18 April, 2008 – Salford graduate stars in new BBC sketch show
A Salford University media and performance graduate is the new face of BBC3's Scallywagga – a comedy sketch show filmed around Salford and Manchester and due to be aired for the first time on 29 April.
Joanna Higson, who graduated in 2006, plays over 20 different characters in the fast-paced new show – aimed at a student audience and featuring up-and-coming young comedy stars as well as Sally Lindsey (Coronation Street) and Neil Fitzmaurice (Phoenix Nights).
Joanna’s main character – ‘Greggs Girl’ – has the catchphrase, "Is there a Gregg’s round here?" and pops up unexpectedly throughout the show, on the hunt for a pasty.
Joanna explained: "The sketches are lively and quite surreal. The show was really fun to make and we all had a real laugh. Going back to some of my old student haunts for the filming was great and it was brilliant experience for me."
Since graduating from Salford, Joanna has had roles in ITV’s Cold Blood and the BBC’s The Street and, more recently, has starred in productions at the Octagon Theatre in her home town of Bolton.
"I really enjoyed my time at Salford and it’s prepared me well for my acting career," she said. "I learnt loads from the course and the lecturers were inspirational, especially Mark Bishop and Lloyd Peters."
Joanna follows in the footsteps of fellow Bolton comedian and Salford graduate, Peter Kay who also studied comedy at the University. Lecturer Lloyd Peters said: "Joanna has great comedy timing and I knew she’d do well. She always made me laugh on the course, anyway! I’m delighted her career is taking off and look forward to watching her on many more shows in the future."
Source: University of Salford press release