Forest, full of oak and ash, birch and rowan trees, a wonderfully inspiring green space for performers and public alike to visit."

Comedy Wood and Comedy in the Dark are two elements of the Greening the Laughs programme, which includes the Green Room award for venues. The aim is to produce responsible attitudes towards the environment and lower the carbon footprint of comedy events across the country.

Comedy in the Dark is at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, from 6-19 August (0131 622 6552).

Donations for Comedy Wood can be made at www.nationalforest.org/comedywood

See more information about The National Forest at www.nationalforest.org 

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