A TOP comedian and a festival favourite have been announced as patrons of a talent-nurturing organisation.
Middlesbrough comic Patrick Monahan and festival performer Frank Turner, described as a folk-punk singer, are backing Hartlepool’s Red Dreams, based in Whitby Street South.
Frank has headlined both the O2 and Wembley arenas, had high billing at the Leeds and Reading festivals and his latest album Tape Deck Heart has sold more than 200,000 copies so far, entering the UK charts at number 2 and the iTunes chart at number 1.
Patrick appeared on ITV’s Splash and won Show Me The Funny in 2011 and is a regular on the UK comedy circuit.
He is also a familiar face at Hartlepool’s Flix Comedy Club. The celebrities’ support comes as Red Dreams, founded by Dawn and Ian McManus in memory of the son Kyle, 16, who died from a brain haemorrhage in 2007, open their new venue The Pluto Room on Friday, April 11.
It is an extension to their current base and primarily offers a performance venue for young people, with a stage, sound and lights and also offers training, courses, exhibitions and seminars.
Dawn, 43, said: “Red Dreams is far more than just a place where creativity thrives, it’s somewhere people can feel they belong, learn to be themselves and grow, and then pass on what they have learnt to others. The Pluto Room is an ideal extension to this.”
Ian, 44, added: “To have Frank and Patrick on board is fantastic. It comes at such a great time with the opening of The Pluto Room. Kyle was funny, and musically creative. It just feels right.”