Stand-up comic Damian Kingsley’s ‘Knock Knock’ tour from Land’s End to Edinburgh for homeless charity Shelter arrives at The Beambridge on Tuesday 19 April.
The tour began on 24 March and finishes at the Edinburgh Festival in August. To underline the plight of homelessness Damian is travelling without money or public transport throughout the tour, relying on being offered shelter, food and lifts on the way. In return for support he’s promising to tell jokes to anyone, anywhere – and is ready to even mow lawns in return for the use of a washing machine or somewhere to sleep.
Damian said: “It’s so important we raise money and awareness for Shelter, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to do this. I’m as worried as I am excited about the ‘Knock Knock’ tour, but my experience will obviously be no more than a small insight into what homeless people go through every day of their lives.
“Gigs are free but the whole point is to raise money for Shelter, so there’ll be a collection at the end of each gig. If you can’t attend a gig yourself but would like to support the tour a Virgin money giving page has been set up:
Julie Bolt, Shelter’s Head of Community and Events, said: “We’re hugely thankful to Damian for undertaking such an extraordinary challenge to raise funds for Shelter. All the money he raises will go directly towards making sure no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
“We wish him the best of luck on the tour and encourage everyone to go along if they get the opportunity. You’ll not only help Shelter but also get to have a brilliant night out at the same time.”
Damian did his first few gigs in Tokyo where he lived for 8 years as an English teacher and translator. In 2009 he returned to the UK and has been performing all over the country ever since. He lives in Sedlescombe, near Hastings.