Comic will raise a smile for charity

Red Dreams are opening new charity rooms called the Pluto Room. It will be opened by comedian Patrick Monahan
Red Dreams are opening new charity rooms called the Pluto Room. It will be opened by comedian Patrick Monahan

A TOP comedian will officially open a music and performing charity’s latest addition.

Funnyman Patrick Monahan will cut the ribbon on The Pluto Room at Red Dreams, which he is a patron of, in Hartlepool on Bank Holiday Monday.

The new multi-functional space, which will be used by young performers and the local community, has been made possible thanks to a £15,000 donation by a Hartlepool business person who wants to stay out of the limelight.

It has been created by transforming a vacant business unit next door to Red Dreams’ headquarters in Whitby Street, South.

Comedian Patrick, 37, became a patron around six months ago when he supported a Christmas single for Bradley Lowery recorded at Red Dreams.

A regular on the stand-up circuit, he won the ITV comedy contest Show Me the Funny and also appeared on the diving gameshow Splash.

As well as cutting the ribbon, he will entertain guests and there will be live music performances from 6.30pm that evening.

Patrick joins an impressive line of the charity’s patrons including singer songwriter Frank Turner, Reading and Leeds favourites Enter Shikari and the talented film director Neil Marshall, who is currently working on top television series Game of Thrones.

Dawn McManus, 43, a founder of Red Dreams, said: “To have Patrick, Frank and the guys from Enter Shikari supporting our small charity is amazing.

“We have always been driven by the young people, challenged by their dreams, and to have these talented people backing us is testament to the belief that we can achieve our goals.

“To have Patrick, a local North East lad, here opening the Pluto Room is just fantastic.”

Husband Ian, 44, added: “We are so very proud to have one of the UK’s leading film directors on board supporting the services and facilities we offer and provide for young people.”

Like Red Dreams itself, the story behind the name of the new venue is closely linked to Kyle McManus, who died aged 16, in 2007, from a brain haemorrhage.

He wrote a story about Pluto being declassified as a planet.

Red Dreams hope that local businesses, organisations, groups, and performers will look at using the new space and tours will be given on the opening night.

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