The Secret Policeman's Other Ball

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This article is about the 1981 benefit show. For the entire series of Amnesty International's benefit shows, see The Secret Policeman's Balls.

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball was the fourth of the benefit shows staged by the British Section of Amnesty International to raise funds for its research and campaign work in the human rights field. It was the second of many shows to bear the celebrated "Secret Policeman's" title that became the iconic series known informally as The Secret Policeman's Balls.

The show took place at the Drury Lane theatre in London on Wednesday 9 September 1981. It was a successor to the 1979 show The Secret Policeman's Ball.

The show was directed by Monty Python alumnus John Cleese and produced by Martin Lewis & Peter Walker (Amnesty's fundraising officer).[1] It subsequently yielded two separate movies (one version for the UK, directed by Julien Temple, and a quite different version for the US) and two record albums (one each of comedy and music performances).

The show was very influential in galvanizing rock musicians to become involved in the human rights issue and in other political and social causes in subsequent decades. Musicians who performed at the show who subsequently became activists in various fields include Sting, Bob Geldof, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Midge Ure.

Track listing of the music album[edit]

Side 1
  1. "Roxanne" – Sting (3:06)
  2. "Message in a Bottle" – Sting (3:44)
  3. "'Cause We've Ended as Lovers" – Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton (3:47)
  4. "Farther Up the Road" – Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton (4:46)
  5. "Crossroads" – Jeff Beck and Clapton (4:15)
  6. "I Don't Like Mondays" – Bob Geldof and Johnny Fingers (4:54)
Side 2
  1. "In The Air Tonight" – Phil Collins (5:10)
  2. "The Roof Is Leaking" – Phil Collins (3:34)
  3. "The Universal Soldier" – Donovan (3:00)
  4. "Catch The Wind" (2:32) – Donovan
  5. "I Shall Be Released" – The Secret Police (9:20)

Track listing of the VHS[edit]

  1. "Roxanne" – Sting
  2. "Message in a Bottle" – Sting
  3. "Farther Up The Road" – Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton
  4. "'Cause We've Ended as Lovers" – Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton
  5. "The Roof Is Leaking" – Phil Collins
  6. "In The Air Tonight" – Phil Collins
  7. "Sunshine Superman" – Donovan
  8. "Catch The Wind" – Donovan
  9. "Colours" – Donovan
  10. "I Don't Like Mondays" – Bob Geldof and Johnny Fingers
  11. "Glad to Be Gay" – Tom Robinson
  12. "Won't Get Fooled Again" – Pete Townshend
  13. "Drowned" – Pete Townshend
  14. "I Shall Be Released" – The Secret Police

Track listing of the comedy album[edit]

Side 1
  1. A Word of Thanks (w:Rowan Atkinson/John Cleese/Ronald Eyre) performed by Rowan Atkinson, John Cleese and John Bird.
  2. Road Safety – Rowan Atkinson.
  3. Australian Motor Insurance ClaimsJasper Carrott.
  4. Cha Cha Cha (w:Tim Brooke-Taylor/Graham Chapman/John Cleese and Marty Feldman for 'At Last the 1948 Show') performed by John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Tim Brooke-Taylor. They are dressed in evening suits but are pretending to be naked - and each perform with two pieces of paper discreetly placed (Tim's pieces of paper get progressively smaller during the routine).
  5. Had It Up To Here – Victoria Wood.
  6. Men's Talk (w:Alan Bennett) performed by Alan Bennett and John Fortune.
  7. What's on in Stoke Newington – Alexie Sayle.
Side 2
  1. The Royal Australian Prostate Foundation (w:Chris Langham) performed by Dame Edna Everage.
  2. Denis on the Menace – John Wells.
  3. Beekeeping (w:Brooke-Taylor/Chapman/Cleese and Feldman for 'At Last the 1948 Show') performed by Rowan Atkinson and John Cleese.
  4. Song in a French Accent – Neil Innes.
  5. Divorce Service (w:John Cormack) performed by Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys Jones, Pamela Stephenson and John Fortune.
  6. Reading the Riot Act – Chris Langham.
  7. Top of the Form (w:John Cleese) performed by John Cleese, Griff Rhys Jones, John Fortune, Rowan Atkinson, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Bird and Graham Chapman.
  8. Drinking – Billy Connolly.

Cast[edit]

The cast of performers in the stage production was:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball". Variety. 31 December 1981. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 

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