Woolwich comedy heritage as Hale and Pace launchpad marked by Greenwich Comedy Festival (From News Shopper)
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Woolwich comedy heritage as Hale and Pace launchpad marked by Greenwich Comedy Festival
WOOLWICH'S history as the capital's first comedy hotspot and launchpad for duo Hale and Pace is being marked ahead of Greenwich's own festival.
The Tramshed was once home to The Fundation, a regular night which pre-dates the Comedy Store as the capital’s first regular, modern, comedy club.
It starred an eccentric cast of comedians who attracted sell-out audiences every week. Amongst their members were Gareth Hale and Norman Pace, two men who met Avery Hill teacher training college in Eltham, and whose subsequent television success led to The Fundation being disbanded.
In the early 1980s, photographer George Plemper documented these rambunctious nights in a series of shots which are now going on show across the borough.
From October 21 to November 4, a selection of prints will be on show at the Tramshed, Woolwich Centre Library and Eltham Library.
It has been organised as part of the Greenwich Comedy Festival.
Festival organiser Cass Biggs said: "We were thrilled to come across these pictures as had no idea that The Tramshed had this incredible link with comedy. The images are so strong and transport you back thirty years and into the venue.
"The exhibition is a must see if you ever attended these shows as you might just spot yourself in the audience, and for everyone else, come take a look if only to see the outfits and hair that the people of Woolwich were rocking back then."
Visit greenwichcomedyfestival.co.uk for details.
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