All-female comedy night celebrates International Women’s Day

The comedy was hosted at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington. Credit: the Old Queen’s Head.

An all-female line-up of comedians took to the stage yesterday in the name of International Women’s Day.

The sold-out comedy event, now in its ninth year, was hosted at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington.

This was the first year that the event was held in aid of International Women’s Day, raising more than £2,000 for Amnesty International.

Freelamnce film producer, Louise Orton, volunteer chair of the group, said: “The evening is all about great comedy and a fun night out, and this year we’re particularly proud to have an amazing, kick-ass all-female line up to mark International Women’s Day.”

“Across the world, women are standing up for themselves and others – calling out sexual abuse, fighting for equal pay and telling great jokes. We are delighted to be putting women on centre stage for this exciting event.”

One of the top performers was Faye Treacy, winner of the Best Newcomer at the Musical Comedy Awards in 2015, who said: “I’m very excited to be supporting Amnesty for International Women’s Day, alongside some of my funniest colleagues.”

While the evening was hosted by the Old Queen’s Head in Islington, previous years have seen the event take place in Hackney Picturehouse. Orton hopes she and her cohort of volunteers will be bringing some new events to the stages of Hackney later this year.