Some very entertaining friends of the Integrated Education Fund will be performing on Saturday, September 10 at the Ulster Hall with a one-off comedy special, which promises to tickle ribs and bend minds.  

Stand Up for Integrated Education will present an exciting line-up of talent with Tim McGarry and David Meade joined by comedians Wendy Wason, Neil Dougan and Colin Murphy.  

All performers are giving their time in support of the IEF, the charity which works to grow integrated education in Northern Ireland in response to parental demand.

David Meade said: “I really believe that if we all put our minds to it we could move Northern Ireland forward and build a truly united community. And bringing loads of people together to enjoy a night out is a great way to grow support for integrated education. Stand Up for Integrated Education promises to be a fantastic show for a fantastic cause.”

Tim McGarry added: “I don’t know why I’m here as I don’t like kids and I’m not even getting paid. However if it’s another opportunity to stand up at the Ulster Hall and rant about what’s ridiculous about Northern Ireland – and heaven knows, a divided education system is right up there – then I’m in.”

The show is aimed at over-16s and tickets are available at £20 (plus booking fee) at the Ulster Hall box office: (028) 9033 4455 or

Stand Up for Integrated Education

Anna Caskey and Michael Small help comedian Tim McGarry and mentalist David Meade prepare for the Stand Up for Integrated Education show which plays at the Ulster Hall on September 10 in support of the Integrated Education Fund.  Photo: MT Hurson, Stills Photographic. Tim, David, Michael and Anna were photographed at Lagan College, Northern Ireland’s first planned integrated school, which opened 35 years ago.

Tim McGarry is the actor, writer, stand-up comedian and broadcaster best known for playing the part of Da in 73 episodes of the hugely popular sitcom Give My Head Peace.   He now presents The Blame Game on BBC NI where his guests often include Colin Murphy.

Colin Murphy is also known as host of Great Unanswered Questions.  His stage work includes many years of success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Colin has played sell-out shows throughout Ireland and at the Melbourne Festival as well as appearing in serious drama productions

Wendy Wason was already an established actress (TV shows include Coupling and The IT Crowd) when she launched her comedy career in 2004. She has since wowed audiences in the UK, Ireland and the USA and been a finalist in several stand-up awards.

Neil Dougan is one of the best-established stars of the Irish comedy circuit.  Apart from his hugely popular solo show, Neil has toured with the likes of Patrick Kielty and Tommy Tiernan.  Writing credits include It’s not Brazil it’s Northern Ireland and The McKeever Show.

David Meade is the man with the mind-boggling power to tell you what you’re thinking and, with many successful BBC TV projects to his name, is one of the most recognisable faces in the country. His witty delivery has made him a favourite corporate trainer and lecturer.

The IEF is the charity (registered as NIC104886) which provides financial support for the development and growth of integrated education in response to parental demand.  Our aim is to make integration, not separation, the norm in the Northern Ireland education system.  We support the establishment of more integrated school places, the transformation of existing non-integrated schools to integrated status and meaningful cross-community school initiatives. 

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