An extra Fringe benefit

Byrne heads Amensty's new fundraiser

Ed Byrne and Rory Bremner are to appear in an extra benefit show added to the Edinburgh Fringe programme.

The gig, in aid of Amnesty International, has been announced because Byrne had to pull out of the charity's other fundraiser, Stand-Up For Freedom.

The new show, Ed Byrne and Friends Stand Up for Freedom, will be at the Assembly Rooms on August 13.

It will be Ed Byrne's only performance at the Edinburgh Festival this year.

Stand Up for Freedom will still take place as planned on midnight on 21 August. The new bill includes Boothby Graffoe, Shazia Mirza and Jimeoin.

Amnesty's fundraiser in Scotland, Geoff Pope, said: "We have a fantastic
Line-up for both shows, and I know they will be extremely popular.

"There is a serious message to Stand Up for Freedom. These gigs highlight the fact that even in the 21st century people continue to be denied their right to peaceful freedom of expression."

Tickets for both gigs, priced £12.50, are available from the Assembly Rooms box office on 0131 226 2428.

Published: 31 Jul 2002

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