Levity comedy event continues to gain momentum

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The Levity Festival is exploding into life with new entertainment and competitions constantly being added to the line-up.

The new comedy event is being held on the Embankment from July 19-21, and boasts industry giants such as Pub Landlord Al Murray, Lee Nelson and Omid Djalili.

CBBC star Ed Petrie will be starring across all three days. Ed, who is renowned for translating the words of his lovable cactus on the well known children’s programme Ed and Ocho will be appearing with a different selection of his star friends, entertaining grown ups and kids alike.

Other names on the giant bill include Alun Cochrane, Matt Forde, Maeve Higgins, Steven K Amos and Phil Cool.

The festival will boast seven stages, six of which will be under cover, with a main arena seating up to 10,000 people.

*A comedy competition run by local promoter and Peterborough Telegraph cartoonist John Elson is also proving very popular, with 50 applications in one day last week.

The winner of the ‘Foster Within tent’ comedy competition will pick up £1,000, while other pizes include “Win your weight in Fosters larger” and free Papa Luigi pizzas,

The winning comedian also gets to appear on a main stage to impress celebrity judges, while Peter Burrow the Posh mascot will be assisting,

*A separate joke competition is offering £1,000 of VIP tickets or cases of beer up for grabs by emailing your best jokes to Jokes@levityfestival.co.uk. Members of the public can vote for their favourite joke on the Levity website joke page www.levityfestival.co.uk/jokes

The rules are simple: no swear words, innuendoes acceptable, and nothing too rude

*Stamford Wildcats Theatre Academy will be performing numbers from their superb interpretation of the musical Rent, which featured for one night only at the Cresset last week.

The talented cast had spent time working with people from the Terrance Higgins Trust to learn more about the harrowing effects of HIV/Aids in the 1980s and 1990s.

But their diligent research paid off with a slick and polished performance of the seventh-longest running Broadway show in history, boasting songs such as Seasons of Love and What You Own.

With brilliant choreography from Kelly-Ann Soper, the second half of the performance really lifted things to a whole new level, and the only disappointment was that more people were not present to see the performance.

But that might be rectified when Jordon Poole (Mark Cohen), Matty Nunn (Angel), Lauren McAvoy (Maureen) and the rest of the cast reprise their roles on the opening evening with a medley of Rent songs, as well as pieces from Chicago and Ghost.

Wildcats have also volunteered to help start the Celebrity flash mobbing, which will be raising money for Comic Relief.

Other Wildcats activities across the weekend for visiting youngsters include various musical workshops (Thriller, Hairspray, We Will Rock You and more) an ​Angelina Ballerina Dance Class, A ​Glee club choir, and various party dances.

Ticket prices vary across the event.

For more information on the full line up go to www.levityfestival.co.uk.